Three members of the Annenberg School for Communication – doctoral students Riley Snorton and Dan Berger, and Additional Faculty member, Carlin Romano, J.D. – have been awarded academic fellowships in recognition of their distinguished, scholarly trajectory.
Mr. Snorton was awarded the W.E.B. Dubois Fellowship from the W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. That institute awards up to 20 fellowships annually, with two fellowships typically awarded to graduate students, and is dedicated to the study of matters Africans and African Americans, historical and contemporary, academic and popular. Mr. Snorton's publications have similar breadth, including articles published or forthcoming in the International Journal of Communication, Hypatia, a journal of feminist philosophy, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Society and Culture. With academic interests in media anthropology; Africana studies; gender and queer theory; and cultural studies, Mr. Snorton will utilize this fellowship to focus on his dissertation.
Mr. Berger recently accepted the Mellon Dissertation Fellowship through the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). This highly competitive fellowship, offered to just 16 people for 2009-2010, recognizes emerging scholars conducting interdisciplinary archival research in original sources. Mr. Berger’s dissertation studies how black and Puerto Rican prisoners in the 1970s developed a social movement targeting incarceration and racial inequality through an array of media. In addition to his dissertation, he is the author of Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity (AK Press, 2006) and co-editor of Letters from Young Activists: Today's Rebels Speak Out (Nation Books, 2005).
Mr. Romano, critic-at-large of The Chronicle of Higher Education and literary critic of The Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years, has been named a 2009 Milena Jesenska Fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna, Austria. The fellowship was named after Milena Jesenska (1896-1944), a Czech journalist who fought the Nazis as part of the Prague resistance. She also was Kafka's translator from German into Czech. In her memory, the Institut invites independent intellectuals and journalists to join its permanent and visiting scholars -- among its fellows have been philosopher Charles Taylor, historian Tony Judt, and Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
Mr. Romano has taught philosophy at Yale University, Yeshiva University, Williams College, Bennington College, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He also was a Fulbright professor of philosophy at St. Petersburg State University in Russia. He has been a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard, a Freedom Forum and National Arts Journalism Program Senior Fellow at Columbia, a McCloy Fellow and Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and the first Eisenhower Fellow from the United States to Israel. He is a three-time winner of the Society of Professional Journalists "First Prize" in Criticism, a recipient of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Distinguished Arts Criticism award, and a "Commonwealth Speaker" for the state in 2008-09.