Guobin Yang, Ph.D.
Guobin Yang is the Grace Lee Boggs Professor of Communication and Sociology at the Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication and Director of the Center on Digital Culture and Society. He is the author of the award–winning The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (2009) and The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China (2016). He is the editor or co–editor of four books: Media Activism in the Digital Age (with Victor Pickard, 2017), China’s Contested Internet (2015), The Internet, Social Media, and a Changing China (with Jacques deLisle and Avery Goldstein, 2016), and Re-Envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China (with Ching–Kwan Lee, 2007). Previously he taught as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Hawaii–Manoa and as an associate professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College of Columbia University. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature with a specialty in Literary Translation from Beijing Foreign Studies University and a second Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University.
Rosemary Clark-Parsons, Ph.D.
Rosemary Clark–Parsons received her Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication in 2018, where she currently serves as the Associate Director of the Center on Digital Culture and Society. She is also a Postdoctoral Fellow with CDCS and a Research Affiliate with Penn’s Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality & Women. Clark–Parsons is a researcher, teacher, and activist working at the intersection of technology and gender justice. Her research centers on questions of how digital platforms and their users are reconfiguring the face and reach of contemporary feminist social movements in the United States. Her book project, Doing it Ourselves: The Networked Practices of Feminist Media Activism, demonstrates how feminists are taking up networked media to pursue a do–it–ourselves–style feminism, building movements and communities from the ground up, all while juggling the affordances and limitations of their media tools. In the classroom, Clark–Parsons has worked with a diverse range of students, from high schoolers to undergraduates to continuing adult learners, to develop media and communication strategies for social justice. Prior to Penn, Clark–Parsons attended Ursinus College, where she received her B.A. in Media and Communication Studies.
Jasmine Erdener, Ph.D.
Jasmine Norkunas Erdener recently defended her dissertation, titled “Excavating Radical Futures: Puppets, Robots, and the Fight for Technology,” at the Annenberg School. She specializes in gender and identity, technology and digital media, and social movement activism, and she conducted ethnographic research at Bread and Puppet Theater. She completed a B.A. in Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin, and received her Master’s degree in Modern Humanities and French Literature from the Université Jean Moulin Lyon III in Lyon, France. At Penn, in addition to CDCS, she has worked with the Media Activism Research Collective and the Collective for Advancing Multimodal Research Arts. She is teaching an undergraduate seminar on Visual Culture and Communication at Annenberg, as well as a course on ethnographic methodologies called the Art of Listening for the School of Social Policy and Practice at Penn. She has also worked as the audio editor and producer for a number of podcasts, including Annenberg’s 3620 Podcast, the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, the Data Refuge and Remediations podcast, and Annenberg’s Center for Media at Risk.
Elisabetta Ferrari, Ph.D.
Elisabetta Ferrari’s research addresses the social and political implications of digital technologies, with an emphasis on activism and social movements. Taking a critical, qualitative, and comparative approach, her work interrogates how people make sense of the politics of digital technologies in relation to social justice. Her book project examines how contemporary leftist activist groups in Italy, Hungary and the United States constructed their own “technological imaginaries” to appropriate, negotiate or challenge Silicon Valley’s dominant techno–optimist ideas. Her research has been published in academic journals such as New Media & Society, Media, Culture & Society, and Communication, Culture & Critique and has received funding from the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society at Villanova University and from the Internet Policy Observatory at the University of Pennsylvania. Ferrari received her Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in August 2019. She also holds an M.A. in Political Science from Central European University in Hungary.
Ezekiel Dixon-Román Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Social Policy
David Grazian, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology and Faculty Director of Urban Studies
John L. Jackson, Jr., Ph.D.
Walter H. Annenberg Dean and Richard Perry University Professor
Sarah J. Jackson, Ph.D.
Presidential Associate Professor
Jessa Lingel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Ben Shestakofsky Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Julia Ticona, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Joseph Turow, Ph.D.
Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication
Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D.
Raymond Williams Professor of Communication
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