For the Media

Faculty Experts List

For access to faculty members on the Expert List, as well as additional Emerson contacts, such as alumni and trustees, please contact Carole McFall, Director of Media Relations at 617-824-8415 or carole_mcfall@emerson.edu

  • Nancy J. Allen

    Executive-in-Residence, Department of Communication Studies

    Health communication and social marketing campaign development. Public health topics such as HIV/AIDS, tobacco, substance abuse, injury and violence prevention, obesity prevention, teen health, and sexual health.

  • Susanne Althoff

    Assistant Professor, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

    Althoff studies the business of publishing, women's magazines and websites, and digital publishing. She served as the editor-in-chief of The Boston Globe Magazine from 2009 to 2015.

  • Benny Sato Ambush

    Senior Distinguished Producing Director-in-Residence, Department of Performing Arts

    Theatrical Stage Directing

    Producing plays

    Teaching acting and directing

    Artistically helming professional theaters

    Conflict resolution

    Mentoring young people

  • John Dennis Anderson

    Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies

    Performance Studies, particularly the performance of literature and of the life and work of Henry James, William Faulkner, Robert Frost, and Washington Irving.

  • Claire Andrade-Watkins

    Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

    Areas of expertise are:

    Postcolonial Media Studies: French and Portuguese speaking African Cinema, Black American Independent Cinema, Caribbean Cinema

    History & Cultural Studies:African Studies, Afro-American, Cape Verde  and Cape Verdean American history

    Film: Documentary filmmaker

  • Miranda Banks

    Associate Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    Expert on American film and television industries, with a specific focus on creative and craft guilds and unions.

    Author of The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters and their Guild (Rutgers University Press, 2015).

    Banks teaches classes on film and television history, media industries, production studies within the department. She also teaches courses through the Institute for Interdiciplinary Studies for both the minor in Digital Culture and the minor in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.

  • Gerlo Beernink

    Kasteel Well Part Time Faculty, International Study & External Programs

  • Sam Binkley

    Associate Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

    Critical social theories of subjectivity, particularly with regard to the work of Michel Foucault. 

  • Harlan Bosmajian

    Associate Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    Digital and film cameras, lighting, and the visualization of scripts.

    Professional Director of Photography on over 30 feature films and television shows.

  • Josie Bray

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Performing Arts

    Choreography, Directing, Producing, Physical Theater, Movement for Actors, Anatomy and Physiology for Actors and Dancers

  • Israela Adah Brill-Cass

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Communication Studies

    Attorney with expertise in all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)/conflict resolution including mediation, negotiation, arbitration and facilitation.  Have worked with courts, private corporations and federal and state agencies to set up dispute resolution programs. Attorney since 1993, mediator and ADR professional and teacher since 1998.

  • Leslie Brokaw

    Senior Affiliated Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

    From cofounding Inc. magazine's website in the late 1990s -- one of the first websites of a national publication -- through her work today as contributing editor for digital media at MIT Sloan Management Review, Leslie has been a player in the transformation of the magazine industry. Leslie has seen first hand how print publications are evolving into digital media brands, working to maintain their influence and financial stability and meet their customers where they are.

  • Gail Burton

    Faculty, Department of Performing Arts

    Trained with Augusto Boal, founder of Theater of the Oppressed.

  • Delia Cabe

    Senior Affiliated Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

    Journalism, Publishing

  • Paul Caldera

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication

    "Enthusiast branding" – two decades of experience developing integrated marketing communications for enthusiast clients that include: The North Face, Cessna Aircraft, Parker Guitars, Segway, Teva, Ben Hogan Golf, TomTom, Backroads, JanSport, Hinckley Yachts and many others. Industry experience that ranges from aviation and boating to outdoor, sporting goods, consumer electronics, music and adventure travel.

    Founding Partner, Saltworks– Informed Design for Enthusiast Brands.

  • Claudia Castaneda

    Senior Scholar-in-Residence, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

    women's, gender and sexuality studies; science and technology studies;  issues of cultural diversity;  issues of oppression and privilege.

  • Mark D. Chesak

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    Experienced editor for long-form documentaries, and an Avid Certified Instructor.

    Credits include: "Crash of Flight 111" for NOVA, "Dangerous Prescription" for Frontline, "Surviving Mars" for the Discovery Channel, plus numerous shows for History Channel, NAT GEO, NBC Sports, as well as the DIY Network.

     

  • Melissa Kerr Chiovenda

    Affiliated Faculty, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

     Melissa Kerr Chiovenda has conducted research on ethnic and sectarian issues in Afghanistan, with a particular focus on civil society activists among Hazaras, a mainly Shi'a ethnic minority.

  • Martie Cook

    Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    Screenwriting.

    Over 25 years of experience as a writer and producer for television and film.

    Has worked for NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, and Universal Studios. Author of the book, Write To TV: Out of Your Head and Onto the Screen.

  • Angela Cooke-Jackson

    Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies

     Dr. Angela Cooke-Jackson is an Assistant Professor of Health and Behavioral Science as well as Intercultural Communication in the Communication Studies Department at Emerson College. Her research centers around the nexus of health communication and behavioral science with an emphasis on intercultural communication seeking to address health disparities among disparate and underserved populations. She is the grant recipient of over 150K from various foundations and private organizations. Her research funding has been used to engage high-risk youth from local Boston communities in the creation of age specific digital health vignettes and media on topics of health and media literacy and sexual health. She collaborates with the Boston Public Health Commission, the Family Van, Community Conversations: A Women’s Health Initiative and the Brigham Women’s Hospital. She is the director and co-founder of the Emerson Literacy Education and Empowerment Project fondly called eLEEP. eLEEP's media driven approach is highlighted through learned mixed-media productions meant to deconstruct and reconstruct the media to promote sexual health awareness via the media and the outlets teens use today.

    Dr. Cooke-Jackson’s cross-disciplinary research and teaching approach is her strongest academic attribute because it offers a fluid space for collaborative institutional and community teamwork. Her current publications include articles in Health Communication, Communication Teacher, Journal of Human Sexuality, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Howard Journal of Communication, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication and book chapters and excerpts in The Encyclopedia of Health Communication, Communicating Health: Personal, Cultural and Political Complexities and Ethics and Entertainment.

  • Scott Cooper

    Los Angeles Part Time Faculty, International Study & External Programs

    Film and Television Studies, Media Studies, and the Cultural Study of Media and Society

  • Thomas Cooper

    Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    Media consumption, media effects, media ethics and media criticism. Special emphasis on ethical issues such as privacy, First Amendment, confidentiality,  obscenity,  diversity/discrimination, conflict of interest, reputation, defamation, and related.

  • Eric Michael Dale

    Affiliated Faculty, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

     AOS: German Idealism, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger; Philosophy of religion, particularly issues of evil and the divine

    AOC: Ethics, particularly Aristotle's relevance to applied ethical problems; Philosophy, religion and literature (theology and Romantic German and English poetry); Augustine, 19th-20th century German Protestant thought, Catholic nouvelle théologie, esp. Rahner; Phenomenology and religion from Husserl to Marion; East Asian philosophy, particularly Classical Confucian, Daoist, and Neo-Confucian thought

  • Benoit Denizet-Lewis

    Assistant Professor, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

    I speak nationally and on radio/tv about LGBT issues, journalism/magazine writing, youth culture, writing, and addiction. 

  • William Dreyfus

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    23 years of inside Hollywood experience in screenwriting, screen story analysis, script coverage and notes, as well as a working knowledge of the way scripts sell and the procedures writers need to know to successfully navigate the Hollywood film industry

     

     

     

  • Owen Eagan

    Lecturer, Department of Communication Studies

    Measuring strategic communications in business and politics; political experience ranges from presidential to municipal campaigns; currently serves as a management consultant advising Fortune 500 companies on entitling controversial real estate development projects. 

  • Cathryn Cushner Edelstein

    Senior Executive-in-Residence, Department of Communication Studies

    Communication - teaching cultural communication to international students studying in the United States.

    Her book, Excuse Me, Can You Repeat That? How to Communicate in the U.S. as an International Student - A Reference Guide will be available Fall 2012 from Five Star Publications.

  • Kelly Farquharson

    Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

     child language development

    speech and language disorders in children

    speech sound disorders

    literacy development

    reading disorders

    dyslexia

  • Anna Feder

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    Film festivals, curating art house cinema

  • Ken Feil

    Senior Scholar-in-Residence, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    My courses and research generally reflect work in Queer/LGBT Studies, Hollywood film and network television comedy, and genre studies, including: camp and cult film and television; disaster movies; queer film, video and television; Hollywood sex comedies of the 1950s and 1960s as well as "bromance"/buddy comedies of the 2000s.

  • Michael Figuccio

    Affiliated Faculty, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

    Early typical and atypical cognitive development from birth through middle childood.  Particular interests include neurodevelopmental disorders, such as developmental dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, and attention deficit/hyperacitivity disorder.

  • Andrew Fish

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Professional Studies

     Expert in Classic Hollywood Cinema.  Writer of several Screenplays for Bazley Films (The Iron Giant), extensive experience with several publishers both as a creator and as an administrator in the industry.

    Recently he's developed a cyber bullying strategy that is being implemented in schools across the region using comic art to express the struggles with bullying.

  • Catherine Flanagan

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication

    20+ years corporate and freelance experience in Strategic Marketing and Integrated Communications with particular interest in the Small Business, Not for Profit, and Telecommunications sectors.

  • Julia Frenkle

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication

    I'm the founder and creative director at Opus, a creative agency in Boston. My expertise is in marketing, graphic design and creative services. I started the company so I can also speak to entrepreneurship.

  • Jonathan Fried

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Performing Arts

    Jonathan has performed and taught Shakespeare at the college and graduate school levels for 30 years.

    Jonathan's book with Alvin Epstein, "Dressing Room Stories, The Making of an Artist," was published in March, 2016. He will be teaching a new course in the Spring at Emerson which turns the experience of writing this book, turning oral history into performance, into a class.

  • Indira Ganesan

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

    Novelist, whose interests center on women's voice, immigrant culture, and fiction.

    Third novel, Sweet As Honey, is out in February 2013 from Alfred A. Knopf.

  • Daniel Gaucher

    Associate Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    Two decades in television post-production (editing) of reality and documentary television for NBC, MTV, Bravo, A&E, UPN, Spike, VH-1, TLC, Discovery, History Channel, PBS, and the National Geographic Channel.

  • Mneesha Gellman

    Assistant Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

     My area of expertise is social movements and ethnic minority rights in Latin America (particularly Mexico and El Salvador) and Turkey. I focus on how memories of state and paramilitary violence are used in rights claims, and how policies of political, economic, and cultural exclusion or inclusion of minorities affect democratization and multiculturalism. I also have a special focus on the right to mother tongue languages.

  • Phillip Glenn

    Professor, Department of Communication Studies

    Expert on interpersonal communication, specializing in laughter and humor, conflict, negotiation, and mediation.  Helps train mediators, consults, and offers guest lectures.   

     

     

  • Jared M. Gordon

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    Screenplay structure, the parallels between mythology and storytelling/screenwriting, and social media marketing

  • Ruth Grossman

    Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

    I have been conducting research on nonverbal components of communication and social interaction in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for several years.  My work uses a variety of technologies, including infrared motion-capture and eyetracking.  I hope to determine factors that can improve the social appropriateness of individuals with ASD during face-to-face communication.

  • Paul M.W. Hackett

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication

     

     

  • Ziad H. Hamzeh

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    Film and Theater Directing, Producing, and Writing.

     Ziad’s work has earned over forty awards and accolades for directing, producing, and writing.  Ziad’s latest film IRREFUTABLE PROOF has been picked up by Shoreline Entertainment for world wide distribution in 2016.  Recently, ALWAYS BRANDO, producer, had its world premier at the TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011.  Ziad’s other work includes the AFI premiere of THE LETTER: AN AMERICAN TOWN AND THE “SOMALI INVASION”, his critically acclaimed and multi-award winning feature-length documentary about the influx of black Muslim immigrants into a small New England town in post-9/11 America.  His award-winning feature film SHADOW GLORIES won numerous awards and was called “powerful and distinctive, a mature, accomplished work, strong, stylish and uncompromising” by Kevin Thomas, film critic for the Los Angeles Times.

     

  • Randy Harrison

    Senior Affiliated Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication

    Integrated Marketing; helping organizations position their products and services to engage the hearts and minds of customers and propects; and expanding the definition of Integrated Marketing to better meet 21st Century business needs that is aligned with core executive agenda.

  • Melissa Healey

    Senior Artist-in-Residence, Department of Performing Arts

    Voice Instructor -  training the actor's voice to be sensitive, free and expressive. 

  • Steve Himmer

    Senior Lecturer and First-Year Writing Program Director, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

  • Eric Hofbauer

    Senior Affiliated Faculty, Department of Performing Arts

    Social, historical, and cultural impact of 20th century American Music, with a focus on Jazz and how its innovations relate to race relations, technology, and popular culture.

  • Richard Hoffman

    Senior Writer-in-Residence, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

     While primarily a poet, I have also published award-winning essays and memoirs, as well as a collection of short stories.

  • Donald Hurwitz

    Senior Executive-in-Residence, Department of Marketing Communication

    Proponent and practitioner of Integrated Marketing Communication.  20 years experience as a senior executive strategist and relationship leader at advertising agencies (Arnold, IQJ), direct marketing and internet firms (Pamet River Partners, Digitas), with service to the brand and promotional advertising programs of  retail companies like New Balance and TJ Maxx, database and digital initiatives of FedEx, GM, J&J; and pharmaceutical database marketing for Shire, Wyeth and others. 

     

  • Hassan Ildari

    Associate Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    American cinema, Iranian and world cinema, Hollywood and its history, screenwriting

    Iranian-born movie and television writer-director
     

  • Alden Jones

    Senior Affiliated Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

    Writing Pedegogy, Travel Literature, Contemporary Travel Writing, Memoir, and Contemporary Fiction.

    Author of The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia and Unaccompanied Minors: Stories.
     

  • Bavand Karim

    Assistant Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts

  • Daniel Kempler

    Professor Emeritus, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

    Language and communication impairments following brain damage; aphasia, dementia, Parkinson's disease, and voice disorders

  • Spencer Kimball

    Senior Scholar-In-Residence, Department of Communication Studies

    Nationally recognized public opinion pollster; Exptertise in political communication, sports communication and social media.

  • Janet Kolodzy

    Professor, Department of Journalism

    She can address the ethical, legal and practical challenges journalists face in providing news today. And, how today's journalists must tell stories using any and all media (print, broadcast, online, social) available in order to reach modern news audiences. Kolodzy is the author of two convergence journalism textbooks,

  • Cristina Kotz Cornejo

    Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Visual & Media Arts

  • Maria Koundoura

    Professor and Chair, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

    Expertise in the area of aesthetis, ethics, and politics of transnational culture exchange in a global culture setting.

  • Daniela Kukrechtova

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

    English and American Literature

  • Nicole Laffan

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

    Nicole Laffan is both an audiologist and a speech-language pathologist. She has experience working in hospital, school, private practice, and university settings. In addition to her clinical experience, Nicole has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students as an adjunct professor at Emerson College and Northeastern University in Boston, MA and as a clinical supervisor at Northeastern University. As a board member and the secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, Nicole is responsible for reviewing legal cases, determining sanctions, and voting on legislation. Nicole enjoys conducting workshops for professionals and parents. Her most recent workshops were for The Decibels Foundation and The New England Consortium for Deafblind Projects in both MA and CT.

  • Jerry Lanson

    Associate Professor, Department of Journalism

    Teaches Journalism Ethics and has written on the subject for such places as the Christian Science Monitor, Online Journalism Review, Media Ethics and his blog, jerrylanson.wordpress.com.

    In 2011 and 2010, he worked with senior Irish journalists visiting Boston College's Irish Institute in seminars on ethical decision-making. 

  • Joanne Lasker

    Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

    Adult with acquired communication problems after stroke, head injury, dementia, or degenerative neurological disease.

    Communication strategies for adults and families with severe impairments in speaking.

    Aphasia, traumatic brain injury, dementia, right hemisphere stroke, apraxia of speech. 

  • Sabrina Learman

    Voice Instructor, Department of Performing Arts

    Vocal training for BFA Musical Theatre majors in Performing Arts.

     

  • Mark Leccese

    Associate Professor, Department of Journalism

    Political journalism, political blogs, use of social media in politics, use of social media in journalism, media criticism.

    Former political reporter for daily and weekly newspapers. Former media criticism blogger for Boston.com

    Author of The Elements of Blogging: Expanding the Conversation of Journalism. (Taylor & Francis, 2015) 

     

  • Sandra Lee

    Artist-in-Residence, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    Sandra Lee, screenwriter, director, producer, studied filmmaking at Chapman University, currently Screenwriting Artist-in-Residence at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Her work focuses on the human condition, writing and directing female protagonists and antagonists, family conflict and dynamics, and relationships between men and woman.

    Sandra has worked for Miramax Films, Columbia Pictures, Wendy Finerman Productions, and ICM Partners. She has served as Associate Professor and Chair at Regis University’s Colorado Film School, and Assistant Professor at Baylor University.

  • Brad Lemack

    Los Angeles Part Time Faculty, International Study & External Programs

    Los Angeles-based talent manager, entertainment publicist and author (The Business of Acting: Learn the Skills You Need to Build the Career You Want and The New Business of Acting: How to Build a Career in a Changing Landscape).

    Former publicity executive for pioneering TV producer Norman Lear, Lemack established his Lemack & Company Talent Management/Public Relations in 1982. He is also the host of the Web TV series Inside the Business of Acting and is a business of acting career coach.

  • Kristin J. Lieb

    Associate Professor, Department of Marketing Communication

    Dr. Lieb specializes in brand management, entertainment marketing, and person brands.

  • Theodore R. Life Jr.

    Senior Distinguished Director-in-Residence, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    Producer/director for theater, film and television, with extensive international experience living and working in West Africa, notably Nigeria and in Asia, notably in Japan.

  • Weiko Lin

    Assistant Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    U.S. - China Film Productions

  • Amy Litwack

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

    Speech therapist with 17 years of clinical experience working in adult neurogenic disorders, with a specialty in diagnosing and treating swallowing disorders. She has worked as a speech pathologist in acute medical, acute rehab, and subacute settings, and has completed over 3300 modified barium swallow studies. In addition to her clinical work, she has served as a clinical supervisor in the Robbins Center and has been an Emerson clinical instructor since 2004.

  • Kimberly Lorusso

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication

    Global marketing manager with focus on high tech markets. Experience includes: global campaign management and integrated marketing strategy. Extensive expertise in building innovative and results driven marketing programs, specializing in alliance marketing, financial services marketing and solution selling.

  • Roxana D. Maiorescu

    Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing Communication

    Global Public Relations

    Social Media

  • Paul Mandelbaum

    Los Angeles Part Time Faculty, International Study & External Programs

    Literature of Los Angeles, contemporary American short story, and author juvenilia

  • Shane Martin

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Communication Studies

    Worked at the Massachusetts State House and consulted state and local politicians throughout New England. As a political consultant he has conducted numerous political polls/surveys, devised campaign strategy and prepared candidates for debate.

    In addition, Shane has taught political and communications courses for the past 5 years at Fitchburg State College and Mount Wachusett Community College. These courses include Speech, Public Speaking, Political Communication and Rhetoric, Moot Court, U.S. Government, State and Local Government, U.S. Congress, Mass and the Federal System, and Leadership and Service Learning.

  • Andrea Martucci

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

    Can speak about: magazine publishing industry, particularly circulation and marketing; literary magazine business models; direct response marketing; student publications (co-founder of student pub em magazine).

  • Brenna McCormick

    executive-in-Residence, Department of Marketing Communication

    Executive-in-Residence McCormick is a brand strategist and entrepreneur who specializes in creativity and creative thinking. She brings ten years of digital agency and consulting experience to her teaching of creative enterprises, creative thinking and problem solving, and capstone. In her previous position, she was the Director of Expeditions and Strategy at Terra Incognita Ventures // mediaman Innovation Lab, a business division of mediaman USA. Her agency and consulting experience includes such clients as: Sperry Top-Sider, Cisco Systems Inc., EMD Serono, Pioneer Investments, Procter & Gamble, Keds, Jones New York: L.e.i.; PVH: Calvin Klein, IZOD; and Reebok. McCormick’s career started in the luxury stationery industry where she established a love of all things tactile and tangible when weaving together ideas, strategy and storytelling. Previously an affiliate faculty member since 2009, McCormick believes in applying academic best practices to real world industry challenges.

     

     

  • Leslie Medalie

    E3 Tutor, Department of Marketing Communication

    Strategic public relations message and campaign development including press materials, spokesperson interviews, media tours, social and online media relations.

  • Betsy Micucci

    Director, Clinical Programs, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

  • Paul Mihailidis

    Associate Professor, Department of Marketing Communication

    Areas of expertise: media literacy, civic media, networked publics, digital engagement, citizenship, social media, global media, civic voices, interactive communication, media, and library spaces.

  • Cara Moyer-Duncan

    Assistant Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

    South African film, culture and history; culture and identity; African cinema

  • Pablo Muchnik

    Associate Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

    I am a philosopher who specializes in Kant and the modern period. My interests gravitate towards political philosophy and ethics. I have written extensively on the problem of evil, and am working on a book about politics and religion in Kant (tentatively titled, Faith Labor's Lost). I have edited and co-edited various collections and am in charge of a book series, Kantian Questions. I am currently the Vice President of the North American Kant Society and head of the Eastern Study Group (ENAKS).

  • Yasser Munif

    Assistant Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

    Specializes in colonial history, racial identities, and the production of space in marginal sites in France and the US.

  • Jeffrey Myers

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication

  • Bethany Nelson

    Senior Theatre Educator-in-Residence, Department of Performing Arts

    Theatre education, playmaking, and multicultural education at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

    Teaching drama and theatre K-12 in urban, suburban, and rural settings.

    Research interests are focused on using Applied Drama and Theatre for meeting best practice in multicultural education with at-risk urban youth.

  • William Orem

    Senior Writer-in-Residence, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

     Gothic Literature; British and American Modernism; James Joyce; fiction writing; play writing

  • Emmanuel (Manny) Paraschos

    Professor, Department of Journalism

    Media ethics, comparative media law, new media, multimedia journalism, global journalism

  • Gregory Payne

    Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Studies

    Expertise in political communication, sports communication,public diplomacy, crisis communication, health communication, celebrity/spectacle media events, social media and protest rhetoric.

  • Scott Pinkney

    Associate Professor, Department of Performing Arts

    Lighting Designer for Broadway, Off-Broadway, in major regional theatres and internationally for more than 400 productions in a career spanning more than 40 years.

     

  • John Pirone

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

    American Sign Language, Deaf Culture, Deaf Studies, and Accessibility.  

    Director of Deaf Studies at College of the Holy Cross.  

    Former Executive Director of a nonprofit membership organization, Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf (MSAD).

    Co-founded a local deaf theatre company, consulted with several Boston theatres on ASL translation, worked with the Disability Law Center to produce a video to educate Deaf people about voting rights, established a new program, Deaf Youth Outdoor Leadership Program, for high school students, and successfully changed the state’s public policies regarding accessibility for people with disabilities. I served on numerous nonprofit boards including the Statewide Advisory Council of Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Massachusetts State House’s Advisory Council on Accessibility, The Learning Center for the Deaf, and Disability Policy Consortium.  

    Received an Ed.D in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University. His research interests are ASL pedagogy, Deaf Experiences, and Accessibility in Higher Education. 

     

  • Douglas Quintal

    Senior Executive-in-Residence, Department of Marketing Communication

    Marketing Communication, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Social Media, Advertising Creativity, Marketing Strategy, digital strategy, professional sports and social media.

  • Nejem Raheem

    Associate Professor, Department of Marketing Communication

    Environmental/ecological economist, specializing in ecosystem service valuation, traditional natural resource management regimes, and benefit cost analysis. I also work with conservation professionals on Payment for Ecosystem Service scheme design. 

  • Kathryn Ramey

    Associate Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts

  • Vincent Raynauld

    Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies

    Expertise: Social media, political campaigning, journalism, crisis communication, online politics, political activism, sports communication, e-learning.

  • Lu Ann Reeb

    Senior Executive-in-Residence, Associate Chair and Director of Business Studies and Entrepreneurship minors, Department of Marketing Communication

    A three-time entrepreneur, Reeb has launched new media marketing companies in the Boston area, creating an intersection of media, marketing and information online. Her Entrepreneurship followed a 20-year long career in Broadcast Journalism. as a reporter, producer and executive producer.  She teaches courses in the Marketing Communication Department including Entrepreneurship, Marketing Management, Capstone and Communication, Media and Society.

  • David Gerzof Richard

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Communication Studies

    Advertising, Branding, Cyber-bullying, Facebook, Global Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Management, Marketing, Media Ethics, New Media, Public Relations, Social Media, Texting, Twitter

    Founder and President of BIGfish, an integrated social media, PR, marketing and social influence firm. His Twitter handle is @DavidGerzof.

  • Tim Riley

    Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism

    Author of five books on John Lennon, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Madonna, rock music history, with advanced degree in classical piano, and over two decades of critiques for NPR on all forms of pop culture.

  • John Rodzvilla

    Senior Electronic Publisher-in-Residence and Graduate Program Director for Publishing and Writing, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

    digitize work for e-books readers and tablets, digital reading, digital publishing, website design and accessibility.

  • Magda Romanska

    Associate Professor, Department of Performing Arts

    Theatre History and Criticism, World Drama, Dramatic Theory, Performances Studies, Theories of Comedy,  Dramaturgy, Polish Studies: Culture,Theatre, Film and History, Jewish Studies, Representations of Holocaust, Trauma Studies, Gender and Nationality.

  • James Rowean

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication

    Advertising, Consumer Goods, Creative Development, Media Planning and Execution as well as Performance Evaluation, Farnchisee/Licensee Relationships (McDonald's, Dunkin' Donuts), Retail Marketing, Integrated Marketing, and Branding

     

     

      

     

  • Mehmet Ali Sanlikol

    Senior Affiliated Faculty, Department of Performing Arts

    Mehmet Sanlikol not only received critical acclaim as a composer in Jazz and Contemporary Western Classical music but, he also published a scholarly book, entitled The Musician Mehters, about the organization and the music of the Ottoman Janissary Bands. He is also a research fellow at Harvard University and an active particpant at several different Ethnomusicology conferences. 

  • Eiki Satake

    Professor of Statistics and Mathematics, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

    Bayesian Statistics, Subjective Probability, Evidence-Based Statistics, Cross-cultural studies on mathematics and statistics education

  • Eric Schaefer

    Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    Film and media historian, specializing in exploitation and sexploitation movies and other low-budget motion pictures.  He has written on the history of exploitation and adult movies, B movies, pornography and censorship. He has a broad knowledge of 20th century American film and television history and of issues in moving image preservation.  He has appeared in documentaries and provided DVD commentaries for Criterion, Flicker Alley, Vinegar Syndrome and other companies.

  • Emile Schra

    Kasteel Well Part Time Faculty, International Study & External Programs

    Emile Schra has a background as a dramaturg and director. He wrote several books and articles on different subjects, ranging from Peter Brook to world theatre. Between 1998-2006 he was responsible for the PassePartout Summerschool in Utrecht where he produced workshops in an international context, festivals, lectures and books. Next to being a tutor for World Drama for Emerson and teaches at the Department of Communication & Journalism at Hogeschool Utrecht (The Netherlands). Besides being a dramaturg and journalist he works as a freelance trainer, consultant and coach for people involved in arts or business. He is fascinated by the power of theatrical communication.

  • Peter Seronick

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication

    Creative direction of advertising, marketing, copywriting,  integrated campaigns, and branding

     

  • Jane Shattuc

    Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    American TV, TV talk shows, women and TV, and European art films

  • John Skoyles

    Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

  • Christine Skubisz

    Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies

    Dr. Christine Skubisz is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication. Her research takes an empirical approach to the study of message design and effects. This includes the testing and evaluation of theoretically important message features and advancing communication theory. A consistent thread throughout her research is the question of how to present quantitative risk information to facilitate comprehension and use. Her research is published in Communication Yearbook, Health Communication, the Journal of Cancer Education, the Journal of Health Communication, and Communication Monographs.

  • Tom Smith

    Senior Affiliated Faculty, Department of Communication Studies

     Voice and articlation presentation skills

  • Ellen Ireland

    Los Angeles Part Time Faculty, International Study & External Programs

    Film, Screenwriting, and over 10 years of experience as a studio development executive and as a freelance story and script consultant.

  • Tulasi Srinivas

    Associate Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

    Culture and Religion, Political economy of globalization, Contemporary debates in anthropology, US- South asia relations, India, Hinduism, Political geography.

  • Jean Stawarz

    Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director for Writing for Film and Television, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    American TV, TV talk shows, women and TV, and European art films

  • Doug Struck

    Senior Journalist-in-Residence, Department of Journalism

    Environmental journalism, global warming issues, science/media communication, investigative journalism, and non-profit models.

  • Keri Thompson

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication Studies

    Political Communication, Speech, Public Speaking, Social Media, Rhetoric & Language, Campaigns & Candidates

  • Robert Todd

    Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    Film editor, sound designer, and assistant on local award-winning documentaries both for theatrical and broadcast release. His film's  have shown around the world at major festivals.

    Has exhibited his paintings and drawings at galleries across the country, reviewed in various publications. 

    Was Director of the Kingston Gallery in downtown Boston, and ran their performing arts program.

    Has been a performing and composing musician, has expertise in sound mixing.

  • Jennifer Vandever

    Los Angeles Part Time Faculty, International Study & External Programs

  • Amy Vashlishan Murray

    Associate Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

    Genetics, Neurobiology, Communication and Public Understanding of Science

  • Nancy Vincent

    Senior Affiliated Faculty, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

  • Shujen Wang

    Associate Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    Areas of expertise include media globalization, film distribution and piracy, and issues surrounding networks, space, and technology.

    Author of Framing Piracy: Globalization and Film Distribution in Great China (2003)

  • Lissa Warren

    Affiliated Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

    Book publishing  -- can discuss how bestsellers are made through traditional media and social media. She can also discuss trends in book publishing, how books are selected for publication, and the editorial and promotion processes.

  • Michael Weiler

    Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies

    Candidate debates; political ideology; politics and economics; Ronald Reagan; neo-conservatism

  • Rich West

    Professor, Department of Communication Studies

    Family Communication

    Family Conflict, Intimacy, Storytelling

    Families and Technology

    Families and Holiday Stress

  • Scott Wheeler

    Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, Department of Performing Arts

    Opera, Musical Theatre, New Classical Music, General Classical Music

  • Anne Zeiser

    Part Time Faculty, Department of Visual & Media Arts

    Zeiser has extensive experience in:

    -Television news and documentaries

    -Transmedia development (developing projects across multiple platforms-on screen, on air, online, in print )

    -Social impact campaign design (using media to fuel social change for PBS, BBC and other mission-driven media makers)

    -Strategic marketing (from branding, audience identification, and messaging  to advertising, public relations, and digital and social media)