Divided into two lines of research, the Graduate Program in Communication at UFRGS has 23 professors, 20 permanent and 3 collaborators. Of this total, 11 professors are CNPq Productivity Scholars, and nine act as members of councils or coordinators of work groups in national research associations, which demonstrates the recognition of the program’s researchers by federal research promotion agencies.

PPGCOM/UFRGS faculty members also serve on the editorial boards of 53 journals in the areas of Communication and Information, both national and international, and provide consultancy services to national and state funding agencies, which demonstrates the recognition of the program’s researchers by research funding agencies and representative entities in the field.

The constant qualification of the faculty is reverted into the formation of masters and doctors who strongly contribute to the construction of knowledge in the area. It is significant to note that most of the graduates of PPGCOM/UFRGS work today in research and teaching in public and private universities throughout the country.

The PPGCOM/UFRGS maintains the commitment to contribute to the qualification of teaching and training of professionals in the areas of Communication and Information. In this sense, the program seeks to develop joint research, teaching and extension activities between undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as to promote the integration of the community in general with the university.



The teaching practices adopted in PPGCOM involve courses, seminars, laboratories, orientations, directed activities and internships. The theses and dissertations defended by our students can be found at this link. Students also participate in research groups under the guidance of professors.



The research carried out at PPGCOM is articulated by research lines, involving professors from UFRGS and other institutions, as well as doctoral, master’s and undergraduate students supported by different funding agencies.



The commitment to university extension and community relations is materialized both through activities to socialize the research developed in the program with undergraduate students and other interested parties, and through initiatives that bring to the university the knowledge produced outside the academic sphere.


Research lines


Theoretical, methodological and applied communication studies of social interactions, with the following focuses: social networks; digital products and artifacts; production, use and communication of scientific information; cyberculture; cyberjournalism; sociology of journalism; public transparency and open data; active audience; hacker culture.


  • Alex Fernando Teixeira Primo
  • Marcelo Ruschel Träsel
  • Marcia Benetti
  • Moisés Rockembach
  • Raquel da Cunha Recuero
  • Samile Andrea de Souza Vanz
  • Sônia Elisa Caregnato
  • Suely Dadalti Fragoso
  • Virgínia Pradelina da Silveira Fonseca



Topics: theoretical, methodological and applied communication studies of processes, products and practices with the following focuses: languages; image, imagery and aesthetics; political institutions; political and public communication; organizational communication; alternative communication; communication, citizenship and environment; persuasive communication; consumption and reception; journalism and interfaces.


  • Alexandre Rocha da Silva
  • Ana Cláudia Gruszynski
  • Ana Taís Martins Portanova Barros
  • Elisa Reinhardt Piedras
  • Ilza Maria Tourinho Girardi
  • Karla Maria Müller
  • Luiz Artur Ferraretto
  • Maria Helena Weber
  • Miriam de Souza Rossini
  • Nilda Aparecida Jacks
  • Nísia Martins do Rosário
  • Rudimar Baldissera
  • Valdir José Morigi


Advisory Themes

Dr. Alex Fernando Teixeira Primo

Computer-mediated interaction. Social network analysis. Collaborative production and consumption in cyberculture.

Dr. Alexandre Rocha da Silva

Communication theories; Semiotics; Language and aesthetics; Systems of signification and communication processes; Deconstruction; Post-media, micropolitics and production of difference; Archeology of media; Minorities; The visible and the enunciable; Materialities of communication.

Dr. Ana Cláudia Gruszynski

Multiplatform editorial production; Design; Visual culture; Material culture; Visual communication; Digital and networked media and technologies.

Dr. Ana Maria Mielniczuk de Moura

Scientific communication; Production and use of scientific and technological information; Scientometrics

Dr. Ana Taís Martins Portanova Barros

Imaginary and communicational processes; Technical image; Symbolic image; Photography; Philosophy of image; Cultures of images; Methodologies of the imaginary.

Dr. Elisa Reinhardt Piedras

Advertising, double articulation and social change; Advertising and social markers of difference (class, ethnicity, gender); Advertising communication processes; Advertising flow and circulation in platforms; Publicists and advertising production practices; Publics and advertising reception practices; Media reception and consumption studies; Consumption and consumer.

Dr. Ilza Maria Tourinho Girardi

Journalism and environment; Journalism and citizenship.

Dr. Karla Maria Müller

Communication and socio-cultural practices; Cultural frontiers and frontier culture: Relations with media and organizations.

Dr. Luiz Artur Ferraretto

Radio; Journalism; History; Processes and products; Programming; Political economy of communication; Cultural industries; Convergence; Segmentation; Audience.

Dr. Marcelo Träsel

Digital journalism; data-driven journalism; disinformation; investigative journalism; participatory journalism; public transparency; cyberculture.

Dr. Márcia Benetti

Journalism and discourse; Journalism and emotion; Magazine journalism; Journalism and social networks; Theories of journalism.

Dr. Maria Helena Weber

Political communication; Public communication; Democracy and media; Relations between State, Media and Society.

Dr. Miriam de Souza Rossini

Brazilian Cinema; Audiovisual processes; Visual culture; Aesthetics of audiovisual media; Audiovisual media and production of memory and imaginary; Production and circulation of cultural goods.

Dr. Nilda Aparecida Jacks

Cultural reception and consumption studies; Communication and cultural identity; Qualitative methods and techniques for communication research; Latin American theories of communication.

Dr. Nísia Martins do Rosário

Corporalities; Culture and body language; Semiotics of Culture; Languages, aesthetics, meaning processes; Cultures of images, technical images, audiovisual and photography; Methods, methodology and research in Communication.

Dr. Raquel da Cunha Recuero

Social media and information dissemination, computer-mediated conversation, discourse and social media, analysis of social networks on the internet, research methods for digital media.

Dr. Rudimar Baldissera

Communication, culture and organizations; Identity and institutional image; Tourism communication; Organizational communication, strategy and power relations.

Dr. Samile Andrea de Souza Vanz

Communication and scientific production; Scientometrics; Scientific collaboration networks; Scientific journals.

Dr. Sônia Caregnato

Scientific communication; Production, search and use of scientific and technological information; Electronic scientific journals; Digital repositories in science; Scientometrics.

Dr. Suely Dadalti Fragoso

Problematizations related to the interaction with digital artifacts in a sociotechnical perspective; Emphasis on issues related to materiality, spatiality and significations; Emphasis on digital artifacts games: interfaces (hardware and software), interactive narratives (sound, visual and/or textual).

Dr. Virgínia Pradelina Fonseca

Sociology of journalism; Ethics and journalism; Contemporary journalism; Professional identity; Theories of journalism.

Dr. Valdir Jose Morigi

Social representations; Sociability; Memory and citizenship and their relations with the media.


Master’s Degree

The Master’s course has a minimum duration of 12 (twelve) months, as of the student’s first registration, and a maximum of 24 (twenty-four) months.

To obtain the Master’s degree, the student must

I – Comply with a minimum of 20 (twenty) credits;

II – Pass the English proficiency exam;

III – Pass the Qualifying Exam;

IV – Prepare and submit the Dissertation for the approval of an Examining Board;

V -Be approved in the Dissertation Defense;

VI – Present the Dissertation, with the corrections indicated by the Examining Board and certified by the advisor, within a maximum of 2 (two) months after the defense, for homologation by the Post Graduation Committee.

The master graduate will be qualified to elaborate research projects, participate in their execution, and present their results to the scientific community in the form of publication in books, book chapters, and qualified periodicals. The graduates will also be qualified to teach according to the degree they have received, respecting the legal restrictions relating to the professional exercise of each area.



The Doctorate course has a minimum duration of 24 (twenty-four) months, as of the student’s first registration, and a maximum of 48 (forty-eight) months.

To obtain the doctoral degree, the student must

I – Comply with a minimum of 32 (thirty-two) credits;

II – Pass the proficiency exam in two languages, the first of which must be English, and the second can be chosen from: French, Italian, German, or Spanish;

III – pass the Qualifying Exam;

IV – Prepare and submit a Thesis for the approval of an Examining Board;

V -Be approved in the Thesis Defense;

VI – Submit the Thesis, with the corrections indicated by the Examining Board and certified by the advisor, within a maximum of 2 (two) months after the defense, for homologation by the Postgraduate Committee.

The PhD in the Program, besides the desired qualifications of a master, must be able to elaborate research projects in the standard required by the main national funding agencies, as well as coordinate their execution, integrating a registered research group and establishing dialogue with national and international researchers.

Graduates will also be qualified to teach both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, according to the degree received, respecting the legal restrictions relating to the professional exercise of each area.



The selection process for new students to the PPGCOM/UFRGS always takes place in the second semester of each year. The number of openings is defined according to the availability of advisor professors, respecting the program rules and the interest of the research lines. If you are interested in pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in our program, additional information can be obtained by contacting the coordination team at ppgcom@ufrgs.br.


Master’s program

The selection process for the Master’s degree takes place in two stages. The first stage consists of a dissertation on knowledge in Communication, based on the general and specific bibliographies (indicated in the announcement). The exams are eliminatory.

The second stage comprises the evaluation of the resume and the dissertation draft, in addition to an interview with the candidate. Professors from the program will take part in this evaluation stage, according to their affinity with the proposed research topic.


Doctoral program

For admission to the Doctorate, the selection process is also divided into two stages. In the first, which is eliminatory, the thesis project and the candidate’s descriptive memorial are analyzed. This analysis is made by professors from the program, according to the interest in the proposed research theme.

The classified candidates then go on to the second stage, which consists of a resumé analysis and an interview.



The selection of fellows occurs annually, according to the availability of fellowships provided by funding agencies. The criteria for the awarding of scholarships are announced in a public notice. The selection is valid for one year, so that more candidates can be benefited during the period, according to the availability of scholarships, respecting the ranking order.


Internationalization and inter-institutional relations

PPGCOM/UFRGS has been encouraging and formalizing the creation of networks and international research groups, as well as the participation in events and publication in journals and books abroad. The result is the different actions undertaken by professors and students of the program that strengthen its presence in particular with Ibero-Latin American Education and Research Institutions. The actions also involve the articulation between Brazilian Universities, which favors the consolidation of the Program nationally.


Associations and Research Networks integrated by Professors

  • International Association of Branding Researchers – Brand Observatory: Dr. Rudimar Baldissera participates in the international research network, which involves Chile, Spain, Portugal, Germany, United States and Brazil. The Association edits the Brandtrends periodical and is offering a specialization course on brand management to be held in Chile, Portugal and Brazil
  • Itinerant Chair of the New Strategic Theory – CiNTE. Dr. Rudimar Baldissera participates in the network around the New Strategic Theory (NTE), for the research, dissemination and co-construction of experiences of practical application of its proposals. Founded in 2013, CiNTE has 63 faculty and researchers from 42 Universities from 14 countries (among them: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Portugal, Russia and Switzerland)
  • Mercosur and Integration Academic Committee of the Association of Universities Group Montevideo (AUGM): Dr. Karla Maria Müller participates in the Network of Public, Autonomous and Self-Governed Universities from Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay
  • Ibero-American Observatory of Television Fiction – OBITEL: Dr. Nilda Aparecida Jacks participates in the Observatory, which is integrated by researchers from eight countries: Uruguay, Portugal, United States, Spain, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil. She coordinates the team from Rio Grande do Sul, in which professors and students from UFRGS, UFSM, UNIPAMPA, PUCRS, and UNISINOS participate.
  • Collaboration Network with Universidad Católica Del Uruguay: Dr. Nilda Aparecida Jacks participates in activities with this University since 2004, when she took part in the project Conocer para intervenir. Childhood, violence and media, involving several Latin American universities. For the last five years she has been a collaborating professor at the Catholic University of Uruguay, teaching the course Estudios de Recepción. She is also a member of the editorial committee of the university’s journal
  • Thematic Network ‘Communication, Citizenship, Education and Integration in Latin America’ – AMLAT Network: Dr. Nísia Martins do Rosário is a member of the editorial committee of the university’s journal. Nísia Martins do Rosário integrates the AMLAT Network, whose main objective is to consolidate the scientific/academic cooperation on the axes Communication, citizenship, education and Latin American integration, carrying out a process of methodological and epistemological deepening on the research and teaching work done at UNISINOS, UFRGS, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Universidad Simón Rodríguez, Universidad Central de Ecuador, UFPB, UFRN and IELUSC/UFSC in the perspective of Latin American scientific and academic integration.


Intexto ( E-ISSN 1807-8583) is a four-monthly publication of the Postgraduate Program in Communication and Information at the Faculty of Library and Communication, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).

Launched in 1997, it is open to original contributions from Brazilian and foreign authors in continuous flow. It welcomes theoretical and empirical research carried out in the interdisciplinary field of Communication, aiming to be a space for debate and dissemination of ideas capable of configuring different communication scenarios.





Chair – Profª. Drª. Ana Taís Martins Portanova Barros

Substitute Chair – Profª. Drª. Nísia Martins do Rosário



André Dias Mortari

Cristiane Lipp Heidrich


Inter-institutional Relations Commission

Prof. Dr. Rudimar Baldissera

Prof. Dr. Márcia Benetti