Graduate Alumni

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: Visiting Assistant Professor, Digital Media, 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 and Director, Annenberg School for Communication, American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Dianne Bartlow, Ph.D. in Communication, 2000

  • Dissertation: "On the Relationship Between Altruism and African-American Women in Contemporary Popular Music"
  • Committee: Helene Keyssar (Chair), Michael Cole, Olga Vásquez, George Lipsitz, Rachael Klein
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communications, San Diego City College
  • Current Position: Chair and 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: Professor and Director, Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, University of Maryland

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, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, Bothell
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary 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, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Current Position: Communications Consultant

Marisa Brandt, Ph.D. in Communication – Science Studies, 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, University of California, San Diego
  • Current Position: Academic Specialist, History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science, Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University

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
  • Current Position: President, FOCUS Interactive Research and The Writing Source, Minneapolis

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: Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • Current Position: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego

Barbara Bush, Ph.D. in Communication, 2017

  • Dissertation: "It's Personal: Nostalgia and National Identity in Switzerland"
  • Committee: Patrick Anderson (Chair), Fatima El-Tayeb, Gary Fields, Patrick Patterson, Elana Zilberg
  • After Graduation: Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

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

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, 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, Institute for History, University of Southern Denmark
  • Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Refugee Studies, 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

Kim De Wolff, Ph.D. in Communication – Science Studies, 2014

  •  Dissertation: “Gyre Plastic: Science, Circulation and the Matter of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch”
  • Committee: Chandra Mukerji (Chair), Joseph Dumit, Kelly Gates, David Serlin, Charles Thorpe
  • After Graduation: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Humanities, University of California, Merced
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy & Religion, University of North Texas

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 Position: 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 Studies, University of Nevada, Reno

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: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Northeastern University

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 Fellowship, Argentina
  • Current Position: Professor, Department of Film and Media Studies, University of Kansas

Beth Ferholt, Ph.D. in Communication, 2009

  • Dissertation: The Development of Cognition, Emotion, Imagination and Creativity As Made Visible through Adult-Child Joint Play: Perezhivanie through Playworlds
  • Committee: Michael Cole (Chair), Carol Padden, Patrick Anderson, Paula Levin, Benetta Jules-Rosette
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, School of Education, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, School of Education, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

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: Professor, Department of Communication, University of Washington

Natalie Forssman, Ph.D. in Communication – Science Studies, 2017 

  • Dissertation: "Staging the animal oceanographer: An ethnography of seals and their scientists"
  • Committee: Lisa Cartwright (Chair), Morana Alac, Fernando Dominguez Rubio, Catherina Gere, Anna Tsing, Elana Zilberg
  • ​After Graduation: Writing ​I​nstructor​,​ UCSD Muir College Writing Program

Jahmese Fort, Ph.D. in Communication, 2017

  • Dissertation: "Altered Civic Participation in the U.S. Census as a Dispute to the Myth of Equal Citizenship"
  • Committee: John McMurria (Chair), Angela Booker, Zeinabu Davis, Dayo Gore, Olga Vasquez ​​
  • After Graduation: On job market

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

  • Dissertation: "Stabilizing Mobility: Transportation and Isolation in Urban America"
  • Committee: Vicente Rafael (Chair), Susan Davis, James Holston, Robert Horwitz, George Lipsitz
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Arizona State University
  • Current Position: Adjunct Professor, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU

Anthony Freitas, Ph.D. in Communication, 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: Advertising Team Lead, March of Dimes

Laurel Hodges Friedman, 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, University of South Florida

Tarleton Gillespie, Ph.D. in Communication, 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; Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Cornell University
  • Current Position: Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New England and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and the Department of Information Science at Cornell University

David Gonzalez-Hernandez, Ph.D. in Communication, 2016

  • Dissertation: Critical media participations: media literacy and youth-produced videos from Latina/o audience in the U.S. – Mexico border
  • Committee:  Daniel Hallin (Chair), Michael Cole, Edwin Teddy Cruz, Christopher Sims, Stefan Tanaka
  • After Graduation: UCSD Communication Lecturer
  • Current Position: Visiting Faculty, Texas A&M University

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: Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research; Associate Professor, The Media School, Indiana University

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; Assistant Professor, Institute of Design, Renssellaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
  • Current Position: Associate Adjunct Professor; Co-Director, EVOKE & Values in Design Laboratory Department of Informatics, University of California-Irvine

Ivana Guarrasi, Ph.D. in Communication, 2017

  • Dissertation: “The Standard in the Body: An Ethnographic Reading of Standarized Patient Laboratory Simulations”
  • Committee: Carol Padden (Chair), Michael Cole, Brian Goldfarb, Valerie Hartouni, Martha Lampland, Anna Harris
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego

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 Cruz
  • Current Position: Director and Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, Northern Arizona University

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, Panteion University of Athens

Chad Harris, Ph.D. in Communication, 2003

  • Dissertation: “Satellite 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 Curriculum Development at Bridgepoint Education, 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
  • Current Position: Registered Dietitian, Seattle Children's Hospital

Monica Hoffman, Ph.D. in Communication – Science Studies, 2016 

  • Dissertation: Malaria, Mosquitoes, and Maps: Practices 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 Position: Analyst, Human Geography, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency 

Steve Jackson, Ph.D. in Communication – Science Studies, 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, Department of Information Science and Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University

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: Catalyst Research Fellow, Catalyst Culture Lab (Mars Inc.)

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.

Sarah Klein, Ph.D. in Communication – Science Studies, 2017

  • "Getting Experimental: Performing Cognition in the EEG Lab"
  • Committee: Morana Alac (Chair), Patrick Anderson, Michael Cole, Catherina Gere, Chandra Mukerji, Ricardo Nemirovsky
  • After Graduation: Writing Instructor, UCSD Muir College Writing Program

Nadine Kozak, Ph.D. in Communication – Science Studies, 2010

  • Dissertation: "On the Last Mile: The Effects of Telecommunications Regulation and Deregulation 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: Assistant Professor, 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: Associate 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
  • Current Position: Research Coordinator, School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University

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, 2012

  • 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, Oakland
  • Current Position: Direction of Communications and Development, Leadership Public Schools, Oakland

Jason Magabo Perez, Ph.D. in Communication, 2016

  • "Critical Race Poetics and the Ghostly Matter of U.S. v. Narciso and Perez"
  • Committee: Zeinabu Davis (Co-Chair), Patrick Anderson (Co-Chair), John Blanco, Boatema Boateng, Wayne Yang
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Department of English, California State University, San Bernardino
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of English, California State University, San Bernardino

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, California

Stephen Mandiberg, Ph.D. in Communication, 2015

  • Dissertation: "Responsible Localization: Game Translation Between Japan and the United States"
  • Committee: Lisa Cartwright (Chair), Amelia Glaser, Brian Goldfarb, Nitin Govil, Elizabeth Losh, Stefan Tanaka
  • After Graduation: Lecturer in the Global Arts Studies Program at the University of California, Merced
  • Current Position: Lecturer, Department of Media Arts, University of North Texas

Regina Marchi, Ph.D. in Communication, 2006

  • Dissertation: "Altar Images: US Day of the Dead as Political Communication"
  • Committee: Michael Schudson (Chair), Chandra Mukerji (Co-Chair), Dan Hallin, Suzanne 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

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: Professor, Department of English, Literature, and Reading, Wilbur 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, John Evans
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and 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 Latino/Latina 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 Keyssar, 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 Radio, Television, Film, Hofstra University

Carl McKinney, Ph.D. in Communication, 2014

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

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, UC Berkeley, Department of Rhetoric
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU

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
  • Current Position: UX Researcher / Designer at EVERFI

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: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego

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 and Associate Professor, Linguistically Diversity Education, University of Colorado, Denver

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: Director of Communications, Office of L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

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 University

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

  • 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: Director of Product Management, Unizin

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, Wiley College
  • Current Position: Adjunct Professor, Department of Mass Communications and Speech, Wiley College

Katrina Petersen, Ph.D. in Communication – Science Studies, 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, Department of Sociology, Centre for Mobilities Research
  • Current Position: Research Associate at Lancaster University, UK, Department of Sociology, 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: Regional Director for Latin America & the Caribbean, International Development Research Centre, Uruguay

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 and 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: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of Colorado, Denver

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: Associate 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, 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: Editor in Chief, Jewish Advocate

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: Senior 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: Director and Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa

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: Associate Professor and Acting Director, Cinema Studies Institute, 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

Harry Simón Salazar, Ph.D. in Communication, 2016

  • Dissertation: "Democracy, Television, and the Mediatization of Chilean Politics: How the Medium Became the Message in Post-Pinochet Chile"
  • Committee: Michael Cole (Co-Chair), Daniel C. Hallin (Co-Chair), Jaime Concha, Luis Martin-Cabrera, Nancy Postero, Natalia Roudakova
  • After Graduation: Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California San Diego

Pawan Deep Singh, Ph.D. in Communication, 2015

  • 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 Position: 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: Producer and Director, Whatever Floats Your Boat Productions

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
  • Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Information & Media Studies, University of Western Ontario

Anna Starshinina, Ph.D. in Communication – Science Studies, 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, United Way of New York City
  • Current Position: Director, Strategy Management, 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: Professor, Media & Communication, Associate Dean for Digital Learning, Muhlenberg College

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: Associate Scholar and Scientist, College of Motion Picture Arts, Florida State University
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 Stewart 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: Harry and Norman Chandler Professor of Communication and Department Chair, 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

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: Affiliated Researcher, Department of Music, Stanford University

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: Instructor, Department of Communication, Sierra College

Cristina Visperas, Ph.D. in Communication – Science Studies, 2017

  • "Science in Captivity: The Visual Culture and Bioethics of Biomedicine behind Bars"
  • Committee: Patrick Anderson (Co-Chair), Lisa Cartwright (Co-Chair), Dennis Childs, Kelly Gates, Martha Lampland, Jared Sexton
  • After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California

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: Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, Bowling Green State University

Yael Warshel, Ph.D. in Communication, 2009

  • 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 and Department of Telecommunication, Pennsylvania State

Kara Wentworth, Ph.D. in Communication – Science Studies, 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, 2016

  • 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: Content Strategist, Doctorpedia

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: Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Tulane University

Emily York, Ph.D. in Communication – Science Studies, 2016

  • 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 Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Integrated Science and Technology, James Madison University