Vanessa Bravo, is an Associate Professor of Strategic Communications in the School of Communications of Elon University. She holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Florida; an M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Florida, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and a B.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Costa Rica. Her research focuses on the communication efforts and international public relations strategies that home governments in Mexico and Central America establish with their diaspora communities in the United States. She is interested in how public relations contribute to build national identities and to keep transnational connections between home and host countries. In 2015, she was an Educator Fellow for the Plank Center for Excellence in Public Relations.