Graduate Program

Doctoral Candidate Eleanor Marchant Pursues Dissertation Fieldwork in Kenya

Eleanor Marchant makes a good point: six weeks into a year-long ethnographic field project may not be the best time to talk about it.

After all, the aim of ethnographic research is not as much to test a hypothesis, as to immerse yourself in a community and let your findings emerge over the course of the experience. And Marchant, a fourth year doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication, has chosen to study for her dissertation a subculture far from the ivory tower of University City: the technology sector in Nairobi, Kenya.

Chatman, Ristovska Named 2016-18 George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellows

For the first time since the fellowship began in 2007, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania has named two George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellows: Dayna Chatman and Sandra Ristovska.

Both will receive their Ph.D. degrees this Spring: Chatman from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and Ristovska from the Annenberg School at Penn.

Dayna Chatman

Study Reveals the Neural Mechanics of Self-Affirmation

Researchers have long marveled at the almost-magical power of self-affirmation: Minority students who reflect on their core values do better in school. People with opposing political views become more open to hearing one another, while people with bad health habits become more amenable to shaping up. The simple act of focusing on the sources of meaning and purpose in our lives is incredibly effective at lowering defenses and changing behavior.

Annenberg Presentations at the 2015 NCA Annual Convention

Annenberg faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows will present a rich variety of research at the National Communication Association (NCA) 101st Annual Convention, to be held Nov. 19-22 in Las Vegas. Below are a list of papers to be presented, along with their abstracts, followed by a list of Annenberg Faculty who will be panelists or respondents at the conference. Four of the papers will be receiving Top Paper Awards, as noted below.

Online Peer Networks Can Motivate People to Exercise More, Penn Study Finds

Can the Web make people more fit?

It’s a question hot on the minds of everyone from health insurers to gym owners to public health officials. Although millions of dollars a year are being spent designing promotional ads and social media campaigns, they clearly aren’t working: more than 43 percent of Americans get insufficient levels of daily exercise, and nearly a third are obese.


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