Communication Studies/Afroamerican & African Studies
University of Michigan
Robin Means Coleman is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present (2011, Routledge) and African-American Viewers and the Black Situation Comedy: Situating Racial Humor (2000, Routledge). She is the editor of Say It Loud! African American Audiences, Media, and Identity (2002, Routledge) and co-editor of Fight the Power! The Spike Lee Reader (2008, Peter Lang). She has published numerous book chapters and journal articles. Her research and commentary has been eatured in a variety of international and national media outlets. Her current research focuses on the NAACP’s participation in media activism. She was a 2012 Program Fellow in the University of California-Berkeley Executive Leadership Academy. She is also the recipient of the University of Michigan Harold R. Johnson Diversity Award, the National Communication Association AACCD & the Black Caucus Scholar Award for Publishing, the New York University Teaching Excellence Award, and of the Chatham College Alumnae “Cornerstone” Award. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, she was on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and at New York University.
University of South Carolina
David Crockett is Associate Professor of Marketing at University of South Carolina. His primary research interest is in sociological aspects of consumer behavior, particularly the consequences of social inequality. His research investigates the creation, manifestation, and resolution of class, gender and racial inequality in the marketplace, and addresses consumer, managerial, and public policy initiatives designed to alleviate nequality. Emerging areas of interest in his research include health-related policy and social enterprise. His Ph.D. is from University of Arizona.
Rochester Institute of Technology
Ammina Korhari is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology Her research focuses on issues related to health, gender, technology and religion that are situated within the contexts of global communication, journalism and media studies. Professor Kothari often employs a multi-method approach to her work, which has included in-depth interviews, content analyses, textual analysis and structural equation modeling. Professor Kothari’s dissertation examined how journalistic practices and the relationship between journalists and their news sources, influences media coverage of HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. She was awarded two university-wide competitive research fellowships in 2010 to conduct her fieldwork in Tanzania, which involved interviews with journalists and leaders of NGOs. In addition to interviews, she also conducted semiotic and content analyses of newspaper texts, to examine how media representations contributed to the social construction of HIV/AIDS. Some of her on-going research projects include comparative analyses f global journalistic practices within the context of emerging media platforms; how the media conveys information based on the newsworthiness of the issue; and exploring effective channels for message transmission based on topics and target demographics.
Visual and Cultural Studies
University of Rochester
Alexander Brier Marr is PhD Candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. His dissertation, “Aesthetics of Dwelling: Native Architecture in American Visual Culture,” examines how American and Indigenous artists have depicted Native American house forms. American Indian Art Magazine and Museum Anthropology Review have published his writing on the display of Native art. His curatorial work includes the 2011 exhibit at the University of Rochester, “Theatres of Memory: Edward Curtis’s The North American Indian.” The American Philosophical Society, the Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Susan B. Anthony Institute have supported his research. In addition, Alex sits on the editorial board of InVisible Culture.
History of Art and Visual Culture
University of California, Santa Cruz
Derek Conrad Murray is Assistant Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture at University of California, Santa Cruz. His Ph.D. is in History of Art from Cornell University. He is an interdisciplinary theorist specializing in the history, theory and criticism of contemporary art, African-American/African Diaspora art and culture, Post-Black art and aesthetics, theoretical approaches to identity and representation, critical issues in art practice, and the methodologies and ethics of Art History and Visual Studies. He has contributed to leading magazines and journals of contemporary art such as American Art, Art in America, Parachute, Art Journal, Exit EXPRESS, the Documenta 12 Magazine Project, Public Art Review, Third Text and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art (Duke University Press), where he currently serves as Associate Editor. Murray was extensively interviewed in MSNBC correspondent Toure’s book Who’s Afraid of Post Blackness: What It Means to Be Black Now (Atria Books, 2012).
Radhika Parameswaran is Professor of Journalism at Indiana University. Her research has been published in a variety of academic journals including Journal of Children & Media, Communication, Culture, & Critique, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication Theory, Qualitative Inquiry, Communication Review, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies. Her major publications include two monographs in the AEJMC journal Journalism & Communication Monographs, one a co-authored monograph "Melanin on the Margins: Advertising and the Cultural Politics of Fair/Light/White beauty in India" published in 2009 and another sole-authored monograph "Global Media Events in India: Contests Over Beauty, Gender, and Nation" published in 2001. She is currently working on a large-scale project editing one of eight volumes of Blackwell's forthcoming International Companions to Media Studies. She will edit the volume on Audience Studies, consisting of 24 chapters authored by leading and emerging scholars from Australia, Denmark, U.K, Singapore, India, China, and the United States who teach and do research in media studies, journalism, and communication studies. In addition to the edited book, she is also involved in two major research projects: an analysis of magazine cover portrayals of globalizing India and another on media discourses of resistance against light-skinned beauty norms, racism, and colorism in India.
Advertising and Public Relations
University of Texas, Austin
Kevin Thomas is Assistant Professor of Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Texas at Austin. He investigates the socio-cultural impact of marketing communication and consumer behavior. His primary research interest pertains to understanding the relationship between marketing communication, consumption practices, and notions of self and community. Using a consumer culture theory (CCT) perspective, Dr. Thomas explores the ways in which identity markers (i.e. race, gender, class, and sexuality) are represented in marketing communication and experienced in the marketplace. Other areas of research interests include multicultural advertising, issues of diversity and marketplace discrimination, and entrepreneurship and marketplace empowerment.
Rochester Institute of Technology
Tracy Worrell is an Associate Professor of Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology. She has a B.A. in Speech Communication from Otterbein University, and degrees in Communication from the niversity of Cincinnati (M.A.) and Michigan State University (Ph.D.). As a researcher Professor Worrell has predominantly focused on examining health messages and the media. She has written numerous conference papers and has been published in journals such as Health Communication and the Howard Journal of Communication. Publications have explored areas such as the portrayal of illness on television and its impact on those with said illnesses to creating effective health messages to promote behavior change. Professor Worrell’s current interests are in continuing to examine the portrayal of illness and disability in the media and studying the use of mobile health in promoting behavior change.