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E32 Machmer Hall
(413) 545-1311

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.

Professor and Chair of Communication
Integrated Learning Center, Room N312
(413) 545-6339

My research interests involve the study of media content, opinions of media, media effects, and media literacy, particularly regarding gender and violence. My work has appeared in Communication Research, Human Communication Research, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, and Media Psychology. I've co-authored three books with first author, George Comstock, including Media and the American Child (Elsevier, 2007) in which we provide a critical synthesis and review of the children and media literature. My edited collection Media Effects/Media Psychology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), part of the International Encyclopledia of Media Studies, provides a state-of-the-art review of the field. Particular emphases in my work include media depictions of masculinity, the third-person effect and other opinions about media influence, and the effectiveness of media literacy curricula.

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication / Integrative Learning Center, Rm N338 / 650 North Pleasant Street
tel. (413) 545-1311

My research interests include the role of media in history as constitutive of African, African American, and other communities of culture. Also, I am keenly interested in contemporary media and filmic production practices, codes and conventions, and public policy and regulation of the media from the standpoint of the socially and economically challenged. In addition, my work emphasizes the use of media, and media production, and other communication practices to help foster civic engagement.

Associate Professor
Affiliated Faculty Member: Interdepartmental Film Studies Program (University of Massachusetts, Amherst); Five College Film Council (Five Colleges Inc., Amherst, MA).
410 Machmer Hall
(413) 545-2341

My research interests include Hollywood and popular cinema, television studies, audiences, and the cultural history of media and entertainment. My work focuses on the value and meanings created at the conjuncture of cultural, institutional, and textual practice. 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, and such collections as Media and Public Spheres (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), the Handbook of Media Audiences (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), and The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

Senior Lecturer
Lecturer and Advisor at the University Without Walls
E30 Machmer Hall and 100 Venture Way Suite 200
(413) 545-1311 or 413-545-1196

My research interests include ethnography of communication, cultural discourse, organizational discourse, experiential learning, health communication and health narratives.  I am particularly interested in developing online/ live teaching strategies and student outcomes that support traditional and non-traditional college students' experiential learning narratives.