Vanessa Bravo wins top-paper award at ICA conference

Her co-authored study received a 3 Top Faculty Paper Award in the Public Diplomacy Interest Group.

At this year’s conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), only 46 percent of the papers submitted were accepted for presentation. Of the 54 papers submitted and the 24 papers accepted in the Public Diplomacy Interest Group, only three received Top Faculty Paper awards.

One of them was the paper “Engaging home audiences across the border: Message framing in the U.S. and Mexican embassies before and after the U.S. administration change,” co-authored by Vanessa Bravo, associate professor of communications,  and Maria De Moya with the College of Communications at DePaul University.

De Moya and Bravo’s paper received the 3rd Top Faculty Paper Award, determined by the scores given by the blind reviewers.  The paper explored the messages that the embassies of the United States and Mexico in the other country send to their diaspora communities via websites, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, analyzing the changes in messaging toward their diaspora members following the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

3rd Top Faculty Paper Award certificate.

Since the fall of 2011, when Bravo joined Elon University, she has presented in more than 20 annual conferences in her field and has published more than 10 journal articles and book chapters.

ICA’s annual conference happened this year in Prague, Czech Republic, from May 24 to May 28. For more information, visit ICA’s homepage at

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