Graduate Students

Portrait of Mohammed Salih
Mohammed A. Salih is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication. For his dissertation, he is conducting a critical examination of the discourses of identity, community, and polity...
Portrait of Shane Ferrer-Sheehy
Shane Sheehy is a Ph.D. student interested in propaganda, mass politics, and how both of those things are mediated through online spaces. He is also interested in the vernacular language of the...
Doctoral student Kristen Shumaker at Annenberg School for Communication ASC UPenn
Shumaker is interested in using neuroimaging methods, including fMRI and fNIRS, to examine the neural mechanisms of message propagation, social influence and narrative persuasion in health messaging...
Portrait of Leeann Siegel
Leeann Siegel is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication. Her research investigates how media impacts people’s behaviors, perceptions and policy opinions related to tobacco use...
Melissa B. Skolnick-Noguera is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and researcher whose work focuses on the intersection of social justice, community media, and arts/culture. She is a co-founder of...
Portrait of Jeanna Sybert
Jeanna Sybert is interested in the challenges and disruptions facing U.S. journalism in the contemporary moment. Focusing primarily on how this manifests visually and in digital spaces, Sybert is...
Portrait of Alex Tolkin
Alex Tolkin is a doctoral student interested in online political discourse, specifically the way that political beliefs spread through online communities. He is particularly interested in the way...
Portrait of Azsaneé Truss
Azsaneé Truss studies how factors such as socioeconomic status influence the critical media literacy practices learned by an individual. As a multimodal scholar, she is specifically interested in...
Portrait of Ryan Tsapatsaris
Ryan Tsapatsaris is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School of Communication who is also completing a graduate certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. His interests hedge upon...
Roopa Vasudevan, Doctoral Student
Roopa Vasudevan is an interdisciplinary artist, computer programmer, and scholar. Her art practice focuses on issues of human identity and agency in the digital era, power relationships and how they...

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