Ph.D. student earns large grant for dissertation work

Melissa Meade, a Ph.D. 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.

Melissa Meade stands outside of an abandoned coal plant.
Melissa Meade stands outside of an abandoned coal plant.

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 media.

“The awarding of this prestigious grant to an M&C student is first and foremost a reflection of the fine work that Melissa has done to develop a meritorious dissertation proposal and to persevere through the demanding grant-application process,” said Nancy Morris, professor of media studies and production, who is on Meade’s dissertation committee. “It reflects well on the M&C doctoral program to have such an accomplished student and at the same time reflects the strength of the doctoral training provided by the program that one of its advanced students won this grant.”

Meade also received a second $8,200 grant from the Waterhouse Institute for Communication and Society, an organization that showcases how communication is central to positive social change.

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