The Department of Communication is thrilled to welcome a new faculty member to UC San Diego: Dr. Shawna Kidman holds a PhD in Critical Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Dr. Kidman is a political economist and media scholar whose research explores comic book culture and production across media forms, including print, television, film, and product development. Her published work has appeared in numerous journals, including Velvelt Light Trap, In Media Res, International Journal of Learning & Media, and International Journal of Communication. She has previously taught at Occidental College and at USC, and she will begin teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Communication during the 2015-16 year. Welcome, Shawna!
The Department of Communication is pleased to welcome Dr. Jennifer Kelly who was awarded the University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2015-16 and has chosen to continue her research in our Department at UCSD. Jennifer received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin where she completed her dissertation entitled, "Your Work is Not Here: Solidarity Tourism in Occupied Palestine" in March, 2015. During the upcoming year, she will be working under the direction of Professor Gary Fields. Jennifer’s book project is a multi-sited ethnographic study of “solidarity tourism” in Palestine. The book traces the history of this phenomenon from informal delegations during the first Palestinian intifada (uprising) against Israeli occupation in 1987-90, to the professionalization of alternative tourism today. During the Fellowship, Jennifer will be completing additional research and revising the manuscript for publication.
The Studio for Ethnographic Design (SED) is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a two-year planning grant from the University of California Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives to launch the UC Collaboratory for Ethnographic Design (CoLED). CoLED will build on the respective accomplishments of ethnography incubators at six campuses (San Diego, Irvine, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Davis and Santa Cruz) to establish a UC-wide interdisciplinary hub for innovative ethnographic theory and methodology. In addition to bringing a wide network of UC scholars working reflexively on ethnographic practice, the collaboratory will serve as a means to improve pedagogical agendas for graduate student training in ethnographic practice. The two year planning grant will culminate in a public conference in Fall 2016.
William (Will) Hsu was awarded the 2015 NACURH President of the Year Award. Will is the current President of UCSD’s Inter-College Resident’s Association and actively works to better the residential experience for students at UCSD. The NACURH (National Association of College and University Residence Halls) President of the Year Award is chosen out of nation-wide participants, and is awarded to an individual who has shown outstanding service to a campus organization and the NACURH Association. Will creatively entered his submission in the form of a cookbook, and was announced as the winner at the annual NACURH 2015 conference hosted at North Dakota State University. This is a huge accomplishment, and the Department of Communication would like to recognize Will for his tremendous work and dedication to enhancing student experiences. Congratulations Will!