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Kinda Al-Fityani Ph.D. in Communication, 2010

  • Dissertation: “Deaf People, Modernity, and a Contentious Effort to Unify Arab Sign Languages ”
  • Committee: Carol Padden (Chair), Gary Fields, David Serlin, Rachel Mayberry, Michael Provence
  • After Graduation: Operations Associate, Glyde Corporation
  • Current Position: Human Resources Director, Glyde Corporation

Sara-Ellen Amster Ph.D. in Communication, 2004

  • Dissertation: “Seeds of Cynicism: Studying the Conflict Between Journalistic Inquiry and School Authority”
  • Committee: Olga Vásquez (Chair), Ellen Seiter (Co-Chair), Daniel Hallin, Rachel Klein, Barbara Tomlinson
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, Digital Journalism, National University

Ayhan Aytes, Ph.D. in Communication and Cognitive Science, 2012

  • Dissertation: "The 'Other' in the Machine: Oriental Automata and the Mechanization of the Mind"
  • Committee: David Serlin (Chair), Stefan Tanaka, David Kirsh, James D. Hollan, Babak Rahimi, Kelly Gates, Morana Alac
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California San Diego
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Communication at the American University of Paris

Laurel Hodges Friedman Aytes, Ph.D. in Communication, 2016

  • Dissertation: "Control, Cure, and Prevention: Situating Global Responses to Tuberculosis"
  • Committee: Brian Goldfarb (Chair), Patrick Anderson, John Hyde Evans, Shelley Streeby, Elana Zilberg
  • After Graduation: Visiting scholar at Bogazici University, Department of Sociology, Istanbul, Turkey 
  • Current Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Communication at the University of South Florida

Sarah Banet-Weiser, Ph.D. in Communication, 1995

  • Dissertation: "Crowning Identities: Performing Nationalism, Femininity and Race in U.S. Beauty Pageants"
  • Committee: Valerie Hartouni (Chair), George Lipsitz, Liisa Malkki, Stephanie McCurry, Vicente Rafael, Michael Schudson
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California
  • Current Position: Professor & Director, Annenberg School for Communication, & Professor, American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Diane Bartlow, Ph.D. in Communication, 2000

  • Dissertation: "On the Relationship Between Altruism and African-American Women in Contemporary Popular Music"
  • Committee: Helene Keysar (Chair), Michael Cole, Olga Vásquez, George Lipsitz, Rachael Klein
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communications, San Diego City College.
  • Current Position: Department Chair & Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, California State University, Northridge

Cynthia Baur, Ph.D. in Communication, 1995

  • Dissertation: "Incommunicado: The Arrested Development of Telecommunication Systems in Latin America"
  • Committee: Robert Horwitz (Chair), Paul Drake, William Drake, Helene Keyssar, Peter Smith
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, Rutgers University; post-doctoral fellowship as Health Services Researcher in the Department of Family Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
  • Current Position: Director, Division of Health Communication and Marketing, National Center for Health Marketing, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Atlanta, GA

Lauren Berliner, Ph.D. in Communication, 2013

  • Dissertation Title: Making it Better: New Pedagogies of Media Production
  • Committee: Lisa Cartwright, Brian Goldfarb, Zeinabu Davis, Roddey Reid, Shelley Streeby, Nitin Govil,
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinatry Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, Bothell
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinatry Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, Bothell

Enrique C. Bonus, Ph.D. in Communication, 1997

  • Dissertation: "Locating Filipino Americans: Ethnicity and the Cultural Politics of Space in Southern California"
  • Committee: Vicente Rafael (Chair), Valerie Hartouni, Daniel Schiller, Yen-Le Espiritu, Lisa Lowe
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Department of American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington

Maryellen Boyle, Ph.D. in Communication, 1992

  • Dissertation: "Capturing Journalism: Press and Politics in East Germany, 1945-1991"
  • Committee: Michael Schudson (Chair), Daniel Hallin, Martha Lampland, Chandra Mukerji, Gershon Shafir, Tracy Strong
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Culture, New York University; post-doctoral fellowship at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Current Position: Left the academy to work in Silicon Valley as a communications consultant

Marisa Brandt, Ph.D. in Communication, 2013

  • Dissertation: "War, Trauma, and Technologies of the Self: The Making of Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy"
  • Committee: Chandra Mukerji (Chair), Joseph Dumi, Kelly Gates, David Serlin, Charles Thorpe
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, Univeristy of California, San Diego
  • Current Position: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego

Lonny Brooks, Ph.D. in Communication, 2004

  • Dissertation: "Working in the Future Tense: Managing Stories of Emerging Technologies and Cyberculture at the Institute for The Future"
  • Committee: Chandra Mukerji (Chair), Robert Horwitz, Geoffrey Bowker, Martha Lampland, James Hollan
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, California State University, East Bay
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, California State University, East Bay

Katherine E. Brown, Ph.D. in Communication, 1996

  • Dissertation: "Between Photography and Digital Imaging: The Acquisition and Transformation of Skill"
  • Committee: Yrjö Engeström (Chair), Michael Cole, Michael Davidson, Susan Davis, Hugh Mehan
  • After Graduation: Researcher, Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, UCSD; Lecturer, School of Extended Education, St. Mary's College, Moraga, CA
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Communication, California State University, San Marcos

Claire Buchwald, Ph.D. in Communication, 1995

  • Dissertation: "New Work in Old Institutions: Collaborative Curriculum Work of a Teacher Team"
  • Committee: Carol Padden (Chair), Yrjö Engeström, Helene Keyssar, Judith Warren Little, Hugh Mehan
  • After Graduation: initial job as Principal of Secondary Education, Temple Israel, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Current Position: President of FOCUS Interactive Research and The Writing Source, Minneapolis, MN.

Jericho Burg, Ph.D. in Communication, 2008

  • Dissertation: "Fixing Famine, The Politics of Information in Famine Early Warning"
  • Committee: Robert Horwitz (Chair), Geoffrey Bowker, Ivan Evans, Gary Fields, Martha Lampland
  • After Graduation: Postodctoral Research Associate, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • Current Position: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego

Camille Campion, Ph.D. in Communication, 2014

  • Dissertation: "Collaborative Video Production as Method, Process and Text in Participatory Action Research"
  • Committee: Mike Cole (Chair), Patrick Anderson, Tom Humphries, Bennetta Jules-Rosette, Chandra Mukerji
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego
  • Current Position: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego

Marc Camras, Ph.D. in Communication, 2002

  • Dissertation: "Developing Teen Educators and Advocates for Community Health: Fostering Civic Involvement in Immigrant Youth"
  • Committee: Carol Padden (Chair), Michael Schudson, Chandra Mukerji, Olga Vásquez, and Bud Mehan
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego.
  • Current Position: Owner & Consultant, MVision Consulting

Kathleen Casey, Ph.D. in Communication, 2005

  • Dissertation: “Noise Making Subjects”
  • Committee: Valerie Hartouni (Co-Chair), Geoffrey Bowker (Co-Chair), Lisa Cartwright, Richard Biernacki, Martha Lampland, Andrew Lakoff
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego.

Mari Castañeda, Ph.D. in Communication, 2000

  • Dissertation: "The Development of the US Advanced Digital Television System, 1987-1997: The Property Creation Of New Media"
  • Committee: Daniel Schiller (Chair), Michael Bernstein, George Lipsitz, Michael Schudson, Ellen Seiter
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Current Position: Professor, Department of Communication & Director of Diversity Advancement, College of Social & behavioral Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Cynthia Chris, Ph.D. in Communication, March, 2002

  • Dissertation: “Watching Wildlife: On the Nature Genre in Film and Television, Its History and Meanings”
  • Committee: Ellen Seiter (Chair), Paula Chakravartty, Zeinabu Davis, Page duBois, Jane Rhodes
  • After Graduation: Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow, Programs in Film and Media Studies and American Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Media Culture, College of Staten Island/City University of New York

Kristen Clark, Ph.D. in Communication, 2007

  • Dissertation: “Charting Transformative Practice: Critical Multiliteracies Via Informal Learning Design”
  • Committee: Michael Cole (Chair), Carol Padden, Olga Vásquez, Hugh Mehan, James Levin
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, College of Applied Sciences and Arts, San Jose State University.
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, College of Applied Sciences and Arts, San Jose State University.

Erin Cory, Ph.D. in Communication, 2015

  • Dissertation: "Re-membering Beirut: Performing memory & Community Across a 'Postwar' City"
  • Committee: Elana Zilberg (Chair), Patrick Anderson, Gary Fields, Nitin Govil, Dietrich Jung, Michael Thomas
  • After Graduation: External Lecturer at the Institute for History at the University of Southern Denmark
  • Current Placement: Postdoctoral Fellow in Refugee Studies at Malmo University

Patricia Davis, Ph.D. in Communication, 2009

  • Dissertation: “Ripping the Veil: Collective Memory and Black Southern Identity”
  • Committee: Michael Schudson (Chair), Robert Horwitz, Valerie Hartouni, Michael Hanson, Stefan Tanaka, Esra Ozyurek
  • After Graduation: Post-doctoral Scholar, Department of Communication, University of North Carolina
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Georgia State University

Hannah Dick, Ph.D. in Communication, 2016

  • Dissertation: "Challenging Christian Liberalism: Religious Minorities and the Public Sphere"
  • Committee: John Mcmurria (Chair), John Hyde Evans, Carlie Hartouni, Marcel Henaff, Robert Horwitz
  • After Graduation: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Media, Culture & Communication, NYU
  • Current Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Media, Culture & Communication, NYU

Kimberly J. Dilley, Ph.D. in Communication, 1995

  • Dissertation: "Not Just Sam Spade in a Skirt: Women Redefine the Heroic and Ordinary: Women's Detective Novels in Late 20th century America"
  • Committee: Helene Keyssar (Chair), Robert Horwitz, Carol Padden, Don Wayne, Page DuBois
  • After Graduation: Freelance Writer
  • Current Position: Freelance Writer

Deborah Downing Wilson, Ph.D. in Communication, 2011

  • Dissertation: " The Microgenesis of Idiocultures"
  • Committee: Michael Cole (Chair), Carol Padden, Tom Humphries, Hugh Mehan, James Levin, Jay Lemke
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego
  • Current Position: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego

Ryan Ellis, Ph.D. in Communication, 2011

  • Dissertation: "Networks, Deregulation, and Risk: The Politics of Critical Infrastructure Protection"
  • Committee: Robert Horwitz (Chair), Michael Schudson, Gary Fields, Akos Rona-Tas, Lewis Branscomb
  • After Graduation: Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Communication, Stanford University
  • Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Joyce Evans-Karastamatis, Ph.D. in Communication, 1993

  • Dissertation: "Celluloid Mushroom Clouds: Hollywood and the Atomic Bomb"
  • Committee: Daniel Hallin (Chair), Herbert Schiller, Robert Horwitz, Hugh Mehan, Michael Bernstein
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, University of Northern Indiana
  • Current Position: Vice-President, Corporate Communications, EGEA Biosciences, Inc., San Diego.

Tamara Leah Falicov, Ph.D. in Communication, 1999

  • Dissertation: "The Contemporary Argentine Film Industry, 1983-1998: State Cultural Policy Within a Global Market"
  • Committee: Daniel Hallin (Chair), DeeDee Halleck, Randall Johnson, Michael Monteón, Ellen Seiter
  • After Graduation: Fulbright scholarship to Argentina.
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Film & Media Studies, University of Kansas.

Beth Ferholt, Ph.D. in Communication, 2009

Kirsten A. Foot, Ph.D. in Communication, 1999

  • Dissertation: "Writing Conflicts: An Activity Theory Analysis of the Development of the Network for Ethnological Monitoring and Early Warning"
  • Committee: Olga Vásquez (Co-Chair), Yrjö Engeström (Co-Chair), Michael Cole, Philip Roeder, Kathryn Woolard
  • After Graduation: Post-doctoral, Information and Society Program, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania; Fulbright Faculty grant to study technology appropriation patterns in European-based conflict monitoring networks, Helsinki, 2001.
  • Current Position: Asociate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Washington

Paul Mason Fotsch, Ph.D. in Communication, 1998

  • Dissertation: "Stabilizing Mobility: Transportation and Isolation Iin Urban America"
  • Committee: Vicente Rafael (Chair), Susan Davis, James Holston, Robert Horwitz, George Lipsitz
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Arizona State University

Anthony Freitas , Ph.D. in Communication, March, 2002

  • Dissertation: “Belongings: Homosexuality and U.S. Citizenship in the 1990s”
  • Committee: Valerie Hartouni (Chair), Robert Horwitz (Chair), Michael Schudson, Lisa Lowe, Steven Epstein
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego
  • Current Position: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, Davis

Tarleton Gillespie , Ph.D. in Communication, January, 2002

  • Dissertation: "Sleight of Hand: Law, Technology, and the Moral Deployment of Authorship in the Napster and DeCSS Copyright Cases"
  • Committee: Chandra Mukerji (chair), Robert Horwitz, Carol Padden, John Caldwell, Lev Manovich
  • After Graduation: Visiting Assistant Professor, Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Cornell University

David Gonzalez-Hernandez, Ph.D. in Communication

  • Dissertation: Critical media participations: media literacy and youth-produced videos from Latina/o audience in the U.S. – Mexico border
  • Committee:  Daniel Halin (Chair), Michael Cole, Edwin Teddy Cruz, Christopher Sims, Stefan Tanaka
  • After Graduation: UCSD Communication Lecturer
  • Current Placement: UCSD Sociology Lecturer

Mary L. Gray, Ph.D. in Communication, 2004

  • Dissertation: "Coming of Age in a Digital Era: Youth Queering Technologies in Small Town, USA"
  • Committee: Susan Leigh Star and Olga Vásquez (Co-Chairs), Geoffrey Bowker, Steve Epstein, Leah Lievrouw
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington

Judith Gregory, Ph.D. in Communication, 2000

  • Dissertation: "Sorcerer's Apprentice: Inventing the Electronic Health Record, Reinventing Medical Records and Patient Care"
  • Committee: Philip Agre (Chair), Yrjö Engeström (Co-Chair), Michael Bernstein, Geoffrey Bowker, Harley Shaiken, Susan Leigh Star, Lucy Suchman.
  • After Graduation: Research Associate on Electronic Health Record Prototype Project, Clinical Systems Development at Kaiser Permanente, Pasadena, California; Visiting Fellow, Department of Informatics, Systemarbeid, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Institute of Design, Renssellaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Aaron Gurlly, Ph.D. in Communication, 2014

  • Dissertation: "Affect in the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus"
  • Committee: Patrick Anderson (Chair), Lisa Cartwright, Zeinabu Davis, David Kirsh, George Mariscal
  • After Graduation: Faculty Fellowship at Beloit College, Department of Theater, Dance, and Media Studies  
  • Current Position: Faculty Fellowship at Beloit College, Department of Theater, Dance, and Media Studies

Ricardo Guthrie, Ph.D. in Communication, 2006

  • Dissertation: “Examining Political Narratives of the Black Press in the West: Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett and the San Francisco Sun-Reporter (1950s - 60s)”
  • Committee: Zeinabu Davis (Chair), Jane Rhodes (Co-Chair), Dan Hallin, Chandra Mukerji, George Mariscal
  • After Graduation: Researcher, Center for Black Studies, University of California, Santa.
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Alexandra Halkias, Ph.D. in Communication, 1997

  • Dissertation: "Democracy Revisited: Abortion and Agon in Modern Greece"
  • Committee: Chandra Mukerji (Chair), Page DuBois, Daniel Hallin, Michael Herzfeld, Lisa Lowe, Michael Schudson
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Social Science Program, University of La Verne in Athens, Greece; Visiting Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Athens University.
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Panteio University of Athens

Chad Harris, Ph.D. in Communication, 2003

  • Dissertation: “Satelite Imagery and the Discourses of Transparency”
  • Committee: Valerie Hartouni (Chair), Geoffrey Bowker (Co-Chair), Robert Horwitz, Herbert York, Martha Lampland
  • After Graduation: Post-doctoral Scholar, Department of Communication, University of North Carolina
  • Current Position: Director of learning Resources, University of the Rockies

Joy Elizabeth Hayes, Ph.D. in Communication, 1994

  • Dissertation: "Radio Broadcasting and Nation-Building In Mexico and The United States, 1925-1945"
  • Committee: Robert Horwitz (Chair), Susan Davis, Michael Schudson, Daniel Hallin, Ramón Eduardo Ruíz
  • After Graduation: Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa.
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa.

Lyn Headley, Ph.D. in Communication, 2014

  • Dissertation: "Algorithms and the Organization of Independent Journalism"
  • Committee: Chandra Mukerji (Chair), Morana Alac, Robert Horwitz, Andrew Lakoff, Robert Westman
  • After Graduation: Web Developer, McGraw Hill Education
  • Current Position: Web Developer, McGraw Hill Education

Katrina Hoch, Ph.D. in Communication, 2009

  • Dissertation: "Judicial Transparency: Communication, Democracy and the United States Federal Judiciary"
  • Committee: Robert Horwitz (Chair), Michael Schudson, Daniel Hallin, Valerie Hartouni, Alan Houston, Michael Belknap
  • After Graduation: On job market.

Monica Hoffman, Ph.D. in Communication 

  • Dissertation: Malaria, Mosquitoes, and Maps: Pratices and Articulations of Malaria Control in British India and WWII
  • Committee: Valerie Hartouni (Chair), Catherina Gere, Chandra Mukerji, David Serlin, Kalindi Vora
  • After Graduation: Freelance Editor
  • Current Placement: Analyst-Human Geography at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency in Virginia.

Steve Jackson, Ph.D. in Communication, 2005

  • Dissertation:"Building the Virtual River: Numbers, Models, and the Politics of Water in California"
  • Committee: Robert Horwitz (Chair), Geoffrey Bowker (Co-Chair), Chandra Mukerji, Gary Fields, Steven Epstein, Andrew Lakoff
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan.
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan.

Toi James Ph.D. in Communication, 2004

  • Dissertation: “Adolescent Females, Interethnic Friendship and the Power of Discourse”
  • Committee: Carol Padden (Chair), Chandra Mukerji, Yrjö Engeström, George Lipsitz, Hugh Mehan, Ana Zantella
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego
  • Current Position: Owner & Principal Investigator, Rhizome Analysis

Richard Jonasse, Ph.D. in Communication, 2001

  • Dissertation: "Making Sense: Geographic Information Technologies, Planning, and Strategic Action"
  • Committee: Chandra Mukerji (Chair), Robert Horwitz, Geoffrey Bowker, Martha Lamplant, Sharon Traweek, Yrjö Engeström

Cheri Ketchum, Ph.D. in Communication, 2004

  • Dissertation: "Lost in the Public Imagination: How News and Entertainment Media Frame Food in Contemporary Consumer Culture"
  • Committee: Dan Hallin (Chair), Ellen Seiter, Brian Goldfarb, Jeff Haydu, Melanie DuPuis
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts, Ashford University

Su-Jeong Kim, Ph.D. in Communication, 2003

  • Dissertation: "Identity, Difference and Power: The Construction of Identity among Second-Generation Korean Americans"
  • Committee: Daniel Hallin (Chair), Michael Schudson, Paula Chakravartty, Richard Madsen, Yen-Le Espiritu
  • After Graduation: Korea Press Foundation
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Chungnam National University, Korea.

Nadine Kozak, Ph.D. in Communication, 2010

  • Dissertation: "On the Last Mile: The Effects of Telecommunications Regulation and Derugulation in the Rural Western United States and Canada"
  • Committee: Robert Horwitz (Chair), Michael Schudson, Kelly Gates, Robert Westman, Hugh ‘Bud’ Mehan,
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego
  • Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar and research Associate, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Olga Kuchinskaya, Ph.D. in Communication, 2008

  • Dissertation: "We will Die and Become Science': The Production of Invisibility and Public Knowledge about Chernobyl Radiation Effects in Belarus."
  • Committee: Daniel Hallin (Chair),Valerie Hartouni, Geoffrey Bowker, Susan Leigh Star, Steven Epstein , Andrew lakoff
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego.
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh.

Gregorio Landau, Ph.D. in Communication, 1999

  • Dissertation: "The Role of Music in The Nicaraguan Revolution"
  • Committee: Daniel Hallin (Chair), Vicente Rafael, Robert Horwitz, George Lipsitz, Steve Fagin.
  • After Graduation: Instructor, Department of Music and Latin American Studies, San Francisco City College.
  • Current Position: Music producer/audio engineer and video/radio producer

Robert Lecusay, Ph. D. in Communication, 2013

  • Dissertation: "Telemonitoring Physics: University-Community After-School Collaborations and the Mediation of the Formal/Informal Divide"
  • Committee: Mike Cole (Chair), Morana Alac, Patrick Anderson, Edwin Hutchins Jr., Rafael Nunez
  • After Graduation: Research Associate, Center on Global Justice & Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego

Nancy Lee, Ph.D. in Communication, 2007

  • Dissertation: "Curing Consumers: How the Patient Became a Consumer in Modern American Medicine"
  • Committee: Michael Schudson, (Chair), Daniel Hallin Robert Horwitz Richard Madsen Richard Kronick
  • After Graduation: Evaluator, Center for teaching Development, University of California, San Diego.
  • Current Position: Blogger for Change.org

Kate Levitt, Ph.D. in Communication 

  • Dissertation: Turning the Tables: Nightlife, DJing, and the Rise of Digital technologies
  • Committee: Chandra Mukerji (Chair), Fernando Dominguez Rubio, Kelly Gates, Christopher Sims, Timothy Taylor, Wane Yang
  • After Graduation: Direction of Communication & Strategy, Leadership Public Schools in Oakland
  • Current Placement: Direction of Communication & Strategy, Leadership Public Schools in Oakland

Meighan Maguire, Ph.D. in Communication, 2000

  • Dissertation: "The Local Dynamics of Telephone System Development: The San Francisco Exchange,1893-1919
  • Committee: Daniel Schiller (Chair), Susan Davis, Robert Horwitz, Michael Bernstein, William Deverell.
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego.
  • Current Position: Education Director, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, Long Beach, CA.

Regina Marchi, Ph.D. in Communication, 2006 rmarchi@rutgers.edu

  • Dissertation: "Altar Images: US Day of the Dead as Political Communication"
  • Committee: Michael Schudson (Chair), Chandra Mukerji (Co-Chair), Dan Hallin, S uzanne Brenner, David Gutierrez, David Avalos
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego.
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University.
  • Publication: DAY OF THE DEAD IN THE USA: The Migration and Transformation of a Cultural
  • Phenomenon (Rutgers University Press), and is available at Amazon.com and other booksellers.

Bill Marsh, Ph.D. in Communication, 2004

  • Dissertation: “Knowledge Incorporated: Plagiarism and Anti-Plagiarism Therapies in Higher Education”
  • Committee: Valerie Hartouni (Chair), Brian Goldfarb, Robert Horwitz, Hugh Mehan, Linda Brodkey
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego
  • Current Position: Instructor, English, Wright College, City Colleges of Chicago

Stephanie Martin, Ph.D. in Communication, 2013

  • Dissertation: Evangelical Economic Rhetoric: The Great Recession, the Free-Market and the Language of Personal Responsibility.
  • Committee: Robert Horwitz (chair), Val Hartouni, Gary Fields, Isaac Martin (sociology), John Evans (sociology)
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication (joint appointment to Religious Studies program), University of Mary
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Southern Methodist University

Katynka Z. Martínez, Ph.D. in Communication, 2003

  • Dissertation: “The ‘Latin Explosion,’ Media, Audiences, and the marketing of Latino Panethnicity: latina Magazine and the Latin Grammys in a Post-Selena America”
  • Committee: Ellen Seiter (Chair), Daniel Hallin, Olga Vásquez, Jane Rhodes, Yen-Le Espiritu
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego.
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Raza Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University.

Vicki Mayer, Ph.D. in Communication, 2000

  • Dissertation: "Mexican Americans, Mass Media, and Cultural Citizenship: Cultural Affirmation and Consumer Alienation in San Antonio, Texas"
  • Committee: Ellen Seiter (Chair), Helene Keysar, Daniel Schiller, Chon Noriega, John Caldwell, George Lipsitz.
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Texas, San Antonio.
  • Current Position: Professor, Department of Communication, Tulane University.

Dennis William Mazzocco, Ph.D. in Communication, 1996

  • Dissertation: "Democracy, Power, and Equal Rights: The AFL Vs. CIO Battle to Unionize U.S. Broadcast Technicians, 1926-1940"
  • Committee: Daniel Schiller (Chair), Michael Bernstein, Susan Davis, DeeDee Halleck, George Lipsitz, Harley Shaiken
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Department of Mass Communication, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Current Position: Professor, Department of Audio-Video-Film, School of Communication, Hofstra University

Carl McKinney, Ph.D. in Communication, 2014

  • Dissertation: "SexEd: Pedagogy, Pornography, Precocity and Aolescent Sexual Subjectivity"
  • Committee: Valerie Hartouni (Co-Chair), Robert Horwitz (Co-Chair), Kelly Gates, Toby Miller & Charles Thorpe
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, Univeristy of California, San Diego
  • Current Position: Lecturer, Department of Communication, Univeristy of California, San Diego

Corynne McSherry, Ph.D. in Communication, 1999

  • Dissertation: "Subjects and Objects of Knowledge: The Production of Academic Intellectual Property"
  • Committee: Valerie Hartouni (Co-Chair), Robert Horwitz (Co-Chair), Harry Hirsch, Chandra Mukerji, Mark Rose, Daniel Schiller
  • After Graduation: Candidate for Juris Doctor, Stanford Law School.
  • Current Position: Intellectual Property Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Benjamin Medeiros, Ph.D. in Communication, 2016

  • Dissertation: "Right to Be Forgotten or Right to Not Be Talked About? Public and Private Speech Regulation and the Panic About Critical Speech on the Interactive Web"
  • Committee: Robert Horwitz (Chair), Kelly Gates, John McMurria, Kwai Hang Ng, Natalia Roudakova & David Serlin
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, Univeristy of California, San Diego
  • Current Position: Lecturer, Department of Communication, Univeristy of California, San Diego 

Antonieta Mercado, Ph.D. in Communication, 2011

  • Dissertation: "Grassroots Cosmopolitanism: Transnational Communication and Citizenship Practices among Indigenous Mexican Immigrants in the United States"
  • Committee: Daniel Hallin (Chair), David Fitzgerald, Robert Horwitz, Akos Rona-tas, Olga Vasquez, Elana Zilberg
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, University of San Diego

Zara Mirmalek, Ph.D. in Communication, 2008

  • Dissertation: “Solar Discrepancies: Mars Exploration and the Curious Problem of Inter-Planetary Time”
  • Committee: Valerie Hartouni (Chair), Robert Horwitz, Yrjö Engeström, Ed Hutchins, Sharon Traweek, Andrew Lakoff, Susan Leigh Star
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego.
  • Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Science, Technology & Society Program, Harvard

Kelli Moore, Ph.D. in Communication 2014

  • Dissertation: Visualizing Violence: The Ethics of Photographic Evidence in the Domestic Violence Trial and Popular Culture
  • Committee: Patrick Anderson (Chair), Lisa Cartwright, Kelly Gates, Marcel Henaff, Roshanak Kheshti
  • After Graduation: UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Berkeley in the Department of Rhetoric
  • Current Position: UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Berkeley in the Department of Rhetoric

Chuktropolis Moran, Ph.D. in Communication, 2013

  • Dissertation Title: "Interactive Time"
  • Committee: Brian Goldfarb (Chair), Chandra Mukerji, Nitin Govil, Stefan Tanaka, Jordan Crandall
  • After Graduation: Teaching Assistant, Sixth College Writing Program, UCSD

Magali Muria, Ph.D. in Communication, 2010

  • Dissertation: “Enforcing Boundaries: Globalization, State Power and Geography of Cross-Border Consumption in Tijuana, Mexico”
  • Committee: Daniel Hallin (Chair), Elana Zilberg, Gary Fields, Christina Turner, Roberto Alvarez
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego.
  • Current Position: Director of Financial Inclusion and Advocacy, Bayside Community Center

Honorine Nocon, Ph.D. in Communication, 2000

  • Dissertation: "Developing Hybridized Social Capital: Communication, Coalition and Volunteering in Non-traditional Communities”
  • Committee: Michael Cole (Chair), Michael Schudson, Carol Padden, Olga Vásquez, Richard Madsen, Kathryn Woolard.
  • After Graduation: post-doctoral fellow with the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, University of California, San Diego
  • Current Position: Associate Dean, Academic Programs & Services & Associate Professor, School of Education & Human Development, University of Colorado, Boulder

Barbara Osborn, Ph.D. in Communication, 2006

  • Dissertation: “A Big Wet Kiss?, A Barrel of Laughs?: The 2000 Presidential Election TV Talk Show Interviews with the Candidates”
  • Committee: Michael Schudson (Chair), Daniel Hallin, Robert Horwitz, Rebecca Klatch, Jon Wiener
  • After Graduation: Freelance Reporter; Radio/TV Producer
  • Current Position: Radio Host, Deadline LA, KPFK

Wayne H. Osborn (J.R. Osborn), Ph.D. in Communication, 2008

  • Dissertation: "The Type of Calligraphy: Writing, Print, and Technologies of the Arabic Alphabet"
  • Committee: Carol Padden (Chair), Benetta Jules-Rosette (Co-Chair), Chandra Mukerji;, Brian Goldfarb;, Gary Fields, Irene Bierman
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Communication, American University in Dubai
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Communication Culture & Technology, Georgetown

Reece Peck, Ph.D. in Communication, 2012

  • Dissertation: "Fox Populism in the Great Recession"
  • Committee: Chandra Mukerji (Chair), Dan Hallin, Michael Schudson, George Lipsitz, Robert Horwitz, David Serlin, and Shelley Streeby
  • After Graduation: Instructor, the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego.
  • Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Media Culture, CUNY Staten Island  

Etienne Pelaprat Ph.D. in Communication, 2010 - WEB

  • Dissertation: "The Biopolitics of the Vegetative Subject"
  • Committee: Valerie Hartouni (Chair), David Serlin (Co-Chair), Michael Cole, Marcel Henaf, Tracy Strong
  • After Graduation: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Laboratory for Comparative Human Cognition, University of California, San Diego
  • Current Position: Lead UX Researcher, Courseload, Inc.

James Perez Ph.D. in Communication, 2014

  • Dissertation: "Stand-Up Justice"
  • Committee: Patrick Anderson (Chair), Camille Forbes, John Mcmurria, Carol Padden, Michael Parrish & Olga Vasquez
  • After Graduation: Visiting Professor, Department of Mass Communication, Wilie College
  • Current Position: Visiting Professor, Department of Mass Communication, Wilie College

Katrina Petersen, Ph.D. in Communication, 2014

  • Dissertation: "Mapping a Wildfire: Mapping Practices, Authoritative Knowledge, and the Unpredictable Nature of Disaster"
  • Committee: David Serlin (Chair), Morana Alac, Lisa Cartwright, Caren Kaplan, Martha Lampland, Chandra Mukerji
  • After Graduation: Research Associate at Lancaster University, UK, in the Department of Sociology’s Centre for Mobilities Research
  • Current Position: Research Associate at Lancaster University, UK, in the Department of Sociology’s Centre for Mobilities Research

Ben A. Petrazzini, Ph.D. in Communication, 1993

  • Dissertation: "The Political Economy of Telecommunication Reform in Developing Countries: Privatization and Liberalization in Comparative Perspective"
  • Committee: Robert Horwitz (Chair), Peter Cowhey, William Drake, Daniel Hallin, Peter Smith
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Current Position: Senior Programs Specialist, IDRC

Mauro Porto, Ph.D. in Communication, 2001

  • Dissertation: "Media Framing and Citizen Competence: Television and Audiences' Interpretations of Politics in Brazil"
  • Committee: Daniel Hallin (Chair), Michael Schudson, Ellen Seiter, Samuel Popkin, Akos Rona-Tas
  • After Graduation: Professor of Communication, University of Brasilia Brazil, and Director of the Research Center on Media and Politics
  • Current Position: Department Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Tulane University

Tamara Powell, Ph.D. in Communication, 2013

  • Dissertation Title: Making Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies: An Activity-Theoretical Analysis of the Development and Organizational Adaptation of a Medical Service-Learning Program
  • Committee: Michael Cole (Chair), Tom Humphries, Hugh Mehan, Carol Padden, Lindia Willies-Jacobo
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Communication Studies, California State University, Sacramento
  • Current Position: Adjunct Professor, Communication Studies, California State University, Sacramento

Matt Ratto, Ph.D. in Communication, 2003

  • Dissertation: “The Pressure of Openness: the hybrid work of Linux Free/Open Source kernal developers”
  • Committee: Chandra Mukerji (Co-Chair); Geoffrey Bowker (Co-Chair) Robert Horwitz, Yrjö Engeström, Joseph Goguen, Steven Shapin
  • After Graduation: Researcher, NERDI Networked Research and Digital Information in Amsterdam , KNAW-Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science.
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto

Jennifer Rayman Ph.D. in Communication, 2004

  • Dissertation: “Instabilities of Place and Visions of Equality: the Case of a Deaf Congregation in Los Angeles”
  • Committee: Carol Padden (Chair), Tom Humphries, Michael Cole, Kathryn Woolard, Richard Madsen
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Department of Education and Social Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, England.
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, American Sign Language and Deaf Studies, College of Education at California State University, Sacramento.

Brett M. Rhyne, Ph.D. in Communication, 1995

  • Dissertation: "Efficiency, Empowerment, Control: Quality Management in Contemporary American Academia"
  • Committee: Yrjö Engeström (Co-Chair), Herbert Schiller (Co-Chair), Michael Bernstein, DeeDee Halleck, Hugh Mehan
  • After Graduation: Stringer and staff reporter for several Boston-area newspapers.
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Communications, Salem State College, MA.

Rivka Ribak, Ph.D. in Communication, 1993

  • Dissertation: "Decoding the News in a Divided Country: Political Socialization Among Israeli Jews and Palestinians"
  • Committee: Michael Schudson (Chair), Daniel Hallin, Yrjö Engeström, Gershon Shafir, Richard Madsen
  • After Graduation: Instructor, Department of Education, University of Haifa.
  • Current Position: Lecturer (equivalent to the rank of tenure-track assistant professor), Department of Communication, University of Haifa.

David Andrew Rice, Ph.D. in Communication, 2013

  • Dissertation: "Indexical Embodiments: Sensory Ethnography and/as Historical Reenactment"
  • Committee: Lisa Cartwright (Chair), Zeinabu Davis, Brian Goldfarb, Bennetta Jules-Rosette, Roddey Reid
  • After Graduation: Postdoctoral Fellow, Socially Engaged Media, Division of Undergraduate Education, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Socially Engaged Media, Division of Undergraduate Education, University of California, Los Angeles

America Rodriguez, Ph.D. in Communication, 1993

  • Dissertation: "Made In The USA: The Constructions Of Univision News"
  • Committee: Michael Schudson (Chair), Daniel Hallin, Helene Keysaar, Wayne Cornelius, Kathryn Woolard
  • After Graduation: Associate Professor, Department of Radio-TV-Film, College of Communications, University of Texas at Austin.
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Radio-TV-Film, College of Communications, University of Texas at Austin.

David Ryfe, Ph.D. in Communication, 1997

  • Dissertation: "The Interactive President: Presidential Communication and Political Culture in 20th Century America."
  • Committee: Daniel Hallin (Co-Chair), Michael Schudson (Co-Chair), Robert Horwitz, Samuel Kernell, George Lipsitz
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego.
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, School of Journalism, Middle Tennessee State University.

Nicholas S. Sammond, Ph.D. in Communication, 1999

  • Dissertation: "The Uses of Childhood: The Making of Walt Disney And The Generic American Child, 1930-1960"
  • Committee: Chandra Mukerji (Co-Chair), Yrjö Engeström (Co-Chair), Yen Espiritu, Rachael Klein, Carol Padden
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Media and Society Program, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY.
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, English Department and Cinema Studies Program, University of Toronto

Catherine Saulino, Ph.D. in Communication, 2002

  • Dissertation: “Room to Breathe: Feminist Expression and the Political Economy of the Oxygen Network ”
  • Committee: Ellen Seiter (Chair), Michael Cole, Daniel Hallin, Winifred Woodhull, John Caldwell
  • After Graduation: Teacher, Consultant, Researcher and Journal Editor.
  • Current Position: IMO Productions – Multimedia Productions

Xiaoguang Shi, Ph.D. in Communication, 1992

  • Dissertation: "Communism And Communication: News Media and Political Communication in China"
  • Committee: Daniel Hallin (Chair), Chalmers Johnson, Richard Madsen, Herbert Schiller, Michael Schudson
  • After Graduation: Consultant, British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Service for China; Consultant for American companies wishing to do media and telecommunications business in China.
  • Current Position: Unknown.

Pawan Deep Singh, Ph.D. in Communication

  • Dissertation: Mediating the Optics of Privacy: LGBTQ Rights, Public Subjecthood & the Law in India
  • Committee: Elizabeth Cartwright (Chair), Catherina Genre, Nitin Govil, Valeria Hartouni, John Mcmurria, David Serlin
  • After Graduation Instructor, Department of Communication, UCSD
  • Current Placement: New Generation Scholar Fellow Postdoc, Australia-India Institute, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Heide Solbrig Ph.D. in Communication, 2004

  • Dissertation: “Film and Function: A History of the Industrial Motivation Film ”
  • Committee: Robert Horwitz (Co-Chair), Lisa Cartwright (Co-Chair), Michael Cole, Lesley Stern, Michael Schudson
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego.
  • Current Position: Adjunct, Department of Visual & Media Arts, Emerson College

Matthew Stahl, Ph.D. in Communication, 2006

  • Dissertation: ” Reinventing Certainties: American Popular Music and Social Reproduction”
  • Committee: Valerie Hartouni (Chair), Michael Schudson, Robert Horwitz, George Lipsitz, Michael Mascuch, Will Straw
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Communication, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA.
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Information & Media Studies, University of Western Ontario

Anna Starshinina, Ph.D. in Communication, 2017

  • Dissertation: "Stabilizing the Unstable: Biomedical Research on Bipolar Disorder"
  • Committee: Kelly Gates (Chair), Alac Morana, Valerie Hartouni, Martha Lampland, Chandra Mukerji
  • After Graduation: Director, Strategy Management at United Way of New York City
  • Current Placement: Director, Strategy Management at United Way of New York City

Gregory K. Stephens, Ph.D. in Communication, 1996

  • Dissertation: "On Racial Frontiers: The Communicative Culture of Multiracial Audiences"
  • Committee: Helene Keyssar (Co-Chair), Michael Schudson (Co-Chair), Michael Cole, Christine Hunefeldt, Marta Sanchez
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Mass Communications, Contra Costa College; Lecturer, Department of American Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Human Relations, University of Oklahoma.

Melinda Stone, Ph.D. in Communication, 2003

  • Dissertation: "If It Moves We'll Shoot it: San Diego Amateur Movie Club"
  • Committee: Michael Schudson (Chair), Daniel Hallin, Akira Lippit, George Lipsitz, Jane Rhodes
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Media Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University San Francisco.
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, Media Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University San Francisco.

Lora E. Taub, Ph.D. in Communication, 1998

  • Dissertation: "Enterprising Drama: The Rise of Commercial Theater In Early Modern London"
  • Committee: Daniel Schiller (Chair), Michael Cole, Susan Davis, Rachel Klein, Don Wayne
  • After Graduation: Instructor, Graduate Program in Media Studies, Distance Learning Program, New School for Social Research, New York; Research Director, University of California Links Multi-Campus After School Initiative, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Current Position: Associate Professor and Chair of Media and Communication at Muhlenberg College since 2007, Scheller Endowed Honors Professor since 2008, and editor of the Youth Media Reporter since 2013

Suzanne Thomas, Ph.D. in Communication, 2004

  • Dissertation: "Heroes, Assassins, Mobsters and Murderers: Martial Arts TV and the Popular Chinese Imagination in the PRC"
  • Committee: Chandra Mukerji (Chair), Yrjo Engestrom, Robert Horwitz, Richard Madsen, Paul Pickowicz
  • After Graduation: Research Scientist, Intel Corporation
  • Current Position: : Senior Research Scientist, Systems & Software Research, User Innovation Lab, Intel Corporation

Lisa Tripp, Ph.D. in Communication, 2002

  • Dissertation: "Trying to Bend the Bars of the Iron Cage: A Case Study of a K-16 Partnership"
  • Committee: Mike Cole (chair), Jorge Mariscal, Hugh Mehan, Carol Padden, Olga Vásquez
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego.
  • Current Position: Assist. Director, Center for Multimedia Literacy, Annenberg Center, University of Southern California.

Jennifer L. Troutner, Ph.D. in Communication, 1996

  • Dissertation: "Language, Culture, and Politics: English in China, 1840s-1990s"
  • Committee: Helene Keyssar (Chair), Michael Cole, Richard Madsen, Carol Padden, Tracy Strong
  • After Graduation: Lecturer and Research Associate, Department of Communication, Univerisity of California, San Diego.

Frederick Turner, Ph.D. in Communication, 2002

  • Dissertation: “From Counterculture to Cyberculture: How Stewar Brand and the Whole Earth Catalog Brought Us Wired Magazine”
  • Committee: Michael Schudson (Chair), Geoffrey Bowker, Robert Horwitz, Chandra Mukerji, and Lev Manovich, Art, Steve Epstein, Sociology
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Stanford University
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Stanford University

Fatma Ulgen, Ph.D. in Communication, 2010

  • Dissertation: “Sabiha Gökçen’s 80 Year Old Secret”: Kemalist Nation Formation and the Ottoman Armenians”
  • Committee: Robert Horwitz (Chair), Daniel Hallin, Gary Fields, Ivan Evans, Hasan Kayali
  • Current Position: Freelance Writer

Kathryn Vann, Ph.D. in Communication, 2001

  • Dissertation: "The Duplicity of Practice"
  • Committee: Susan Leigh (Chair), Michael Cole (, Robert Horwitz, Geoffrey Bowker, Martha Lampland, Gerry Doppelt
  • After Graduation: Postdoctoral Researcher, Virtual Knowledge Studio, Amsterdam , Netherlands .
  • Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher, Center for Science, Technology Studies, Santa Clara University, CA.

Carol Vernallis, Ph.D. in Communication, 1994

  • Dissertation: "The Aesthetics of Music Video: The Relation of Music and Image"
  • Committee: DeeDee Halleck (Co-Chair), Daniel Hallin (Co-Chair), Helene Keyssar, George Lipsitz, Wilbur Ogden, Jann Pasler
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Arts and Humanities Unit, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Electronic Media Division, Department of Communication Studies, University of Northern Iowa.

Jenifer Vernon, Ph.D. in Communication, 2008

  • Dissertation: “Making Community with the Deep Communication of Popular Live Poetry at the Millennium”
  • Committee: Carol Padden (Chair), Chandra Mukerji, Olga Vasquez, George Lipsitz, Michael Davidson
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego.
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Sierra College

Michaela Walsh, Ph.D. in Communication, 2014

  • Dissertation: "Partiendo La Madre: Borders, Thresholds & Performances of Crossing Among the Hñähñu"
  • Committee: Patrick Anderson (Chair), Robert Alvarez, Ricardo Dominguez, Dan Hallin, Elana Zilberg
  • After Graduation: Visiting Professor, Department of Theatre, University of San Diego
  • Current Position: Visiting Professor, Department of Theatre, University of San Diego

Yael Warshel, Ph.D. in Communication, 2010

  • Dissertation: "How Do You Convince Children that the “Army”, “Terrorists” and the “Police” Can Live Together Peacefully? A Peace Communication Assessment Model"
  • Committee: Daniel Hallin (Chair), Carol Padden, Patrick Anderson, Michael Schudson, Gershon Shafir
  • After Graduation: International Communication Program, School of International Service, American University
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism & Department of Telecommunication, Pennsylvannia State

Kara Wentworth, Ph.D. in Communication, 2016

  • Dissertation: Performing the Slaughterhouse: Making Meaning and Worlds in Daily Practice
  • Committee: Chandra Mukerji (Chair), Patrick Anderson, Joseph Hankins, Martha Lampland, Carol Padden
  • After Graduation: Postdoctoral Scholar at UCSD
  • Current Placement: Instructor, Communication Studies, University of Nevada, Reno

Andrew Whitworth-Smith, Ph.D. in Communication, 2014

  • Dissertation: "Solidarity Economies, Networks & the Positioning of Power in Alternative Cultural Production & Activism in Brazil: The Case of For a do Eixo"
  • Committee: Dan Hallin (Chair), Boatema Boateng, Nitin Govil, John McMurria, Toby Miller, Nancy Postero
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego
  • Current Position: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego

Douglas Williams, Ph.D. in Communication, 1996

  • Dissertation: "The Eagle or the Cross: Rome, the Bible, and Cold War America"
  • Committee: Helene Keyssar (Chair), Michael Cole, William Fitzgerald, Daniel Hallin, Tracy Strong
  • After Graduation: Adjunct Professor, Department of Drama and Communication, Mills College
  • Current Position: Technical Writer, Oracle Corporation, Platform Technologies Division.

Deborah Wilson, Ph.D. in Communication, 2011

  • Dissertation: "The Microgenesis of Idiocultures"
  • Committee: Mike Cole (Chair), Tom Humphries, James Levin, Hugh Mehan Jr., Carol Padden
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego
  • Current Position: Lecturer, Communication Studies, University of Nevada, Reno 

Todd Woodlan, Ph.D. in Communication 

  • Dissertation: Tracking the Human: Posthumanism, Ethics, and Critique in Health Tracking Technologies
  • Committee: Valerie Hartouni (Chair), Patrick Anderson, Martha Lampland, Stefan Tanaka, Clinton Tolley
  • After Graduation: Contract digital growth and development coordinator
  • Current Placement: Contract digital growth and development coordinator

Ferruh Yilmaz, Ph.D. in Communication, 2006

  • Dissertation: "Ethnicized Ontologies: From Foreign Worker to Muslim Immigrant. How Danish Public Discourse Moved to the Right through the Question of Immigration."
  • Committee: Daniel Hallin (Chair), Michael Schudson, Robert Horwitz;, Yen Le Espiritu, George Lipsitz;, Ernesto Laclau
  • After Graduation: Faculty Fellow, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego.
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Tulane University.

Emily York, Ph.D. in Communication 

  • Dissertation: Nano Dreams and Nano Worlds: The Emergence and Disciplinary Formation of Nanoengineering
  • Committee: Valerie Hartouni (Chair), Kelly Gates, Robert Horwitz, Lilly Irani, Colin Milburn, Charles Robert Thorpe
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Department of Integrated Science and Technology, James Madison University
  • Current Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of Integrated Science and Technology, James Madison University