Stanford University

Journalism, Culture and Communication

Studies in Journalism, Culture and Communication focus on the meaning, value and quality of emerging and enduring forms of public communication and on the institutional and economic conditions that sustain them. Recent research ranges from studies of the economics of investigative reporting to the meaning of autonomy in online journalism; from the role of media in the life of the Crystal Cathedral, a megachurch in Orange County, California, and a history of cold war multimedia to an account of why American journalism’s promise of newsroom diversity fails to meet the needs of a multicultural society.


PhD Students

Selected Graduates

  • Mike Ananny, Ph.D. 2011
    … is a post-doctoral scholar at Microsoft Research New England and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. His research focuses on the idea of press freedom in networked news technologies and practices, with a secondary interest in the public functions of networked algorithms. Sarting August 2012, he will be an assistant professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
  • Isabel Awad, Ph.D. 2007
    … is an assistant professor in the Department of Media and Communication at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. Her most recent publications explore the relationship between the media, cultural diversity, and democratic inclusion in the United States and in Europe. She is currently working on a research project funded by the Dutch Science Foundation and exploring the relationship between neoliberalism and journalism in Chile.
  • Morgan G. Ames, Ph.D. 2013
    … is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Social Computing at University of California – Irvine. Her research examines the role of utopian mythologies in the design and use of technology. She has studied the symbolic importance of the One Laptop Per Child project across geek culture and throughout South America, its largest userbase. She has also explored how its laptop has been designed for and enrolled in efforts to produce various kinds of social change.
  • Seeta Pena Gangdaharan, Ph.D. 2012
    … is a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative and a Visiting Fellow with the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Her research focuses on democratic communication policymaking and media justice. She has written about public participation at the Federal Communications Commission, broadband access policies, and online surveillance and chronically underserved communities. Her work has appeared in New Media & Society, First Monday, and Journal of Communication Inquiry.
  • Cherian George, Ph.D. 2003
    … is an associate professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research looks at journalism and power, including alternative media, censorship and hate speech. His 2006 book, Contentious Journalism and the Internet, was based on his PhD research on Malaysia and Singapore. He launched and runs an annual sabbatical programme for Asian journalists, the Asia Journalism Fellowship.
  • John Kim, Ph.D. 2009
    … is an assistant professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. His research and teaching focuses on new media theories and practices, and he is currently working on a book about computer interfaces and how they mediate our relationship to the material world. He is also a practicing interactive media artist and has shown work at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA), Northern Spark, and the DiaCenter for the Arts.
  • Daniel Kreiss, Ph.D. 2010
    … is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an Affiliate Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. His research explores the impact of technological change on political practice, social movements, and the public sphere. His forthcoming book, Taking Our Country Back: The Crafting of Networked Politics from Howard Dean to Barack Obama (Oxford University Press, 2012), presents the untold history of new media and Democratic political campaigning over the last decade.
  • Francis Lapfung Lee, Ph.D. 2003
    … is currently associate professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on media politics and public opinion in Hong Kong and China addressing issues such as press freedom, media self-censorship, and social mobilization. He is the lead author of Media, Social Mobilization, and Mass Protests in Post-colonial Hong Kong (Routledge, 2011).
  • Lise Marken, Ph.D. 2012
    … is interested in the way telling true stories about the world we live in shapes and constructs our sense of the nature of that world. She has written about the way the rituals of journalistic objectivity interact with the moral claims that are an unavoidable element of the construction of narrative. Her dissertation explores the way journalistic narratives construct personhood, and argues that this sense of personhood is crucial to the functioning of press power.
  • Erica Robles-Anderson, Ph.D. 2009
    … is an assistant professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Her work focuses on forms of collective life in distributed, mobile, and mediated material conditions. She is currently completing a manuscript on the 20th century transformation of Protestant worship through the adoption of postmodern architecture and new media technologies. She is tracing the rise of mediated congregations. Before her position at NYU, Robles-Anderson was a post-doctoral researcher at the HUMLab at Umeå University and in the Culture and Media Department.
  • Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Ph.D. 2000
    … is a reader in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, and Director of the MA Journalism, Media and Communications and the MA Political Communications. She is the author or editor of five books, most recently Disasters and the Media (Peter Lang, 2012; with Mervi Pantti and Simon Cottle) and The Handbook of Journalism Studies (Routledge, 2009; edited with Thomas Hanitzsch), and is currently working on Emotions, Media and Public Participation (Polity Press).