Annenberg alumnus David Dutwin (Ph.D. ‘02) was recently elected the Vice President/President Elect of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).
Seth Grossman didn’t come to Penn to major in Communication. In fact, Annenberg was largely off his radar when he first arrived on campus as a freshman in the fall of 1997.
But Grossman soon discovered a political communication niche for himself within the Annenberg community, and his Communication major set the stage for an impressive career: a Yale Law degree followed by a Supreme Court clerkship, the role of Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security, and now Chief of Staff to Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California.
Michael Kleiman (C’06), documentary filmmaker and Penn alumnus, returned to campus on Nov. 30 to speak to Amy Jordan’s COMM 125 class about the intersection of communication and policy issues.
Eileen Le Han (Ph.D. ’14) is an Annenberg alumna and assistant professor at the Center for Integrative Studies at Michigan State University. She researches cultural practices on social media – particularly issues related to collective memory, nationalism, and social inequality – and the role of journalism in those practices.
Han recently published Micro-blogging Memories: Weibo and Collective Remembering in Contemporary China. We asked her about her research and new book:
The National Communication Association (NCA) Visual Communication Division’s award committee has selected recent Annenberg graduate and current George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow Sandra Ristovska’s dissertation as its outstanding dissertation of the year. The reviewers' unanimous decision lauded the project for its innovation and theoretical sophistication. Ristovska will be recognized for her achievement during the NCA conference next week at the division’s business meeting on Friday Nov. 11 from 9:30-10:45am at the Marriott Downtown in room 407.
A call for “quiet on the set” opens the first episode of a new web series “Two Queens in a Kitchen,” produced by Open TV. One of the two “queens” on this episode, Annenberg alumnus Aymar Jean Christian (Ph.D. ’12), waxes poetic on the best way to make television.
The Annenberg School for Communication hosted its second Professional Development Day on September 24. The annual event brings back alumni to share career advice with Annenberg’s current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
After Nilita Vachani graduated from India’s University of Delhi in 1981, her parents gathered enough money for a one-way flight to the U.S., so she could attend the Annenberg School for Communication and pursue her dream of becoming a writer.
But that dream changed once she enrolled in a documentary film workshop, which at the time was taught by well-known anthropologist, filmmaker and musicologist Steven Feld.
She describes herself as “a reader, writer, interestingness hunter-gatherer, and curious mind at large.”
Who better to deliver the graduation address to a group of Communication majors?
A Communication major herself during her time at Penn, Maria Popova (C’07) is the founder of Brain Pickings, a website and weekly e-newsletter in which she curates and shares, well, anything and everything she finds interesting.