Graduate Students

Shapiro's research is located at the intersection of critical media studies, science and technology studies, and urban studies. He studies the cultural politics of smart cities, new media, and urban...
Doctoral student Kristen Shumaker at Annenberg School for Communication ASC UPenn
Shumaker is interested in using neuroimaging methods, including fMRI and fNIRS, to examine the neural mechanisms of message propagation, social influence and narrative persuasion in health messaging...
Leeann Siegel is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication. She is interested in health communication, with a particular interest in how communication environments and...
Stonecipher's dissertation project looks at the relations between media constructions of the lesbian audience and diverse performances of self among those who identify as lesbian. She focuses on...
Yao Sun is broadly interested in political communication and network science. Sun received her B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Economics from Emory University. She was an undergraduate...
Jazmyne Sutton is interested in health communication, specifically the aspects of mediated messages that make them most effective. Her focus is on the way that individuals receive health information...
Ryan Tsapatsaris is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School of Communication who is also completing a graduate certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. His interests hedge upon...
John Vilanova is a third-year Ph.D. candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication. His broad research and writing agenda focuses on race and racism within the global recorded music industry and...
Diami Virgilio's research interests include digital culture, discursive manifestations of identity in social networks, performativity in online publics, semiotics, and the political economy of...
Allyson (Allie) Volinsky's research is broadly within health communication, with a specific focus in formative research for mass media health communication campaigns. As part of the Penn Tobacco...

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