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

Lecturer in Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield
Dissertation title: “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 Title: “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 Title: “Deliberation and the Complexity of Political Belief Systems”
Advisor: Michael X. Delli Carpini


Rosemary Avance, Ph.D. ‘15

Associate Director of Research, ConsumerAffairs
Dissertation Title: "Constructing religion in the digital age: The internet and modern Mormon identities”
Advisor: Carolyn Marvin


Cabral Bigman-Gailmore, Ph.D. ‘11

Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Dissertation Title: “Social comparison framing: Examining the effects of racial health disparities risk information
Advisor: Joseph N. Cappella


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, Cooper University Health Care
Dissertation: "The Network Structure of Collective Innovation"
Advisor: Damon Centola


Peter Busse, Ph.D. ‘11

Associate Researcher, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos
Dissertation: “Normative Appeals: Understanding the Effect of normative messages from the formation of intentions to get tested for HIV among Latinos in the United States”
Advisor: Joseph N. Cappella


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

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


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

George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow, Annenberg School for Communication
Dissertation Title: "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


Brooke Erin Duffy, Ph.D. ‘11

Assistant Professor of Communication, Cornell University
Dissertation: “Magazines…without the Magazine: Remaking boundaries in an era of Media Convergence”
Advisor: Joseph Turow


Felicity Duncan, Ph.D. ‘15

Marketing and Communication, Resource America
Dissertation: “Collective action and digital information communication technologies: The search for explanatory models of social movement organizations' propensity to use dicts 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.


Christopher Finlay, Ph.D. ‘11

Assistant Professor, Communications Studies, Loyola Marymount University
Dissertation: “The London 2012 Olympics: Producing and contesting a global focusing event”
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

Research Lead, 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

Senior Research Manager, Brakethrough Research
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


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


Kyung Lee, Ph.D. ‘15

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


Kara Garrity Liebeskind, Ph.D. ‘13

Insights Prodigy, 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
"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


Lourdes Martinez, Ph.D. ‘11

Assistant Professor, San Diego State University
Dissertation: “Anticipated Regret and the Formation of Behavioral Intention: Implication for the design of persuasive health messages”
Advisor: Robert C. Hornik


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 in Media Studies Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies at the 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


Joel Penney, Ph.D. ‘11

Assistant Professor of Communication, Montclair State University
Dissertation: “Body Screen/Body Politic: The Uses of Political T-shirts in the Digital Age”
Advisor: Barbie Zelizer


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


Mario Rodriguez, Ph.D. ‘11

Assistant Professor, Stetson University
Dissertation: “Paranoid Androids: Facebook Privacy, Online Reputation, and Employment Concerns of College Seniors”
Advisor: Paul Messaris


Elizabeth Roodhouse, Ph.D. ‘13

Director, Analytics, Blue Apron
Dissertation: “Buying in: Socially conscious consumption and the architecture of choice”
Advisor: Michael X. Delli Carpini


Yoel Roth, Ph.D. ‘16

Senior Program Manager, Product Trust, Twitter
Dissertation: “Gay data”
Advisor: Sharrona Pearl


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


Dina Shapiro-Luft, Ph.D. ‘16

Deputy Director, Cancer Prevention Program, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
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


Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt, Ph.D. ‘11

Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication and Journalism, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dissertation: “Missing Links: A comparative study of the media coverage of cases of kidnapping and captivity around the world”
Advisor: Barbie Zelizer


Emily Thorson, Ph.D. ‘13

Assistant Professor, Boston College
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


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.


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 Profesor of Media Studies, 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