ASC@Penn News Digest, October 2019



Professor Victor Pickard and Doctoral Candidate David Elliot Berman: After Net Neutrality: A New Deal for the Digital Age (Yale University Press)

Book Chapters

Professor Marwan M. Kraidy and alum John Vilanova (Ph.D. ’19): “Time, Space, and Communication: A Preliminary Comparison of Islamic State to the Mongol Hordes and the Khmer Rouge” in The Media World of ISIS (Indiana University Press)

Professor Emeritus Klaus Krippendorff: “The Cybernetics of Design and the Design of Cybernetics” in Design Cybernetics – Navigating the New (Springer)

Professor Victor Pickard: “Making Media Safe for Corporate Power: Market Libertarian Discourse in the 1940s and Beyond” in News on the Right: Studying Conservative News Cultures (Oxford University Press)

Professor Victor Pickard: "Historical Analysis" in The Palgrave Handbook of Methods for Media Policy Research (Palgrave Macmillan)

Postdoctoral Fellow Elisabetta Ferrari (Ph.D. ’19) and Doctoral Candidate John Remensperger: “’When under Surveillance, Always Put on a Good Show’: Representations of Surveillance in the United States Underground Press, 1968-1972” in Making Surveillance States: Transnational Histories (University of Toronto Press)

Journal Articles

Alum Elissa Kranzler (Ph.D. ’18) and Professor Robert C. Hornik: “The Relationship between Exogenous Exposure to ‘The Real Cost’ Anti-Smoking Campaign and Campaign-Targeted Beliefs” (Journal of Health Communication)

Professor John B. Jemmott III and alum Deepti Chittamuru (Ph.D. ’17): “Effects of a Sexual HIV Risk Reduction Intervention for African American Mothers and Their Adolescent Sons: A Randomized Controlled Trial” (Journal of Adolescent Health)

Professor Marwan M. Kraidy: “Media, Communication and the Struggle for Social Progress” (Global Media and Communication)

Professor Emeritus Klaus Krippendorff: “Senior Communication Scholars’ Advice to and Expectations of Young Researchers: A Dialogue” (Communication & Society)

Research Scientist Emile Bruneau: “A Collective Blame Hypocrisy Intervention Enduringly Reduces Hostility towards Muslims” (Nature Human Behavior)

Research Director Yoona Kang: “Examining Interpersonal Self-Transcendence as a Potential Mechanism Linking Meditation and Social Outcomes” (Current Opinion in Psychology)

Postdoctoral Fellow Ozan Kuru: “When Polls Disagree: How Competitive Results and Methodological Quality Shape Partisan Perceptions of Polls and Electoral Predictions” (International Journal of Public Opinion Research)

Doctoral Student Lizzie Martin: “’Grave and Growing Threats’: The Association of Small Bombs and the Persistence of Post-9/11 Narratives” (The Popular Culture Studies Journal)


Professor Victor Pickard: “Public Investments for Global News” (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

Visiting Scholar Ergin Bulut: “Could Turkey Just Be OK Again? Media and the Drift towards Authoritarianism” (Public Seminar)

In the Media

Daily Pennsylvanian: “Annenberg Dean and Students Produce Documentary about Southern Gay Black Men” quoted Dean John L. Jackson, Jr.

Penn Today: “Seeing Life through Their Eyes” quoted Dean John L. Jackson, Jr.

Dollars and Change: “Changing Societal Behavior” interviewed Professor Damon Centola. [AUDIO]

Wired: “Think Climate Protests Have Hit a Tipping Point? Science Disagrees” covered research by Professor Damon Centola.

Wall Street Journal: “Mark Zuckerberg Speech Draws Ire as He Attempts to Burnish Facebook’s Image” quoted Professor Michael X. Delli Carpini.

Daily Pennsylvanian: “Center for Neuroscience & Society Talk Looks at Impact of Public Health Ads on Behavior” quoted Professor Emily Falk.

Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets:

Gizmodo: “What Will the Internet Look Like in 2030?” quoted Professor Sarah J. Jackson.

Quality Digest: “Where Poka-Yoke and Cybernetics Meet” quoted Professor Emeritus Klaus Krippendorff.

Philadelphia Magazine: “Penn Study Finds People Who Send Longer Tweets Are Less Mean” interviewed Professor Yphtach Lelkes about a study co-authored with Doctoral Student Alvin Zhou.

Daily Pennsylvanian: “Annenberg Study Finds Polarization Did Not Increase after the Election of Donald Trump” quoted Professor Yphtach Lelkes.

National Affairs: “Coming Apart” recommended a paper by Professor Yphtach Lelkes.

Penn Today: “The 2016 Election Did Not Increase Political Polarization” quoted Professor Yphtach Lelkes.

Wall Street Window: “LeBron James Echoes the American Olympic Officials Who Appeased Hitler” quoted Professor Emeritus Carolyn Marvin.

Vice: “Corporations are Limiting Public Access to Presidential Primary Debates” quoted Professor Victor Pickard.

Yale University Press Blog: "Net Neutrality is a Class Issue" was written by Doctoral Candidate David Elliot Berman and Professor Victor Pickard.

Penn Today: “Office Hours: Episode 9” interviewed Professor Julia Ticona. [AUDIO]

Almanac: “Chris Callison-Burch, Julia Ticona: NSF Grant” covered an award won by Professor Julia Ticona.

Knowledge@Wharton: “Your Data is Shared and Sold…What’s Being Done about it?” quoted Professor Joseph Turow.

Research by Professor Duncan J. Watts was covered in the following media outlets:

Daily Pennsylvanian: “Syrian Journalist Zaina Erhaim Speaks at Penn after Travel Ban Denied her Visa Last Year” quoted Professor Barbie Zelizer.

Open Magazine: “Soft Power” quoted Graduate Diversity Advisor and Professional Development Supervisor Murali Balaji.

Daily Pennsylvanian: “Penn Students Analyze Political Cartoons and Satire in this Communication Class” profiled Lecturer Dwayne Booth and one of his undergraduate courses.

Research by Research Scientist Emile Bruneau was covered in the following media outlets:

Omaha World-Herald: “David Eisenhower to Speak about His Grandfather and D-Day during Visit to Omaha” profiled Lecturer David Eisenhower.

STAT: "'Dear Evan Hanson' Tells a Fictional Story of Suicide. But its Actors Field Messages from Very Real People in Crisis" quoted Research Director Dan Romer.

Washington Post: “Trump is Moving to Secure the Polish American Vote in 2020. Here’s How.” was written by Postdoctoral Fellow Dominik Stecula.

The Daily Dot: “’After Net Neutrality’ Book Explores History, Activism and Offers an Idea for the Future” interviewed Doctoral Candidate David Elliot Berman about his new book, co-authored with Professor Victor Pickard.

Penn Today: “Exploring Cryptocurrency and Blockchain in Iceland” quoted Doctoral Candidate Zane Griffin Talley Cooper and Staff Member Kyle Cassidy.

The Atlantic: “Why the New Instagram It Girl Spends All Her Time Alone” quoted Doctoral Candidate Emily Hund and alum Brooke Erin Duffy (Ph.D. ‘11).

Fast Company: “This is What It’s Like to Study Social Media Influencers for a Living” profiled Doctoral Candidate Emily Hund.

Doctoral Candidate Mohammed A. Salih was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets:

The Conversation: "Democrat or Republican, Americans are Angry, Frustrated and Overwhelmed" was written by Doctoral Candidate María Celeste Wagner.

Journalism Research News: “ARTICLE: News about Donald Trump’s Presidency Make Readers Unhappy” covered research by Doctoral Candidate María Celeste Wagner.

NiemanLab: “Reading Political News in the Age of Trump Leaves People Stressed, Angry, and Overwhelmed” covered research by Doctoral Candidate María Celeste Wagner.

Philadelphia Inquirer: “Run, Walk, and Talk with Strangers until They’re Friends, and You’ll Live Longer, Feel Better, and Learn More Stuff.” was written by Staff Member Kyle Cassidy.

Philadelphia Magazine: “Meet the University Event Director Who Also Owns a Gym” was written by Staff Member Debra Williams.

Research conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center was covered in the following media outlets:

Penn Today: “Syrian Journalist Details Dangers, Challenges Covering Her Country” covered an event hosted by the Center for Media at Risk.

Awards & Honors

Professor Michael X. Delli Carpini has been named inaugural faculty director of the Paideia Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Doctoral Candidate Soojong Kim received a 2019 travel grant from the National Communication Association.

Doctoral Student Florence Madenga and Doctoral Candidate Mohammed A. Salih were announced as 2019-2020 Graduate Associates at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House.

At the Podium

At the 2019 Global Fusion Conference in Austin, Texas, the following faculty and students presented research: Postdoctoral Fellow Padma Chirumamilla, Doctoral Candidate Mohammed A. Salih, and Doctoral Candidate Yasemin Y. Celikkol.

Professor Emily Falk gave a Penn Center for Neuroscience and Society public talk entitled “Neuroscience Approaches to Understanding How Ideas and Behaviors Spread.”

At the Racial Orders, Racist Borders international conference in Amsterdam, Professor Marwan M. Kraidy gave a talk entitled “Fire as a Privileged Medium in the Construction of Racial Orders.”

The Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) hosted a workshop entitled “Data and Dominion: What is Digital Sovereignty?” The following faculty and students participated: Professor Marwan M. Kraidy, Postdoctoral Fellow Stanislav Budnitsky, Doctoral Student Lauren Bridges, Doctoral Candidate Zane Griffin Talley Cooper, Doctoral Student Mariela Morales Suárez, and Doctoral Candidate Revati Prasad.

Professor Jessa Lingel gave a talk, as part of the Penn Libraries Research Tea series, entitled “What Bookmobiles Know: Journeys of Infrastructure and Crisis.”

Professor Victor Pickard gave the following talks:

  • "Journalism in a Time of New Digital Monopolies" at the Communication Rights in the Digital Age conference in Finland
  • "Media Reform and the Political Economy of Digital Journalism" at Fudan University in China
  • "The Growing Precarity of American News Work and its Consequences for Democracy" at the What is Labor in the Digital Age conference in China

An art exhibit on display at the University of Pennsylvania’s Van Pelt Dietrich Library contains soviet book illustrations from the collection of Professor Monroe Price.

Professor Joseph Turow gave a Wharton Public Policy Initiative talk entitled “Consumer Beliefs about Data Surveillance, and What They Mean for Privacy Policy” in Washington, D.C. He also gave a talk on Capitol Hill to Republican and Democratic Senate staffers entitled “What Americans Don’t Know about Marketing on the Internet — and How They Feel about it.”

The Media Activism Research Collective (MARC) hosted a works-in-progress session. Professor Guobin Yang gave a talk entitled “An Invitation to Digital Asceticism, or The Radicalism of Everyday Digital Lives.”

Professor Barbie Zelizer delivered a keynote address entitled “Why Invisibility Matters in the News: Notes from the Cold War” at the Photographic Epistemologies Seminar in Helsinki.

Visiting Scholar Natalia Roudakova gave a Center for Media at Risk lecture entitled “Ethics and Accountability in Soviet Journalism: What Could Western Journalists Learn from Their Soviet Colleagues?

Visiting Scholar Aishah Shahidah Simmons gave a presentation at the Connections across Generations: Praxis in Addressing Gender Based Violence conference at Harvard University.

Visiting Scholar Aishah Shahidah Simmons organized and hosted a two-day symposium entitled #FromNo2Love: Black Feminist Centered Forum on Disrupting Sexual Violence.

At the 48th annual Conference on South Asia, Postdoctoral Fellow Padma Chirumamilla gave a talk entitled “Interrogating Infrastructure: Conversations across History, Anthropology and Media Studies.”

At the ECREA Communication and Democracy conference, Postdoctoral Fellow Elisabetta Ferrari gave a talk entitled “Mirrors, Icebergs and Puppet Masters: Making Sense of the Power of Digital Infrastructures through Visual Focus Groups.”

Postdoctoral Fellow Giang Nguyen-Thu gave a talk entitled “Aspiring for a Better Life in Pre-Reform Vietnam: Forgetting the Equality, Remembering the Misery” at The Good Life in Late Socialist Asia: Aspirations, Politics, and Possibilities conference in Germany.

Doctoral Candidate Zane Griffin Talley Cooper and Staff Member Kyle Cassidy spoke at a gallery tour, sponsored by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy as part of Penn Energy Week, of their art exhibit entitled “Alchemical Infrastructures: Making Blockchain in Iceland.”

Doctoral Student Antoine Haywood moderated a conversation with activist DeeDee Halleck at an event co-sponsored by the Media, Inequality and Change (MIC) Center.

The Annenberg School co-sponsored a screening of the documentary film At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal.

The Annenberg School co-sponsored a screening of the documentary film Cooked: Survival by Zip Code.

The Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) welcomed Alex Fattal of the University of Southern California, San Diego for a talk on his book Guerrilla Marketing: Counterinsurgency and Capitalism in Colombia.

The Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) co-sponsored an event entitled “From Salsa to Jalsa: Race, Music, and the Global Andalus.”

The Center for Media at Risk welcomed Zaina Erhaim of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting for a talk entitled “Independence in Times of Conflict and Populism.”

The Center on Digital Culture and Society (CDCS) and the Control Societies Speaker Series welcomed Meredith Broussard of New York University for a talk entitled “Artificial Intelligence and Our Future World.”

The Center on Digital Culture and Society (CDCS) welcomed Johan Farkas of Malmӧ University for a talk entitled “Disguised Propaganda on Social Media: Post-Truth, Fake News, and Democracy.”

The Control Societies Speaker Series welcomed V. Mitch McEwen of Princeton University for a talk entitled “Experimental Life.”

The Elihu Katz Colloquium Series welcomed David G. Rand of MIT Sloan to give a talk entitled “Fake News: Why We Fall for It and What to Do about It.”

The Media, Inequality and Change (MIC) Center co-sponsored an event entitled “The New Social Contract Tour: Creating a Vision for Putting People and the Planet First.”

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