Faculty

Timothy Corrigan (Professor of English, Cinema Studies and History of Art)

Professor Corrigan's work in film studies has focused on modern American and international cinema, as well as pedagogy and film. His books include New German Film: The Displaced Image (rev. 1994), The Films of Werner Herzog: Between Mirage and History (1986), Writing about Film (1989; rev. 1993), A Cinema without Walls: Movies and Culture after Vietnam (1991), and Film and Literature: An Introduction and Reader (1999). His most recent book is The Film Experience (2004, co-authored with Patricia White), and he is presently concluding research on a book-length study titled The Essay Film.

Peter Decherney (Professor of Cinema & Media Studies and English)

Professor Decherney's research focuses on media law and policy, especially the regulation of Hollywood. He is the author or editor of five books including Hollywood’s Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet and the forthcoming Hollywood: A Very Short Introduction. He is co-editor of the journal Critical Studies in Media Communication and has testified before the Copyright Office of the United States and filed amicus briefs in several cases, including the Supreme Court Case of Golan v. Holder. Prof. Decherney has been an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scholar, a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, and a U.S. State Department Arts Envoy to Myanmar. He has won multiple teaching awards at Penn, and he is a Forbes.com contributor.

Michael X. Delli Carpini (Walter H. Annenberg Dean and Professor of Communication)

Dean Delli Carpini's research focuses on the extent, sources, and impact of public deliberation; the causes and consequences of the blurring between news and entertainment; generational differences in political and civic participation; and the impact of the media on political knowledge and democratic engagement.
“Michael Delli Carpini has helped to advance and re-orient the study of public opinion and democracy. As a respected and prolific authority on the changing media landscape, he continues to have a profound impact on political communication research.” – the American Political Science Association.

Sandra González-Bailón (Assistant Professor of Communication)

Professor Gonzalez-Bailon's research areas include social media, political protests, mobilization dynamics, online social networks, information diffusion, automated text analysis, and public opinion.

Robert C. Hornik (Wilbur Schramm Professor of Communication and Health Policy)

Professor Hornik's research areas include public health communication, mass media effects, research methodology, evaluations of large-scale public health communication interventions, studies of effects of mass media coverage on health behavior, and cancer communication. Recently completed research examined how Americans are affected by their exposure to information about cancer prevention, screening and treatment. Current research projects include: 1) a five year study of the effects of new and old media content on tobacco beliefs and behavior among youth and young adults, 2) development and validation of methods to choose preferred message themes for communication campaigns.

John L. Jackson, Jr. (Dean of the School of Social Policy)

A renowned cultural anthropologist, John L. Jackson, Jr. has spent the last 20 years re-shaping and modernizing his discipline for the Internet Age. His research defies traditional categories, incorporating multiple fields in each inquiry: technology and religious studies; culture and economics; anthropology and new media; Africana studies and linguistics. As a result, he often links academic disciplines that have rarely intersected before — in this way, establishing models for new standards of scholarship.
His research involves ethnographic methods in media analysis, the impact of mass media on urban life, mediamaking as a form of community-building and proselytizing among religious organizations, globalization and the remaking of ethnic/racial diasporas, visual studies and theories of reality, and racialization and media technology.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication)

Professor Jamieson's research areas include political communication, rhetorical theory and criticism, studies of various forms of campaign communication, and the discourse of the presidency. Her book, co-authored with Kate Kenski and Bruce Hardy, The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Messages Shaped the 2008 Election, received the 2010 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in the area of government and politics.

Marwan M. Kraidy (The Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics & Culture)

Professor Kraidy's research focuses on studies in global media and transnational communication, creative insurgency/activism, theories of modernity, globalization and creativity, the nexus of Arab media/culture/politics, and reality television and music videos in the Middle East. An expert in global communication and a specialist in Arab media and politics, he also researches the relationship between culture and geopolitics, global media industries, theories of identity and modernity, and the political symbolism of the human body in the public sphere. Currently he is also a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Paul Messaris (Lev Kuleshov Professor of Communication)

Professor Messaris teaches and conducts research on visual communication, with a focus on digital media. His publications have dealt with the uses of images in advertising and propaganda, and with the ways in which visual communication has been transformed by the evolution of digital media. Messaris's first book, Visual "Literacy": Image, Mind, & Reality (1994), was the winner of the National Communication Association's Diamond Anniversary Book Award. He has been the recipient of the Annenberg Undergraduate Communication Society's Best Teacher Award. He teaches digital media production in the Visual Communication Laboratory, and his 2008 film, The Harmful Effects of Violent Movies (a satirical portrayal of academic research), was a best-feature nominee at three film festivals. He is an occasional contributor to Visual Inquirya blog for student and faculty commentary about visual media.

Devra Moehler (Assistant Professor of Communication)

Professor Moehler's research focuses on political communication, communication and development, comparative politics, African politics, political behavior, democratization, political economy of development, comparative research design, field research methodology, and statistical analysis. Her current research projects include: a field experiment on partisan media effects in Ghana; survey research on partisan media effects in the United States; and a survey experiment on how party symbols and candidate photos on election ballots affect voting in Uganda. She is author of the book Distrusting Democrats: Outcomes of Participatory Constitution Making (University of Michigan Press 2008), which argues that participation in a new democracy can create citizens who are democratic in their attitudes but suspicious of their government.

Rahul Mukherjee (Dick Wolf Assistant Professor of Television and New Media Studies)

Drawing on the conceptual lenses of cultural studies, media theory, and science studies, he has written on database management systems, advertising cultures of mobile telephony, Bollywood thrillers, development discourses, and translocal documentaries. He has been part of two collaborative projects related to mobile media practices: one concerned with the circulation of locally produced music videos in parts of India and the other exploring ICT usage in Zambia. Rahul’s work has appeared in New Media & Society, BioScope, Media, Culture & Society, Studies in South Asian Film & Media, Sarai Reader and Media Fields Journal. He is working towards theorizing the materiality of technoscience publics by studying mediations of environmental debates related to media infrastructures and nuclear energy.

Victor Pickard (Associate Professor of Communication)

Professor Pickard's research focuses on the history and political economy of media institutions, U.S. and global media activism, and the normative foundations and politics of media policy. Professor Pickard’s work has been published in numerous anthologies and scholarly journals. He is a frequent commentator on public and community radio and he often speaks to the press about med ia-related issues. His op-eds have appeared in venues like the Guardian, the Seattle Times, the Huffington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Atlantic. n 2009, Pickard was the lead author of the first comprehensive report on the American journalism crisis, "Saving the News: Toward a National Journalism Strategy" (published by Free Press as part of the book Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age). He is the co-editor of the books Will the Last Reporter Please Turn out the Lights (with Robert McChesney, published by The New Press) and The Future of Internet Policy (with Peter Decherney, published by Routledge), and he is the author of the book America's Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform (published by Cambridge University Press).

Monroe Price (Adjunct Full Professor of Communication)

Professor Price's interests include international education and training in comparative media law and policy. As director of Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), Price works with a wide transnational network of regulators, scholars, and practitioners in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia as well as in the United States. Under his direction, CGCS is engaged in public opinion research in Sudan, providing technical assistance in Jordan and Thailand, encouraging the intelligent development of media policies and new information technologies in a wide variety of settings including Thailand and Somaliland. Price founded the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University and remains a Research Fellow there. CGCS also fosters the Stanhope Center for Communications Policy Research, located at the London School of Economics.

Vincent Price (Penn Provost and Steven H. Chaffee Professor of Communication and Political Science)

As chief academic officer, Dr. Price oversees all aspects of the University related to teaching, learning, scholarship, and research. Price has published extensively on mass communication and public opinion, social influence processes, and political communication. His research on media framing of issues, the measurement of media exposure and political information, social identification processes, and third-person effects of mass communication is widely cited; and his book Public Opinion (Sage, 1992) has been translated and published in five languages. Price was editor-in-chief of Public Opinion Quarterly from 1997-2001, guest editor for special issues of Communication Research and Political Communication, and has served on a number of journal editorial boards. His recent research, funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Annenberg Public Policy Center, focuses on the role of online political conversation and deliberation in shaping public opinion.

Karen Redrobe (Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media)

Professor Redrobe's articles address a range of subjects, including the evolving role of film theory in the 21st century, war and the academy, violence and media, community media, animation theory, feminism and terrorism, death penalty photography, the relationship between cinema and contemporary art, and cinematic tempo. She is the author of Vanishing Women: Magic, Film and Feminism (Duke UP, 2003), Crash: Cinema and the Politics of Speed and Stasis (Duke UP, 2010), and is now working on a new book, Undead: Animation and the Contemporary Art of War.

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw (Associate Professor of History of Art)

Professor Shaw is interested in studying issues of race, gender, sexuality and class in the art of the United States and the “New World”. Since coming to Penn, she has worked with students to organize exhibitions on Polynesian art, Brazilian art, and African American art. Shaw has recently completed a manuscript, Strictly A Negro Art: Biography and Belief in the Work of Sargent Johnson, which examines the work of the twentieth-century modernist sculptor and print maker. Her first book, Seeing the Unspeakable: The Art of Kara Walker, was published by Duke University Press in the winter of 2004.

Joseph Turow (Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication)

Professor Turow's research focuses on digital cultural industries, especially at the intersection of the internet, marketing, and society, as well as studies on database marketing, media and privacy, digital out-of-home media, the process of innovation in the mass media, and the relationship between media and the medical system. A 2005 New York Times Magazine article referred to Turow as “probably the reigning academic expert on media fragmentation.” In 2010, the New York Times called him "the ranking wise man on some thorny new-media and marketing topics." In 2012, the TRUSTe internet privacy-management organization designated him a "privacy pioneer" for his research and writing on marketing and digital-privacy.
He has authored ten books, edited five, and written more than 150 articles on mass media industries. His most recent books are The Aisles Have Eyes: How Retailers Track Your Shopping, Strip Your Privacy, and Define Your Power (Yale, forthcoming in Fall 2016) and Media Today: Mass Communication in a Converging World (Routledge, forthcoming in Fall 2016). Turow’s continuing national surveys of the American public on issues relating to marketing, new media, and society have received a great deal of attention in the popular press, as well as in the research community. He has written about media and advertising for the popular press, including American Demographics magazine, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and The Los Angeles Times.

Guobin Yang (Associate Professor of Communication and Sociology)

Professor Yang's research areas cover digital media and critical social theory, global communication, social movements, activist media, cultural sociology, and media and politics in China. His books include The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (Columbia University Press, 2009, winner of the best book award of the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association in 2010), The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China (Columbia University Press, 2016), and Dragon-Carving and the Literary Mind (2 vols. Library of Chinese Classics in English Translation, Beijing, 2003).

Barbie Zelizer (Raymond Williams Professor of Communication)

Professor Zelizer's research focuses on the cultural dimensions of journalism, with a specific interest in journalistic authority, collective memory, and journalistic images in times of crisis and war. A former journalist, Professor Zelizer is co-editor and founder of the journal Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism (Sage), and also has served on the editorial boards of numerous book series and journals. She has lectured widely both internationally and nationally, and her essays on the media have appeared in The Nation, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Newsday, The Huffington Post, and other publications. Her most recent single-authored book is the award-winning About to Die: How News Images Move the Public (Oxford 2010).