ASC@Penn News Digest, January 2021



Professor Damon Centola: Change: How to Make Big Things Happen (Little, Brown & Co.)

Book Chapters

Professor Victor Pickard: "Market Censorship and the Ongoing Struggle for Media Democracy" in Project Censored 2020 (Seven Stories Press)

Journal Articles

Alum Douglas Guilbeault (Ph.D. ’20) and Professor Damon Centola: “Experimental Evidence for Scale-Induced Category Convergence across Populations” (Nature Communications) [READ MORE]

Research Assistant Professor Matthew Brook O’Donnell, Doctoral Candidate Prateekshit Pandey, Professor Michael X. Delli Carpini, and Professor Emily Falk: “Political Humor, Sharing, and Remembering: Insights from Neuroimaging” (Journal of Communication) [READ MORE]

Professor Sarah J. Jackson: “Black Lives Matter and the Revitalization of Collective Visionary Leadership” (Leadership)

Professor Jessa Lingel and Doctoral Student Chloé Nurik: “Shadow Bodies and Information Sharing: Analysing Obstacles in Mental Health Care Provision” (Information Research)

Professor Jessa Lingel: “A Queer and Feminist Defense of Being Anonymous Online” (Proceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences)

Professor David Lydon-Staley: “Hunters, Busybodies and the Knowledge Network Building Associated with Deprivation Curiosity” (Nature Human Behaviour) [READ MORE]

Professor David Lydon-Staley: “Temporal Networks of Tobacco Withdrawal Symptoms during Smoking Cessation Treatment” (Journal of Abnormal Psychology)

Professor Guobin Yang: “Online Lockdown Diaries as Endurance Art” (AI & Society)

Doctoral Student Ava Kikut: “Learning from Black/African American Participants: Applying the Integrated Behavioral Model to Assess Recruitment Strategies for a Glaucoma Genetic Study” (Health Communication)

Doctoral Student Roopa Vasudevan: “Proclamations and Paraphernalia: #Bellwether, Editor’s Notes, and the Art of Remixing the Political Document” (Media-N)

Doctoral Candidate María Celeste Wagner: “Affect, Curiosity, and Positionality in Context: Watching Television Entertainment in Argentina and the United States” (International Journal of Communication)

Papers from the Center on Digital Culture and Society’s launch symposium have been published as a special issue of Communication and the Public.

Book Reviews, Commentaries, and Essays

Professor Damon Centola: “Considering Network Interventions” (PNAS)

Professor David Lydon-Staley: “Hunters and Busybodies: Quantifying Ancient Archetypes of Curiosity” (Behavioural & Social Sciences)

Doctoral Candidate Prateekshit Pandey: Book Review of A Comedian and an Activist Walk Into a Bar: The Serious Role of Comedy in Social Justice (International Journal of Communication)


The Annenberg Public Policy Center published the following reports:

In the Media

Chronicle of Higher Education: “’Is Inclusion Even Possible?’ A Conversation about Race, Class, and Higher Education” quoted Dean John L. Jackson, Jr.

Star Tribune: “6 Strategies for Cooling It Down on Social Media” quoted Professor Damon Centola.

WHYY Radio Times: “Masking and Vaxxing for the Public Good” interviewed Professor Damon Centola. [AUDIO]

WHYY Radio Times: “Racial Justice after Trump” interviewed Professor Sarah J. Jackson. [AUDIO]

Philadelphia Inquirer: “Our Democracy Remains Intact, Thanks to Our Courts, Free Press, and Right to Assembly” was written by Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson.

Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets:

Penn Today: “The State of U.S. Democracy” quoted Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Professor Ezekiel Dixon-Román.

Washington Post: “How Google Is Hurting Local News” was written by Doctoral Candidate Sean Fischer and Professor Yphtach Lelkes.

New York Times: “Honestly, This Was a Weird Election” quoted Professor Yphtach Lelkes.

Philadelphia Inquirer: “Does Twitter’s Ban Violate Trump’s Free-Speech Rights? Likely Not, but It Raises Questions about Social Media Platforms, Philly Experts Say.” quoted Professor Yphtach Lelkes and Professor Diana C. Mutz.

Professor Diana C. Mutz was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets:

Nieman Lab: “The Commercial Era for Local Journalism Is Over” was written by Professor Victor Pickard.

Professor Victor Pickard was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets:

Business Insider: “The 21 Books on Big Tech to Watch Out for in 2021, Busting the Scandalous Inside Stories and Wild Rise of Giants like Facebook, SpaceX, and Spotify Wide Open” promoted Professor Joseph Turow’s forthcoming book, which is due out later this year.

Penn Today: “Inauguration Day: History, Meaning, and Significance” interviewed Lecturer David Eisenhower.

Research Director Dan Romer was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets:

ACA-Media Podcast: “Episode 56: Fascinating Brain Matter” interviewed Postdoctoral Fellow Jinsook Kim. [AUDIO]

Center for Media at Risk Podcast: In “Episode 16 – COVID & the African Newsroom,” Researcher Richard Stupart speaks with journalists from newsrooms in South Africa, Nigeria and South Sudan. [AUDIO]

The Seasoned Migrant Podcast: “Turkish Dramas: Politics in Popular Television” interviewed Doctoral Student Yasemin Y. Celikkol.

Tow Center: “How Can Journalists and Researchers Keep Themselves Safe while Reporting Online” interviewed Doctoral Candidate Jennifer R. Henrichsen.

Center for Media at Risk: “Reporting Without Platforming: How News Media Coverage Feeds the Trolls” was written by Doctoral Student Sophie Maddocks.

VOA News: “Iranian Show Irks Iraqi Kurds, Portraying Them as Weak Against IS Terror” quoted Doctoral Candidate Mohammed Salih.

Kyle McDonald: “Working with Faces” quoted Doctoral Student Roopa Vasudevan.

Center for Media at Risk: “Distress, Distrust & Disease: The Relationship between COVID-19 & the #EndSars Movement in Nigeria” was written by Doctoral Candidate Chioma Woko.

Awards & Honors

Professor Emily Falk was awarded the 2020 Social & Affective Neuroscience Society (SANS) Early Career Award. [READ MORE]

Professor Sarah J. Jackson received the McGannon Center’s 2020 Donald McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Technology Research for her book #HashtagActivism. [READ MORE]

Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson was awarded the 2021 Benjamin Franklin Founders Award. [READ MORE]

Postdoctoral Fellow Jinsook Kim received an Honorable Mention for the 2021 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Dissertation Award.

Postdoctoral Fellow Natacha Yazbeck was awarded a 2020 Leeway Foundation Transformation Award, which includes a $15,000 grant. [READ MORE]

Doctoral Student Melissa Skolnick-Noguera’s documentary film La Lucha Sigue received a grant from Independence Public Media Foundation.

At the (Virtual) Podium

Organized and moderated by Professor Sarah J. Jackson, the Media, Inequality & Change Center and the Center for Media at Risk hosted a symposium entitled “Black Media-Makers and the Fierce Urgency of Now.”

Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson gave a talk entitled “Overcoming the Challenges of Communicating Emerging Science about COVID-19” at the University of Oregon, and a talk entitled “What Makes Our Democratic Institutions Resilient?” at the 2021 Benjamin Franklin Birthday Celebration.

The Annenberg Conversations on Race series welcomed Kadija Ferryman for a discussion with Professor Julia Ticona entitled “Technology and the Reproduction of Racial Inequity.” [WATCH HERE]

Professor Victor Pickard gave book talks or lectures at Gonzaga University; the University of Southern California; the University of Glasgow, Scotland; and the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Postdoctoral Fellow Malav Kanuga moderated a Media, Inequality and Change Center panel discussion entitled “Abolition Democracy and Media: A Scholar-Activist Roundtable.”

Postdoctoral Fellow Hana Masri gave a Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication colloquium address entitled “The Rhetoric of Waste and the Politics of Human Disposability from the Americas to the Arab World.”

Postdoctoral Fellow Zeyno Ustun moderated a Center for Media at Risk roundtable discussion entitled “Counter-Dataveillance.”

Doctoral Candidate Jennifer R. Henrichsen gave a talk entitled "Understanding Nascent Newsroom Security and Safety Cultures: The Emergence of the Security Champion" at Yale Information Society Project.

Doctoral Student Melissa Skolnick-Noguera was a panelist for “The Secret Weapon for Achieving Your Foundation’s Goals” event, hosted by Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia.

The Annenberg School cosponsored a panel discussion of the documentary film ALL IN: The Fight for Democracy.

The Annenberg School cosponsored the 20th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Social Justice, featuring Cornel West in conversation with Margo Crawford.

The Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication welcomed Wazhmah Osman for a book talk on Television and the Afghan Culture Wars: Brought to You by Foreigners, Warlords, and Activists.

The Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication welcomed Aswin Punathambekar for a colloquium address entitled “Media, Untimely Humor, and the Time of Elections.”

The Center on Digital Culture & Society welcomed Britt S. Paris for a colloquium address entitled “Digitizing Bodies: The Politics of Evidence and Avenues for Sociotechnical Change.”

The Control Societies Speaker Series welcomed Denise Ferreira da Silva for a lecture entitled “A Story of Us: Attention, Reflection, and Extraction in Tales of the End(s) of the Human.” [WATCH HERE]

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