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This fall, as the College of Arts, Media and Design celebrated the coming of a new school year, we also welcomed some of the most exciting scholars, researchers, and practitioners in their respective industries to the CAMD faculty. Below is just a fraction of all the new faces, but there’s no arguing they carry the same spirit that’s true for all CAMD faculty: a dedication to exploration and innovation in communication, design, and the arts.

Ryan Ellis

Ryan Ellis is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern. Ryan’s research and teaching focuses on topics related to communication law and policy, infrastructure politics, and cybersecurity. Prior to joining the department, Ryan held fellowships at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). He received a PhD in Communication from the University of California, San Diego.
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Jesse Hinson

Hinson is an assistant teaching professor in the Theatre Department at the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern. He holds a BA in Theatre from Oglethorpe University and an MFA in Acting from Brandeis University. A professional actor, movement consultant, and violence designer, Hinson works with numerous local and regional theaters including New Repertory Theater, The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theater, Stoneham Theatre, Berkshire Theater Group, Georgia Shakespeare, and Actors’ Shakespeare Project where he is a member of their Resident Acting Company.
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Chris Gilbert

Chris Gilbert completed his degree in Rhetoric in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University Bloomington while serving as a Future Faculty Teaching Fellow in the Department of Critical Communication and Media Studies at Butler University. His dissertation, entitled An Art of War: National Character and the Burden of Caricature, examines the ways in which certain wartime national characters are expressed in and out of proportion with definitions, descriptions, and depictions of the so-called American way of life.
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John Wihbey

John Wihbey is an assistant professor of Journalism at CAMD and a writer, producer, and media analyst. He was formerly Assistant Director for Journalist’s Resource at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy and a lecturer in journalism at Boston University. His areas of interest include social networks, information-seeking behavior, access to knowledge issues, and sustainability and climate change. John has reported for The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), and produced NPR’s “On Point with Tom Ashbrook.” He currently writes for The Boston Globe, Nieman Journalism Lab, and Yale Climate Connections.
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Meryl Alper

Meryl Alper is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and the author of Digital Youth with Disabilities. Alper has amassed over a decade of experience as a researcher, strategist, and consultant for children’s media companies, including Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, and Disney. Her work focuses on the social and cultural implications of networked communication technologies on children, disability and digital media, and mobile communication.
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Kurt Zemlicka

Kurt Zemlicka is a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the Department of Communication Studies. He received his Bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy from Wake Forest University where he was a member of the nationally competitive Wake Forest debate team. He completed his Master’s degree and PhD in Rhetoric and Cultural Studies from the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Michael Tannebaum

Michael Tannebaum is a postdoctoral teaching associate in the Department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. He joined the faculty in Fall 2015 after receiving his Ph.D. in Public Communication from Georgia State University.
Michael’s research interests lie at the intersection of interpersonal and relational communication, public health, and social and behavioral psychology. His research interests are united by a desire to understand how communication influences individual and community health beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors.
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