2015-2016 SCHOLARS

Altug Akin

Altug Akin is an Associate Professor and Rector’s academic advisor at Izmir University of Economics, Turkey. His research focus is mainly about broadly defined communication/media practices that extend beyond the national borders and scales. In this context, Turkish media experience – particularly in relation with Europe and the Middle East – constitutes the core of his research activities.

Altug Akin completed his doctoral studies in audio-visual communication at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain; and masters’ studies in journalism studies at the Stockholm University and in information systems at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. Parallel to his academic career, Altug Akin has been contributing to several media outlets, including Swedish Public Service Radio (SR) and the BBC World Service Turkish Section, where he worked as a journalist.

He currently teaches at the Department of Media and Communication at Izmir University of Economics, practices freelance journalism, and translates literature from Spanish to Turkish.

Yuanyuan Dong

Dr.Yuanyuan Dong is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Visual Communication Research Center at the School of Languages & Communication Studies, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing. Before working as a post-doctoral research fellow at Renmin University in 2009, Yuanyuan received her PhD from Fudan University, China. In 2012, she received the Humanities and Social Sciences Youth Fund from Ministry of Education and began research in PR Crisis Communication, triggered by the sudden events in the network environment. Yuanyuan has published dozens of Academic Papers, including ACTA’s Influence On China’s Intellectual Property Legislation and Enforcement in Digital Environment, Study On Network of Public Opinion Guidance and Management Mechanism In the Online media Environment, and Research on U.S Network Neutrality and It’s Legislative Value. Her current interests include new media, visual communication, communication law and policy.

Nizan Geslevich Packin

Prof. Nizan Geslevich Packin is currently an Assistant Professor of Law at City University of New York (CUNY).  Nizan has an LLM from Columbia University Law School and an SJD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Prior to becoming a law professor, Nizan spent six years working as an associate in the Corporate Restructuring group at Skadden Arps in New York.  Before joining Skadden in 2007, while at Columbia Law School,  Nizan received the Merrill Lynch Women’s Leadership scholarship award. Also, during her studies at Columbia, Nizan externed for the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein in the Eastern District Federal Court of New York, and interned at the Federal Trade Commission. Prior to attending Columbia, Nizan served as a law clerk in the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem.  Before clerking, she completed an LLB in law and a BA in economics at Haifa University.

Nizan’s teaching and research interests include financial regulation, corporate law, and social networks.  Over the past few years, Nizan successfully placed several articles focusing on corporate law in the (i) Washington University Law Review, (ii) Berkeley Business Law Journal, (iii) University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, and (iv) Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business.  Before that, she published an article dealing with reproductive rights and health care reform.

Jian Xu

Dr. Jian Xu is a joint visiting scholar at CGCS and at the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a researcher in the Sydney Democracy Network at the University of Sydney and recently completed Endeavour Postdoctoral Research in the China Research Centre at the University of Technology Sydney. Dr. Xu researches Chinese media and communications with a particular interest in the mediated social-cultural-political changes caused by digital media. His research areas focus on China’s Internet activism, Internet governance, authoritarianism 2.0, and micro-charity. He is the author of Media Events in Web 2.0 China: Interventions of Online Activism (2016, Sussex Academic Press, in press) and a co-editor of Chinese Social Media Today: Critical Perspective (2017, under contract).

2014-2015 SCHOLARS

Efrat Daskal

Efrat Daskal is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication and Journalism, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research interests are media ethics, media policy and media literacy.

Her dissertation titled “From complaint to correction: Public discontent as a mechanism for constructing media accountability” It focuses on how public discontent can initiate media accountability processes within media organizations and what are the conditions that enable citizens to influence the conduct of media organizations She was also the coordinator of a research project entitled “Apologizing for misinformation: An analysis of the media’s attempts to restore credibility”, funded by the Israeli Scientific Foundation (2009-2013). As part of the project, she co-authored articles on media ethics which appeared in edited books and leading journals.

Efrat worked for four years as the assistant to the ombudsman at the Second Authority for Television and Radio (SATR), Israel’s regulator of commercial television and radio channels. At the SATR she was responsible for processing and analyzing public complaints, and for recommending appropriate regulatory action in cases where those complaints were upheld.

Her most recent project deals with the activities of civic organizations advocating for digital rights. She is interested in the role these organizations have in shaping internet policies outlined by government and large internet corporations, and in educating citizens in how to preserve and protect their digital rights.

Fangzhou Ding

Fangzhou Ding is a Ph.D. Candidate in the College of Media and International Culture at Zhejiang University in China. She earned her Master’s degree in Communication from Hong Kong Baptist University.

Her research areas cover social shaping and social consequences of digital media, political communication and international communication. She is currently working on the projects of Digital Activism in China, Social Media Use and Role Perceptions of Journalists in the United States and Visiualization of Global Communication Landscape on Social Media.

Her visit is sponsored by the Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

Anne Kaun

Dr. Anne Kaun is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department for Media and Communication Studies atSödertörn University, Stockholm. Being interested in the relationship between crisis and social critique, her current project concerns historical forms of media participation that emerged in the context of moments of crisis. Furthermore she is working in a collaborative project on European Narratives. She has previously published in peer-reviewed journals such as Participation; Communications – The European Journal of Communication Research; Information, Communication and Society and the International Journal of Qualitative Methods. In 2013 Anne has published the book Being a Young Citizen in Estonia – An Exploration of Young People’s Civic and Media Experiences. Anne is board member of European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), vice-chair of ECREA’sYoung Scholars Network as well as student board member of the International Communication Association (ICA).

A full profile can be found here.

Mathias Klang

Mathias Klang is an Associate Professor at the University of Göteborg. His principle research focuses on the ways in which communication technologies both enable and control our social interactions. Within this area he is especially interested in the impacts of technology on human rights. Among his longer published works in the field are Human Rights in a Digital Age and Disruptive Technology: Effects of Technology Regulation on Democracy. These works contribute to the discussion of the discrepancies between the potential of technology for the advancement of civil rights and democracy, and the emergence of sophisticated surveillance and regulation through technology. For more information see http://klangable.com

James Losey

James Losey has five years experience in public policy and over ten years researching the intersection of information, technology and power. He is currently a PhD candidate with the School of International Studies and the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University in Sweden working on a dissertation focused on the tensions between states and internet companies and the relationship to national sovereignty, citizenship and the flow of information. Additionally, he is an affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication. Previously, James has been a Google Policy Fellow with the Global Network Initiative and a Consortium on Media Policy Studies fellow.

James is also a fellow with X-Lab at the New America Foundation where he researches issues related to the control of communications, digital craftsmanship, and internet freedom.  He has worked with the the New America Foundation since 2009 as an analyst and fellow with the Open Technology Institute researching information policy issues including freedom of expression online, intellectual property, spectrum, network neutrality and the digital divide. James bridges developer, activist, and government stakeholders and has given public presentations and advised policy makers on both sides of the Atlantic. His work has been published in Advances in Computing, Ars Technica, CommLaw Conspectus, IEEE Internet Computing, IEEE Spectrum, Slate, and the Journal for Information Policy.

James holds an Mssc. from Uppsala University in Sweden, where he researched civil society involvement in information policy and the European ACTA debate, and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to his work in public policy and academia, James plays drums, banjo, and guitar and is a photographer.

Christian Möller

Christian Möller, M.A., (@infsocblog) is lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel, Germany. His main areas of work span from internet governance, international media regulation and human rights to social media and journalism in the digital age.

He also regularly serves as a consultant (theinformationsociety.org) and conference speaker for various national and international corporations and institutions, e.g. the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe, the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, or the Chamber of Commerce in Kiel, Germany.

Previous posts include the Press Section of U.S. Consulate General in Hamburg, Germany (2008-2010), the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media in Vienna, Austria (2002-2008) and the independent media regulatory authority ULR in Kiel, Germany (1999-2001). Christian is a 2012 Academic Fellow of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York, USA, and holds an M.A. in media studies, German literature and public law from Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany.

His publications include the 2013 OSCE Social Media Guidebook and Governing the Internet. Freedom and Regulation in the OSCE Region as well articles in the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE) or the Journal of Mass Media Ethics.

Luiz Peres-Neto

Dr. Luiz Peres-Neto is a full-time Senior Lecturer in the Communication and Consumption’s Practices Master and PhD Program, ESPM School (Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing), São Paulo, Brazil. His current research project focuses on the ethics aspect of digital privacy policies. He received his PhD (2010) and Master’s (2007) in Communications Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in the Political Science and Public Law Department. His doctoral thesis received the European degree and was graded as “cum laude” by all jury members. Luiz also holds a degree in Communication, which was obtained in 2003 from the University of Sao Paulo (USP) in Brazil.

Ting Rong

Ting Rong is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Institute of Arts and Humanities, Shanghai Jiaotong University, in Shanghai, China. She is a research member of the Research Center for New Media and Society in Shanghai Jiaotong University. Ting Rong ’s research interests include pubic opinion,new media,and impacts of new media on people’s daily lives. Her most recent research focuses on the network mobilization in China.

Elder Tanaka

Elder Tanaka is a PhD student at the Faculty of Philosophy, Languages and Literature, and Human Sciences (FFLCH) of the University of São Paulo. He has a B.A. in Portuguese and English from the same institution and an M.A. in American Literature and Cinema Studies with a thesis concluded in 2011 entitled “Jazz, politics and culture industry in Robert Altman’s Kansas City”. His PhD research focuses on the representation of the working-class in the American gangster films from the 1930s and 1940s, and his main research interests are the culture industry and historical materialism.

Tingrong Zhi

Dr. Tingrong Zhi is a Professor and Executive Dean at School of Journalism and Communication, Jinan University, Canton. Before working as a post-doctoral research fellow at Peking University in 2007, Tingrong got a Phd degree at Renmin University, China. In 2012, he was granted by Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University, China. As a diligent researcher, Tingrong has published a dozen of books or translated textbooks in Chinese, among which titled Mass Media Management (3rd ed.)Ecology to Mass Communication, and Study on Western Media Industrialization History. His current interests focus on public opinion, new media and international relations. Tingrong is a member of International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).

Elena Zinovieva

Elena Zinovieva is a member of the Political Science Faculty at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University). She is also a member of the Faculty of World Economics and Politics at the National Research University Higher School of Economics. Elena received her PhD in political science from MGIMO-University, with a thesis titled “The Role of International Institutions in the Formation of the Internet Governance Regime.” She graduated manga cum laude from Saint Petersberg State University with a degree in international relations.

2013-2014 SCHOLARS


Dr. Valentín Thury Cornejo is a Researcher at the Argentine National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET). He also teaches Constitutional Law at Austral University and Argentine Catholic University, both of them at Buenos Aires, Argentina.

His main research interest is how the constitutional principle of Freedom of Expression works in the new communication environment, mainly regarding the organization of media markets, the regulation of the press and the right to privacy of citizens.

He holds a Doctorate in Law from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and an M.As in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.


Cao Yiping is a vice Professor at the literature School, Southwest University, Chongqing, China.

Dr. Cao’s research interests include media policy and movie industry. In recent years, his research focused on innovation of China’s movie censorship. The project is funded by Chinese Social fund. During his time as a visiting scholar at Annenberg, he will engage in research on the project and make progress in movie industry study.

In May, 2012 Cao Yiping published the book From Scissorhands to Night Watchman: the Decayed History of American movie censorship. In July, 2012, he published the book 10 happiness curriculums about watching movies. Cao Yiping has translated two american books, Get the Picture?: The Movie Lover’s Guide to Watching Films and Filmmakers And Financing——Business Plans for Independents. 


Boyang Fan is a Ph.D Candidate at the School of Journalism and Communication, Peking University. She is also a Assistant Researcher at New Media Research Laboratory, Centre for Creative Industries Studies at Peking University. She obtained her MA from the School of Journalism and Communication,Tsinghua University.

Boyang is interested in new media and society, specifically online activism on Chinese Microblogs and new media strategies of NGOs. She led “Peking University New Media” on Sina Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, which has 270,000 followers.


Rui He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Media Economics at the School of Journalism and Communication, Renmin University of China, in Beijing, China. Her interests include public opinion, social media, and health communication. She is a research member for the Public Opinion Research Center at Renmin University of China, and co-author of the China Social Development Annual Report(published annually by the center). She is also a member of China- Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) program.

Email address for correspondence:rebahe87@hotmail.com


Dr. Dan Ji is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Arts and Humanities, Shanghai Jiaotong University. She is also a Senior Researcher of the Research Center for New Media and Society in Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Dan Ji’s expertise spans a broad range of issues relating to media economics, crisis communication and culture industry. Recurrent themes in her research include public opinion and public response to crises, crisis management in times of social media.

She received a Ph.D. in economics from the School of Management at Fudan University of China.

Email: sjtujd@gmail.com


Dr Christine Lohmeier works as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Science and Media Research at the University of Munich, Germany. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Studies and Economics from the University of Passau, a M.Sc. in Media Research from the University of Stirling, Scotland and a PhD from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Being passionate about research with regards to media, belonging and migration, Christine has just completed a monograph on Cuban-Americans and the Miami Media (forthcoming with McFarland). Christine’s new research project focuses on questions at the intersection of (collective) remembering, digital media and spaces, environments and landscapes. With Christian Pentzold, she is the guest editor of a forthcoming issue of Media Culture & Society on ‘Social Media – Social Memory’. As a service to the academic community, Christine manages the editorial office of the ICA-journal Communication Theory.

Please visit christinelohmeier.com for more information.


Suruchi Mazumdar is a doctoral candidate at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She is interested in the intersection of media, politics and markets in media systems undergoing neoliberal transformations. Through a case study of news coverage of anti-industrialisation rural protests in east Indian city of Kolkata, her doctoral thesis interrogates how partisanship of commercially-run news media connects to forms of democratic communication in fragmented markets.

Suruchi has worked as a researcher on a UNESCO-supported project that assessed the state of press freedom and accountability systems in ten Southeast Asian countries. She has also researched on the globalisation of film industries and has a book chapter in Routledge-published Bollywood and Globalization The global power of popular Hindi cinema. She is currently an editorial assistant and regular author with Media Asia, a quarterly magazine and an important platform for exchange of ideas on information and communication in the Asia-Pacific region. Suruchi has a masters in Mass Communication from Nanyang Technological University. Prior to her graduate studies in Singapore, she worked as a journalist in India with national dailies like The Indian Express and Hindustan Times.


Adriana Mutu is research fellow and Ph.D candidate in Political Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona UAB, Spain. She studied Journalism and Communication Sciences at the University Alexandru Ioan Cuza of Iasi, Romania (BA, MA) and at the University of Lleida, Spain (Erasmus, MA). Her research interests deal with Media Policy and Regulation, Compa­rative Media Studies and Comparative Politics. Her Ph.D project explores systematically the relation between media systems and poli­tical systems, focusing on the institutional aspects of broadcasting regulation in Europe.

Adriana is currently working within the research group Political Elites and Parties (GREP), Department of Political Science and Public Law, Autonomous University of Barcelona. In 2013 (September – December) she was a Visiting Research Fellow in Media and Communication Studies, Department of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, working within the research group Facing the Coordination Challenge: Problems, Policies and Politics in Media and Communications Regulation.

Email: adriana.mutu@uab.cat


Jingjing Qian is a PhD candidate from Tsinghua University in China. She is interested in Global Media, Public Diplomacy and Political Communication in China.


Luping Zhao is an Associate Professor at the Communication School, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China and an Associate Research Professor in Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

Dr. Zhao’s research interests include crisis communication, public opinion, new media and the psychology of communication. In recent years, her research focused on online public opinion in crisis communication. During her time as a visiting scholar at Annenberg, she will engage in research on new media and crisis communication.

Luping Zhao holds a BA in Journalism and a PhD in Communication from the Journalism School, Fudan Universtiy.


Zheng Yixin is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of     Journalism and Communication,Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She received a B.A. in history from Renmin University of China.

Zheng Yixin’s research interests include the socialfunction of new media, as well as the impacts of new media on people’s daily lives and communication behaviors. Her most recent research focuses on public opinion in the digital age, and online expression and participation of Chinese Internet users.

E-mail: mougexiatian@163.com

2012-2013 SCHOLARS


Giovanni Ciofalo is a research professor in Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes (SPS/08) at the Faculty of Politic Sciences, Sociology, Communication of Sapienza University of Rome.

He was born in Rome on august, 22, 1974, graduated cum laude in Sociology, course of study Communication and Mass Media, in the Faculty of Sociology of Sapienza University of Rome, and achieved his Ph.D. in Sociologies of Everyday Life and Qualitative Methodologies (SPS/08), in the Department of Social Sciences and Communication of the University of Lecce. He teaches Cultural and Communicative Processes, Analysis of Cultural Industry, Laboratory of story and strategies of cultural industry, Media and Cultural Studies.

He carries out research activity for the Department of Communication and Social Research of Sapienza University of Rome, and, in particular, his scientific interests concern communication theories, cultural consumption, memory, media and cultural industry research.


Filiz Gunduz is currently an M.A student and research assistant in communication sciences at Marmara University in Istanbul,Turkey. She received her B.A in journalism from Istanbul University in Turkey. Her interest are in discourse analysis, minority discourse in new media, transformation and uprisings of muslim societies through the media.  During her visit to Annenberg she will be focused on her dissertation which is about war discourse in Turkish conservative newspapers.

E-mail address: filiz.bergerac@gmail.com


Han Xiaoning is a lecturer at the School of Journalism and Communication, Renmin University of China (RUC) in Beijing. He is also a research fellow at the Research Center of Journalism and Social Development at RUC, and the vice director of the Public Opinion Studies Center of Renmin University.
Dr. Han’s research interests include public communications, public opinion, media regulation and the media industry. From 2002 to 2006, Dr. Han participated in many projects on public opinion research for mainstream media entities and governments, and then turned to research on development of the media industry. He now focuses his research on public communications within the new media environment and media regulation with development of the media industry. During he visit to Annenberg, he will focuse on public communications and media regulation.

He holds a BA in journalism, a MA in communication, and a PhD in media economics from the School of Journalism and Communication at RUC.


A dual-qualified lawyer, Malavika spent eight years in London – with global law firm Allen & Overy in the Communications, Media & Technology group, and then with Citigroup. She relocated to India in 2006, and wears 3 hats as a practising lawyer, a Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) and a PhD scholar.

She is a partner at Jayaram & Jayaram, Bangalore, focusing on corporate/tech transactions and has a special interest in new media and the arts. At CIS, Malavika collaborates on projects that critique and respond to legislative and policy changes in the internet governance domain. A graduate of the National Law School of India, she has an LL.M. from Northwestern University, Chicago and is working on a Ph.D. on data protection and privacy, with a special focus on India’s e-governance schemes and the new biometric ID project. She is on the advisory board of the Indian Journal of Law & Technology and is the author of the India chapter for the Data Protection & Privacy volume in the Getting the Deal Done series, launching this year. She has been selected as one of 10 Indian lawyers to be featured in “The International Who’s Who of Internet e-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers 2012” directory.


Professor Aijun Lin received her BA in Law from Shantou University (1990), MA in Law from Peking University (1997) and PhD in Journalism from Fudan University (2007). She has been professor in School of Jounalism and Communication in Jinan University at Guangzhou, China since 2008. Professor Lin’s research interests focus on media law and risk communication. She has published 50 papers in top Chinese journals in journalism, and two monographs – Legal Protection for Press SupervisionGuangzhou:Jinan University Press (2008) ; Legal Protection for the Right to KnowShanghai: Fudan University Press (2010). She is the recipient of prestigious Wu Yuzhang Award for Social Science Studies in 2012.


Dr. Tarlach McGonagle is a Senior Researcher and Assistant Professor at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he is also coordinator of the specialised Information Law Masters Programme. He is an Associate Senior Researcher of the inter-university School of Human Rights Research in the Netherlands.

His expertise spans a broad range of issues relating to international and European law and policy in three main fields: the media, information and human rights. Recurrent themes in his research include freedom of expression, the rights of persons belonging to minorities and cultural and linguistic rights.

Dr. McGonagle regularly writes expert reports for various branches of the Council of Europe, OSCE and other IGOs and NGOs and is a member of the Editorial Board of the European Audiovisual Observatory. He was also one of the independent experts involved in the drafting – at the invitation of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities – of a set of international Guidelines on the use of Minority Languages in the Broadcast Media (2003). He was an invited expert speaker at the Thematic Discussion on “Racist Hate Speech” organised by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in 2012.

He has published widely on numerous aspects of the right to freedom of expression, international regulation of the media and new media, the rights of persons belonging to minorities, tolerance, human dignity, “hate speech” and various legal aspects of pluralism and diversity. See here for a fuller professional profile and selected publications.


Mengshan Ren is an Assistant Professor at the Center for International Communication Studies at Communication University of China. He holds an M.A. in International Relation and a Ph.D. from Communication University of China. He has published two books, International Communication and State Sovereignty:Globalized Communication Research in 2011 and Internet Politics: States, Citizens, and New Communication Technologies(translation) in 2010. He is a critic and columnist. He has worked in print media for 7 years as an editor and journalist. He is the author of the comments and column over 1000 since 2000. His research focuses on international/global communication, political communication, internet communication.


Mike S. Schäfer is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Journalism and Communications at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Schäfer’s recent studies have focused on Transnational Communication about Climate Change. Apart from climate change, Schäfer has interest in intercultural communication, the transnationalization of public spheres, web 2.0, civil society and international communication. His recent noontime seminar at CGCS can be seen in full here.


Jinghong Xu is currently an Associate Professor of Communication at the School of Humanities, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, China. He is also a post-doctor candidate at the Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

His research focuses on new media communication, media ethics and law, information law and Internet law, especially Internet Governance, online privacy and copyright, etc.

He got a BA of English, MA of Journalism and Ph.D.of Communication.


Zhao Jin is a Research Associate at the School of Journalism and
Communication, Renmin University of China (RUC) in Beijing.
She obtained her PhD Degree in Media Economics and M.A in Journalism.

Dr. Zhao’s research interests include International Communication,
Political Communication, Media Regulation, Online Activities and
Motives,  Media and Children Development. Now she is engaged in
two projects : “Ipad Practices among preschool children and influence on
their development—A survey from a middle–class community in Beijing”
and “China Foreign News Media Regulations: Effect Study on
Managing Policy of Foreign News Agencies and Journalists in China”.

Dr. Zhao has participated in several projects on online public opinion
research and published several papers in leading Chinese academic
journals, including the Journal of International Communication; China
Radio & TV Academic Journal; Journalism and Communication; Chinese
Journalist, etc.


Zhao Yunze is an associate professor at the school of journalism and communication at Renmin University of China (RUC) in Beijing. He is also the Editorial Director ofJOURNALISM EVOLUTION, and directs the community newspapers of NEWS WEEKLY in campus. His research focuses on media convergence, new media, cross culture communication and media history. He heads the research group “Factors of China’s Image Construction From Outside” which funded by Chinese Education Department and the group “Interpretive History of Chinese Journalism History” which funded by RUC. He has published several books and articles in communications and sociological journals.

Zhao Yunze holds a Ph.D. in journalism from the Renmin University of China.

Email: yunzezhao@vip.sina.com


Zhang Tianpei is a Ph.D. candidate in communication at Renmin University of China. She received a master’s degree in media economics from the University, and an undergraduate degree in journalism as well. Her interests are in international communication, visual communication and media economics. She has published many articles, including “Strengthen the Operability of Journalistic Ethics”,“Community Culture Based on Cell Phone” and “The Sprint of Olympic Sportscast”. She is also a member of many projects, “Neuro-communication: Media Brand Using Electroencephalograph”, “The Effect of Media Information Delivery of Sinopec” and “Evaluation of corporates’ network public opinion”.

During her time as a visiting scholar at Annenberg, she will focus on international communication, visual communication and media regulation.

Email address for correspondence: ztpdb@hotmail.com

2011-2012 SCHOLARS


Dong Leshuo is a PhD candidate specializing in international communication at the School of Journalism and Communication at Tsinghua University in China. Her research interests lie in international public relations, public diplomacy and framing. At CGCS, she plans to continue her research project and also focus on China’s international public relations efforts in US. She has published several papers in leading Chinese academic journals, including theJournal of International Communication and Chinese Journalist. As a member of IAMCR, she has also presented several papers at the annual conference. She is also an assistant editor of Global Media Journal which is an academic journal co-published by Purdue and Tsinghua. She holds a MA in Journalism from Tsinghua University, and a BA in media communication from China Agricultural University.


Duan Yundong is an associate professor of Fine Arts School at Southwest University in Chongqing China. Duan Yundong obtained the PhD Degree in Film Studies at Chinese National Art Academy in Beijing, and M.A in film studies at Southwest University.

His research interests include film studies, visual communication, cyber space in a comparative perspective, and art history. Duan Yundong chose the cinematic metaphor as his PhD thesis, which involved the nature, types, and mechanism of the cinematic image. Now he is engaged in three projects; The first is “the problematic history of Chinese mainstream film” which was founded by the National Planning Office of Art Studies; The second is “studies of cinematic metaphor”, which was founded by the Educational Ministry of China; The last is “new media and the cultural governance in China”, which was founded by Southwest University.

He has published a monograph and more than 40 articles. They are: Film: As an Art of Metaphor (which was revised from his PhD thesis); and many articles published in Chinese academic journals, such as the Journal of Literature and Art Studies, Contemporary Cinema, Film Art, Modern Communication, World Cinema, Television Studies, and so on.


Yan Gao is a PhD candidate specializing in New Media Communication at the School of Journalism and Communication, Renmin Universtiy of China. Her research interests lie in new media communication, and media and social transformation. At CGCS, she will do research to explore how new media communication, especially mobile phone communication, affects human perception, understanding, feeling, and values; and the impact of new media on social cohesion and civic engagement.

She holds a MA in communication from Renmin University of China, and a BA in Broadcast and Television Journalism from Shantou University.


Christian Schemer is a senior researcher at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He holds a PhD in Communication Science from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and an M.A. in Communication from the University of Mainz, Germany.

His research focuses on cognitive, affective, and attitudinal effects of news media reporting and advertising in political campaigns. Additional research interests include media effects on intergroup emotions and stereotypes and research methodology.


Miriam Stehling is research fellow and PhD student at the Institute of Communications and Media Culture at the Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany. Her PhD research focuses on the reception and appropriation of the global reality television format „Top Model“ in different cultural contexts. For this, she conducts qualitative audience research in form of focus groups in Germany and the US. The study is based on the theoretical frameworks of the concept of transculturality, cultural studies and governmentality studies. During her research visit at the CGCS, Miriam will conduct focus groups research on the appropriation of “America’s Next Top Model“.

Miriam holds an M.A. in Cultural Studies with specializations in Business Administration, Language & Communications as well as Media & Public Relations from the Leuphana University of Lueneburg. She was Erasmus exchange student at the Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona in 2006/07 and completed an internship at the German Embassy in Washington D.C. in 2008.

She teaches classes at the Leuphana University of Lueneburg in the field of media commmunications and media culture and has published articles and presented papers on the topics of global reality television formats, transcultural research and the female enterprising self in reality tv (in German: “Die ‚Unternehmerin ihrer selbst‘ im Reality TV: Geschlechtsspezifische Anrufungen und Aushandlungen in Germany’s next Topmodel“).


Dr. Taegyu Son is a professor at the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Dankook University, South Korea. He teaches Media Law, Media Ethics, Media and Politics, and Writing & Reporting.

He is currently a vice president of the Korean Association for Information Society. He was a vice chairperson of the Korean Communications Standard Commission, a member of the Deliberation Committee for Presidential Election Broadcasting, the Korean Broadcastings Commission, a member of the Editorial Board of the Korean Journal of Journalism & Communication Studies, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Kwanhun Journal.

He has published two books, Traditional Press and New Media: the Future of Journalistsand A Call for Freedom of the Press and a Free Press in Seoul in 2011.

Dr. Son was a correspondent to the Presidential Office, the National Assembly, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and the National Police Agency for the Hankook Ilbo (Korean Daily) in Seoul,

He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut at Storrs in the United States, and a Ph.D. in Journalism & Mass Comm. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Zhou Baohua is an associate professor at the Journalism School, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He is also a research fellow of the Center for Information and Communication Studies and associate director of Media and Public Opinion Research Centre (FMORC) of Fudan University. His research focuses on new media, public opinion and media effects. His current research projects include social differentiation, media use, opinion expression and political participation in China, media use and identity of new migrants in Shanghai, new media and journalism, and comparative foreign TV news around the world, among others. His works have appeared in Asian Journal of Communication,Chinese Journal of CommunicationCommunication & Society, and various major journals in the field of communication in China.

2010-2011 SCHOLARS


Lucy M. Abbott is a PhD candidate at the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) at Durham University, U.K. and will be spending the Fall 2010 semester with CGCS. As part of her PhD training, she studied Arabic at the University of Edinburgh and Kalimat Language Centre in Cairo, Egypt. She holds a BA (Hons) in Modern European Languages and a Master’s in International Relations (Middle East), also from Durham.

Her research focuses on Arab countries’ contemporary experiences of mass media and politics from a theoretical perspective. Her PhD dissertation focuses on the role of transnational Arab satellite television as a non-state actor catalyzing or stifling public debate. Other research interests include critical media studies, cyberpolitics, media regulation and political theory.

Her most recent paper presentations include ‘The Structural Idealization of the Arab Public Sphere’ in March 2010 at the Eleventh Mediterranean Research Meeting at the European University Institute and ‘Jordanian Youth in Cyberspace: Modes of Expression in the ‘Arab Public Sphere’’ in June 2010 at the ‘e-Arabic and Cyberspace: The Marginalized Voices’ symposium at Durham.


Etienne Candel is in charge of the Digital Media Communication Master’s Program and research development at CELSA (the Graduate School of Journalism and Communication – Sorbonne University, France). His research focuses on the links between digital innovations and cultural transformations. Specific questions that he analyzes include how digital media transforms traditional mediations and how the legacy of social mediations, in return, elaborates and “fills” these media. Candel is also working on the practices and social representations of marketers when developing communication strategies, especially using new media. He is an Alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS Ulm) and of the Political Science Institute of Paris (Sciences Po).

For the past seven years, Etienne Candel has specialized in the analysis of relations between digital innovation and cultural transformations. His doctoral thesis (2007) focused on a semiotics approach to online participatory literary criticism. The overarching goal of his research is to understand how cultural traditions and inherited mediations get affected and modified by the fact that they are now written by digital media, and how they inspire these global writing practices.

He has recently questioned the effective impact of technical innovation on reading practices, and the way people use cultural objects to identify themselves on social networking sites. As a major result of these studies, he argues that the generalized use of connotation is a means to gain social and symbolic value.

His research stresses digital culture phenomena including matching between social media users, creative editing structures such as tagclouds, and forms and genres like portals, blogs or micro-blogging platforms. He focuses on interpreting and understanding the different dimensions of media – social, semiotic and technical issues that compose websites or any kind of digital media form as a complex object that requires an in-depth analysis from historical and social perspectives.


Paolo Cavaliere is a joint visiting scholar at Penn Law School and CGCS.

Paolo Cavaliere earned a PhD in International Law and Economics at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. As a Teaching Fellow, he has taught Public Law, Italian and European Constitutional Law, Media Law, Regional Law and Constitutional Justice. He also holds a law degree from the University of Pavia and an LLM in Public Law from University College, London.

As his main background is in constitutional law, his main research interests are e-democracy and regulation of media pluralism. He is currently developing research on the different regulative toolkits in the news market within the European Countries and their effectiveness in enhancing pluralism and fostering a supranational European identity.

He is also member of the scientific advisory board of the newly launched Medialaws.eu, a website which aims to provide a forum for discussion within the international community of media lawyers.


Dr. Yang Chen is an associate professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, Renmin University of China (RUC) in Beijing. She is also a research fellow at the Research Center of Journalism and Social Development at RUC, and the editor of the Journal of International Communication. In 2008, she and her colleagues initiated the First National Youth Communication Scholars Conference in Beijing. The second conference was held in Shanghai in 2009, and the third conference will be held in Nanjing in October 2010.

According to the search result of CNKI (1978-2006), a leading academic database in Chinese, she is the most-cited researcher in journalism and communication studies born in the 1970s. When she entered into the academic field a decade ago, her research interest was gender and communication. Now her research interests have turned to political communication, media and social transformation, the index of media performance in China and quantitative research methods. Her most recent publications include papers on the transformation of professionalism in Chinese journalism, new media and citizenship in China, and the neo-liberalist telecommunication policy turn in China during the past decade. During her visit to Annenberg, she will focuses on the media effect on Chinese youth in a globalized society.

She holds a BA and MA in journalism from the School of Journalism and Communication at RUC and a PhD degree from the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Oulai Bertrand Goué is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Communication at the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, France. His research focuses on media ethics in a context of a civil war, and consists of a comparative study of the coverage that the Ivorian, French, British and U.S. press gave to the crisis in the Cote d’Ivoire from 2002 to 2007. A Cote d’Ivoire native, Goué plans to propose a blueprint that would help manage the impact that the media have in conflict zones. The ultimate objective of his work is to contribute to building and reinforcing post-conflict stability and democracy in Africa and other regions of the world.

Goué holds an M.A. in Companies and Institutions Communication from the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle (France), a B.A. in Political Science and Communication from the University of Versailles (France), a B.Sc. in Business from the Paris Graduate School of Management (France) and a degree in Companies Communication from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce et de Gestion des Entreprises (Cote d’Ivoire). He has professional experience with global PR agencies (Winters Advertising & Public Relations in the United States, and Lowe Stratéus and Occurrence in France) and with the UNDP in Cote d’Ivoire.


Nurhan Kavakli is a PhD student in Journalism at the Faculty of Communication at Ankara University, Turkey. Her dissertation research focuses on the Internet as a public sphere and consists of a comparison of old media and the Internet.  Her research interests include the media and globalization, the history of Turkish journalism and new media and journalism.

She is the author of The History of a Newspaper: Aksam and she has published several papers in Turkish academic journals, including Culture and Communication and Social History.

She holds two MA’s, one in journalism from Northeastern University (Boston), and another in Broadcasting and Communication from Marmara University (Istanbul). She received her BA from the Faculty of Communication at Istanbul University. Before starting her doctorate study, she worked as a journalist at Cumhuriyet, a national daily newspaper in Turkey.


Eleanor Marchant is a joint Visiting Scholar at the Center for Global Communication Studies and the Programme for Comparative Media Law & Policy (PCMLP) at Oxford University.

Eleanor most recently served as the Program Officer for Media Development Loan Fund (MDLF), a New York-based nonprofit that funds developing world journalism. There, she helped MDLF develop its approach to supporting new and online media and also directed an evaluation of the organization’s impact on independent media.

Eleanor has also previously worked as a Visiting Fellow at the Media Institute, an east African press freedom organization based in Kenya. Here she covered the media during the 2007 Kenyan presidential election for the Institute’s quarterly media review magazine,Expression Today, and served as the Assistant Editor for the magazine’s first edition covering the post-election violence.

Since 2007, Eleanor has also consulted for Freedom House as a West African analyst for the organization’s annual surveys – Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press. Prior to that she worked for Freedom House as the Assistant Editor for the Freedom of the Presssurvey and as a Research Associate focused on media freedom and civic movements.


Dr. Manuel Puppis is a senior research and teaching associate and the managing director of the division “Media & Politics” at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research (IPMZ), University of Zurich, Switzerland. He will be visiting CGCS as a Short Term Visiting Scholar in January and February 2011. Puppis holds a PhD in Communication Science and an M.A. in Communication Science (major subject), Political Science and Economic and Social History (minor subjects) from the University of Zurich.

His research interests include media policy, media regulation and media governance, media systems in a comparative perspective, political communication and organization theory. Puppis wrote his PhD thesis about self-regulatory organizations in the media sector, focusing on press councils in European countries. He is currently involved in a 4-year research project called “Internationalization, mediatization, and the accountability of regulatory agencies” which is funded by the National Center of Competence in Research “Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century”, a multi-disciplinary research program launched by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

His publications include: “Media Governance: A New Concept for the Analysis of Media Policy and Regulation” (Communication, Culture & Critique 2010); the special issue “Media Diversity in Small States – Limited Options for Media Regulation?” (International Communication Gazette 2009; with Leen d’Haenens); “National Media Regulation in the Era of Free Trade. The Role of Global Media Governance” (European Journal of Communication 2008); the student text book “Introduction to Media Policy” (in German, UVK 2010) as well as the forthcoming volume “Trends in Communication Policy Research. New Theories, Methods and Subjects” (ECREA Book Series, Intellect 2011; with Natascha Just).


Ermitte St. Jacques is a National Science Foundation Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communication.

She recently received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida. Her dissertation research concerns the relationship between the economic integration of Senegalese and Gambian immigrants in Catalonia, Spain and their participation in transnational activities that enable them to maintain multiple social ties with their countries of origin. At CGCS/ASC Ermitte will examine the influence of new media and mobile communication technologies in the maintenance of transnational ties.


Xu linjia is a PhD candidate specializing in Media and Social Development at the School of Journalism and Communication, Renmin University of China in Beijing. Her research interests include: health communications, brand communications and public opinions. She is concentrating on designing effective public service announcements and communications about public health emergencies. She has also worked on measuring audience’s reactions to different mediums with ERP experiments.

She has published several papers in leading Chinese academic journals, including the Journal of International Communication, Editor’s Friend, Press Outpost, and Modern Advertising. She is also an editorial board member of the book Marketing Revolution – Review of the New Media Era of Marketing Case, Renmin University Press (2009.10). She has conducted a number of research projects on brand communications and public opinions for medium, governments and companies.

She holds a MA in media economics and a BA in broadcasting and communications, both from the School of Journalism and Communication, Renmin University of China.


Professor Guoming Yu is vice dean of Journalism and Communication School of Renmin University of China. He is also the director of the Public Opinion Studies Center of Renmin University of China. Under his direction, the center initiated opinion research and polling as well as hundreds of leading projects for main-stream media and governments.

Professor Yu’s research interests include communication methodology, media economics, public opinions and new media. He has published 15 books and more than 300 papers.

He is the president of China Media Economics and Management Association, vice president of Chinese Association of Communication, standing director of China Youth Research Association. He is also the adjunct professor of Tsinghua University, Beijing Normal University, Communication University of China, Fudan University and so on.


Zhang Haihua is a PhD candidate specializing in Media Study at the School of Journalism and Communication, Peking University in China. Haihua is doing a comparative study of TV news formats of China mainland, Taiwan and the US. Her research interests include TV journalism, intellectuals in the public space, new media and social change. At CGCS, she plans to continue her research project and also focus on TV media participation of intellectuals. Haihua received her BA and MA from the School of Journalism and Communication, Renmin University of China. After receiving her degrees she worked for an investigative column called News Probe at China Central Television (CCTV) for more than three years.


Yonghua Zhang completed her undergraduate studies at Yunnan Normal University in 1977 (when Mainland China had not yet started the degree-conferring system in its universities). She obtained an M.A. in English language and literature (Shanghai International Studies University, 1983) and a Ph.D. in communication studies (Fudan University, Shanghai, 2003), was a Fulbright senior-level research visiting scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California from March 1995 to January 1996, and a Rockefeller visiting scholar in residence at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Coma (near Milan), Italy from August to September 1999. She is currently a professor and chair of the Department of Journalism and Communication, School of Film and TV Art & Technology, and Director of the Center for International Communication Studies and Vice Director of the Film, TV and Media Research Institute, Shanghai University. She is also Vice President of the Chinese Association of Global Communication (CAGC) affiliated with the Chinese Society of Journalism History.

She has taught in Yunnan Normal University (1977-1980), Shanghai International Studies University (1983-2003) and Shanghai University (2004 to present). During her academic career, Professor Zhang has published over 90 academic papers, several books and a number of book chapters. Her research areas are: mass communication theories, international and intercultural communication, and Internet communication.

2009-2010 SCHOLARS


Carla Ganito is currently a PhD candidate in Communication Sciences at Portuguese Catholic University. Her thesis addresses questions of gender and technology, focusing on the gendered use and representation of the mobile phone. Ganito has lectured at the Human Sciences Faculty of the Portuguese Catholic University since 2001, and teaches an undergraduate course on Digital Communication and Marketing.

Ganito holds an MBA on Information Management and Marketing and an MA on Information Management. Her Masters dissertation was on “The Impact of Mobility on the Content Industry: Mobile Entertainment Trends in Portugal”.

Her research interests are new media, gender and technology, technology and education and mobile communications. She is the author of Mobile Phone as Entertainment (Paulus, 2007).

Read our Q&A with Carla, who explains how she became interested in gender and mobile phones, and the title of her presentation on May 20, 2010One is not made, but rather becomes, a feminine mobile telephone.


Lu Jiannan is a PhD student specializing in Media and Social Development at the School of Journalism and Communication, Renmin University of China in Beijing. She has conducted a number of research projects on media events and national image; public opinion and social development; media management during crisis communication; and media branding during the Beijing Olympics. Her research includes a strong focus on new media and crisis communication. At CGCS, Jiannan’s research will focus on the impact of new media on crisis communication and public opinion, through a comparative study of China and the United States.


Rob McMahon is a PhD candidate in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include journalism studies and normative media theory.

Rob’s proposed research project while at CGCS involves examining the potential of applying principles of conflict analysis and intercultural communication to journalism practice in order to improve news coverage of Aboriginal communities in Canada.

In 2009, Rob attended the CEU Summer School on Media, Democratization and International Development: Foundations for a More Robust Research Agenda, jointly organized by CGCS and the Center for Media and Communication Studies at Central European University.

He holds a BA from the University of Victoria (History and Writing), and an MJ (Masters of Journalism) from the University of British Columbia. His professional experience includes working as a Communications and Consultation Officer with the Federal Treaty Negotiation Branch at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and as a freelance journalist for a variety of publications.


Sébastien Mort is a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris).

His research centers on the interplay of politics and the media in the United States. Within this area of study, he is interested in the overall media strategy of conservatives, focusing on traditional media (television, newspapers, and radio) and on direct mediation (performance and happening.) Questions of political communication and media strategy, political bias in the media, infotainment and listener’s and viewer’s reception are some of his fields of interest. He published “La Contestation conservatrice sur les ondes aux Etats-Unis” in Les Conservateurs américains se mobilisent: l’autre culture conservatrice (2008), éditions Autrement, and wrote an article on the surveillance of the cyberspace, due for publication in January 2010 in theRevue Française d’Etudes Nord-Américaines.

His dissertation focuses on the influence of conservative talk radio on U.S. politics from the abrogation of the Fairness Doctrine in 1987 to Operation Chaos, organized by talk radio host Rush Limbaugh during the 2008 primaries, in order to boost Hillary Clinton’s campaign and ultimately wreak havoc in the Democratic Party.


Carlo Nardella is a Ph.D student in Sociology in the Department of Social and Political Studies at the University of Milan, Italy. He holds an M.A. in Social and Public Communication and a B.A. in Communication from the University of Padua, Italy. In 2009 he attended the Summer School in Research on Religion, Culture and Society in Europe at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

His research lies at the intersection of religion and the media. He specializes in mass communication, sociology of religion and the interplay between media, religion and culture. His interests cover how religious imagery is portrayed in the media and the distinctions between the sacred and the profane.

His Ph.D dissertation examines the relationship between advertising and religion by focusing on the presence of religious symbolism in magazine advertisements and the employment of modern advertising techniques by religious organizations. At CGCS Carlo will explore in a comparative perspective the relationship between advertising and religion in the United States and Italy.


Sahana Udupa is a doctoral candidate at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India. Her work explores the interface between the globalising city of Bangalore and the new news cultures that have emerged after 1990, with a broader goal of theorising the inter-relationship between contemporary journalistic practices and formation of publics.

She has previously worked as a research associate for a sociological study on the IT professionals in Bangalore and Europe. Her articles have been published in Economic and Political Weekly and e-social sciences and some are under review. She also has professional experience in print and television journalism. She continues to write for English and Kannada (regional language) newspapers and literary magazines.

In May 2010, Sahana wrote an article, “Mediatized India: Publics, Policy, and Politics of Media Visibility”, for the India in Transition series hosted by the Center for the Advanced Study of India. The full article is available here.


Wang Qin, a PhD candidate at the School of Journalism and Communication of Renmin University in Beijing, is spending the spring 2010 semester with CGCS.

Qin’s research interests include media law and China’s new media. At CGCS, she plans to undertake a comparative study of the media’s role in a democracy and a pre-democracy regime. After returning to China, she’ll continue to explore the relationship among new media, citizenship and social transition in China.

Qin has accumulated nine years working experience with several major media outlets in China, including Southern Metropolis Daily, Beijing News and Caijing Magazine. She received her MA in Chinese literature from Nanjing University and in law from Peking University.


Long Yun is professor and Deputy Director of the National Center for Radio & Television Studies (NCTRS) at the Communication University of China (CUC).

She holds a PhD from Fudan University and was the 2003-2004 International Scholar Exchange Fellowship Laureate at the Korea University in Seoul. Long’s research focus on media ratings, combining audience psychology, communication effects and media policy. Based on a long term audience survey, her work Television & Violence: Study on the Cultivation Function of Chinese Mass Media (2005) explains the effects of TV violence in mainland China.

Her areas of interest include mass media effects, audience analysis, communication policy and institute transition, media ethics issues, and new media.


Augusto Valeriani (Phd) is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the department of Politics, Institution and History at the University of Bologna (Italy) where he lectures in Mass Media and International Politics. Augusto has published many articles, in Italian and English, on journalistic culture, mass media systems and international politics, with a focus on the Middle East. He is author of the 2005 monograph Il giornalismo arabo (Arab Journalism) and co-editor of the 2009 volume Un Hussein alla Casa Bianca (A Hussein at the White House) on the Arab Media representations of Obama Presidential Campaign. Augusto translated, edited and wrote the foreword for Philip Hammond’s Italian edition of Media, War and Postmodernity (Routledge, 2008).

At CGCS Augusto explored the transformation of international politics and its journalistic representation in the new media environment. His research will focus on the Bush administration’s public diplomacy and media relations efforts related to the “War on Terror.” A further concern is the Obama administration’s use of old and new media to promote its vision. The relationship between the United States and the Arab world is a central research question.

2008-2009 SCHOLARS


Altug Akin is a PhD student at the Faculty of Communication & Advertising at Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, and a member of research group GRISS (Grupo de Investigación en Imagen, Sonido y Síntesis – Image, Sound and Synthesis Research Group) at the same university. His interests lie at the intersection of media, culture, and society, with a focus on the transformations being witnessed in the recent epoch, such as digitalization, migration, de-regulation, and the role of media in fostering national subjectivity in this intensively globalized era. In this context, Turkish media experience – particularly in relation with Europe and the Middle East – constitutes the core of his research activities. Mr. Akin completed his Masters studies in Engineering Management Information Systems at Royal Institute of Technology, and in Journalism Studies at Stockholm University, both in Sweden. Prior to his studies in Barcelona, he taught at the Izmir University of Economics, Turkey.


Anne Chen graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary and is a graduate of Yale Law School. At Yale Law, Anne was a Student Fellow with the Information Society Project and has edited both the Yale Journal on Regulation and the Yale Journal of Law and Technology. She has researched and written on the role of technology in public benefits programs and the legal ramifications of online collaboration.


Deng Lifeng is currently a Ph.D. student at the School of Journalism and Communication, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He has worked as an instructor at the Department of Journalism, China Youth College for Political Science in Beijing.

Lifeng’s research interests include the history and theories of mass communication, and the political economy of communication, mass media and nationalism in China. At CGCS, he will be conducting dissertation research on the political economy of press commercialization in the United States, in particular, focusing on the corporation’s influence in journalism and its social impact. Using North American countries as a benchmark, ultimately he hopes to explore China’s media commercialization and an alternative modernization route for Chinese news media.


Liu Hailong, PhD, is a lecturer at the School of Journalism and Communication of the Renmin University of China in Beijing, where he teaches communication theory to undergraduate and graduate students.

His current research interests lie in two areas: the history of Chinese communication studies between 1978 and 2008, and the ideas of propaganda in the 20th century, from total war to public diplomacy. He is also interested in fan culture and the relationship between mass media and nationalism in China.

He is the author of Mass Communication Theory: Paradigm and School (2008) and co-author of Introducing the Media Today (2005). He has translated four books on communication and journalism into Chinese: Milestones in Mass Communication Research: Media Effect; News That Matters: Television and American Opinion; Introducing Communication Theory: Analysis and Application; and The Elements of Journalism.

As a visiting scholar at the Annenberg School, his research will focus on a comparison study between the ideas of propaganda in China and the United States.


Ana Keshelashvili is an Assistant Professor at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, School of Journalism and Media Management, where she teaches basic and advanced reporting and writing. Before gaining her Master of Mass Communication from Louisiana State University she worked as a print and TV reporter and a PR officer for non-profit organizations. Keshelashvili was also a country leader of circuit riders providing ICT consulting to different non-governmental groups. Keshelashvili’s research interests lie in policies related to new technologies, and the knowledge gap and socio-psychological aspects of technology use.


Ole J. Mjøs is a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen, Norway. He obtained his PhD in Media and Communications from University of Westminster, UK (2007) and his MA in Transnational Communications and the Global Media from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2003). Ole’s professional experience in the media and creative industries includes work in television documentary production, and contributions on many records within the wide genre of electronic music released on European record labels.

Mjøs’s research interests center around the relationship between media and globalization. His post doctoral research project is titled News Corporation, the Internet, Myspace.com: New Theoretical Perspectives on Media Globalization. The research project has two main aims: 1) To explore as a case study key strategies of one of the world’s largest global media conglomerates, and 2) To contribute to the theoretical understanding of the process of media globalization through the study of this Internet based case. Ole is also working on a monograph titled Media Globalization and Discovery Channel Networks, which is under contract with Routledge.


Ferruh Yilmaz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Tulane University (from July 2009). Before becoming an academic, Yilmaz had a long career as a journalist, producer, columnist and public relations officer. His professional experience includes working with the DR (Denmark), Cumhuriyet (Turkey), BBC World Service (UK), and The Board for Ethnic Equality (DK).

Yilmaz’s research is concerned with the culturalization of the political discourse in Europe through the debate on immigration, pushing the entire political spectrum to the right. He is particularly interested in analyzing how discursive resources such as nationalism, ethnicity, racism, religion, and culture are politically mobilized to create and institutionalize new type of social divisions. He is also interested in more theoretical and analytical questions such as hegemony, the nature of meaning, reality-mind relationship, and how to analyze them through concrete data. Publications include “Religion as Rhetorical Resource: The Muslim immigrant in (Danish) Public Discourse” in Lynn Schofield Clark (ed.), Religion, Media, and the Marketplace (2007).


Zhao Fei is a PhD candidate at the School of Journalism and Communication of Tsinghua University in Beijing and a research assistant at the Tsinghua International Center for Communication Studies and at the Tsinghua Comprehensive AIDS research center. She also serves as a Training Assistant for the National Spokespersons Training Program. While at Annenberg, she plans to research communication strategies and effects research on cancer prevention and treatment.

Zhao’s research interests include health communication, political communication, studies of effects of mass media coverage on diseases and health issues, and cancer prevention communication.

2007-2008 SCHOLARS


Dr. Ibrahim Al-Marashi is the first jointly hosted visiting scholar between the Middle East Center and CGCS in Spring 2008. He is an assistant professor at Bahcesehir University, Faculty of Communication, where he teaches courses on media and the Middle East. He is also an adjunct instructor at Bogazici University’s History Department, where he teaches courses on the modern history of Iraq, and Iran. He obtained his Dphil at University of Oxford, completing a thesis on the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, part of which was plagiarized by the British government in Feb. 2003 prior to the Iraq War. He is an Iraqi-American who lived at various times in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt and Morocco, and has travelled extensively through the Middle East.

Al-Marashi’s research interests are generally related to media and politics and media and conflict.  His ongoing research also examines the role of media and politics in Turkey and Iran.  In terms of greater interests in the region, his work deals with the role of media and terrorism, how domestic and international politics are reflected in local pop culture and film history of the Middle East.  Furthermore, he also examines how mainstream Western media covers the region, particularly focusing on coverage of the 1991 and 2003 wars in Iraq. During the semester, he intends to complete a book examining the relationship between the Iraqi state and media following the 2003 Iraq War.

He will be teaching a course on Imagery, Media and Middle East Politics.


Kate Coyer is post-doctoral research fellow with the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the Center for Media and Communication Studies at Central European University (CEU).  In fall 2007, Coyer will teach COMM490 – Transnational Communication and the Global Media to undergraduate students at Annenberg.

Coyer has taught at the University of California, Berkeley and Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she received her PhD in Media and Communications in 2005. She has been producing radio and organizing media campaigns for the past twenty years and has helped build community radio stations in the US and Tanzania. Her recent publications include Handbook of Alternative Media (co-edited, forthcoming 2007), a media policy brief in Global Media and Communications, and chapters in Global Media, Global Activism, and News Inc: Corporate Media Ownership and its Threat to Democracy (co-authored with Pete Tridish).

Coyer’s research centers on a comparative study of community broadcasting policy among the European Union member states, with special attention afforded to the newest EU members in Central and Eastern Europe.  Community broadcasting remains an emergent sector representing an important and often overlooked site of innovation in communication, community building and fostering of the democratic process. Her research seeks to provide a better framework for understanding the diversity and breadth of the sector and the basis for consideration of any potential role European Union initiatives could play in support of the movement for community broadcasting.


Claudia Giocondo is a PhD student in Cultures of Communication at Catholic University of Milan (Italy). She has been working as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science of the same University, for the courses of Media Studies and Media and Politics. She also works for OSSCOM, a media research center specialized in processes and actual transformations of the media system and the Italian cultural industry. Her research is focalized on media language, models of fruition and media trends, through analysis of traditional and new media.

Giocondo’s research interests include media use, media effects on politics, power relations between media and policy, and qualitative and non standard methodological approaches. Her present research project investigates the construction of scandal or political media events in Italy and examines how and why the media system and the political system are interconnected in the creation of a case of corruption or scandal. The basic assumption is the central role of media, as instrument of influence for public opinion or decisional and contractual power about definition of a political case, through a process of construction of news, sometimes as events.


Simon Haselock is co-founder and Director of Albany Associates.  He has a long track record of working with media in transitional and post-conflict countries.  Haselock was the Deputy High Representative for Media Affairs in the Office of The High Representative (OHR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he created the organization for broadcast frequency spectrum management and licensing and provided everyday guidance on the public presentation of policy. As Temporary Media Commissioner in Kosovo he was responsible for the regulation of both the print and broadcast media in accordance with best international practice. He also began the process of building the legal structure and ethical environment necessary to enable independent media in Kosovo to flourish. He then served as the Director of Public Information for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

From 2003 until April 2006, Haselock was the Head of the Media Development and Regulatory Advisory Team in Iraq. In this capacity, he was responsible for establishing an Iraqi National Communications and Media Commission and has been involved in the development of other media infrastructure programs including training and the creation of a new Iraqi public broadcasting service, encouraging a commercial broadcasting sector and the development of journalistic ethics and professional self regulation.

Haselock is currently managing an Albany Associates project in Darfur funded by the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and the Governments of Canada and the Netherlands. The project was established to assist the African Union and the UN communicate the Darfur peace process to ordinary Darfurians and to help ensure local ownership of the issues, the negotiations themselves and any settlement that may emerge. Haselock served for 23 years with Royal Marines and was responsible for assisting in the development of media policy in the UK Ministry of Defence and was the NATO spokesman in Sarajevo immediately after the Dayton Agreement.

Haselock is interested in the apparent gap between domestic politicians’ understanding of the need to explain and win popular support for their programs and policy and the failure to follow this same logic through to policy and programs overseas, particularly in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. He also wants to understand more about the gap between the political imperative for quick impact and the bureaucratic capacity to deliver.


Fei Jiang, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Institute of Journalism & Communication, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China. Dr. Jiang is Director for the Center of World Media Studies (CWMS), Deputy Secretary-in-General for the Communication Association of China (CAC). He was a visiting scholar in the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK) of Stockholm University (2004) and a visiting scholar of Toronto University and University of British Columbia (UBC) where he was awarded of ®Special Award of Canadian Studies Program in 2005.

Dr. Jiang is engaged in communication theory, intercultural communication theory and post-colonial theory studies. He was the author of Post-colonial Context for Intercultural Communication (2005) and Editor-in-Chief for Foreign Media in China (2005). Now he is sponsoring two national projects: Framework for Intercultural Communication Theory and Media Discourse. As a 2007-2008 visiting scholar at the Annenberg School, funded by Ford Foundation, his proposal is “Covering China: How American Scholars and Mass Media Decides How Common Americans See China.”


David Levy is an Associate Fellow in Media & Communications at the Said Business School in the University of Oxford. Until September 2007 he was Controller, Public Policy at the BBC where he was responsible for a wide range of UK & EU policy issues and for developing Charter Review policy and representing the BBC in liaison with Government and regulators in what was the most testing Charter Review and Licence Fee debate to date.  He started his BBC career as a talks writer and current affairs producer in the BBC World Service and then moved to BBC News where he worked as a TV and radio reporter, producer, and programme editor, reporting for File on 4, and for Newsnight and editing Analysis the weekly public policy programme on Radio 4.

He was educated at the Universities of York, London (LSE) and Nuffield College, Oxford, from where he holds a Doctorate in Twentieth Century French History. His personal account of national and EU approaches to broadcasting regulation and convergence, Europe’s Digital Revolution, was published by Routledge.  Other publications include ‘The European information Society’ in Rhodes, Heywood et al, Developments in West European Politics.

Levy is interested in the changing role, rationale and regulation for Public Service Broadcasting, the interactions between national & transnational (EU) regulation, the policymaking process and the links between academic policy work & policymaking. While at Annenberg he will be researching and writing about the BBC Charter Review process.

Read his visit summary.

Access his BBC Charter Review presentation.


Issam Mousa has been a Professor of Mass Communication at the Middle East University for Graduate Studies, Jordan’s only university with an MA course in mass communication and journalism, since September 2005. He previously worked for Yarmouk University, and holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington in Seattle. His research interests include Arab and Jordanian Media; the Arab image in the United States; the Arabs in the First Communication Revolution; and development communication.

Publications include The Arab Image in the U.S. Press (in English: PeterLang, 1984, translated in to Arabic in 2005), An Introduction to Mass Communication (in Arabic; 5th edition 2003), The Development of Jordan Press: 1920-1997 (in Arabic), The Arabs in the First Communication Revolution (In Arabic + The Canadian Journal Of Communication),The Development of Arab Mass Culture (in Arabic: UAE Strategic Center).


Hakan Seckinelgin is a Lecturer in International Social Policy in the Department of Social Policy, LSE. His postgraduate research focused on international ethics and methodological questions raised in the study of international relations. He is also involved in gender studies research.  His book International Politics of HIV/AIDS: Global Disease-Local Pain was published by Routledge in July 2007. His publications include The Environment and International Politics: International Fisheries, Heidegger and Social Method (Routledge 2006). He has also co-edited several books and a number of chapters and articles in scholarly journals, including Ethics and International Relations (Palgrave 2001), with Hideaki Shinoda, Gendering the International (Palgrave 2002), with Louiza Odysseos, and Exploring Civil Society: Political and Cultural Contexts (Routledge 2004), with Marlies Glasius and David Lewis.

Seckinelgin is involved with various research projects exploring the implications of expanding discussions of civil society within the international policy circles, management of non-governmental organisations, and policy interventions developed by these actors on specific issues. More specifically he is working on the impact of international HIV/AIDS policies on the disease in sub-Saharan Africa (Botswana, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia and South Africa) by analyzing the agency of international actors and their knowledge claims. He is also looking at the development of civil society institutions in Siberia, Russia, projects that are funded by the EU. Moreover, he is interested in the relationship between Islam and the democratic processes and their gendered impact on women’s welfare in Turkey.


Yahia Shukkier is Local Affairs Editor at the Jordanian daily Al Arab Al Yawm and advisor to Jordan’s Higher Media Council, a government entity tasked with overseeing the development of Jordan’s media sector.
Shukkeir is a member of the Jordanian Press Association, the Jordanian Writers League, Arab Press Freedom Watch (APFW) – London and International Media Lawyers Association (IMLA).
He is trainer and lecturer in journalistic skills, media law, human rights, investigative reporting and environmental reporting, and has trained journalists and NGO members in many Arab states.

Publications include Press Freedoms in Jordan: a comparative legislative study (Jordan Press Association, 2002) and Journalists’ Manual Guide for Investigative Reporting (ARIJ, 2006).

He reached the short list of Lorenzo Natali Prize on Press Freedom 2002 granted annually by International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in Brussels.

While at Penn and Annenberg, Shukeir will be working on a primer on media law in Jordan.


Dr. Xin Xin is RCUK Research Fellow at the China Media Centre, University of Westminster, London. She is a member of the editorial board of the journal Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture (WPCC) and the editor of the issue Media in China. Her work has been published in journals, such as Media, Culture & Society (2006), Journalism Practice (forthcoming), and the book Communications Media, Globalization and Empire, edited by Oliver Boyd-Barrett (2006). Dr. Xin’s research interests include Chinese media and society, journalism and news organizations, globalization and comparative media studies.

Dr. Xin is currently researching the effects of globalization on Chinese journalism and its relationship to the wider world. Extending her PhD research on the impact of marketization upon Xinhua News Agency’s business structure and journalistic practices in the context of globalization, Xin’s ongoing research looks at a broader range of Chinese news and cultural institutions, including CCTV, China Radio International, China Daily, Dragon TV and Confucius Institutes. The project aims to explore how the international expansion of these news and cultural initiatives during China’s rise has impacted upon the structure of the world media and communications system. The first phase of the research focuses on the international expansion of China’s national news organizations and examines how the business and editorial strategies adopted by these institutions have impacted upon their business and news structure as well as the role of journalists in mediating the inflow and outflow of news. The second phase of the research will investigate how these news organizations will project China to the outside world during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Research outcomes will include a monograph Enter the Dragon: China Presents itself to the World and several journal articles. This book project is funded by British Academy and UCCL.

2006-2007 SCHOLARS

March 2007

Helena Bilandzic is an Assistant Professor at the University of Erfurt in Germany, where she teaches media effects theory, media psychology, and empirical methods. She earned her PhD from the University of Munich in Germany in 2003 with a thesis on television program selection. Helena was a visiting professor at the Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany, and at the University of Arts in Berlin, Germany. As a visiting scholar at Washington State University in Pullman, WA, USA, she investigated the effects of filmic narrative on genre-related beliefs and attitudes. Currently, Helena is chair of the Reception Studies Division of the German Communication Association. She is co-editing a book series on Reception Studies.

Helena’s research interests include cultivation and narrative persuasion, media use, and quantitative and qualitative methodology. Her present research projects investigate how audiences are affected in their world views by television, or, more generally, by filmic narrative. She seeks to expand cultivation research with theories of narrative experience and persuasion. The basic assumption is that television’s effects are not only determined by the amount that viewers spend watching it, but also by the way in which television narrative is processed and experienced. In a recent publication in Communication Theory, Helena has developed a model for investigating the role of intensive narrative experiences for the cultivation process. Central to the model is the phenomenon of transportation into narrative – the feeling of losing oneself in the fictional world and intensively reliving the actions and emotions of the characters. Repeated transportive experiences result in stronger cultivation effects than repeated low-involvement exposures. First data support this assumption for genre-consistent beliefs and attitudes. Helena’s next research projects in this field will address theoretical and methodological issues of the relationship between film narrative and social reality beliefs. She is currently developing a method to investigate the effects of moral messages in film narrative. Also, she is working on situation-dependent cultivation measures that frame social reality judgments with a spatio-temporal and social setting, with the goal to reduce ambiguity of cultivation measures and increase their validity.


Noa Elefant Loffler helped found the office of Research and Information Department at the Second Radio and Television Authority for Israel. She established regular sources of information for the authority, including electronic information databases, professional literature and contacts with parallel regulatory bodies abroad. She also conducts in depth research on commercial TV content and audiences. Her department provides research support to the Second Authority Council, its CEO and major officials there. In a previous position Noa worked in the Israeli Parliament and had a leading part in the building of the Knesset’s Research and Information Center.

Noa says the following about her research interest: “During my visit in CGCS program I wrote a policy paper on the subject of media literacy and regulation. In a converged media environment, where the user has the technical ability to chose and create content, the rational for media regulation and its practice are being questioned. Media literacy is often perceived as a new central function of media regulators, ensuring the user is indeed able to implement the control, which technology is offering. The review I wrote is a preliminary paper for my agency’s policy making in this field. The review draws the different definitions of media literacy, different outlooks on media literacy’s promotion goals and aims, and focus on the role of the regulator in ensuring and promoting media literacy. The review also includes recommendations for the next steps of policy making. While writing the review I’ve consulted with researchers both from Annenberg public policy center and from other universities in the US and UK.

I’ve also started working on a second policy paper on the subject of regulation in a converged media environment, looking particularly at regimes that will govern different content on different media outlets across various technologies. This is a continuation of a project on media regulation in a converged media environment, which was published by my agency on June 2006. One aim of my visit was to generate the next step in the development of a model for content regulation. During this month I was able to start a literature review and discuss this issue with scholars from the Annenberg School of Communication and the law school.

A third focus of my work during my visit was writing a framework paper for cooperation between the Hungarian Telecom regulator (NHH) and CMCS (at CEU). Such cooperation will create a network of leading scholars (experts of media and telecom policy research), aiming to formulate knowledgeable and well based policy. Such cooperation is highly needed during the next two years, in the context of expected changes at the regulatory framework both in the Hungarian and European level. The paper sets key issues of international telecom and broadcasting regulatory concerns, which are expected to be part of the agenda of regulators around the world, in the next few years. It also suggests an optional list of experts for the continuation of this project.”

March 2007

Iginio Gagliardone is currently a PhD student at the London School of Economics. His research, supervised by Professor Robin Mansell, focuses on the selective adoption of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in semi-authoritarian regimes. The scope of his work is to understand how ICTs are sometimes reshaped to fit the political purposes of authoritarian governments, inhibiting ICTs’ democratizing power while attempting to maintain their role as enhancers of economic performances.

While pursuing his PhD, Gagliardone has been working in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA), focusing on the use of new technologies for education and training, and has advised UNDP Ethiopia in the planning of training and capacity building activities for journalists and editors at the University of Addis Ababa’s School of Journalism. He has also worked with international NGOs involved in communication and advocacy, such as the Association for Progressive Communication (APC) and the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC).

Gagliardone graduated in Mass Communication from the University of Bologna.

February 2006 - February 2007

Yanmei Lu is a PhD. candidate in the School of Television, Communications University of China. Lu is participating in large-scale academic research on the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the media, initiated by Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the Center for Media Law and Policy at Communications University of China. She previously worked as the vice-director of TV News Center at a city TV station in China. She earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in History from Shandong University, China.

Lu is writing a chapter, “Media Ethics, Policy and Law” for Western Communication Scholarship Fronts (Beijing University Press), developing a paper, “Defending and Offending — Investigating the Media Policies Gearing in Post-WTO China,” and working on the doctoral dissertation: Peasant Issue and Public Discourses — A Content Analysis of CCTV’s Program “Focus.”


Bingchun Meng received her Ph.D in Mass Communciation from the Pennsylvania State University in 2006. Her dissertation examines the development of Chinese copyright policies against the background of China’s integration into the global communication order. She analyzes how the legitimacy of copyright is established/problematized in the Chinese context and how post-WTO copyright governance is influencing information access in China.

Her dissertation is the first part of a larger program to reconceptualize the dynamic relationship between copyright law and global information flow. Her research interests also include political economy of communications, media law and policy, and the development of Chinese media in the context of globalization.


Sevanti Ninan is a columnist based in New Delhi writing on media for The Hindu and the Hindustan and is the founder-editor of The Hoot.org, a South Asian media watch website. She began her career at the Hindustan Times and has been development correspondent, special correspondent and magazine editor at the Indian Express. Besides being a working journalist she is a media researcher. Her books include Through the Magic Window, Television and Change in India, Penguin India, 1995, Plain Speaking, with Chandrababu Naidu, Viking, 2000, and Rajasthan, Roli Books 1980. Her book on the Hindi press, Headlines from the Heartland—Reinventing the Hindi Public Sphere will be published by Sage Publications, in April-May 2007.

Her current research interests are on documenting and analysing how India and Pakistan cover each other, and on evolving trends in media ethics in the developed as well developing world.

January 2007

Bekisisa Nkala is a Knowledge & Research Manager at the LINK Centre where he Co-ordinates the network of researchers throughout Africa, manages the Centre’s publications and dissemination, and participates in academic development issues and teaching. His duties include managing the ResearchICTAfrica! Network, as well as teaching in the area of e-Governance. Nkala previously worked for the South African Vice Chancellors Association (SAUVCA) as Project manager where he conducted research and writing on Higher Education policy developments relating to the changes at FET-HE interface.  From 1996 to 2002 he was a Lecturer in Drama & Performance Studies at the University of Natal. He earned his M.Ed. in Educational Materials Development from the University of Natal in 1999, as well as a Higher Diploma in Education there in 1992 and his Bachelors degree there in 1990.

At CGCS, Nkala plans to investigate how major sporting events are shaping the regulation of Internet broadcasting and how this would have a rippling effects on other areas of the Internet, raising questions about the plight of developing countries that are still struggling with broadband rollout and affordable internet access. Internet broadcasting, particularly IPTV seems to go against the ideal of having ‘open access’ and ‘open content’ ideals of the Internet.  Conglomerates have already started carving up the Internet to serve their own commercial needs. Net neutrality would therefore cease to exist as more commercial firms insist on ‘intelligent networks’ and through their control of distribution channels and content, would squeeze out competition through reduced download speeds of rivals’ content etc., resulting in Internet monopoly, a highly undesirable situation. This research project is meant as a step in figuring out his PhD proposal and application.

March 2007

Nicole Stremlau recently returned from 15 months of field research in East Africa for her PhD dissertation at the London School of Economics (Department of Development Studies, supervisor Tim Allen) on the press and national reconciliation in post-war Ethiopia and Uganda. During her time in Ethiopia she consulted for Human Rights Watch and UNESCO. Stremlau is also working on a book of Oral Histories of Eastern African editors. During her field research she travelled to Ethiopia, Somaliland, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda to interview 25 key contributors and over 200 informants for this research.  She is also initiating a project for the Stanhope Centre in response to a request by the former Minister of Information from Somaliland and current Foreign Minister to assist with capacity building and transforming the Ministry of Information.  Other Stanhope projects she is engaged with include working with City University in crafting a MA programme for Media and Development.

Stremlau is a regular contributor for Janes Intelligence for which she updates and authors the security (and related political economy) files for Ethiopia. She received her MA degree from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK) in politics and economics and her BA degree with honours from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) where she studied in the College of Social Studies (an interdisciplinary programme of economics, politics, history and philosophy).