Commentator Profiles

J. Alison Bryant

Affiliation: PlayScience

Commentary: Rap Music Videos and African American Women’s Body Image: The Moderating Role of Ethnic Identity

Journal: Journal of Communication

Dr. Alison Bryant founded PlayScience—a research, consulting, and innovation firm—to break down the walls between industry innovators, academics, and consumers. She leverages her academic research expertise, deep understanding of consumers, entrenched industry knowledge, and strategic vision to partner with organizations looking to create, develop, and launch new products, ideas, and perspectives. She has spent over a dozen years helping clients, colleagues, and students navigate the ever-changing media landscape and understand the lives and lifestyles of youth and families.

Radha S. Hegde

Affiliation: New York University

Commentary: “Old rules, new publics” Commentary on Political Communication in Media Society

Journal: Communication Theory

Radha S. Hegde is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. She has published in the areas of postcolonial and transnational feminism, globalization and diaspora. Her earlier work examined violence and reproductive politics in South India. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Communication Theory, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Feminist Media Studies, Violence against Women. Her current projects include a monograph on media and migration and an ethnographic project in India examining the role of language and training in the construction of digital futures. Her edited volume “Circuits of Visibility: Gender and Transnational Media Cultures” will be published by NYU Press in 2011. She has been the Chair of the Feminist and Women’s studies division of the National Communication Association. She serves on the editorial board of several major journals in the field of media and cultural studies. She is also the co-founder of Manavi, an organization that addresses issues of gendered violence in the South Asian immigrant community.

Bernie Hogan

Affiliation: Oxford Internet Institute

Commentary: Face Validity? A Commentary on Walther et al.’s “The Role of Friends’ Appearance and Behavior on Evaluations of Individuals on Facebook: Are We Known by the Company We Keep?”

Journal: Human Communication Research

Bernie’s research interests lie at the intersection of personal social networks and media convergence. On this boundary Bernie is exploring two core issues – how do individuals maintain connectivity with their personal network through a multitude of media and how to individuals maintain social identities in any given medium. The use of multiple media was the subject of Bernie’s dissertation research whereas identity maintenance is the subject of his current work. To address these issues, Bernie has collaboratively developed new techniques for surveying personal networks, as well as new techniques for downloading and analyzing these networks from Facebook.

Gary Kreps

Affiliation: George Mason University

Commentary: Fear and Loathing in the Internet Age:  Debunking Unfounded Fears About the Safety of Internet Use

Journal: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

Gary L. Kreps (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is a University Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, VA, where he holds the Eileen and Steve Mandell Endowed Chair in Health Communication and Directs the Center for Health and Risk Communication. Prior to his appointment at GMU, he served for five years as the founding Chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where he planned, developed, and coordinated major new national research and outreach initiatives concerning risk communication, health promotion, behavior change, technology development, and information dissemination to promote effective cancer prevention, screening, control, care, and survivorship.

John Nerone

Affiliation: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Commentary: Disenchantment and Deliberative Democracy

Journal: Communication Theory

Nerone is the author or co-author of four books and numerous articles, including Violence Against the Press: Policing the Public Sphere in U.S. History (Oxford University Press, 1994), Last Rights: Revisiting Four Theories of the Press (University of Illinois Press, 1995), and, with Kevin Barnhurst, The Form of News: A History (Guilford Press, 2001), which won the Suzanne Langer Award of the Media Ecology Association and the International Communication Association’s Book of the Year Award. He also co-edits (with Robert W. McChesney) a book series on the History of Communication. His areas of interest include the history of communications, historical research methods, American culture.

Ronald Rice

Affiliation: University of California, Santa Barbara

Commentary: Are We Known by the Articles We Comment On?

Journal: Human Communication Research

Dr. Rice is the Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication in the Department of Communication, and Co-Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television, and New Media, at University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Rice has been elected divisional officer in both the International Communication Association and the Academy of Management, elected President of the ICA (2006-2007), awarded a Fulbright Award to Finland (2006), appointed as Wee Kim Wee and then University Professor of the School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (2007), and has served as Associate Editor for Human Communication Research, and for MIS Quarterly.

Yannis Tzioumakis

Affiliation: University of Liverpool

Commentary: Commentary on “Darth Vader Made Me Do It! Anakin Skywalker’s Avoidance of Responsibility and the Gray Areas of Hegemonic Masculinity in the Star Wars Universe” (Joshua Atkinson & Bernadette Calafell)

Journal: Communication, Culture & Critique

Yannis Tzioumakis is lecturer in media and communication at the University of Liverpool, England. He has published widely on American cinema and filmmakers such as John Sayles, David Mamet, and Edgar G. Ulmer. He is the author of American Independent Cinema: An Introduction (2006), The Spanish Prisoner (2009) and Hollywood’s Indies: Classics Divisions, Specialty Labels and the Independent Market (forthcoming), all for Edinburgh University Press. He also co-edits the American Indies book series for the same publisher, while he is also the co-edtor of Greek Cinema: Texts, Forms, Identities for Intellect Publishing.

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