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Carmen Graciela Diaz

  1. Adjunct Faculty

Carmen Graciela Díaz is a Puerto Rican journalist with more than a decade in writing and publishing. Díaz holds two master’s degrees, one from the Columbia University Journalism School in Arts and Culture Reporting (New York) and the other from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (San Juan) in Cultural Studies. She wrote her first book on the history of groundbreaking Puerto Rican publication, Avance. She has worked with Univision News Digital, El Nuevo Día, and Primera Hora writing on arts journalism, lifestyle, entertainment, education, and Hispanic issues. Díaz has profiled several significant figures including Marina Abramovic, John Malkovich, Junot Díaz, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Oliver Stone, José Andrés, Custo Dalmau, and Jane Goodall. Until recently she was an adjunct lecturer teaching Journalism at Lehman College.

Carmen Graciela’s thesis project at Columbia University on the life of Puerto Rico’s first openly gay writer, Manuel Ramos Otero, was published in Hunter College’s Puerto Rican Studies journal, Centro, in 2018. Her most recent work includes conducting research for the biopic “Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It” and contributing chapters for the book “ArtPlace: 10 Years.”

Since 2018, Carmen Graciela works as the Communications and Publications Manager of Grantmakers in the Arts, an association of philanthropic organizations that support the arts, and she freelances for El Nuevo Día, Puerto Rico’s main newspaper. Her recent articles have appeared on publications like The Common and Reasons to be Cheerful.