London Faculty Directors
A full-time Temple University faculty member serves as resident director each semester. This individual comes from one of the departments in the School of Media and Communication. Additional British part-time faculty, often prominent professionals in their field, are used regularly. They are complemented by a generous sampling of guest lecturers.
The Summer 2014 Faculty Director
Lori L. Tharps is a graduate of Smith College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She spent more than a decade as a magazine professional working on staff at both Vibe and Entertainment Weekly and freelancing for such publications as Essence, Vibe Vixen and Suede. Tharps’ recent work can be seen in the Columbia Journalism Review, Grid Philadelphia, Ebony.com and Vogue Black. Tharps is also the author of two critically acclaimed nonfiction books, Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America (St. Martin’s) and Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain (Atria). Both The Washington Post and Salon.com declared Kinky Gazpacho one of the best books of 2008. Tharps is also the author of the novel, Substitute Me (Atria). In February 2014 St. Martin’s Press will be releasing an updated version of Hair Story. Tharps lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children.
The Fall 2014 & Spring 2015 Faculty Director
Fabienne Darling-Wolf is a faculty member in the Journalism Department and the Media and Communication doctoral program. She received her M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa (both in Mass Communication). Her research concentrates on global media, international communication, and cultural identity formation with a particular focus on issues of gender, race and class. She regularly conducts ethnographic fieldwork in France, where she was born and raised, Japan and Philadelphia. She lived in a small Japanese village for several years, frequently teaches in Tokyo in the summers and has additional close cultural ties to Slovenia, Canada, and the Ukraine. Dr. Darling-Wolf is currently a member of the Center for the Humanities at Temple University (CHAT) “Culture and Identity in Contemporary Europe” research group. Her forthcoming book Imagining the Global: Transnational Media and Popular Culture Beyond East and West (Michigan University Press) explores how people form images of other cultures through their consumption of globally distributed media. Fall 2013 student, Robert Monroe, presents an inside look into what the Temple London experience is like for the faculty director, Sheryl Kantrowitz, from the Advertising Department! Check out it out below. http://youtu.be/uz3CEcHfX4E
Temple London Instructors
Mr. Robin B. Evans
MA Trinity College Dublin MPhil University College London Advertising
Robin Evans is a former copywriter on service business and a range of fmcg accounts from Weetabix to Van Heusen Shirts. He worked as a packager for video-to-celluloid projects before moving into education in commercial communications – instructing on the CAM Diploma in Advertising and a range of CIM courses before operating as a peripatetic on US Study Abroad programs in London. His Production & Creativity in Advertising [Pitman] was a CAM recommended text. He is also the author of Croak [Hamlyn] and The Experiment [Sphere Books], film rights optioned on both properties.
Dr. Dennis Lee Chapman
BA Northern Arizona University, MA Arizona State University, PhD Hull University Communications, Work-based learning and Cultural Studies
Dr. Dennis Chapman is a part-time lecturer and web developer based in London. Specialising in media, technology and (political) communication, Dr. Chapman’s brand Platonic Media is a rallying point for academics, students and entrepreneurs to collaborate and independently publish their work. The website also serves as a blogging platform on which Dr. Chapman has written on subjects ranging from youth crime to the politics of nuclear power. Dr. Chapman’s current research interest is the modelling of “supercomputer” networks to aid in cancer research.
BA Cambridge Media Studies
On leaving Cambridge, where he read English, Christopher Cook joined the Documentary Department of BBC Television where he worked as a researcher, director, producer and programme editor for thirteen years on such programmes as ‘The Philpott File’, ‘Yesterday’s Witness’ and ‘Britain in the 30’s’ before moving to Channel 4 television in the mid 1980s. At Channel 4 he co-produced ‘The writing on the Wall’, an oral history of British politics in the 1970s. He has always written and presented programmes for BBC Radios 3, 4 and 5 – a mix of documentaries and drama documentary and drama. In addition, he writes on the arts for a wide range of national newspapers and magazines. He was Head of the Department of Liberal Studies at the Central School of Art, London, from 1983-86 and, since then, has been on the faculties of Syracuse University in London and the British American Drama Academy, where he is currently Dean of one of their summer programmes. For FIE he teaches Cultural Studies, Media Studies and Theatre and Film History.
Dr. Brian Ridgers
BA Keele, MA and PhD, London English/Writing and Cultural Studies
Dr. Brian Ridgers has degrees from the University of Keele and University of London. For the past ten years he has held a lectureship in English at St Mary’s College, University Of Surrey. He has extensive experience working with American undergraduates at FIE through his teaching of Victorian Literature, Shakespeare and Elizabethan Literature, and the Modern Novel. He has published on Victorian fiction as well as seventeenth- and eighteenth-century drama. His current research is on gossip and scandal within Victorian culture. He is also working in collaboration on a research project concerning the representation of the body within Elizabethan Drama.