MTS Students on the Job Market
Camille Saucier is a doctoral candidate in Northwestern’s Media, Technology, and Society doctoral program, where she works in the Center of Media Psychology and Social Influence (COM-PSI). Camille’s research focuses on developing person-centered communication strategies to promote openness to accurate information and build resilience against misinformation. She leverages theories and techniques like self-affirmation, narratives, parasocial relationships, and humor to facilitate receptivity to health messaging. Her work also examines factors influencing people’s willingness to fact-check dubious claims and methods to curb the appeal of conspiracy theories. Prior to joining COM-PSI, she worked as a research specialist with the Media Impact Project and Hollywood, Health & Society under the Norman Lear Center. She holds a B.A. in Psychology, an M.C.M. in Communication Management, and a Certificate in Sustainable Policy and Planning from the University of Southern California.
Rod Abhari is a Ph.D. student broadly interested in understanding the social and material conditions that enable the spread of scientific (mis)information. At Northwestern, he is working with Dr. Agnes Horvat to develop an article filtering tool which can track the online diffusion of scientific research and detect questionable research. Through this, he aims to both improve the accuracy of scientific reporting and combat the spread of science-based populism. He holds an M.A. in Communications from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an M.A. in Science and Technology studies (STS) from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.
Emily A. Andrews
Emily A. Andrews is a Ph.D. student in the Media, Technology, and Society program and researcher in the Center of Media Psychology and Social Influence (COM-PSI) lab under the guidance of Dr. Nathan Walter. Her research interests exist within the realms of health and science communication. More specifically, she is interested in vaccine hesitancy and misinformation, narrative persuasion, along with attitudes and prosocial behavior. She aims to construct corrections to vaccine and health-related misinformation. She holds a BA from SUNY Geneseo in Psychology and an MA from SUNY University at Buffalo in Communication.
Mohammad Behroozian is passionate about studying educational media for wartime. He has studied political science at the American University of Afghanistan and earned his master’s degree in television producing at Boston University on a Fulbright scholarship. Mohammad has nearly a decade of experience in media and communications work.
Walker Brewer (they/them) is a second year in the Media, Technology and Society program working with Dr. TJ Billard. Their research interests broadly center on questions of power, identity, and communication systems within digital publics. They approach complex social issues with interdisciplinary research, examining the tensions that arise between more critical and applied approaches to activism and social justice. They hold a BA in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Art History from the University of Chicago, and an MA in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from George Washington University.
Jamie A. Cooley
Jamie A. Cooley is a second year PhD student in the Media, Technology, and Society program, advised by Dr. AJ Christian and a part of Dr. Moya Bailey’s Digital Apothecary Lab.
Research interests include the impacts of algorithms, social media use by creators within the intersections of queer and Black or brown identities, digital Black resilience, and digital poetry communities.
Creative interests include writing poetry based around mental health awareness/advocacy within the Black community and making video essays.
Chris Dobmeier is a third-year PhD student in the Media, Technology, and Society program at Northwestern University, working in the Center Of Media Psychology and Social Influence (COM-PSI) with Dr. Nathan Walter. Chris studies the persuasive power of storytelling, particularly through psychological mechanisms that facilitate information processing, such as narrative transportation, identification, and emotional flow. His work expands across various forms of affect (awe, disgust, humor), and has been applied to health, political, and sustainability contexts. Chris currently serves as the Chair of Grants and Fundraising for the Northwestern Prison Education Program. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Communication from the SUNY University at Buffalo.
Amelia Emery is a PhD student working in the Advancing Teams, Leaders and Systems (ATLAS) Lab led by Dr. Leslie DeChurch. She is interested in how leadership theories utilize intersectionality and diversity and is working on a meta-analysis of virtual teams. As an undergraduate, Amelia received grants to study intersectional stereotyping and white fragility. She holds a BA from Northwestern University in Psychology and French. Prior to entering the MTS program, Amelia lived in France as an au pair, and worked as a research coordinator in ATLAS Lab.
Catalina Farías is a Ph.D. student in the Media, Technology, and Society doctoral program working with Dr. Pablo J. Boczkowski and a graduate student affiliate of the Center for Latinx Digital Media. Her research primarily focuses on digital inclusion in marginalized communities and how the Latinx community in the US accesses and uses new technologies. Other topics in which she is interested include networked social movements and gender dynamics. Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, she holds a BA in Social Communication from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She has worked on projects on global feminist digital activism and online countermovements, and digital inclusion in rural and isolated communities in Chile. She also is affiliated with the Millennium Nucleus in Digital Inequalities and Opportunities in Chile.
Floor Fiers is a PhD candidate in the MTS program who works together with Dr. Aaron Shaw and Dr. Eszter Hargittai. She is a part of the Community Data Science Collective and the WebUse Project. She is interested in questions related to digital inequality and discrimination, particularly in the realm of the gig economy. Originally from the Netherlands, Floor first came to the United States in 2013 to attend the United World College (Montezuma, NM). In 2019, she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Sociology from St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY).
Valerie Gruest is a Ph.D. candidate in the Media, Technology and Society doctoral program working with Dr. Pablo Boczkowski and a graduate student affiliate of the Center for Latinx Digital Media. She holds an M.A. in Media, Technology and Society (Northwestern University), and a B.A. in Communication Studies with a double major in Art, Theory & Practice (Northwestern University). She is interested in the impact of new media on body image issues and eating disorders, the visibility of marginalized communities in digital media, and the evolution of contemporary art practices in online spaces. In addition to her scholarly research, she serves as an advocate for mental health and safe sport for aquatic disciplines in the Americas, given her background as an Olympic swimmer.
Thayane Henriques is a Ph.D. student in the Media, Technology, and Society program advised by Dr. Moya Bailey. She is a member of Dr. Moya Bailey’s Digital Apothecary Lab and a graduate student affiliate at the Center for Latinx Digital Media. From an intersectional lens, her research primarily focuses on exploring how marginalized communities create independent content and potentially challenge stereotypical narratives concerning gender issues perpetuated by traditional media. Other topics in which she is interested include Latinx media studies, digital activism, and platform governance. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she holds a B.A. in Communication Studies (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ), an MBA in Marketing (Brazilian Institute of Capital Markets – IBMEC), and an M.A. in Communication Technologies and Culture (Rio de Janeiro State University – UERJ). Before entering academia, she had several years of experience working as a programming content analyst at a prominent children’s TV channel, part of Brazil’s biggest media company, Grupo Globo.
Sohyeon Hwang is a PhD student in the Media, Technology, and Society Program at Northwestern University, advised by Dr. Aaron Shaw and generously supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Her research broadly centers around organization, governance, and collaboration in social computing systems, using both interview and computational methods. Sohyeon’s current work focuses on how online groups variably develop and implement unique governing routines, and the downstream implications of this heterogeneity for platform/system-level regulation. Her goal is to work alongside communities to develop robust understandings of organizational practices across online spaces and foster both accountability and autonomy in decentralized forms of online governance. At Northwestern, she also co-organizes a book club focused on critical readings of tech and media under the HCI+D Center. Sohyeon holds a B.A. in Government and in Information Science from Cornell University.
Nash Jenkins is a Ph.D. student in the Media, Technology, and Society program. His research examines the epistemological, intersubjective, ethical, and political structures that emerge in and organize the digital public sphere: specifically the contemporary rise of conspiracy theories and the circulation of the paranoid affects that inflect them. More broadly, Nash’s work contemplates how the immersive experience of digital media challenges prior ideological notions of selfhood and authenticity, situating its inquiry at the historical and social coordinates of this rupture. Nash holds a M.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University; before entering academia, he worked as a correspondent for TIME Magazine in Hong Kong and Washington.
Kerstin Kalke is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Media, Technology, and Society program working in Dr. Courtney Scherr’s Health Communication Interaction Design Lab. Kerstin’s research focuses on developing communication strategies to facilitate health decision making under high degrees of uncertainty and risk. She is particularly interested in understanding how emotions and affective forecasting affect people’s decision-making processes. Previous projects were situated in the contexts of cardiac and cancer genetics, colon cancer screening, and breast cancer. Kerstin holds a BA in English/American and German Studies from the Julius-Maximilians Universitaet in Wuerzburg, Germany, and a MA in Communication from the University of New Mexico.
Callie S. Kalny
Callie Kalny is a PhD candidate in the Media, Technology, and Society program at Northwestern University where she works with Dr. Nathan Walter in the Center of Media Psychology and Social Influence (COM-PSI). Her research is broadly guided by the investigation of how messages mean and centers around the communication of risk and uncertainty. She is particularly interested in the interplay between message design, emotion and affect, information processing, and persuasive outcomes in contexts related to health and science. Callie’s overarching research goal is to contribute to the development of communication tools and interventions that improve decision-making and promote the uptake of prosocial attitudes and behaviors. She is a graduate of Mercer University (BA, Communication Studies) and Wake Forest University (MA, Communication).
Yeha Kim is a Ph.D. student in the Media, Technology, and Society program, working with Dr. Michelle Shumate in the Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact lab. He is interested in exploring how creativity and new media can help nonprofit organizations, governments, and corporations achieve a more significant social impact, with a focus on sustainability. Yeha holds a B.S. in Television, Radio, and Film, an M.A. in International Relations, and an M.S. in Public Relations from Syracuse University. He has several years of experience working in advertising (BBH/Publicis), where he closely worked with global clients such as Samsung, UNICEF, AB InBev, and more.
Yena Lee is a Ph.D. student in the Media, Technology, and Society program at Northwestern School of Communication. She is interested in studying the emerging forms and processes of networked social movement and the technological, political, and organizational conditions that enable or challenge the rise of such movements. Her research aims to better understand the changing logics of social movement at both levels of consciousness-raising and policymaking through an interdisciplinary and comparative lens. Her most recent research published in the Information, Communication, & Society journal looks at the role of leadership in feminist networked social movements in South Korea. She has previously written about feminist activist chatbot in Brazil and feminist K-pop fan activism on Twitter. Visit her website here.
Mora Matassi (she / ella) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Media, Technology and Society program. Her research focuses on communication, technology, and digital culture. She holds an M.A. in Media, Technology, and Society (Northwestern University), an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education (Harvard University), and a B.A. in Communication (Universidad de San Andrés). Mora has been coordinator of the Center for Latinx Digital Media at Northwestern University and the Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina, as well as research assistant for the CLEVR project, a partnership between MIT’s Education Arcade and the MIT Game Lab. Her papers have appeared in New Media & Society, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Social Media & Society, among others. Her book To Know Is to Compare Studying Social Media across Nations, Media, and Platforms, written with Pablo Boczkowski, will be published by the MIT Press in 2023. Mora has contributed to CNN Radio Argentina and co-produced/hosted a podcast with Revista Anfibia about self-tracking technologies. She has received scholarships from institutions like the Fulbright Commission and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Chloe Mortenson is a PhD student in the Media, Technology and Society program, working in the Center for Communication and Public Policy with Dr. Erik Nisbet. Her research is focused on political communication and comparative politics, specifically on the relationship between media ecosystems and regime types, information seeking, misinformation and affective polarization. Chloe received her M.A in political communication at The Ohio State University, and her B.A at Duquesne University in international relations and communication studies. For her master’s thesis she studied the indirect impact of misinformation on democracy through electoral fairness.
Annika Pinch is a PhD student in the Media, Technology, and Society program working with Dr. Jeremy Birnholtz and Dr. Moya Bailey. Her research focuses on marginalized communities’ everyday experiences with digital technology, and the different ways that they adapt technologies for their own needs. She is currently working on projects related to how people manage stigma online. Other topics in which she is interested include digital inequalities; the ethics of the Internet; platforms and algorithms; and the impact of big data systems. She received her MA in Media, Technology, and Society, where she wrote her MA thesis on how LGBTQ+ people manage visibility, privacy, and trust on dating apps in India. Prior to Northwestern, Annika received her BA in Psychology from Cornell University.
Sanjana Ramesh is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in the Media, Technology, and Society program working with Dr. Courtney Scherr in the Health Communication Interaction Design Lab. Sanjana holds an MPH in Health Communication and Social Marketing and has several years of experience in the nonprofit healthcare sector. Broadly, Sanjana’s research agenda centers on designing health communication and behavior change interventions to improve patient-centered care. She is particularly interested in designing more targeted behavioral interventions to support women in navigating and managing their health below the belt (I.,e, gynecological, reproductive & pelvic health). Sanjana is currently involved with Renalis, a femtech startup creating digital solutions for pelvic health. She is also a 200 hour certified yoga instructor at Studio Three, a local boutique fitness studio.
Thomas H. Rousse studies the intersection of law and technology, with a focus on intellectual property and online communities, as a joint J.D./Ph.D. student. He currently serves as the Senior Online Editor of Northwestern University Law Review. He holds an MSc. in Media, Technology and Games Analysis from the IT University of Copenhagen and graduated from Northwestern’s American Studies program in 2010. His advisor is Aaron Shaw.
Anne-Marie Singh is a Ph.D. candidate in the Media, Technology, and Society Program at Northwestern University and is working at the Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact under Dr. Michelle Shumate’s advisorship. She has several years of experience working in environmental nonprofits as a communicator and as a science journalist in public media. Her research interests include organizational communication and cross-sector partnerships in the nonprofit sector. Anne-Marie has a M.S. degree in Science Journalism from Boston University and a B.A. in English Literature from Delhi University, India.
Hannah Studd is a PhD candidate in the MTS program who works together with Dr. Madhu Reddy and Dr. Maia Jacobs. Hannah’s research focuses on improving technology used for supporting mental health care. Specifically, her work explores how self-reflection impacts mental health and how technology can support self-reflection. Hannah holds an M.S in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in psychology from The College of Wooster. Before entering academia, Hannah worked in clinical research informatics for the Boston Children’s Hospital and as a UX researcher for WellSky.
Facundo Suenzo is a Ph.D. student in Media, Technology, and Society at Northwestern University working with Dr. Pablo J. Boczkowski. He is interested in urban sociology, technological infrastructures, and inequalities. Starting in the Fall of 2022, he will be the coordinator of the Center for Latinx Digital Media. Born and raised in Argentina, Facundo earned his BA in Communication from the Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA), a MA in Sociology from the Universidad Nacional del General San Martín (IDAES/UNSAM), and a MA in Media, Technology, and Society (Northwestern University). Facundo’s work has appeared in New Media & Society, Journalism and Cuadernos.info. He is currently working on the book manuscript The patina of distrust: Misinformation in a context of generalized skepticism (joint with Eugenia Mitchelstein, Pablo Boczkowski, and María Celeste Wagner), under contract with the MIT Press. Before Northwestern, he was a coordinator at the Center for Media and Society (MESO) in Argentina between 2018 and 2020. Facundo is affiliated with the Digital Apothecary Lab, led by Dr. Moya Bailey.
Sapna Suresh is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the MTS program at Northwestern working with Dr. Nathan Walter in the Center of Media Psychology and Social Influence. Her research examines the relationship between mass media messages, how audiences process them, and the resultant attitudinal and behavioral effects. In her recent work, Sapna has applied these concepts to the study of entertainment programming, social media influencers, environmentality, and misinformation. Sapna holds a BA from Rice University in engineering and policy studies.
Marwa Tahboub is a Ph.D. student in the Media, Technology, and Society program. She works in the Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact [NNSI] lab under Dr. Michelle Shumate. Her research interests surround nonprofit community organizations’ social media engagement with marginalized communities. Marwa received her B.A. in professional communication and psychology at the University of Michigan-Flint. For her undergraduate honors thesis, she worked with NNSI to study how referral networks reacted to COVID-19.
Esteban Villa-Turek is a PhD student in the Media, Technology and Society program at Northwestern University, working with Prof. Erik Nisbet in his Center for Communication and Public Policy. He studies online disinformation with special attention to its policy implications, focusing on political and scientific disinformation in Latin America using applied data science and computational methods. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from Rosario University (Bogotá, 2014), a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin, 2019) and is currently finishing a master’s in Analytics from Georgia Tech.
Kalia Vogelman-Natan is a PhD student in the Media, Technology, and Society program, working in the Center on Media and Human Development with Dr. Ellen Wartella. Her research interests focus on mobile communication and the role of media in the lives of families, specifically the impacts mobile ubiquity has on children, adolescents, and parenting. Kalia’s recent projects explore young children’s online video consumption, employing mixed methods to examine what children are watching on YouTube and other video streaming platforms, their viewing practices, and how these experiences impact children’s development and well-being. She holds a BA in International Relations with a minor in English Literature & Linguistics, and an MA in Communication from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Erique Zhang (they/she) is a PhD candidate in Media, Technology, and Society. Their research lies at the intersections of trans studies, feminist media studies, queer and trans of color critique, and fashion studies. Their dissertation project uses a combination of data sources—including interviews and participatory workshops with trans women and femmes, transcripts of vlogs produced by trans female social media influencers, and fashion media coverage of trans subjects—to interrogate how normative beauty ideals are produced through media representations and how trans women and femmes navigate these norms in their everyday lives. Their work has been published in Studies in Costume & Performance, Fashion Studies Journal, International Journal of Communication, Feminist Media Studies, JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, and The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies.