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Senior Fellows

Rosental Calmon Alves (PhD) is President of the ORBICOM Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communication, and Director of the Knight Center for Journalism and the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin TX, USA.

Lucia Araújo is a Brazilian journalist and currently runs Canal Futura, an educational TV channel and a communication project created by Roberto Marinho Foundation and designed to support social change and education improvement. Canal Futura is the 2011 CSSC Award winner. She started her career as a writer and managing editor at TV Bandeirantes and later on worked as a director of journalistic programs at TV Cultura.  During two years she lived in Washington DC where she worked as a free lancer reporter for Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo, covering cultural, behavior and business areas. Back to Brazil, Lucia joined independent production companies in the development and coordination of documentary and educational series for different free and payTV channels. Until 1999, when she took over the position of general director at Canal Futura, she worked for CNBC (Cable NBC) in Brazil and again for TV Bandeirantes as head of news and journalistic programs.

Benjamin Bailey (PhD)
is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He received his PhD in Linguistic Anthropology from the University of California Los Angeles. His research and publications focus on intercultural communication and on negotiations of ethnic and racial identity in face-to-face interaction, particularly in urban US contexts.

Jane Bertrand (PhD)
is Director of the Center for Communication Programs, John Hopkins University, Baltimore MD, USA.

Claude-Yves Charron (PhD)
is Secretary-General of the ORBICOM Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communication, and Vice-Chancellor at the Universite de Quebec a Montreal, Canada. A sinologist and former Canadian diplomat based in Beijing and a former UN diplomat in post conflict social reconstruction based in Geneva, Dr. Charron completed his Post-Doc in International Communication at McGill (1978) with Dr. G.J. Robinson. He has conducted numerous fieldworks in communication and development, from the Arctic (7) to the Asia Pacific (68), and 84 Master and Ph.D. students have completed their thesis under his supervision. He has served as advisor to the President of Treasury Board of Canada for the Government-on-line Initiative and currently also serves as board member of the Canadian IDRC.

  Royal Colle (PhD)
is International Professor Emeritus and Graduate School Professor of International Development at Cornell University where he earned a PhD in Sociology. He has been a member of the Cornell University faculty for more than 40 years, 10 of which were as Chair of the Communication Department. Concurrently he has lived and worked abroad in countries ranging from India and Indonesia to Singapore and Guatemala.  He has served as a consultant for a variety of international organizations including the World Bank, WHO, FAO, the UN, UNFPA, UNESCO, USAID, DFID, and the Ford Foundation. He is the recipient of an International Communication Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Most recently he has been working with counterparts in Vietnam in establishing community-based rural telecenters.

Alvito de Souza is Secretary General of SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication, in Brussels, Belgium. He has over 20 years of professional experience in media/communications, culture/creative industries and development gained in Belgium, Democratic Republic of Congo, Italy, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia as well as assignments in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, France, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mozambique, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Joan-Francesc Fondevila I Gascon (PhD) is Professor in Journalism in the Journalism and Communication Sciences Department in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain.

Martha Fuentes-Bautista (PhD) is an Assistant Professor in Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research focuses on social stratification of information and communication technologies, and the role of public policy and civil society actors (non-profits and social movements) in digital inclusion efforts in the U.S. and Latin America. Her areas of interest include: technology and social inequality; new media and social change; broadband policy and community wireless; social movements and new media; evaluation research.

Sheepa Hafiza is the Director of the Gender Justice & Diversity and Advocacy and Human Rights Units at Brac Bangladesh ( She is the recipient of the 2010 CSSC Award.

  François Heinderyckx (PhD) is Professor of media sociology and political communication at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium. He is President of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and is a member of the Institut des Sciences de la Communication du CNRS (ISCC, Paris).

Thomas Edward (Tom) Hogan, (PhD, Macquarie University)
, is a specialist in curriculum development and training systems, especially at tertiary level. For a time he changed careers and trained, then worked, as a radio and television journalist. His background as a teacher, however, led him into broadcasting training and development. And his interest in communication for social change has led to his involvement in the developing world for more than 30 years.

Thomas Jacobson (PhD, University of Washington)
is Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University – Philadelphia, USA. Before arriving at Temple in 2005 Jacobson served as Chair of SUNY-Buffalo’s Department of Communication and was founding Director of its Informatics Research Center.  He has been Visiting Professor at Northwestern and Cornell Universities and is past President of the Participatory Communication Research Section of the International Association of Media and Communication Research.

Ullamaija Kivikuru (PhD)
is Professor of Communication at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

  Paul S.N. Lee (PhD)
is the Dean of Social Science and Professor of the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his doctorate in Communication from the University of Michigan in 1986. His research interests include International Communication, Telecommunications Policy and New Media. Professor Lee is a pioneer in the study of China and Hong Kong telecommunications. In 1997, he edited and published the first English book on China telecommunications. In 2001, Professor Lee was invited by the International Telecommunication Society at its 6th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference to give a keynote speech on “Sustainable development and infrastructure”. He was the first academic appointed member of the Broadcasting Authority in 1990-92 by the Hong Kong Government.

Junhao Hong (PhD) is Research Associate at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, and Professor of Communication at the State University of New York at Buffalo NY, USA.

Timothy Kennedy (PhD)
is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication at the University of Tampa in Florida. He has taught at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, University of Alaska, Fairbanks (X-CED/Kotzebue), Concordia University, Montreal and Cornell University.  Kennedy was also a Visiting Professor at Williams College. In the 1970’s Kennedy served as Founder/Director of the Alaskan SKYRIVER Program and was Program Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s Challenge for Change Program.

John Mayo (PhD)
is Director of the Kerr Intercultural Education and Dialogue Initiative at Florida State University. He has been Dean of the College of Communication at Florida State University for 15 years. Previously, he founded and directed for 10 years FSU’s Center for International Studies, part of the Learning Systems Institute. His teaching and research interests include: international and development communication, telecommunications policy, and distance learning. He has directed USAID-sponsored R&D projects in El Salvador, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Nepal. He has served as a consultant to numerous international development agencies. John received his BA in Politics from Princeton and his MA and PhD in Communication from Stanford. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia and as a Fulbright Lecturer in Chile.

Patchanee Malikhao (PhD)
is Post Doctoral Fellow in the School of Public Health, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has been involved in projects for both public and private, national and international organizations, such as Agfa Gevaert, AMIC, the Europe-Asia Foundation, UNESCO, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. She obtained her PhD in Sociology at the University of Queensland on a research project on HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns in two villages in Thailand.

 Derek Miller (PhD)
is Director of The Policy Lab, Senior Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research and Associate Scholar at the Center for Local Strategies Research, University of Washington. He is the author of Media Pressure on Foreign Policy: The Evolving Theoretical Framework, Palgrave, 2007.

Dr. Sundeep R. MuppidiSundeep R. Muppidi (PhD) was till recently the Secretary-General of the Asian Media Information and Communication Center (AMIC) in Singapore. He is presently an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Hartford, CT. Dr. Muppidi is an alumnus of the Management Development Program of the School of Education of Harvard University and also of the Journalism & Mass Communication Leadership Institute for Diversity (JLID) program of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).
Dr. Muppidi has a doctorate from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in Mass Communication and has over 15 years of teaching experience at universities around the World. His teaching and research interests are in International media studies, new media technologies, video & multimedia production.

Nora C. Quebral (PhD)
is professor emeritus of development communication at the College of Development Communication, University of the Philippines (UP) Los Banos; independent consultant in development communication; and founding president of the Nora C. Quebral Development Communication Center, Inc.  She has a PhD in communications from the University of Illinois, an MS in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a BA in English, magna cum laude, from UP Diliman.  She started work at the UP College of Agriculture in Los Banos as copy editor and was periodically officer-in-charge and chair of the Department of Agricultural/Development Communication through its various metamorphoses into a college.

Norman Sims (PhD)
is Professor of Journalism at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he teaches literary journalism, freedom of the press, journalism history, and writing.  He is author or editor of four books on literary journalism, including True Stories (2007).  He has taught for more than 30 years and was chair of the Journalism Department for 12 years. He has been principal investigator for the Media Giraffe Project, which seeks to identify and highlight the work of innovators in new and traditional media who seek to improve participatory democracy through their journalism.

Boonlert Supadhiloke (PhD)
is the Chair of the Graduate Program in Communication Arts at Bangkok University, Thailand.

Georgios Terzis (PhD) is an associate professor at Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium and the chair of the journalism studies section of the European Communication Research and Education Association He received his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit Brussel and he also studied Journalism and Mass Communication in Greece, U.K., USA and The Netherlands. He worked as a foreign correspondent for Greek Media and as a course leader for the European Journalism Centre, training journalists from all over the world on EU affairs. He also worked for Search for Common Ground and organized Media and Conflict Resolution programs and trainings for journalists and journalism students from Angola, BiH, Cyprus, Greece, The Middle East, Sri Lanka, and Turkey.

Myria Vassiliadou (PhD)
is Secretary General of the European Women's Lobby (EWL) in the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium.

Emily West (PhD) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at UMass Amherst. Her research and teaching specialties are in consumer culture, media studies, and qualitative research methods. Her current research examines health care consumerism in American news and policy discourse, and as it is experienced by users


Diana Coryat is a communications scholar, media educator, and consultant to non-profit organizations and institutions. She trains grassroots organizations to use media as a tool for dialogue, analysis and community-building.  She is the co-founder and former executive director of Global Action Project (G.A.P.), a media organization that works with young people most affected by injustice to build community power, cultural expression, and political change (  She has lectured, created curricula for and facilitated media projects in Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Guatemala, Japan, Northern Ireland, Peru, Puerto Rica and Venezuela. She holds a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and an MA in Communication from UMass.  In Fall 2010 she returns to UMass Amherst as a doctoral student.  Her current research interests are global community media and social movements, and emerging non-state media in Cuba.

  Anne Deruyttere was the Chief of the Indigenous Peoples and Community Development Unit at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington FC from 1994 to 2007. She is now an independent consultant working for the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the Gesellschaft fur Technishe Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Philip Lee
studied modern languages at the University of Warwick, Coventry, and conducting, piano and timpani at the Royal Academy of Music, London, United Kingdom. In 1975 he joined the staff of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), an NGO specializing in communication for social justice, media and gender justice, the democratization of communication and communication rights
(see and where he is currently Deputy Director of Programs and Editor of the international quarterly journal Media Development.

Jim Lescault is Executive Director of Amherst Community Television (ACTV) a PEG Access organization since October1, 2007. He was born and raised in Holyoke, Ma.   He holds a BA degree in Community Planning from the University of Massachusetts College of Public and Community Service  (CPCS).
As an independent video producer, Mr. Lescault has numerous credits servicing community-based organizations, as well as unions, museums and city government. For six years Mr. Lescault had been an employee of the Holyoke Public Schools, most recently as the Supervisor of the Holyoke Even Start Family Literacy Program.

Neill McKee is a leader in development communication with over 40 years of experience in the field. He is a Canadian and holds an M.S. in Communication from Florida State University (1988). He is presently Associate Director, Center for Global Health Communication and Marketing, Academy for Educational Development (AED), Washington, D.C. and he works within the global C-Change Program, as well as other initiatives.

Peter Oriare Mbeke
is lecturer at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Lisa Rudnick
is a Co-creator, Security Needs Assessment Protocol (SNAP) and Senior Researcher at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Geneva, Switzerland; and Associate Scholar, Center for Local Strategies Research, University of Washington.

Chin Saik Yoon
is Publisher of Southbound in Penang, Malaysia.

   Junior Fellows

Fadia Hasan is currently a PhD student in the Communication Department at UMASS, Amherst. She earned her BA from Hampshire College with an undergraduate thesis titled, "The Politics of Femininity in Mainstream Indian Films". Her MA was in Communications from University of Massachussetts, Amherst. Fadia's focus in her Masters has been Global Consumer & Class Cultures and Alternative Economies. Her Masters thesis is titled, "Fair Trade  Practices in Contemporary Bangladeshi Society: Community Development,  Cultural Revival And Sustainability through a Participatory Approach."

 Stephanie Jo Kent
is a PhD candidate in Communication at UMass Amherst, as well as a professional American Sign Language/English interpreter and interpreter trainer. She has a background in social justice education and teaches about and conducts research into group and organizational-level discourses, including uses of social media for cultivating collective intelligence. Her Fulbright-funded dissertation research applies ethnographic action research to discourses about the system of simultaneous interpretation in the European Parliament.

Elena V. Khatskevich
is a PhD Candidate at UMass Amherst. She is currently working on her dissertation which is devoted to studying Russian drinking practices through cultural discourse analysis and ethnography of communication. She is interested in applying her cultural analysis of people’s everyday practices, policy discourse, and popular media to designing socio-culturally grounded public health interventions. She has worked at Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, and University of Massachusetts Amherst as a communication researcher on a variety of public health projects in Russia and the United States.

Sunny Lie is currently a PhD student in communication at UMass Amherst. She graduated with a dual Master's degree from the University of Southern California and the London School of Economics and Political Science in Global Media and Communications. She is interested in ethnography of communication and issues related to language use and social identities. Her dissertation topic combines these interests through an analysis of the performance of Chinese-Indonesian identity in an Indonesian church in the U.S.

Alicya Lloyd is pursuing a PhD in Communication and a certificate in Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the University of Massachusetts. She earned her BA in Spanish, a postgraduate diploma and an MSc in International Relations at the University of the West Indies. A Fulbright scholarship enabled further study at Ohio University where she obtained her MA in International Development Studies. Alicya’s research interests are in the areas of international communication; new media/ICT’s and international organizations and development communication approaches and effectiveness.

Verity Norman is an M.Ed student in International Education at CIE at UMass.  She grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and is a graduate of the University of Cape Town.  She worked on an online global student-exchange project, which culminated in her spending two years in Zimbabwe, working as both a teacher and performer/social activist.  Her research interests are in education for development and social change, and specifically how new media and critical learning can contribute to sustainable societal change.

Toks Oyedemi
is a PhD candidate in communication at UMass.  He previously worked in advertising, audio-visual and broadcasting industries, before becoming a lecturer in media and communication. He was a member of an international working group on capacity building and knowledge exchange in the Telecom/ICT Sector in Africa (Known as NetTel@Africa). He is currently in South Africa conducting his doctoral research on the pattern of internet access and the role of technology in social change in South Africa.

 Emily Polk
is a PhD student in Communication at UMass. She graduated with a Masters degree in Human Rights with a focus on communication in developing countries from Columbia University and later became one of their Third Millenium Fellows, working on media development and human rights projects in Oakland, California and in Buduburam refugee camp in Ghana. Her research interests include the socio-cultural, economic and political impacts of new media in post-conflict countries and among refugee communities and exploring the intersections of journalism, storytelling, technology, globalization, and sustainable social change.

Song Shi
is a Ph.D. student in communication at UMass Amherst. His research interest includes three inter-related fields: the influences of new media on social movements and civil society organizations; digital divide, new media, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT); digital copyright and new media.

Andreas Tzineris
is an EdD student at the School of Education, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His (r)evolving research interests focus on English as a foreign language (EFL) and include EFL education, EFL communication, and the role of EFL in the context of development and/or social change. He is particularly interested in how policies and practices can affect the teacher of EFL as a multifaceted persona pertinent to multifaceted practices that (re)occur among multifaceted stakeholders.

Brion van Over  holds a BA in Communication from SUNY Oswego, and an MA in Communication from SUNY Albany. He is currently a PhD candidate in Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research focuses on the ethnographic investigation of communicative practices in a variety of cultural scenes. His dissertation investigates U.S. public discourse about experiences that are "beyond words," or "impossible to describe," and theorizes such discourse as the cultural constitution of the boundaries of our verbal abilities. He is also interested in the construction of the "self" in "self-help" discourse and the cultural premises about and for communication, identity, emotion, sociality, and place that are active in such discourse.

Thanu Yakupitiyage
is a Master's student in communication at UMass Amherst. Her research interests include using media for sustainable social change, communication for development, and critical studies in race, culture, globalization, and migration. She is currently researching and writing her masters thesis entitled; Media, Migration, and the Debate Over "Skilled" Work in Post-9/11 America.

Visiting Scholars

Cuilan Liu
is a PhD candidate concentrating on Tibetan Studies at Harvard University. Her main interests include indigenous culture, folk culture and religion with a specific focus on singing and oral traditions in the Himalaya. Her dissertation project on music in Buddhism centers on a specific question of whether Buddhist monks and nuns can sing, and the search for answers across languages and cultures, through an interdisciplinary approach incorporating filming and GIS maps with textual inquiries, provides a multi-perspective investigation of the Buddhist communities.  Her upcoming documentary on a 14th Century Buddhist singing tradition preserved in rural communities in Eastern Tibet sponsored by CNEX will be released next year.

Cheng OuyangOuyang Chen is a PhD student in communication at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), in China. She is interested in the influence of public relations on the society, the influence of new media on public relations, and government public relations. She is currently working on her dissertation which is devoted to studying public relations literacy and analyzing the public perception of public relations in China.

Qing Wang is a Master’s student at the Journalism and Information Communication school, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China. Her research interest focuses on both the theoretical as well as the applied side of American Journalism, differences between American and China’s Journalism as well as ideologies that inspire them. She is collecting, translating and studying the works of Pulitzer Prize Winners now. And she plans to serve as an international journalist in one of China’s major news services.
ZengYuangYuan Zeng holds an MA degree in communication from Peking University and a BA degree in English from Beijing Foreign Studies University. She is currently a lecturer in the School of Journalism and Communication in Xi’an International Studies University, where she mainly teaches English News Reporting and Writing, and International Communication. Her research interests include communication models and effect studies in international communication practices, especially the communication of China’s national image in a global world.

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