College of Media | Alumni Notes

College of Media | Alumni Notes


  • Tabe Bergman '13 PhD
    Tabe Bergman's first book is forthcoming with VU University Press in Amsterdam: "The Dutch Media Monopoly: A political-economic analysis of the crisis in journalism in the Netherlands." Praise for The Dutch Media Monopoly: "Tabe Bergman has written a pioneering case study and critical analysis of the Dutch news media. [He] has taken the political economy of communication to new places, in the Netherlands and globally. This is first-rate research. We should hope that scholars in other nations will follow his lead." - Robert W. McChesney, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Eda Derhemi 03 PhD Communications
    Dr. Eda Derhemi has just been awarded a Core Fulbright Scholar's award for research and teaching in communication in Albania for Spring 2014. She will be teaching a course in "Language, Media and propaganda" at the University Marin Barleti in Tirana, and will conduct fieldwork on critical discourse analysis of official love songs during the last decades of the communist era.
  • 8/28/2012
    Claudio Moreira 07 PhD, co-authored an article with Marcelo Diversi, "Missing Bodies: Troubling the Colonial Landscape of American Academia," which appears in Text and Performance Quarterly (2011), was just named the "Best journal Article" by the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association.
  • Kathy Petitte Jamison '08 PhD COMM

    Kathy Petitte Jamison, '08 PhD COMM, received promotion to Associate Professor with tenure in the Communication Department at the University of Illinois Springfield. She was also promoted to Chair of the Department.

  • Kelly Gates '04 PhD COMM

    Kelly Gates '04 PhD COMM has just been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Communication at University of California San Diego and has just published "Our Biometric Future: Facial Recognition Technology and the Culture of Surveillance" with NYU Press.

  • Carrie A. Rentschler '02 PhD COMM

    Carrie A. Rentschler '02 PhD COMM has written “Second Wounds: Victims’ Rights and the Media in the U.S.,” published in May by Duke University Press. Rentschler is Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University.

  • Steve Shenton '91 PhD COMM

    Steve Shenton '91 PhD COMM, professor emeritus at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, has been invited to present his essay, Whither the Public? Paul Tillich and the Quest for Certainty, at Campbell Universitys Fifth Conference on Communication and Faith on April 2. Dr. Shentons essay explores key points communications scholar Michael Schudson raised in his 2008 discussion of the Lippmann-Dewey Debate and the Invention of Walter Lippmann as an Anti-Democrat.

  • Willard D. Wick Rowland '78 PhD COMM

    Willard D. “Wick” Rowland '78 PhD COMM, president and CEO of Colorado Public Television, recently was named 2010 Television Person of the Year by The Denver Post. Dr. Rowland was the Associate Dean, Media Studies, College of Communications, and Associate Professor, Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1984-1987. He held various positions at the University from 1973 to 1987, when he left to become the Dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

  • Lawrence Grossberg '76 PhD COMM

    In his new book "Cultural Studies in the Future Tense," Lawrence Grossberg '76 PhD COMM offers a powerful critique of the present state of cultural studies and, more broadly, of the intellectual left, especially in the Anglo-American academy. He develops a vision for the future of cultural studies as conjunctural analysis, a radically contingent and contextual study of the articulations of lived, discursive, and material contexts. Proposing a compelling analysis of the contemporary political problem space as a struggle over modernity, he suggests the possibility of multiple ways of being modern as an analytic and imaginative frame. Read more.

  • Amy Hasinoff '10 PhD COMM

    Amy Hasinoff '10 PhD COMM successfully defended her disseration, "No right to sext? A critical examination of media and legal debates about teenage girls sexual agency in the digital age," to complete her doctorate.

  • Andrew Kennis '10 PhD COMM

    Andrew Kennis '10 PhD COMM successfully defended his dissertation, "The Media Dependence Model: An Analysis of the Performance and Structure of U.S. and Global News," to complete his doctorate.

  • Kevin Healey '10 PhD Comm & Camille Johnson Yale '10 PhD Comm

    The Institute of Communications Research announces the launch of two scholars. Kevin Healey and Camille Johnson Yale successfully defended their dissertations in the past week.  Dr. Healey's dissertation entitled "The Spirit of Networks: New Media and the Changing Role of Religion in American Public Life" was advised by Dr. Clifford Christians. Dr. Johnson-Yale"s dissertation "Runaway Film Production: A Critical History of Hollywood's Outsourcing Discourse" was advised by Dr. John Nerone. ICR congratulates these two outstanding scholars whose contributions to the field are sure to enrich our discipline.

  • Victor Pickard '08 PhD COMM

    Thanks to Oprah, students in Victor Pickard's ('08 PhD COMM) media studies class at New York University got a surprise. The Daily Show's Jon Stewart stopped by to give an impromptu lecture and free books. While some students were visibly surprised, several asked questions of Stewart about his use of news in his show. Watch the video.

  • Boatema Boateng '02 PhD COMM

    Boatema Boateng '02 PhD COMM has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Communications at the University of California at San Diego.

  • Carrie A. Rentschler '02 PhD COMM

    Carrie A. Rentschler '02 PhD COMM has been named the William Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies in the Art History and Communication Studies Department at McGill University, in Montreal.

  • Craig Robertson '04 PhD COMM

    Craig Robertson '04 PhD COMM, assistant professor of communication studies at Northeastern University, has recently published "The Passport in America: A History of a Document," by Oxford University Press, 2010. Read a review in the New York Times...

  • Yu Hong '08 PhD COMM

    Yu Hong '08 PhD COMM has been hired as Assistant Professor in the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

  • Dr. Shizue Kishi '81 PhD COMM

    Dr. Shizue Kishi '81 PhD COMM has been elected by the Japan Academy of Advertising to be their next President. The JAA currently has about 600 members from academia and practice. Dr. Kishi is the first female to serve as President of JAA.

  • Steve Shenton '91 PhD COMM

    Dr. Steve Shenton '91 PhD COMM co-authored Shippensburg University's expanded Professor/Administrator Emeritus Policy that was adopted in April by the University’s Board of Trustees.

  • Kathy Petitte Jamison '08 PhD COMM

    Kathy Petitte Jamison '08 PhD COMM, assistant professor of communication at the University of Illinois, Springfield, delivered a paper titled "The Commodification of Kids' Health: Advertising Foods as Fun, Rising Childhood Obesity and a Contractarian Ethic for Advertising," at an international conference at the Centre European des Produits de l'Enfant, in association with the Unversity of Poitiers, and held in Angouleme, France. The presentation was on April 2, 2010.

  • Donald Jugenheimer '65/'68 MS ADV/'72 PhD COMM
    Donald Jugenheimer '65/'68 MS ADV/'72 PhD COMM

    Donald Jugenheimer '65/'68 MS ADV/'72 PhD COMM, recently retired professor of advertising at Texas Tech University, received the Charles H. Sandage Excellence in Teaching Award (known as the "Sandy") from the American Academy of Advertising at their annual meeting in Minneapolis this past March 18-21. The Sandy award recognizes outstanding contributions to advertising teaching, such as performance of students as advertising (or business) professionals or as advertising teachers, case study development and textbook publication, and innovative course development. The organization notes that this award must be based on evidence of lifetime achievement and has only been awarded five other times since its founding in 1996. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author or co-author of many books, Professor Jugenheimer served as president of the organization over twenty-five years ago.

  • Wei-Na Lee '85 MS ADV/'88 PhD COMM

    Wei-Na Lee '85 MS ADV/'88 PhD COMM, professor of communications at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named the editor of The Journal of Advertising, the premier academic publication for the advertising field. The Journal covers significant intellectual development pertaining to advertising theories and their relationship with practice and serves as a forum to reflect the collective thinking and empirical understanding that result from recent changes in the field of advertising and advertising education. Lee's three-year term will begin in 2010.

  • Ted Gournelos '08 PhD COMM
    Ted Gournelos '08 PhD COMM

    Ted Gournelos '08 PhD COMM, assistant professor of communication at Maryville University, has published a new book, titled "Popular Culture and the Future of Politics: Cultural Studies and the Tao of South Park," from Lexington Books. In it, Gournelos argues that progressives should conceive the connections between media, policy, and culture beyond the limits of "politics" and "news." With sustained analyses of groundbreaking contemporary examples of what has become known as “convergence culture,” Gournelos brings together a wide range of media without sacrificing depth, according to the publisher. His examples, such as South Park, The Simpsons, The Onion, The Daily Show, Chappelle’s Show, and The Boondocks, are chosen for their political scope and social impact and demonstrate the ways in which what we know as “politics” is rapidly changing.

  • Jillian Baez '09 PhD COMM
    Jillian Baez '09 PhD COMM

    Jillian Baez '09 PhD COMM successfully defended her dissertation project, "atinas Talk Back: The Latina Body, Citizenship, and Popular Culture." Baez has been a Mellon, Ford, and SSRC Fellow and currently heads to a prestigious postdoc at the University of Michigan.

  • Victor Pickard '09 PhD COMM

    Victor Pickard '09 PhD COMM will join the faculty as Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication in the Steinhardt School at New York University.

  • Heidi W. Isenhart '93 AGCOMM
    Heidi W. Isenhart '93 AGCOMM

    Heidi W. Isenhart '93 AGCOMM was listed in the 2009 edition of Florida Trend magazine's Florida Legal Elite list published in July. Compiled via a state-wide poll of practicing attorneys in Florida, it lists the most highly regarded attorneys amongst their peers. A panel of previous Legal Elite winners, representing a variety of practice areas in cities across the state, reviewed the selection process and the list of finalists.

  • Himaka Bhattachrya '08 PhD COMM

    Himaka Bhattachrya '08 PhD COMM will begin on faculty at the University of Syracuse following a year at Stony Brook University in New York.

  • Kathy Petitte Jamison '08 PhD COMM

    Kathy Petitte Jamison '08 PhD COMM was hired as Assistant Professor of Communications at the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2005. She teaches a core graduate course in Research Methods and a graduate course in Film and Culture: A Global Perspective; many of the journalism writing courses, such as Feature Writing and Media Writing and Advanced Media Writing; as well as courses centered on media criticism, including Media Criticism, Advertising, Consumer Culture. In addition to her teaching and committee load, she continues her research and last year presented at the International Sociological Association conference in South Africa and lecture in Harbin, China, as the 2008 Faculty Exchange Scholar.

  • Melba Velez '09 PhD COMM

    Melba Velez '09 PhD COMM was hired as tenure-track Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State in Grand Rapids, Mich.