Recent Graduates

The Annenberg School for Communication has nearly 300 Ph.D. alumni. Over the last six years, 61% of our alumni have gone on to careers in academia, and of these, 80% are tenure track faculty positions. Another 24% are in for-profit administrative or research positions, and another 9% are working in non-profit research or administrative positions. The following scholars, researchers, and other professionals are some of our recent alumni:

Omar Al-Ghazzi, Ph.D. '16

Assistant Professor of Media and Communications, London School of Economics
Dissertation: “Communicating History: The Mnemonic Battles of the 2011 Arab Uprisings”
Advisor: Marwan M. Kraidy

Christopher Ali, Ph.D. ‘13

Assistant Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia
Dissertation: “Where is Here? An Analysis of Localism in Media Policy in Three Western Democracies”
Advisor: Marwan M. Kraidy

Anne Katrin Arnold, Ph.D. ‘12

Senior Operations Officer, The World Bank
Dissertation: “Deliberation and the Complexity of Political Belief Systems”
Advisor: Michael X. Delli Carpini

Rosemary Avance, Ph.D. ‘15

Research Director, Neuro-Fundraising Lab at Moore DM Group
Dissertation: "Constructing Religion in the Digital Age: The Internet and Modern Mormon Identities”
Advisor: Carolyn Marvin

Rosie Eungyuhl Bae, Ph.D. '18

Dissertation: "Selective Exposure to Misleading Information in the New Media Environment by At-Risk Youth: A Study of Pro-Smoking YouTube Videos"
Advisor: Joseph N. Cappella

Joshua Becker, Ph.D. '18

Postdoctoral Fellow, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Dissertation: "The Network Dynamics of Social Influence in the Wisdom of Crowds"
Advisor: Damon Centola

Lyndsey Beutin, Ph.D. '18

Visiting Assistant Professor, Oberlin College
Dissertation: "Trafficking in Anti-Blackness: The Political Stakes of 'Modern Day Slavery' Discourse in Global Campaigns to End Human Trafficking"
Advisor: John L. Jackson, Jr.

Derek Blackwell, Ph.D. ‘14

Assistant Professor of Communication, Prairie View A&M University
Dissertation: “Digital Disruption: An Exploratory Study of Trust, Infidelity, and Relational Transgressions in the Digital Age”
Advisor: Carolyn Marvin

Gretta Moody Blackwell, Ph.D. ‘16

Dissertation: "The Birth of a Princess: Boughetto, Popular Media, and the Shifting Boundaries of Black Middle-Class Femininity"
Advisor: John L. Jackson, Jr.

Angel Bourgoin, Ph.D. ‘13

Health Communication Specialist, John Snow, Inc.
Dissertation: “The Use of the Internet for Alternative Views on Health”
Advisor: Robert C. Hornik

Devon Brackbill 150.jpgDevon Brackbill, Ph.D. '16

Data Scientist, Facebook
Dissertation: "The Network Structure of Collective Innovation"
Advisor: Damon Centola

Chris Cascio 150.jpgChristopher Cascio, Ph.D. '17

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin
Dissertation: "The Neural Mechanisms of Conformity Across Socioeconomic Status and Development"
Advisor: Emily Falk

Deepti Chittamuru 150.jpgDeepti Chittamuru, Ph.D. '17

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Dissertation: "Persuasive Technologies in HIV Prevention: A Structural Intervention for African American Young Adults"
Advisor: John B. Jemmott III

Aymar Jean Christian, Ph.D. ‘12

Assistant Professor of Communication, Northwestern University
Dissertation: “Off the Line: Independent Television and the Pitch to Reinvent Hollywood”
Advisor: Katherine Sender

Christopher Cimaglio, Ph.D. '18

Postdoctoral Fellow, Carthage College
Dissertation: "Contested Majority: The Representation of the White Working Class in U.S. Politics from the 1930s to the 1990s"
Advisor: Carolyn Marvin

Rosemary Clark-Parsons, Ph.D. '18

Postdoctoral Fellow, Annenberg School for Communication
Dissertation: "Doing It Ourselves: The Networked Practices of Feminist Media Activism"
Advisor: Guobin Yang

David Conrad, Ph.D. '18

Communications and Media Specialist, UNICEF
Dissertation: "Misguided Benevolence: How 'Moments of Need' Came to Motivate American Journalism"
Advisor: Barbie Zelizer

Andrew Daniller 150.jpgAndrew Daniller, Ph.D. '17

George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow, Annenberg School for Communication
Dissertation: "Politics as Sport: The Effects of Partisan Media on Perceptions of Electoral Integrity"
Advisor: Diana C. Mutz

Nora Draper, Ph.D. ‘14

Assistant Professor of Communication, University of New Hampshire
Dissertation: “Reputation Inc.: The Industrialization of Digital Self-Presentation and Online Privacy”
Advisor: Joseph Turow

Felicity Duncan, Ph.D. ‘15

Dissertation: “Collective Action and Digital Information Communication Technologies: The Search for Explanatory Models of Social Movement Organizations' Propensity to Use Edicts in Developed Democracies”
Advisor: Michael X. Delli Carpini

Timothy Fallis, Ph.D. ‘14

Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts Department of Communication, Hawai’i Pacific University
Dissertation: “Christian Missionary Humor & the Online Carnival”
Advisor: John L. Jackson, Jr.

Katerina Girginova, Ph.D. '18

Doctoral Fellow, Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Dissertation: "Social Media Events"
Advisor: Marwan M. Kraidy

Kevin Gotkin, Ph.D. '18

Dissertation: "The Marathon and On: Disability, Endurance, Aspiration"
Advisor: Carolyn Marvin


Jeffrey A. Gottfried, Ph.D. ‘12

Research Associate, Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
Dissertation: “Get a Cue Already! How Election Campaigns Matter in Different Informational Environments”
Advisor: Michael X. Delli Carpini

Lauren Sessions Goulet, Ph.D. ‘12

Director of UX Research, TripAdvisor
Dissertation: “Friends in All the Right Places: Social Network Sites and the Geographical Dispersion of Social Support”
Advisor: Keith Hampton

Le (Eileen) Han, Ph.D. ‘14

Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
Dissertation: “Micro-Blogging Contesting Modernities: Producing and Remembering Public Events in Contemporary Chinese Social Media Platforms”
Advisor: Barbie Zelizer

Sun-Ha Hong, Ph.D. ‘16

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Dissertation: “Data Epistemologies/Surveillance and Uncertainty”
Advisor: Carolyn Marvin

Michelle Jeong, Ph.D. ‘16

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health
Dissertation: “Sharing in the Context of Tobacco and E-Cigarette Communication: Determinants, Consequences, and Contingent Effects”
Advisor: Robert C. Hornik

Heidi Khaled, Ph.D. ’12

Founder, Khaled Moderating
Dissertation: “Fashionable Politics: Discourses, Dissonance and Status in American Consumer Culture”
Advisor: John L. Jackson, Jr.

Hyun Suk Kim, Ph.D. ‘14

Assistant Professor of Communication, Ohio State University
Dissertation: “Attractability and Virality: The Role of Message Features and Social Influence in Health News Diffusion”
Advisor: Joseph N. Cappella

Jin_Woo_Kim_150.jpgJin Woo Kim, Ph.D. '17

Postdoctoral Fellow, Program in Quantitative Social Sciences, Dartmouth College
Dissertation: "Assessing Civic Competence Against the Normative Benchmark of Considered Opinions"
Advisor: Michael Delli Carpini

Minji Kim, Ph.D. ‘16

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education
Dissertation: "When Similarity Strikes Back: The Positive and Negative Role of Smoker-Audience Similarity in Anti-Smoking Campaign"
Advisor: Joseph N. Cappella

Lauren Kogen, Ph.D. ‘12

Assistant Professor, Temple University School of Media and Communication
Dissertation: “Suffering through the News: How the American News Media Covering Hunger in Africa and at Home”
Advisor: Marwan M. Kraidy

Elissa Kranzler, Ph.D. '18

Postdoctoral Fellow, Wharton Risk Management and Decision Process Center, University of Pennsylvania
Dissertation: "From Exposure to Efects: Examining the Cognitive Process Underlying Effects of 'The Real Cost' Youth-Targeted Anti-Smoking Media Campaign"
Advisor: Robert C. Hornik

Emily LaDue, Ph.D. '18

Adjunct Instructor, Duke University
Dissertation: "Durham's Self-Help and the Financialization of the Bull City: Development Without Displacement? Or Displacement Without Development?"
Advisor: John L. Jackson, Jr.

Matthew A. Lapierre, Ph.D. ‘13

Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
Dissertation: “Development and Persuasion Processing: An Investigation of Children’s Advertising Susceptibility and Understanding”
Advisor: Joseph N. Cappella

Corrina Laughlin, Ph.D. '18

Instructor, Loyola Marymount University
Dissertation: "'What God Gave to Us': Digital Habitus and the Shifting Social Imaginary of American Evangelicalism"
Advisor: John L. Jackson, Jr.

Kyung Lee, Ph.D. ‘15

Data and Evaluation Manager, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board
Dissertation: “The Rise of Brand Journalism: Understanding the Discursive Dimensions of Collectivity in the Age of Convergence”
Advisor: Barbie Zelizer

Stella Lee 150.jpgStella (Juhyun) Lee, Ph.D. '17

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dissertation: "The Message as a Seed: Predicting the Diffusion of Smoking-Related Discourse from Message Construal Level"
Advisor: Robert C. Hornik

Tim Libert, Ph.D. '18

Special Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science
Dissertation: "Track the Planet: A Web-Scale Analysis of How Online Behavioral Advertising Violates Social Norms"
Advisor: Victor Pickard

Kara Garrity Liebeskind, Ph.D. ‘13

Insights Guru / Manager, Smarty Pants
Dissertation: “Parental Meditation from Looney Tunes to Angry Birds: Examining how Parents are Dealing with the Content-Specific Issues of Old Media and the Unique Challenges of New Media”
Advisor: Joseph N. Cappella

Tara Liss-Mariñ​o, Ph.D. ‘14

Associate Director for Student Communication, University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Dissertation: “Sell (it) Yourself: Marketing Pleasure in Digital DIY”
Advisor: Sharrona Pearl

Jiaying Liu 150.jpgJiaying Liu, Ph.D. '17

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Georgia
Dissertation: "Explicating a Mechanism of Descriptive Social Norm Perception Formation: Why Repeated Media Exposure Matters and How Much Must I Have Before I Conform?"
Dissertation Supervisor: Robert C. Hornik

Debora Lui 150.jpgDebora Lui, Ph.D. '16

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Penn Graduate School of Education
Dissertation: "Situating the 'Maker Movement': Tracing the Implementation of an Educational Trend Within Public Libraries"
Advisor: Carolyn Marvin

Shane Mannis, Ph.D. ‘16

Senior Researcher, Fors Marsh Group
Dissertation: “Constructing the Exercising Self: Social Media Identity Work and Exercise Behavior”
Advisor: Joseph N. Cappella

Eleanor Marchant, Ph.D. '18

Dissertation: "Anyone Anywhere: Narrating African Innovation in a Global Community of Practice"
Advisor: John L. Jackson, Jr.

Elena Maris, Ph.D. '18

Postdoctoral Researcher, Microsoft Research New England
Dissertation: "Desperately Seeking the Producer: Audiences, Identity, and the Margins of the Internet"
Dissertation Supervisor: John L. Jackson, Jr.

Susan Mello, Ph.D. ‘13

Assistant Professor of Communication, Northeastern University
Dissertation: “Toxic? The Nature and Effects of Mothers’ Exposure to Pediatric Environmental Health Information in the Media”
Advisor: Robert C. Hornik

Sara Mourad, Ph.D. ‘16

Assistant Professor of Media Studies, American University of Beirut
Dissertation: “The Boundaries of the Public: Mediating Sex in Postwar Lebanon”
Advisor: Marwan M. Kraidy

Danielle Naugle Ph.D. ‘16

Research and Evaluation Officer, Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs
Dissertation: “The Evaluation of a Mass Media Campaign to Promote Exclusive Breastfeeding in Vietnam”
Advisor: Robert C. Hornik

Yotam Ophir, Ph.D. '18

Joan Bossert Postdoctoral Fellow in the Science of Science Communication, Annenberg Public Policy Center
Dissertation: "Spreading News: The Coverage of Epidemics by American Newspapers and its Effects on Audiences - A Crisis Communication Approach"
Dissertation Supervisor: Joseph N. Cappella

Jonathan Pace, Ph.D. '18

Postdoctoral Fellow, Digital Civil Society Lab, Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
Dissertation: "Internet Markets: Exchange Relations on Craigslist, eBay, and Silk Road"
Dissertation Supervisor: Sharrona Pearl

Alison Perelman, Ph.D. ‘13

Executive Director, Philadelphia 3.0
Dissertation: “Political Appetites: Food as Rhetoric in American Politics”
Advisors: Michael X. Delli Carpini and Katherine Sender

Sandra Ristovska, Ph.D. ‘16

Assistant Professor of Media Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder
Dissertation: “Human Rights Through the Lens: Examining the Institutionalization and Professionalization of Video Activism”
Advisor: Barbie Zelizer

Elizabeth Roodhouse, Ph.D. ‘13

Senior Director of Analytics, Blue Apron
Dissertation: “Buying in: Socially Conscious Consumption and the Architecture of Choice”
Advisor: Michael X. Delli Carpini

Yoel Roth, Ph.D. ‘16

Manager of Trust & Safety, Twitter
Dissertation: “Gay Data”
Advisor: Sharrona Pearl

Christin Scholz, Ph.D. '18

Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam
Dissertation: "Neural and Psychological Bases of Health News Sharing"
Dissertation Supervisor: Emily Falk

Holli Seitz, Ph.D. ‘16

Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University
Dissertation: “Mammography Exemplars in Online News Commentary: Prevalence of Exemplars, Effects on Risk Perceptions and Mammography Intentions, and Mechanisms of Action”
Advisor: Joseph N. Cappella

Aaron Shapiro, Ph.D. '18

Lecturer, Annenberg School for Communication
Dissertation: "Design, Control, Predict: Cultural Politics in the Actually Existing Smart City"
Advisor: Carolyn Marvin

Dina Shapiro-Luft, Ph.D. ‘16

Senior Research and Evaluation Executive, UJA-Federation of New York
Dissertation: "Smoking-Related Self-Concepts and Value Expressive Messages: Effects on the Determinants of Smoking Cessation"
Advisor: Joseph N. Cappella

Rui Shi, Ph.D. ‘16

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland
Dissertation: “Viewer-Generated Comments to Online Health Policy News: Content, Dynamics, and Influence”
Advisor: Joseph N. Cappella

Laura Silver, Ph.D. ‘16

Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center
Dissertation: “China in the Media: Effects on American Opinion”
Advisor: Diana C. Mutz

Piotr Szpunar, Ph.D. ‘14

Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Albany
Dissertation: “Homegrown Terrorist, Networked Citizen, Double: Identity, Belonging and Citizenship in an Age of Limitless Conflict”
Advisor: Barbie Zelizer

Andy Tan, Ph.D. ‘13

Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard University School of Public Health
Dissertation: “Cancer-Related Direct-to-Consumer Advertising – A Study of Antecedents, Influence on Patient Information Seeking Behaviors, and Contingent Effects”
Advisor: Robert C. Hornik

Emily Thorson, Ph.D. ‘13

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University
Dissertation: “Belief Echos: The Persistent Effects of Corrected Misinformation”
Advisor: Diana C. Mutz

Sarah E. Vaala, Ph.D. ‘12

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Vanderbilt University
Dissertation: “Mothers’ Cognitions and Structural Life Circumstances as Predictors of Infants’ and Toddlers’ Television and Video Exposure”
Advisor: Robert C. Hornik

Dror Walter, Ph.D. '18

Assistant Professor of Digital Communication, Georgia State University
Dissertation: "It's the Structure, Stupid: Exploring Thematic Diversity in News Coverage and Social Media Activity of Political Candidates Using Unsupervised Machine Learning"
Advisor: Michael X. Delli Carpini

Khadijah White, Ph.D. ‘13

Assistant Professor, Rutgers University School of Communication and Information
Dissertation: “Tea'd Off: Media and the Rise of the 21st Century Tea Party”
Advisor: John L. Jackson, Jr.

Alex T. Williams, Ph.D. '18

Senior Manager, Internet Essentials Program, Comcast
Dissertation: "Profits Over Principles: Redlining in the Newspaper Industry"
Advisor: Victor Pickard

Katherine (Felsburg) Wong, Ph.D. ‘15

Research Consultant, Common Sense Media
Dissertation: “Harnessing Hollywood Hype: Film Marketing Meets the Challenges and Opportunities of the 21st Century”
Advisor: Marwan M. Kraidy

Kate Zambon 150_0.jpgKate Zambon, Ph.D., '17

Assistant Professor of Communication, University of New Hampshire
Dissertation: "Integration: The Cultural Politics of Migration and Nation in the New German Public"
Advisor: Marwan M. Kraidy

Jingwen Zhang, Ph.D. ‘16

Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis
Dissertation: “Online Social Network Physical Activity Intervention for Young African American Women”
Advisor: John B. Jemmott III