Student Success & Achievements

Dissertation and Placement Info

Ever Josue Figueroa, 2020  

  • Hegemonic Masculinity on the Character Select Screen: How Esports Media & Culture Represents Race, Gender and Class 
  • Supervisor: Dr. Mary Angela Bock  

Lourdes Miriam Cueva Chacón, 2020  

  • A “Gentlemen’s Agreement:” The ways news discourse perpetuates and challenges segregationist discourse 
  • Supervisor: Mary Angela Bock  
  • Placement: San Diego State

Kelsey Whipple, 2020 

  • The Power of Curation: Examining the Identity, Authority and Beliefs of U.S. Cultural Journalists 
  • Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Reese 

Gejun Huang, 2020

  • New Frontier of Digital Media and Entertainment: Exploring Entrepreneurship in the Chinese Digital Game Industry.  
  • Supervisor: Wenhong Chen 

Kyser Lough, 2019  

  • What music looks like: Concert photographers and their work, identity and gatekeepers 
  • Supervisor: Dr. Mary Angela Bock 
  • Placement: University of Georgia

Shane Graber, 2019  

  • A Seven-Letter Word for Leaving People Out:  E L I T I S M in The New York Times Crossword 
  • Supervisor: Dr. Mary Angela Bock  

Paromita Pain, 2018  

  • ‘A chance for me to do good, make a real difference’: Mapping the role of citizen journalists in social transformation in India 
  • Supervisor: Dr. Thomas J. Johnson 
  • Co-Supervisor: Dr. Max E. McCombs 
  • Placement: University of Nevada, Reno

Deepa Fadnis, 2018  

  • Journalistic Coverage of Rape Culture in India 
  • Supervisor: Dr. Gina Chen Masullo  

Xiaoqian Li, 2018 

  • Core technical support networks in public housing communities: A new perspective on digital inequalities. 
  • Supervisor: Wenhong Chen 

Margaret Yee Man Ng, 2018

  • Building an Innovation Discontinuance Model: The Case of Twitter
  • Supervisor: Dr. Iris Chyi
  • Placement: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Hyeri Jung, 2017  

  • Transcultural Media and the Soft Power of the Korean Wave: A Reversed Ethnographic Approach to U.S. Fans’ Reception of Korean Popular Culture 
  • Supervisor: Dr. Tom Johnson  

Saif Shahin, 2017 pre 

  • News, Nations, and Power Relations: A Study of Newsmaking and Policymaking as Transnational Practices 
  • Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Reese  
  • Placement: Tilburg University

Krishnan Vasudevan, 2017  

  • Black Media Producers of Austin, Texas: Critical Media Production and Design as Citizenship 
  • Supervisor: Mary Angela Bock 
  • Placement: University of Maryland

Danielle Kathleen Kilgo, 2017  

  • Black, White, and Blue: Analyzing Media and Audience Frames of Visual News Coverage of Police-Use-of-Force and Protests 
  • Supervisor: Dr. Renita Coleman 
  • Placement: University of Minnesota 

Magdalena Saldaña, 2017

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  • Placement: Universidad Católica de Chile

José Andrés Araiza, 2016  

  • Gay American Gothic: A Movement Returns to Its Past 
  • Supervisor: Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez  

Mark Coddington, 2015  

  • Gathering Evidence of Evidence: News Aggregation and the Production of Journalistic Knowledge 
  • Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Reese  
  • Placement: Washington & Lee University

Qian Wang, 2015  

  • Who sets the news agenda on “Chinese Twitter”? Exploring the relationships between the media and opinion leaders on Weibo 
  • Supervisor: Dr. Renita Coleman  

Rebecca Scoggin McEntee, 2015  

  • A Look at Future Visual Coverage of U.S. Women in Combat Through Gatekeeping, Hierarchy of Influences, and Ethic of Care 
  • Supervisor: Dr. Renita Coleman