List of all Communication faculty members

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Senior Lecturer
S320 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-1311 (leave message)

My research traverses the fields of film studies and anthropology, particularly along the lines of the social aesthetics and phenomenology of technology and the body.  My work has appeared in PostScript, Journal of Film and Video, Film and Philosophy, AfterImage, and Medical Anthropology. My film projects have taken me to Ethiopia, Japan, Ireland, Nigeria, Italy, and India.

Assistant Professor
N358 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-6345

I study the situated practices and discourses of digital technology culture and innovation. This work focuses on how digital technologies are designed, produced, distributed, and used in various contexts across parts of Africa, China, and the United States. 

Assistant Professor
N366 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-6346

Soo Young Bae is interested in the far-reaching social and political impact of new communication technologies, with a particular focus on the dynamics of user interaction and information flow in social media platforms. Her program of research explores how the flow of news and information becomes increasingly ingrained in existing social relationships, and how it shapes our attitudes, behaviors, and relation to one another. 

Professor & Undergraduate Program Director
S326 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-2522

My research focuses on language, culture, and social identities, particularly ethnicity and race. I am interested in negotiations of meaning and social identity in face-to-face interaction, particularly in intercultural contexts. My publications include Language, Race, and Negotiation of Identity: A Study of Dominican Americans and various articles and chapters on race, code switching, bilingualism, immigration, intercultural communication, names, and street remarks.
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Burcu Baykurt
Assistant Professor
N356 Integrative Learning Center

My work examines the social and cultural implications of digital technologies, with a particular focus on infrastructures, governance, and inequalities. My current book project is an ethnographic account of test-bed urbanism, in which residents and public officials partner with tech companies to build the "smart city" in urban centers long plagued by divides. My research also takes on a global dimension. My forthcoming co-edited book (Columbia University Press) offers a cross-national historical review of soft power internationalism between 1990-2015. Other projects include research into how economic reporters and experts interact on Twitter, and the role of media and democratic communication (or lack thereof) in popular constitution-making in Turkey.

Allison Butler, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer & Director of Undergraduate Advising
Director, Media Literacy Certificate Program
N322 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-4609

My research interests are focused on critical media literacy, especially teacher education in media literacy and integrating media literacy into the primary and secondary school classroom.  I co-run Mass Media Literacy, a grassroots organization that trains teachers in media literacy and builds curriculum for critical media literacy across K-12 public schools. My upper-level Comm classes all come with a civic engagement component where students have the opportunity to work in the community and across the state with and on behalf of young people and their media learning. I work with homeschool, alternative school, and public school students on media literacy education. I have published multiple books and articles on the need for, and implementation of, media literacy in the classroom, most recently,Educating media literacy: The need for critical media literacy in teacher education (Brill, 2020) and a forthcoming text on global media literacy education scholar David Buckingham. 

Professor & Dean, Commonwealth Honors College
N352 Integrative Learning Center

My research interests include community based learning and civic engagement, Latinx/ethnic media studies, and global communications. My work promotes "engaged scholarship" and aims to address inequality, power, community voices, and the role of intersectionalities in shaping media and cultural spaces.  My co-edited books include: Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action (2018, Peter Lang Publishers), Mothers in Academia (2013, Columbia University Press) and Soap Operas and Telenovelas in the Digital Age: Global Industries and New Audiences (2011, Peter Lang Publishers).

As a faculty member, I am also affiliated with the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latina/o Studies, and the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies.

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N364 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-3742

My research interests include cultural studies, media theory and criticism, and philosophy of communication.

Associate Professor
Core faculty member in the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies and Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Film Studies. For more details about the Graduate Certificate in Film Studies and the Interdepartmental Program in Film please see www.umass.edu/film.
N328 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-1311 (leave message)

My current and ongoing research interests are focused on international cinema, primarily non-western cinema (Cinemas of the Global South)--especially Arab, Asian, and African cinema; international co-productions; diasporic audiences; international transmedia stardom and celebrity; international film festivals; Afropop and Arabpop music and film; intercultural film/video and multimedia installations by women. My writing has appeared in the following academic journals and arts publications: Afterimage, Asian Cinema, Asian Journal of Communication, Cinema Journal, Cinemaya, Film Quarterly, History, Journal of Film and Video, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, Literature/Film Quarterly, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Spectator: Journal of Film and Television Criticism, Tamkang Review, Velvet Light Trap, and others. My authored or coauthored articles have been published in the anthologies Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World (New York University Press, 2007), Global Currents: Media and Technology Now (Rutgers University Press, 2004), Fifty Contemporary Filmmakers (Routledge, 2002, and the 2nd edition Fifty Contemporary Film Directors, 2010), Transnational Chinese Cinemas (University of Hawaii, 1997), and others. I am also editor of the book Contemporary Asian Cinema: Popular Culture in a Global Frame (Berg, 2006) and a special issue of the journal Quarterly Review of Film and Video on the International Film Star (Volume 19.1, 2002).

N336 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-2895

My research interests revolve around power, identity, body, food and culture, particularly as they are connected to discourse and performance. I generally situate my research in the context of social justice, critical pedagogy and community activism. My work has appeared in feminist, community service learning, communication, education, performance, mediation and development communication journals and in books dealing with topics such as whiteness studies, food studies, meda literacy, intercultural communication, communication education, communication activism, ethics and new media. Of particular concern in my work are the performances and spaces in which bodies are identified and legislated as raced, gendered, classed, etc.

Qualitative textual analysis of politics, economics, culture, and interaction.
Associate Professor
Vice Chair Language and Social Interaction Division of the International Communication asssociaion.
N374 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-3682

I use qualitative textual analysis to study politics (Israeli, American, shows like Rush Limbaugh's, online commenting in Israel Talkback), economics (Dave Ramsey's), culture (Israeli, American, concepts like fandom, gender), and interaction (in all forms and formats). I study these constructs by analyzing how people do them in their everyday life, on traditional media (radio, TV), online (online comments, Facebook participation), or in ordinary interactions. I use discourse analysis from various perspectives, as I follow Wittgenstein (the latter one), Durkheim, and Weber (although politically speaking I'm closer to Marx). 
I work hard and publish quite a lot of research, and will be happy to instruct graduate students how to follow through with this profession.
I am looking for graduate students who are interested in financial discourse, political discourse and civic participation. Additionally, I am looking for Israeli students who would like to study interactions in Hebrew.

My articles are available for downloading @ academia.edu

Martha Fuentes-Bautista, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, Director of Engaged Research & Learning
Department of Communication & School of Public Policy
N372 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-3455

My research focuses on digital inequalities, media and Internet governance, and the role of media advocacy networks and media activism in shaping digital inclusion and media policy in the U.S. and Latin America. My work promotes engaged scholarship that builds capacities and enables dialogue between scholars, students, user communities, practitioners, and policy-makers to create inclusive solutions to digital inequalities and communicative injustices in our media system.

I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on media industries, media and public policy, internet governance, and technology and social inequalities. Through my teaching, I advance digital policy literacy that emphasizes critical understanding of the political economy of media, media and the policy-making processes, and politics of technological infrastructures, empowering students to be informed consumers, active citizens, innovative scholars, media creators and media democracy advocates.

You can follow my publications at https://bit.ly/2QmNYTJ 

Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director
N362 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-1901

My work has been informed by political economy/ecology, the study of cultural production and reception, and coloniality. This has involved three areas of focus: 1) the role of cultural industries and information technologies in the mediation of society, particularly in Latin America, 2) communication as a contested site of representation, subjectivity and governance, and, 3) lived experience. Publications include co-edited books on communication, cultural policies and social change in Latina America, as well as essays in a number of collections and journals such as Organization, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, Journal of Film and Video, Comunicacion y Sociedad, and Passages.

Senior Lecturer II
S318 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-1311 (leave message)

Currently active as a documentary film producer/director. Areas of filmmaking interest include the environment, the American counter-culture, and spirituality.  Previously - award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker.

Associate Professor
N355 Integrative Learning Center

My research lies at the intersection of folklore studies, rhetorical studies, and performance studies. I am interested in two general issues: the promotion of a critical folklore studies as an activist scholarship to examine and redress social injustice, with particular attention to the constitutive nature of expressive culture; and the relationship between rhetorical criticism and social theory, especially to critique anti-democratic behavior and to advocate democratic modes of living with others.

Working at these intersections, my research often focuses on the ways that contemporary comedic and horror performances address, uphold, and criticize social and political anxieties. Occasionally I investigate myths of rhetoric in classical antiquity in order to include voices and concepts excluded from the rhetorical tradition. I also research the historical folklore of New England and its relation to cultural heritage tourism.

Associate Professor
N370 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-1311 (leave message)

Seth K. Goldman, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, teaches and conducts research on the effects of mass media and political communication on stereotyping and prejudice, particularly in the context of public opinion about race, gender, and sexual orientation.  He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Communication and the Commonwealth Honors College.  

Goldman is the author, with Diana Mutz, of The Obama Effect: How the 2008 Campaign Changed White Racial Attitudes (Russell Sage Foundation, 2014), which won the Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award for the best research-based book on journalism/mass communication published in 2014.  In addition, his work has been published in academic journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, International Journal of Public Opinion ResearchJournal of PoliticsPolitical Communication, Political Psychologyand Public Opinion Quarterly

Financial support for Goldman's research has been provided by the Russell Sage Foundation and from the NSF-funded Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS), from whom he was a winner of the 2013 Special Competition for Young Investigators. He was also research fellow with the Face Value Project, funded by the Ford Foundation, and in partnership with the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. 

Prior to joining the faculty at UMass Amherst, Goldman was the George Gerbner Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a faculty affiliate with the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics at the University of Pennsylvania (http://iscap.upenn.edu/). 

Assistant Professor
N336 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-6322

I study what people do with information and when this matters to health and social equity. My doctoral research focused on the population of young parents and my postdoctoral research studied the topic of vaccine hesitancy and confidence. Current work continues to explore the ways people and health systems negotiate contested knowledge in everyday life, and how information could be used more effectively to promote the health of populations. Primarily a qualitative methodologist, I also have an interest in arts-based methods and in knowledge translation and exchange.

Health-related information practices (seeking, encountering, assessment, management, sharing, and use) of youth, parents, and families; Information interventions (surveillance and communication) for population and public health; Health information ethics; Information use and decision-making related to GLBTQ health, reproductive health, parenting, vaccination, cannabis

S328 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-1311 (leave message)

From the intersection of race, gender, and class, to name a few, I write Performance Autoethnographies looking at words, knowledge, concepts, and actions, which expose differences and also shape, marked bodies into the world. My work can be found at International Review of Qualitative Research, Qualitative Inquiry, Text and Performance Quarterly, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and Cultural Studies, Critical Methodologies. My  two books, co-authored with Marcelo Diversi, are Betweener Talk: Decolonizing Knowledge Production, Pedagogy, and Praxis (Left Coast Press, 2009) and Betweener Autoethnographies: A Path towards Social Justice (Routledge, 2018). 

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N320 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-0598

My research interests fall under the general heading of "film and society." These interests, which overlap to some extent, include the film representation of people with physical disabilities, the film/TV construction of evil, early women filmmakers and their productions, selected Disney films, and vintage horror films. My work has been published in such journals as Journal of Film and Video, Wide Angle, Film & History, Film Criticism, Leonardo, Paradoxa, Offscreen, and Millennium Film Journal and in numerous anthologies and encyclopedias. Virtually all of my scholarly work has addressed various intersections of film and society from historical perspectives.

Associate Professor, Global Digital Media
I am Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Television & New Media, housed in the Department of Communication at UMass Amherst.
N354 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-1311 (leave message)

The central concern of my work is the ethics of media, which I approach as the moral and social consequences of media and communication technologies in the everyday lives of minority groups and vulnerable communities, especially those in the global South. Two interrelated strands of research extend from this concern: 1) the first is on media witnessing and the moral responsibilities of media institutions, media workers, and media audiences to vulnerable others; 2) the second is on vulnerable communities and their uses of digital media for voice and participation, everyday sociality, and coping or healing. My research develops an ethnographic and decolonial approach that sensitively embeds media practice within rich local histories and ordinary motivations while engaging with normative debates about media justice and cosmopolitan ethics in complex multicultural societies.

I have published extensively in the areas of global media; disasters, development and humanitarian communication; ethnography of social media; creative and digital labor; mediated protest, witnessing and solidarities; and ethics of communication. I have supervised PhD students working in the areas of media in everyday life among Nigerian migrants in London, digital protest in class-divided Thailand, and Belgian audiences of distant suffering. I welcome grad students working in these research areas. Prior to joining UMass Amherst, I was Associate Professor in the University of Leicester and Assistant Professor in Hong Kong Baptist University.

I am the founder and convenor of the British Council-funded Newton Tech4Dev Network, which is a global network of academics, humanitarians, and technology experts, studying emergent media in low- and middle-income countries. I lead the research strand on "Architects of Networked Disinformation: Behind the Scenes of Troll Accounts and Fake News Production in the Philippines" and 2) entertainment media and convivial culture following events of rupture, drawing from case studies on the European refugee crisis and post-Katrina New Orleans.

Kimberlee Pérez
Assistant Professor
S316 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-1839

As a scholar-performer I am interested in narrative performance that gets at constructions and embodiments of identity and relations. When someone tells their story in public—in particular those stories that do not circulate in mainstream culture—to an audience of self, an/other, or many in a performance space, connections and potentials can be revealed, made, even undone. In doing and telling we might find alliance, coalition, and other unknowns that differences in and discourses of race, gender, sexuality, class, and nation often preclude. Performance is rife with possibility as well as danger. It is a site we can simultaneously reinforce and interrupt that which constrains and produces us; it is a site where resistance, decolonial practice, and social justice are sparked, realized, begun. My traditional and performance scholarship can be found in Text and Performance Quarterly, QED: A Journal of Queer Worldmaking, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and in several edited volumes. I was part of an author team that published Queer Praxis: Questions for LGBT Worldmaking. My current projects include a performance piece about desire and queer relations and a book monograph on queer intimacy.

Lynn Phillips, Ph.D.
SBS Senior Associate Dean for Education & Student Development, Senior Lecturer
N326 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-4135

Whether through research, teaching, or directing the Department's advising program, I see my work as a vehicle for prompting critical thought and promoting constructive social change. My research interests include the subjective and social implications of media images hypermasculinity and the hypersexualization of young girls, the commercialization of children's culture, and the health and environmental impacts of media driven consumerism. My current research explores consent and coercion in adolescents' and young women's sexual experiences, focusing on the roles of pornography and other media messages in college students' experiences and perceptions of "hooking up." I am also studying the impacts of Title IX and other campus rape policies on feminist pedagogy, research, and advocacy. My scholarship sits at the nexus of social and developmental psychology, critical cultural studies, and feminist media studies, with a particular focus on issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality.

N355 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-1311 (leave message)

My research interests include critical pedagogy, media literacy, contemporary and historical movements for social justice, the cyber-commons and links between grassroots and online activism, blogging and YouTube as classroom curricular outcomes, youth and the entertainment industries, Indy media, and the ethnography of Yiddish culture and Jewish radicalism. Through artist-educator media literacy residencies, I’ve worked with students and teachers in DYS youth detention facilities and local middle and high schools.

Erica Scharrer, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair
S330 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-1311 (leave message)

My research interests involve the study of media content, opinions of media, media effects, and media literacy, particularly regarding gender and/or aggression. I am also quite interested in the role of media in the lives of children and adolescents, and I study young people's responses to media literacy education.

My recent articles have appeared in Sex Roles, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Children and Media, Mass Communication and Society, and Critical Studies in Media Communication. I've co-authored three books with first author, George Comstock, including Media and the American Child (Elsevier, 2007) and edited Media Effects/Media Psychology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), part of the International Encyclopedia of Media Studies.  

Associate Professor
Director, Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival (MMFF)
N332 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-2341

My research interests include the cultural history of film, television, and media; the social and institutional constructions of the media audience; genre theory and screen genres; and screen industries. My work focuses on the value and meanings created at the conjuncture of cultural, institutional, and textual practice. I am the editor of The Routledge Companion to Global Television featuring contributors from six continents on questions of technological change and global difference in the world of contemporary television.  My book Television in Transition: The Life and Afterlife of the Narrative Action Hero (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) combines and connects analysis of the contemporary television industry with close readings of four individual programs to explain how innovation takes place and meaning is produced amidst changing institutional configurations. My work has also appeared in Cultural Studies, Social Semiotics, American Quarterly, Feminist Media Histories, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, and such collections as Media and Public Spheres (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), the Handbook of Media Audiences (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), and the Routledge Companion to Global Popular Culture (Routledge, 2015).

As a faculty member, I am also affiliated with the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies; the Five College Film Council; and the American Studies Program.

Alena Vasilyeva
Associate Professor
N368 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-3532

My general research interests include deliberation, conflict management, social identity, culture, communication design,  and the coordination of actions in personal and public contexts. Of particular interest is how a specific form of interactivity is constructed through the use of language, argument, interactional resources, in view of different constraints the interaction imposes; what is the interrelationship of  reasoning and activity, how this activity is constitutive of identity, and what are culturally-specific and context-specific practices. My recent research investigated the construction of deliberative activity in the course of dispute mediation.


Emily West, Associate Professor
Associate Professor
S324 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-1311 (leave message)

My research interests are in the areas of Promotion, Technology, and Culture; Media and Cultural Studies of Health; Audiences, Users, and Consumers; and Media and Nationalism. These interests overlap with my course offerings such as Consumer Culture, and Audience Research & Cultural Studies. I am the co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture (Routledge, 2013) and my work has appeared in journals such as International Journal of CommunicationHealth CommunicationPopular CommunicationFeminist Media StudiesJournal of Consumer CultureInternational Journal of Cultural Studies, and Social Problems. My current research is about brands and affect in the digital economy.

Assistant Professor
Affiliated Faculty at Computational Social Science Institute
N334 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-3519

I use computational approaches to study public and organizational behavior in advocacy and collective actions. My current projects look at radical political groups on Twitter and other social media platforms. 

You can track my recent publications here: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=c87IeKoAAAAJ&hl=en