Melissa B. Skolnick-Noguera

Joint Doctoral Student in Communication and Social Welfare
Research Fellow

Melissa B. Skolnick-Noguera is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and researcher whose work focuses on the intersection of social justice, community media, and arts/culture. She is a co-founder of ¡Presente! Media, a creative collective led by Latinx filmmakers that produces documentaries and articles for social change. She is a 2019 Leeway Transformation Awardee and a 2020 Fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Leadership Institute.

Melissa is a joint doctoral student and research fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2). Through her research, she investigates how migrant artists and artists of color embed their work within social movements to impact policy. She advocates for the use of multimodality as a tool, in order to ensure that research is accessible beyond the academy. From 2016-2020, she was a core team member for the CAMRA Fellows Program, which supports undergraduate students through a mentorship model, while also providing production and research training for the Fellows to produce a social justice focused media project.

Since 2010, Melissa has worked with grassroots groups and media arts organizations throughout Philadelphia, with roles in communications, development, community outreach, film programming, production, and facilitation. She holds an M.S.W. from SP2, and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Delaware.

Melissa B. Skolnick-Noguera is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and researcher whose work focuses on the intersection of social justice, community media, and arts/culture. Through her research, she investigates how migrant artists and artists of color embed their work within social movements to impact policy.
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Skolnick-Noguera's Network

  • Activism, Communication, and Social Justice
  • Culture and Communication
  • Visual Communication
  • CAMRA at Penn
  • Center for Experimental Ethnography