Briana IatarolaBrie Iatarola


Ph.D. Communication, expected 2017
University of California, San Diego
Department of Communication
Research interests: property law & theory, surf/sport/cultural studies, race, class, tourism, wavetopia, ethnography, political economy & critical geography, spatiality, nature & ecology, Latin America
M.A. Latin American Studies, 2011
University of California, San Diego
Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies
Thesis: Beyond the Waves: Economic and Cultural Effects of the Global Surfing Industry in El Tunco, El Salvador
B.A. Journalism, 2003
Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication                                  
Barrett Honors College           
Thesis: Mi Vida as a Tica
Summa cum laude with honors
Global Education Program, ASU, 2002
Universidad de Costa Rica, San José
Costa Rica Studies Program


Graduate Student Researcher
UCSD Center for the Humanities
UCSD Department of Communication
UCSD Latin American Studies Department
Teaching Assistant
Thurgood Marshall College Dimensions of Culture Writing Program
UCSD Department of Communication
Communication Courses: Introduction to Communication; Social Formations, Communication as a Social Force; Situated Practices; Interpretative Strategies; History of Electronic Communication; Advertising in Society
Assistant News Editor
Copy Editor
Assistant Account Executive
Media Freelancer
Media Relations
Corporate Communications
‘Marine Protected Area Watch’ Program Volunteer
Wildcoast/Costasalvaje, Imperial Beach, CA: 2013 – present 
U5, U6, U7 Volunteer Soccer Coach
La Jolla Youth Soccer, La Jolla, CA: 2012 – present
Graduate Student Representative
Graduate Parent Network: 2010 – 2013
UC San Diego Graduate Student Association: 2010 – 2013
UC San Diego Affiliated Housing Advisory Committee: 2010 – 2011


“Surf Tourism: Social Spatiality in El Tunco and El Sunzal, El Salvador.” The International Journal of Sport and Society 3:3 (2012) 219-227.


2014 UC San Diego Center for Teaching Development Teaching and Learning Weekly Workshops
2012 UC Santa Barbara Global Studies Conference: Surf Tourism: Social Spatiality, Territoriality & the Environment in El Tunco, El Salvador
2012 Third International Conference on Sport and Society: Surf Tourism: Social Spatiality in El Tunco and El Sunzal, El Salvador
2010 Tinker Foundation Graduate Symposium: Economic and Cultural Effects of the Global Surf Industry in El Salvador


2014 Frieda Daum Urey Endowed Fellowship ($4000)
2012 UC San Diego Dean of Social Sciences Travel Award ($500)
2011 UC San Diego Department of Communication fellowship ($20,000)
2010 Tinker Foundation travel grant recipient ($1500)
Dean’s List of Public Programs: August 1998-January 2003
1998-2003 Arizona State University Presidential Scholarship recipient ($13,500)
1998 Casas Adobes Rotary Club scholarship recipient ($1000)

PhD. Students