Pedro J. Oiarzabal

researcher, Oral Historian, and Consultant in Bilbao, España

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Internet and Basque studies scholar, migration and diaspora researcher, oral historian, and consultant.

"The way we wish to remember our future is the way we should live our present"

Pedro J. Oiarzabal was born and raised in Bilbao and has spent much of his life between the Basque Country, Ireland and the United States. He holds a PhD in Basque Studies-Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno, a MPhil in Economics and Social Sciences from Queen's University of Belfast (N. Ireland), and BA in History from the University of Deusto (Bilbao). For nine years he had been a PhD Researcher on Migration Studies at the Human Rights Institute, University of Deusto, and also the Jon Bilbao Research Fellow on the Basque Diaspora, 2014-2016, at the University of Nevada, Reno. His research examines diaspora communities interaction with information and communication technologies, with particular emphasis on the Basque case. Among his publications are "La Identidad Vasca en el Mundo" (2005), "A Candle in the Night: Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, 1967-2007" (2007), "Gardeners of Identity: Basques in the San Francisco Bay Area" (2009), "Diasporas in the New Media Age: Identity, Politics, and Community" (2010), "Knowledge Communities" (2011), "Migration and the Internet: Social Networking and Diasporas" (JEMS, Vol. 38, No. 9, 2012), the oral history video "Fragments of Our Lives" (2013,, and "The Basque Diaspora Webscape: Identity, Nation, and Homeland, 1990s-2010s" (2013).