Mass Communication and Media Arts Faculty

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The graduate faculty, consisting of members of the School of Journalism and the departments of Cinema and Photography, and Radio, Television, and Digital Media, offers graduate work leading to the following degrees: Master of Arts in Media Theory and Research, Master of Science in Professional Media and Media Management, Master of Fine Arts, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communication and Media Arts.

Graduate Faculty in Cinema and Photography (CP):
Aguayo, Angela, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, 2005; 2008. Documentary theory and social change, critical/cultural studies, video production.

Bursell, Cade, Professor, M.F.A., San Francisco State University, 2002; 2003. Cinema Production queer cinema, experimental cinema.

Kapur, Jyotsna, Professor, Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1998; 1998. Feminist and Marxist analysis of media, globalization, children’s film and consumer culture, documentary and ethnographic film, the German and Japanese new wave and Indian cinema.

Martinez, Antonio, Associate Professor, M.F.A., East Carolina University, 2005; 2006. Digital imaging, alternative printing processes, multimedia installation, class and racial identity.

Metz, Walter, Professor, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, 1996; 2009. Contemporary film and television criticism and theory, literature and film, science and film, post-war American culture.

Overturf, Daniel, Professor, M.F.A., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1983; 1991. Photography.

Phillips, Mike, Clinical Assistant Professor, Ph.D., The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 2019; 2019.  American and transnational popular culture, film genre, historical fiction, African American
cinema, and intermediality.

Rowley, R. William, Associate Professor, M.F.A., University of Iowa, 1974; 2000. Foundational digital and analog film production and post-production techniques, experimental filmmaking, observational documentary, intermedial arts.

Spahr, Robert, Associate Professor, M.F.A., Parsons School of Design, New York City, 1991; 2009. Computational art using generative and procedural art processes, genetic algorithms, time-based media and live art.

Tudor, Deborah, Associate Professor and Interim Dean; Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1992; 2006. Culture and technology, globalization, neoliberalism, and cinema.

Zhou, Hong, Associate Professor, M.F.A., York University, Toronto Canada, 2000; 2008. Film and video production, cinematography, Chinese cinema, surrealist cinema.


Graduate Faculty in Journalism (JRNL):
Babcock, William A., Professor, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1979; 2008. Media ethics, public policy reporting.

Barrett, Anita J. (Stoner), Visiting Assistant Professor, M.F.A., Syracuse University, 1995; 2005.  Web production and Content Management Systems, multimedia, revenue models for journalism.

Dolan, Mark, Associate Professor, M.A., Syracuse University, 1995; 2008. Visual and interactive communication, photojournalism.

Freivogel, William H., Professor, J.D., Washington University Law School, 2001; 2006. Journalism, media law, public affairs and policy.

Han, Dong, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Illinois, 2011; 2012. Intellectual property and media, medical history and political economy, international communication and communication technology.

Karan, Kavita, Professor, Ph.D., University of London, 1994; 2009. Political communication, advertising and market research, international communication, media and children, health communication.

Lescelius, Bridget, Instructor, M.B.A., Virginia Polytechic, 1996.

McClurg, Scott, Professor and Interim Director, Ph.D., Washington University, 2000; 2001. Political participation, public opinion, electoral behavior, political geography, spatial statistics, and campaign dynamics.

Ryoo, Yuhosua, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2019; 2019. The intersection of digital advertising, medial psychology, and prosocial behavior. Individual, social, and situational factors of digital and social media.


Graduate Faculty in Radio, Television, and Digital Media (RTD):
Brooten, Lisa B., Associate Professor, Ph.D. Ohio University, 2003; 2002. Media and globalization, gender, alternative media, social movements, political communication, interpretive/critical research methods, ethnography.

Burns, David, Associate Professor, M.F.A., Parsons School of Design, 2001; 2005. 3D computer animation; media arts theory; technology, culture, and society; memory and post-memory.

Johnson, Jennifer, Assistant Professor of Practice, M.F.A., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2017. Music composition and performance. Audio documentaries, radio dramas, and sound art.

Kreider, Wago, Associate Professor and Acting Associate Dean and Interim Director of Graduate Studies, M.F.A., Rutgers University, 2002; 2006.  Experimental and documentary media production, sound studies and production, cinematic histories, architectural and environmental studies.

Lewison, Sarah, Associate Professor, M.F.A., University of California, San Diego, 2001; 2007. Video art, social movements, environmental media, installation, live art and performance.

Motyl, Howard D., Associate Professor and Interim Chair, M.F.A., Northwestern University, 1990; 2007. Media production and screen writing, narrative, gay representation.

Needham, Jay, Professor, M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, 1989; 2003. Video, film, digital audio production, and electro-acoustic music.

Padovani, Cinzia, Associate Professor, Ph.D. University of Colorado, 1999; 2005. Historical approaches to political economy, public service broad-casting, international communication, social movements and the media.

Perkins-Buzo, Reid, Assistant Professor, M.F.A., Northwestern University, 2004. Computer animation, game development, and trans media art.

Thompson, Jan, Professor, M.G.S., Roosevelt University, 1988; 2000. Video production, documentary, sports production.