Recently named a Marshall Scholar, Nabiha Syed is the author of Replicating Dreams (Oxford University Press, 2008), a study of microfinance and marketing in Pakistan and Bangladesh. As a Yale Information Society Project student fellow, she co-founded the Media Freedom and Information Access Practicum, a clinical program litigating for newsgathering and access rights. At Yale, she was also deeply involved in the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project. A first-generation Pakistani-American, Nabiha has pursued her interests in corruption, development, and accountability through the World Bank Office of Evaluation and Suspension, Oxfam America, and as an Amnesty International Patrick Stewart Scholar. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University (2007) and a J.D. from Yale Law School (2010).
Shawn Powers is an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University’s Department of Communication where he works closely with the Center on International Media Education. He has previously been a Visiting Assistant Professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism London Program and a Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He earned his Ph.D. from USC Annenberg in 2009 where he studied and wrote about the geopolitical uses of news and information by international actors. Shawn’s research interests include mass media and society, new and social media technologies, diasporic communities, globalization and traditional and public diplomacy. He has conducted field research in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern and Western Europe and North America.
Shawn’s work has been published in several journals, including: Media, War & Conflict, Global Media & Communication, Ethnopolitics and Media Development. In 2007, Shawn was the co-recipient of a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to study global news broadcasters and in 2008 Shawn helped design and managed CPD’s evaluation of Alhurra, the US-supported international broadcaster in the Middle East. His current projects include revising his dissertation into a book on how the Al Jazeera Network has helped Qatar transition from a “micro-state” to an influential “network-state,” a comparative analysis of how different international broadcasters report news of China, and a case study of exemplar uses of social media for development and good governance in Asia and the Middle East.
Prof. José Carlos Sendín joins us from Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid, where he is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies. During his stay he will be undertaking research for two projects: to assess humanitarianism on international media coverage of African conflicts, and to assess hate speech on Cote d’Ivoire media.
Josep Maria Carbonell, joins us from the Faculty of Communications Blanquerna at Universitat Ramon Llull in Barcelona, where he is completing a doctorate on the subject of “Democracy and Communications: The Challenge of Regulation”. He has previously been President of RIRM (Mediterranean Network of Regulatory Bodies of Media), andhis research interests are as follows:
- Media Convergence and Regulation.
- Globalization, media policy and Regulation.
- Democracy, media ownership concentration and Regulation.
- Pluralism, access to the public sphere and Regulation
Andrew comes from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City where he is a member of the Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media, and Society. At Cardozo, he is a writer and contributor for the Media Law Assistance Website, (www.globalmedialaw.com). Andrew’s primary interest is exploring how the internet impacts the formation of political and social values of individuals in society. Empirically, he wants to examine how long-distance learning utilized by law schools in the US and UK is perceived by educators to impact their students. From a legal standpoint, the question is how a regulatory framework might account for these potential impacts.
Matt Blanchard is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication, at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. His work at PCMLP examines the relationship between the media and state-building in Africa, specifically in the case of Somaliland, a breakaway region of Somalia, and Kenya. Blanchard comes to academia from the newspaper business, having been a staff writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer until 2005. He holds an undergraduate degree from Penn in Urban Studies and was an adjunct professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia before attending Annenberg.
Dr. Cristian Vaccari (Ph.D, Universita IULM, Milan, 2006) is Assistant Professor in Political Communication at the Faculty of Political Science ‘Roberto Ruffilli’, University of Bologna. He studies political communication in comparative perspective, with a particular focus on the new media. He has authored and co-authored three books in Italian and his scholarship has been published in Political Communication, Party Politics, New Media & Society, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, European Journal of Communication, and French Politics, as well as in various international edited volumes.
Matthew Weldon received his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, in 2009, where he was editor of the Cardozo Public Law, Policy & Ethics Journal, a recipient of the Howard M. Squadron Fellowship and the Cardozo Service and Achievement Award, and was winner of the 2008 ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition. Mr. Weldon was a law school visiting student at PCMLP in spring 2009, a policy intern at the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research and participated in the Annenberg-Oxford 2007 Institute on Global Media Policy. He research focused on Somaliland media law and policy and journalistic codes of ethics. He resides and practices law in New York City.
The topic of Daniel Bekele’s PhD research is “Comparative Study of Media Law in East Africa.” His research will analyze the similarities and differences between various media laws in East Africa and their compliance with relevant international standards. While the research will present key elements of the legal framework governing the media sector, it will in particular focus on critical analysis of content restrictions imposed by current laws.