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PhD student earns large grant for dissertation work

Melissa Meade, a PhD candidate in the Media and Communication Program at Temple University, has received a $20,000 grant for fieldwork from The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research in New York City. The grant marks one of the largest external awards to a School of Media and Communication graduate student.

Meade is conducting research for her dissertation entitled “In the Shadow of ‘King Coal:’ Violence, Migration and Mediation in the Anthracite Region,” which explores the restructuring of this northeastern Pennsylvania community as it moves away from a reliance on the coal industry and how that story is told in the … Read more »

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M&C Student Chad Sims Passes Preliminary Examinations

Congratulations to M&C student Chad Sims, who has completed and passed his preliminary examinations. The members of Chad’s examination committee were: Nora Alter, Ph.D. (Chair; Examination topic: Communication Theory), Roderick Coover, Ph.D. (Examination topic: Communication Research Methods), Chris Cagle, Ph.D. (Examination topic: Film Studies).

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M&C Student Yuanxin Wang Passes Preliminary Examinations

Congratulations to M&C student Yuanxin Wang, who has completed and passed her preliminary examinations. The members of Yuanxin’s examination committee were: Deborah Cai, Ph.D. (Chair; Examination topic:Communication Theory), Matthew Lombard, Ph.D. (Examination topic: Communication Research Methods), Kaibin Xu, Ph.D. (Examination topic: Organizational Communication).

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M&C Student Eloise Murphy Passes Preliminary Examinations

Congratulations to M&C student Eloise Murphy, who has completed and passed her preliminary examinations. The members of Eloise’s examination committee were: Brooke Duffy, Ph.D. (Chair; Examination topic: Communication Research Methods), Kaibin Xu, Ph.D. (Examination topic: Communication Theory), Heath Davis, Ph.D. (Department of Political Science; examination topic: Gender and Politics).

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M&C Student Ju Oak Kim Defends Dissertation Proposal

Congratulations to M&C student Ju Oak Kim, who previously passed her preliminary examinations and on April 28, 2014 successfully defended her dissertation proposal. The title of the dissertation is “Reprocessing Asian Values: Television, Popular Music, and Cultural Globalization in Korea.” The members of her dissertation advisory committee are Fabienne Darling-Wolf (Chair), Nancy Morris, and Patrick Murphy.

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M&C Student Stephanie Palmieri Defends Dissertation Proposal

Congratulations to M&C student Stephanie Palmieri, who previously passed her preliminary examinations and on May 12, 2014 successfully defended her dissertation proposal. The title of the dissertation is “The Genre on Fire: Gender, Sexuality, and Sexual Violence in Vampire Academy , The Hunger Games Trilogy, and the Divergent Trilogy .” The members of her dissertation advisory committee are Jan Fernback (Chair), John E. Campbell, and Fabienne Darling-Wolf.

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M&C Student Michael Plugh Defends Dissertation Proposal

Congratulations to M&C student Michael Plugh, who previously passed his preliminary examinations and on May 14, 2014 successfully defended his dissertation proposal. The title of the dissertation is “Sporting the Mask of National Identity: The Role of Sports in the Performance of Japanese National Identity.” The members of his dissertation advisory committee are Fabienne Darling-Wolf (Chair), Nancy Morris, and John E. Campbell.

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M&C Student Elizaveta Provorova Friesem Defends Dissertation Proposal

Congratulations to M&C student Elizaveta Provorova Friesem, who previously passed her preliminary examinations and on May 13, 2014 successfully defended her dissertation proposal. The title of the dissertation is “Teaching Media and Gender in the Classroom: Instruction Informed by Media Literacy Education, Gender Studies and Scholarship on Media Representations of Gender.” The members of her dissertation advisory committee are Fabienne Darling-Wolf (Chair), Brooke Duffy, and Adrienne Shaw.

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M&C Student Katrina Flener Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to M&C student Katrina Flener, who successfully defended her dissertation on April 29, 2014. The title of her dissertation is “Drug Narratives and Differences in Ideological Content across Varying Economic Models of Television.” The members of her dissertation examination committee were Carolyn Kitch (Chair), Jan Fernback, Kathleen Auerhahn (Department of Criminal Justice), and Dustin Kidd (Department of Sociology; outside reader).

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M&C Student Byron Lee Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to M&C student Byron Lee, who successfully defended his dissertation on April 21, 2014. The title of his dissertation is “Tales of the Gayborhood: Mediating Philadelphia’s Gay Urban Spaces.” The members of his dissertation examination committee were Fabienne Darling-Wolf (Chair), John Edward Campbell, Carolyn Kitch, and Hilary Iris Lowe (Department of History; outside reader).

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