CGCS’s visiting scholars program provided opportunities for PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and young faculty members to further their academic careers and participate in the intellectual life of the Annenberg School. CGCS is no longer an active center. For opportunities in global communication research, please check out the Annenberg School’s Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication.


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Stanislav Budnitskiy

Stanislav Budnitskiy is a PhD Candidate in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. His dissertation bridges Internet governance and nationalism studies, broadly arguing for critical cultural and context-sensitive approaches to digital technologies. His other research interests include nation branding, public diplomacy, and soft power, with a geographic focus on the post-Soviet space.

Stanislav is a Doctoral Fellow in the Open Net Eurasia program of the SecDev Foundation, an Ottawa-based cyber think tank. He holds master’s degrees in Media Management from Moscow’s Higher School of Economics and in Nationalism Studies from Budapest’s Central European University. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Stanislav worked as a freelance journalist and producer for Russian and Western media.

João Araújo Monteiro Neto

João Neto is a PhD candidate studying Law in the School of Law at the University of Kent in Canterbury, United Kingdom.  His research engages with the legal construction of the multi-stakeholder practice in internet governance, specifically in the Brazilian context where he explores concepts and relations of regulatory entrepreneurship and strategic communication.

João is also a Reader in Law at the School of Law, University of Fortaleza, Brazil where he taught Information Technology Law and supervised undergraduate research related to cybercrimes in Latin America.

Elena Sherstoboeva

Elena Sherstoboeva is an associate professor in the Department of Media at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow. She earned her PhD at Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2009. Her research interests are in media law and policy, entertainment law, and copyright. She teaches the legal aspects of media, information law, entertainment law, as well as show business and media production.

Elena is currently pursuing a PhD in Advanced Communication Studies (EHEA) at Ramon Llull University, and specializing in Russian mass media regulation and policy. Her current research project focuses on the regulation of media in Russia in the context of the standards of the Council of Europe.

Elena provided the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media and BBC World Trust with several legal examinations of Central Asian mass media laws. Elena also provides legal consultations for Russian performers, actors, authors as well as for media and media production companies.

Lin Shi

Lin Shi is currently a Ph.D. candidate in New Media Studies at the School of Journalism and Communication, Tsinghua University, China. She received her master’s degree in communication theory at Renmin University of China in 2013. She is the co-author of the China’s Media Development Index.

Pior to beginning her doctoral studies, Lin worked as a media researcher in Beijing Gehua CATV network.

Her current research interests include media effects, collective memory, science communication and health communication. Her most recent project concerns new media events with ICTs.

Hilde Van den Bulck

Hilde Van den Bulck, PhD is a full professor of Communications Studies and director of the research group Media, Policy and Culture in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She studied Communications Studies at KU Leuven (B) and University of Leicester (UK) and obtained her PhD at KU Leuven. Her academic interests and expertise lie in media policies and structures with a focus on public service broadcasting. In addition, she has done research in media culture and identity, focusing most recently on the role of media in celebrity culture. Hilde Van den Bulck is involved in Flemish media policy, amongst others, as vice chair of the Flemish Media Council and is published widely in her field.

Till Waescher

Till Waescher is a PhD candidate at the School for International and Intercultural Communication at TU Dortmund University, and a research fellow at the Institute for Media and Communication Policy in Cologne, Germany. In his dissertation he examines political communication strategies of transnational privacy advocacy groups in the aftermath of the Snowden leaks.

Till Waescher completed his master’s studies in Political Science at the University of Potsdam and American Studies at Free University in Berlin, Germany. Parallel to his academic career, he has been a frequent contributor to German online media outlets and participated in various media policy consulting projects in Germany. His research interests include social movement communications, surveillance studies, media concentration, and media policy.

Fei Yao

Fei Yao is a Ph.D. candidate in Media Economics in the School of Journalism and Communication at Renmin University of China in Beijing. Her interests include media convergence, social functions of new media, and the revolution of television. A former investigation journalist, Fei is currently a journalist with China Central Television, where she heads the project “Economy and Law” on CCTV. Fei is also chief director of several seasonal programs on CCTV including “The Taste” and “the Youth.”