Current Students

HADIL ABUHMAID, PhD candidate, Media Studies

Research Interests: film and culture, community cultural development, and communication.


ALICAN AKYUZ, PhD candidate, Comparative Literature

Research Interests: visual cultures of Turkey and the Middle-East, object-oriented approaches to medium technologies and digital humanities, and interdependencies between neoliberal politics, popular culture and 21st century technologies


MARTHA BANNIKOV, PhD, Comparative Literature

Research Interests: African literature, Global Anglophone Literature, World Literature, (Post) Colonial Studies, Namibian and Southern African Literatures, Transnational Feminisms, African Studies, Black Studies


TERESA CAPRIOGLIO, PhD, Media Studies

Research Interests:The Representation of queer trauma on television, fan cultures, and television in the age of new media


ZANE CASIMIR, MA, History of Art and Architecture

Research Interests: Digital Games studies, Re-contextualized Artistic, Architectural, and Artifactual Semiotics with Video Gameplay


SPENCER CHERASIA, PhD, Media Studies

Research Interests: Medieval Architecture, digital modeling and reconstructions, and Digital Humanities broadly


GABRIELA CHITWOOD, PhD, History of Art and Architecture

Research Interests: Digital Games studies, Re-contextualized Artistic, Architectural, and Artifactual Semiotics with Video Gameplay


BRENT COWLEY, PhD, Media Studies

Research Interests: the ways in which media influences and educates culture and society, and studying media censorship, especially from an industry standpoint.


KISA CLARK, PhD, Media Studies

Research Interests: Health communication, Advocacy, and New Media


PHIL DUNCAN, PhD, Media Studies

Research Interests: film, television, and popular culture stµdies; environmental humanities and communication (ecocriticism, anthrozoology); folklore and narrative


TUGCE ERTEM-ERAY, PhD, Media Studies

Research Interests: International Public Relations, Conflict Management, and Strategic Communication


ELLEN GILLOOLY-KRESS, PhD, Theatre Arts

Research interests: language and communication processing in performance, digital platforms for theatre research and presentation


CHRISTA GRAF, MA, International Studies

Research Interests: epistemology, gender, and the transmission of taarab music in Zanzibar, Tanzania


RACHEL GULDIN, PhD, Media Studies

Research interests: childhood and children’s culture as cultural industries; media literacy education; political economy and mass media


JOHN GUZMAN, MA, Media Studies

Research interests: the intersections of environmental criticism, disability studies, and media – particularly the complications introduced by new media and technologies.


KENNETH HANSON, PhD, Sociology

Research interests: how digital platforms provide a space for people to explore sexuality; dating apps; discursive contests of reality on digital platforms


BRANDON HARRIS, PhD, Media Studies

Research Interests: How online communities form, interact with each other, define communal values, as well as interact with commercial brands on social media platforms. 


THEODORE HARRISON, PhD, Media Studies

Research interests: how minority media representations function in American society, specifically how they interact with and impact minority populations


EMILEE JACKSON, PhD, Media Studies

Research Interests: Representation of marginalized communities in the news media


PATRICK JONES, PhD, Media Studies

Research Interests: Political Technologies, the History of Electronic Voting, Media Genealogy, Global Media


SOL JOYE, PhD, Education, Methodology, Policy and Leadership

Research Interests: The intersection of education research, practitioner based experiences, and cutting edge educational technology implementation.


ALIA KEMPTON, MA, Folklore

Research Interests: folk religious practices and beliefs, folk healing practices and ritual of various kinds


AMANDA LANGLEY, MA, Music

Research Interests: augmented reality and virtual reality, especially related to creating immersive experiences with spatialized audio


EMILY LAWHEAD, PhD, History of Art and Architecture

Research Interests: New Media Conservation and Virtual Reality, Issues of authorship and authenticity arising with the preservation of time-based media


PEARL LEE, PhD, Comparative Literature

Research Interests: Biopolitics; Neo-Marxism; 20th- and 21st- century East Asian and Latin American literatures engaging with neoliberalism; Asian diasporic literature; film, animation and comic studies


JASON LESTER, PhD, Comparative Literature

Research Interests: media and film studies; the role of affect and vitalism in aesthetic encounters between China, Japan, and the United States; questions of duration in contemporary Chinese cinema


YEI WON LIM, PhD, Comparative Literature

Research Interests: Transnational flows of film, film reception, media production and practices in South Korea and Southeast Asia, Diaspora studies


KATRINA MAGGIULI, PhD, Environmental Studies

Research Interests: Utopian Horror, Species hybridization and biotechnological alteration of species more generally, Biotechnology as a tool of conservation


ASHLEIGH MAIER, MA, Planning, Public Policy, and Management

Research Interests: Marketing and communications in women’s advocacy organizations, Intersectional Feminism


STEPHANIE MASTROSTEFANO, PhD, English

Research interests: 20th and 21st-century American popular culture with a special interest in children’s animated films and representations of gender


ANDREW MCLAUGHLIN, PhD, Media Studies

Research interests: commodification and representation of veterans and military culture in media; visual rhetoric, persuasion, and experimental and documentary filmmaking


MEREDITH MORGOCH, PhD, Media Studies

Research Interests: Public Relations, Risk & Crisis Communication, Natural Disasters


CHRISTIE PANG, PhD, English

Research interests: gender, spectacle and performance; Japanese animation and visual culture; posthumanism, monstrosity and the grotesque


KIRK PETERSON, MA, Folklore & Public Culture

Research Interests: digital folklore, folklore transmission processes in new media spaces, cultural multimodality, and interactions between folk materials and mass cultural products.


TANNON RECKLING, MA, Art and Technology

Research Interests:semiotics, queer and feminist theory, and future communication theory


CHRISTOPHER ST. LOUIS, PhD, Media Studies

Research Interests: Internet studies; media archaeology; surveillance studies; governmentality.


VALERIE SIMON, PhD, Philosophy

Research Interests: Phenomenology (especially Merleau-Ponty and Sara Ahmed), Sexuality Studies, Feminist Philosophy, and Philosophy of Social Science


LAURA STRAIT, PhD, Media Studies

Research interests: feminist media studies, new media, online social movements, game studies.


COURTNEY TABOR, PhD, Media Studies

Research Interests: Political Communication, Media Effects, Criminology & Media, Storytelling, and Public Opinion


SOFIA VICENTE-VIDAL, PhD, Anthropology

Research Interests: heritage, labor politics, indigeneity, globalization, transnationalism


KRIS WRIGHT, PhD, Media Studies

Research Interests: new media and technology in the classroom; convergence of old and new media, habitus, social fields and cultural capital.


Shuo Xu, PhD, Media Studies

Research Interests: New Media, Media culture studies, and Media
Censorship in China

 

 


PROGRAM GRADUATES

  • 2013-14
  • 2014-15
  • 2015-16
  • 2016-17