Cesar Corona is currently a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Public Policy grantee, serving as Public Diplomacy Special Advisor for the Office of Strategic Partnerships of the City of Los Angeles.
Cesar graduated from the Master of Public Diplomacy program in May 2011, under the sponsorship of Fulbright-Garcia Robles, CONACYT and Rafael Osuna scholarships, and the support of FIDERH and FUNED. While at USC, he was a research intern at the Center on Public Diplomacy under the supervision of Dr. Jian Wang, and a research assistant of Dr. Pamela Starr in the “US-Mexico Network @ USC” in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He graduated with honors in International Relations from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM).
Before entering the world of International Relations, Cesar spent several years studying physics, electronics engineering and percussion at undergraduate level, in addition to eight foreign languages. His first contact with public diplomacy occurred during his semester as an exchange student in McGill University in Canada in 2005. As an undergraduate student, Cesar did social service for six months at the Direction General of Protocol of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked to support speakers and visitors in international conferences in Mexico.
Cesar’s research interests are public diplomacy, International Expositions ('Expos' or 'World’s Fairs'), governmental transparency, and Constructivism. He worked for the National Section of Mexico in Expo ’98 Lisbon and Expo 2000 Hannover, and has done research on Expo 2005 Aichi, Expo 2008 Zaragoza and Expo 2010 Shanghai. His research on governmental transparency in International Expositions received an award by the Mexican Federal Institute for Access to Public Information (IFAI) in 2006. Three years later, his thesis “Public Diplomacy in International Expositions: Mexico and Canada in Expo 2005 Aichi” received an award by the UNAM Center for Research on North America (CISAN).
He enjoys philosophizing about infinites and the impossible, playing and recording music, developing audio-visual projects, and (in particular) having long conversations with friends.
EXPOnential: Diplomacy for the Public at Expo Shanghai 2010. Blurb: July 2011.