Faculty Leader

Dr. Saif Shahin (saifshahin.com) is an assistant professor at the School of Communication, American University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on media, technology, and politics and is underpinned by a commitment to social justice. His articles have featured in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including Information, Communication, & Society; The International Journal of Press/Politics; Communication Methods and Measures; Social Science Computer Review; and Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. His JMCQ article was a finalist for the journal’s 2017 Outstanding Research Article of the Year Award. He has also worked as a journalist in India, England, and the Middle East, and continues to contribute news analyses and commentaries to publications worldwide.

Student Leader

Kisun Kim is a third-year Ph.D. student at the School of Media and Communication, BGSU. Her research focuses on the effects of social media on audience emotions and perceptions. She received her Master’s degree in social media studies from BGSU. Her Bachelor’s program was a dual degree in advertising and public relations, and music and arts, from Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul.

Student Researchers

Mohammad Ala Uddin is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at BGSU’s School of Media and Communication. His research focuses on the cultural politics of communication technology for development and social change (ICT4D). He also studies the critical intersections of social justice, digital activism, and online communities. Ala Uddin has an M.A. in International Affairs from Ohio University, majoring in Communication and Development Studies. A former NORAD fellow and journalist in Bangladesh, he also has a Master’s degree in journalism, media, and communication from the University of Dhaka.

Muhammad Rezwan Islam completed his master’s at the Department of Applied Statistics and Operations Research, College of Business, BGSU. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Dhaka. His research interests include social media analytics, social network analysis, and the influence of social media on human behavior. Before joining BGSU, he worked as a senior analyst in a financial consulting startup and as a management trainee in a social media marketing startup.

Frankline Matanji is a second-year Master’s student at BGSU’s School of Media and Communication. His area of interest is international/intercultural communication. He has a Bachelor’s degree (2015) in Communication and Media from Kisii University, Kenya. He previously worked as a research assistant in the Department of Research and Extension, Kisii University.

Elena Pachita is a second-year Ph.D. student at the School of Media and Communication, BGSU. She holds a Master’s degree in European Journalism and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics. Her research focuses on European far right rhetoric  and postcolonial studies. She previously worked as a journalist in Cyprus and as a research assistant at the Department of Media and Internet Studies, Cyprus University of Technology.

Laura Seroka is a third-year Ph.D. student at the School of Media and Communication, BGSU. She worked for many years in radio broadcasting and communication management before starting her graduate program. Investigating social media as a potential site of agency, Laura’s research interests lie in the power dynamics of consumer agency, the commodification of resistance, and identity formation within online subgroups.

Tarishi Verma is a second-year Ph.D. student at the School of Media and Communication, BGSU. Her research interests lie in new/digital media and feminist activism online. A journalism graduate from the University of Delhi, she completed her Master’s degree in Media and Cultural Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India. She has also worked as a journalist with The Indian Express.

Faculty Affiliate

Dr. Zehui Dai is an assistant professor at Radford University. She completed her Ph.D. from BGSU’s School of Media and Communication. Her research focuses on interpersonal communication, health communication, and big data. Her research has featured in a number of peer-reviewed journals in health communication and nursing studies.

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