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Visiting Scholars

  • Mark Hineline

    Mark Hineline

    Mark is a visiting scholar in the Department of Communication.  Mark Hineline's current research focuses on the role that actors within the book publishing trade played in framing the modern environmental movement in the United States.
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  • Nikki Usher

    Nikki Usher

    Nikki Usher, PhD (they/them) is a visiting scholar in the Department of Communication. Dr. Usher is an associate professor at the University of San Diego. At UCSD, they are pursuing coursework and scholarship for their Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship, which provides support for mid-career training in a second discipline (econometrics and applied statistics). Dr. Usher’s research focuses on the intersection of new technology, politics, and journalism. Some current areas of  interest include democratic backsliding, media economics, corruption, and inequality.
  • Ling Jiang

    Ling Jiang

    Ling Jiang is a visiting scholar in the Department of Communication. She is associate professor in Journalism and Communication at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. Her research interests include digital media, mobile media and short video industry in China, media culture and ethnic communication study.
  • Anna Sámelová

    Anna Sámelová

    Anna Sámelová, PhD, Dr hab., is a visiting scholar in the Department of Communication. She is an associate professor in theory and history of journalism at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, radio and television journalist with 33 years of experience in the field as well as the director of the Section of News and Current Affairs of the Radio and Television of Slovakia (the nation-wide public service broadcaster in Slovakia). At UCSD, she focuses on the research of mainstream media editors' practices struggling with disinformation and conspiracy narratives during the pandemic times in the U.S.A. Her research at UCSD is sponsored by the National Scholarship Program of the Slovak Republic which is funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

  • Di Xu

    Di Xu

    Di Xu, PhD, is a visiting scholar in the Department of Communication. Dr. Di Xu is an associate professor at the School of Journalism, Fudan University, Shanghai. She obtained her doctoral degree from the Center of Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Before this, she was a journalist reporting on politics. Dr. Di Xu's research focuses on journalistic practices, new technology, and journalism. She teaches data journalism, news reporting, and writing courses.