Melissa Skolnick-Noguera, M.S.W.

Portrait of Melissa Skolnick-Noguera
Joint Doctoral Student in Communication and Social Welfare

Melissa Skolnick-Noguera is a joint research fellow and doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2). Since 2010, she has worked with grassroots groups and media arts organizations throughout Philadelphia, with roles in communications, development, community engagement, film programming, and production. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from SP2, and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Delaware.

As a Research Fellow, she has held various leadership roles with CAMRA, the Collective for Advancing Multimodal Research Arts. Much of her focus has been on developing 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. Through a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation, she launched a pilot expansion version of the program from 2016-2017, with the goal of building a pipeline of underrepresented students pursuing graduate studies with a focus on multimodal research.

As a documentary filmmaker, Skolnick-Noguera advocates for the use of multimodality as a tool, in order to ensure that research is accessible beyond the academy. She is currently investigating how immigrants in Philadelphia use media and the arts to produce counter narratives as a form of cultural organizing, in order to impact policy. Her research aims to center the work of immigrants and people of color that create transformative visions of social justice through movement building.

Melissa Skolnick-Noguera is a joint doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication and Penn's School of Social Policy & Practice.

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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