Annenberg Alumni News, Spring 2018


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In October 2017, the Annenberg School hosted its annual Graduate Student Professional Development Day. The following alumni were panelists: John Carey (Ph.D. ‘76), Erika Falk (Ph.D. ‘01), Jennifer Stromer-Galley (Ph.D. ‘02), Eran Ben-Porath (Ph.D. ‘08), Lauren Feldman (Ph.D. ‘08), Brenda Curtis (Ph.D. ‘10), Joel Penney (Ph.D. ‘11), Aymar Jean Christian (Ph.D. ‘12), Loi Sessions Goulet (Ph.D. ‘12), Alison Perelman (Ph.D. ‘13), Elizabeth “Roody” Roodhouse (Ph.D. ‘13), and Khadijah Costley White (Ph.D. ‘13). [READ MORE]


Betty Caroli’s (M.A.C. ’61) most recent book, Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage that Made a President (Simon & Schuster), was published in October 2015.



Lewis R. Elin (M.A.C. ’61) co-edited an e-book entitled The High 5 Eternal Truths of Direct Marketing (CTC Publishing).

Although she’s professionally retired, Bonnie Eisenfeld (M.A.C. ’64) tutors high school students through Philadelphia Futures, writes and photographs for the Center City Quarterly, plans social events with Friends in the City, and serves on the Patient Advisory Council of the Jefferson Hospital Kimmel Cancer Center.

Ann Weiss (M.A.C. ’64) runs the nonprofit foundation Eyes from the Ashes and conducts research on the Holocaust and the psychological mechanisms of survival.


Anne Klein (M.A.C. ’65) received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philadelphia chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in November 2017. Klein was also honored as a Woman of Excellence in the May 2018 issue of SJMag.


Emerson Coleman (M.A.C. ’78), who has served as Hearst Television’s vice president of programming since 1999, was promoted to senior vice president of programming in January 2018. Coleman also serves on Annenberg's Alumni Advisory Board. [READ MORE]

Dan Schiller (Ph.D. '78), Professor Emeritus in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, returned to Annenberg in the Spring 2018 semester as a Visiting Scholar with the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication. [READ MORE]


Jo Holz (M.A. ’76, Ph.D. ’81) is the author of Kids’ TV Grows Up: The Path from Howdy Doody to SpongeBob (McFarland), published in September 2017. [READ MORE]



A Dream of Resistance: The Cinema of Kobayashi Masaki (Rutgers University Press), written by Stephen Prince (Ph.D. ’87), was published in November 2017.


After 21 years at Annenberg, including a stint as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Amy Jordan (Ph.D. '90) began a new position as Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University in January 2018. [READ MORE] Jordan also recently joined the Sesame Workshop Board of Trustees. [READ MORE]

Lynn Tomlinson (M.A.C. ’91), Assistant Professor of Electronic Media and Film at Towson University, makes award-winning short films, including “The Ballad of Holland Island House,” “Fired Up!,” and her newest “The Elephant’s Song.”

Adrienne Becker (M.A.C. ’94) produced a documentary series about the Brooklyn-based Iron Maidens, an all-girls competitive robotics team.

Hart Larrabee (M.A.C. ’94) edited and translated Haiku: Classic Japanese Short Poems (Amber Books), published in August 2016.



Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact at American University, Caty Borum Chattoo (M.A.C. '98) delivered a lecture at an Annenberg Center for Media at Risk colloquium in March 2018. [READ MORE]


James Devitt (M.A. ’92, Ph.D. ’01) was named the Director of Public Affairs at New York University.

Jessica Fishman (Ph.D. ‘01) was the recipient of the 2018 Everett Lee Hunt Award for her book Death Makes the News: How the Media Censor and Display the Dead (NYU Press). The award was presented at the 2018 Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. [READ MORE]

Ron Nirenberg (M.A.C. '01), Mayor of San Antonio, delivered the 2018 George Gerbner Lecture at the Annenberg School. His lecture was entitled "Be a Better Neighbor: The Education of a Mayor." In the talk, he detailed his path from Communication graduate student to being the mayor of the seventh largest city in America. [WATCH VIDEO]


David Dutwin (Ph.D. ’02) wrote the lead article for the 2017 special issue of Public Opinion Quarterly on the future of survey research. Dutwin was also inducted as the president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research in May 2018.

Mary Bock (Ph.D. ’09) received tenure in February 2018 from the University of Texas.

Jasmine Nicole Cobb (Ph.D. ’09) received tenure and is now the Bacca Foundation Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University.

Robin C. Stevens (Ph.D. ’09), Assistant Professor in Penn’s School of Nursing and Faculty Fellow for Penn’s W.E.B. DuBois College House, is the co-founder of the HERstory/HIStory program. The mentorship program partners Penn students of color with African-American schoolchildren.


Michael Serazio (Ph.D. ’10), Assistant Professor of Communication at Boston College, had an article, entitled “Producing Popular Politics: The Infotainment Strategies of American Campaign Consultants,” published in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media in January 2018.

Adrienne Shaw (Ph.D. ’10), Assistant Professor of Media and Communication at Temple University, is the co-editor of a new book Interventions: Communication Research and Practice (Peter Lang). Shaw has also been elected as a Higher Education Video Game Alliance Fellow; she is the first scholar at the rank of assistant professor to attain the position.

In a recent issue of Communication and Society, Lokman Tsui (Ph.D. '10) interviewed Professor Emeritus Oscar Gandy on his views of surveillance, privacy, and personal data protection; whether we can protect ourselves; and the role of scholars and policy makers in safeguarding our rights. [READ MORE]

Assistant Professor of Communication at Cornell University, Brooke Erin Duffy (Ph.D. ’11) is the author of a new book (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love: Gender, Social Media, and Aspirational Work (Yale University Press), published in June 2017.

Heidi Khaled (Ph.D. ’12) is a qualitative research moderator. She has worked with clients like The Home Depot, Allstate, Amazon, Bic, Hulu, and more.


Hyun Suk Kim (Ph.D. ’14) has accepted a position in the Department of Communication at Seoul National University in South Korea, beginning September 2018.

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