Dr. Leonardo Ferreira is Professor of the Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media and former director of the Andean Studies Program of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University (FIU).
A mass media Ph.D. graduate from Michigan State University with a J.D. degree from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia Law School, Professor Ferreira is a specialist in the study of comparative media law and ethics in the Americas and Latin American communication history, including ethnic and community reporting. A Martin Luther King Jr.-César Chávez-Rosa Parks Doctoral Fellow in Michigan, Ferreira has been consultant to Freedom House and the Grupo de Diarios América (GDA). He has also worked in projects with the U.S. Department of State, UNESCO, UNICEF, the Organization of American States (OAS), the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), Fleishman-Hillard, and the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), among others. Ferreira has participated in various Latino/Latin American news shows, including BBC Mundo and CNN en Español.
Dr. Ferreira has published works in Anglo and Latin American encyclopedias/books (Academic Press/Elsevier, Bloomberg Press/Wiley, Fitzroy Dearborn, Freedom House, Greenwood, KendallHunt, LexisNexis, Longman, Sage, The Universidad de los Andes Press) and academic journals (Chasqui: The Latin American Communication Journal, Hemisphere, Journalism Studies, Revista Diálogos, The Florida Communication Journal, The International Journal of Press/Politics, The Journal of Popular Culture, World Communication). His book Centuries of Silence: The Story of Latin American Journalism (Praeger, 2006) was a bestseller among U.S. libraries. Choice magazine of the American Library Association (ALA) called it: “Probably the most detailed account of the Latin American mass media ever written in English” (May 2007). His second book, Media Laws in Latin America is expected in late 2023. He is also working on a textbook about the indigenous contribution to communication in the Americas (Native American Journalism: From Pre-Columbian to Contemporary Times, scheduled for 2024). His trilogy on Latin American defamation and the right of privacy (chapters about Argentina, Chile, and Mexico), originally published in the International Libel & Privacy Handbook (Bloomberg Press/Wiley, 2013), was released in fall 2022 by LexisNexis (sixth edition).