Executive Board

President

2020

Paolo Granata

Paolo Granata, University of Toronto
paolo.granata@utoronto.ca
http://individual.utoronto.ca/paologranata/

Paolo Granata is a professor at the University of Toronto, Book and Media Studies Program at St. Michael’s College. He joined the University of Toronto in 2017 after…

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…spending fifteen years at the University of Bologna, Italy. Nurtured by the century-old tradition of his Alma Mater, Professor Granata’s research and teaching interests lie broadly in the area of Aesthetics, Medium Theory, Ethics of Technology, Heritage Communication, Print and Visual Culture.

Currently he is the Coordinator of the Book & Media Studies program, Curator of the McLuhan Salons series, Chair of the Toronto School Initiative, and Director of the Media Ethics Lab at the University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Executive Committee at the Commission for UNESCO as Chair of the Culture, Communication and Information Sectoral commission.

Vice President

2020

Peggy Cassidy

Peggy Cassidy, Adelphi University
cassidy@adelphi.edu
https://www.adelphi.edu/faculty/profiles/profile.php?PID=0132

Margaret Cassidy is Professor and Chair of the Communications Department at Adelphi University. A graduate of the Media Ecology Ph.D. program, she is the author of…

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BookEnds: The Changing Media Environment of American Classrooms (Hampton Press, 2003) and Children, Media, and American History: Printed Poison, Pernicious Stuff, and Other Terrible Temptations (Routledge, 2018).

Vice President-Elect

2020

Adriana Braga

Adriana Braga, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
adrianabraga@puc-rio.br
http://lattes.cnpq.br/8424786953911830

Adriana Braga is Associate Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and researcher of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq/Brazil). She served on…

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…the MEA Board of Directors between 2007–2009 and 2018–2020 as Member-at-Large. She is a Member of the Inclusivity Committee of the MEA. Her doctoral thesis "Computer-mediated femininity: social interaction in the blog circuit" was the winner of the CAPES Thesis Award (MEC/Brazil) and The Harold Innis Award (Media Ecology Association / USA) in 2007. Author of the books Summer-Body (2016); Maternal-Electronic Personae (2008); CMC, Identities and Gender (2005) and the book coauthored with Lance Strate and Paul Levinson Introdução à Ecologia das Mídias (Loyola, 2019 - forthcoming). She currently coordinates the Digital Media Lab – LabMiD, where she develops projects in digital communication, Brazilian culture, mobile telephony, digital literacy, artificial intelligence, speech, social interaction, ethnomethodology, gender and technology. In 2019, she was a visiting professor at the Department of Communication at the University of Macau, China.

Treasurer

2008–2021

Paul A. Soukup, S.J.

Paul A. Soukup, S.J., Santa Clara University
psoukup@scu.edu
https://www.scu.edu/cas/communication/faculty/paul-soukup-sj/

Paul A. Soukup, S.J., has worked with media ecology for over 15 years and presently serves as Treasurer of the Media Ecology Association. His academic interests include…

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…orality and literacy studies and the intersection of communication and theology. He and Thomas J. Farrell have edited four volumes of the collected works of Walter J. Ong, S.J., Faith and Contexts (1992-1999) as well as An Ong Reader (2002), a collection geared towards communication study. Most recently, he and Farrell have edited a collection of essays applying Ong’s thought to media ecology, Of Ong & Media Ecology: Essays in Communication, Composition, and Literary Studies (2012). Other publications include Communication and Theology (1983); Christian Communication: A Bibliographical Survey (1989), Media, Culture, and Catholicism (1996), Mass Media and the Moral Imagination with Philip J. Rossi (1994), and Fidelity and Translation: Communicating the Bible in New Media with Robert Hodgson (1999). This latter publication grows out of his work on the American Bible Society’s New Media Bible. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D., 1985), Soukup teaches in the Communication Department at Santa Clara University. Fr. Soukup has served on the Board of Trustees of the American Bible Society and holds membership in the Religious Communication Association and the National Communication Association, as well as the Media Ecology Association.

Recording Secretary

2020

Cathy Adams

Cathy Adams, University of Alberta
cathy.adams@ualberta.ca
https://www.ualberta.ca/education/about-us/professor-profiles/cathy-adams

Cathy Adams is a professor in the Department of Secondary Education and Vargo Teaching Chair at the University of Alberta. Her phenomenological research addresses…

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…digital technology and media integration across K–12 educational environments, with a focus on ethical, pedagogical and sociocultural issues. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on pedagogy of technology, educational technology integration, and computational thinking. Cathy and Marco Adria co-convened the 2011 MEA Convention in Edmonton on the occasion of Marshall McLuhan’s centenary celebrations. She has also served as Pedagogy Editor for Explorations in Media Ecology (2011–2013), and now is an Editorial Board member.

Executive Secretary

2018–2020

Fernando Gutiérrez

Fernando Gutiérrez, Tecnológico de Monterrey
fgutierr@tec.mx
http://sitios.itesm.mx/ehe/facultad/figutierrez.htm

Fernando Gutiérrez (Mexico) is the head of the Division of Humanities and Education at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (State of Mexico Campus). He earned a PhD in…

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…Design and Data Visualization from The Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM). In October 2008 he was distinguished with the “Gunther Saupe” award, granted by the CICOM (Confederation of the Marketing Communication Industry in Mexico). Four years after, he was recognized with the 2012 FIMPES research prize. In May 2014, he received the Innovation Award from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (State of Mexico Campus). Fernando is an author of several titles about media and information technologies; and part of the National System of Researchers in Mexico. His interest focuses on the exploration of different media environments. For more information visit his personal page: http://www.fergut.com.

Historian

2019–2021

Matt Thomas

Matt Thomas, Kirkwood Community College
matt.thomas@kirkwood.edu

Originally from Seattle, Matt Thomas did his undergraduate work at the University of Southern California and his graduate work at the University of Iowa, where he got his PhD in American Studies. His interests lie…

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…at the intersection of media, technology, identity, and American history. His work has appeared in a variety of venues, both academic and popular. He currently lives in Iowa City, IA, where he teaches at Kirkwood Community College.

Internet Officer

2018–2020

Carolin Aronis

Carolin Aronis, Colorado State University
carolin.aronis@colostate.edu
https://www.libarts.colostate.edu/people/aronis/

Dr. Carolin Aronis is a Postdoctoral Scholar and a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder. Between 2017–2019 she worked as a Special Faculty at Colorado State University. She holds a Ph.D. in…

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…Communication and Media Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and specializes in media and cultural studies, urban communication, discourse analysis and gender studies. One of her central interests is communicative practices that challenge the essence of media and that contribute to the understanding of how both communication and media actually work. Her scholarly work has been published in Journal of Communication, Explorations in Media Ecology, Discourse & Communication and others.

Since 2018, Carolin has served as the Internet Officer of the Media Ecology Association (MEA) and as a member of its Executive Board. She is in charge of the MEA website, including the transition to the Wild Apricot platform (working closely with Matt Thomas, the MEA Historian), the MEA Discussion Email List, and the MEA account on Facebook. In 2019 she served as the chair of the committee for The Media Ecology Association Statement for Inclusivity & Guidelines of Conduct, and is the founder and chair of the Strategic Committee for Evaluating and Acting on the MEA Public Relations Efforts.

EME Editor-in-Chief

2020–2022

Ernest Hakanen

Ernest Hakanen, Drexel University
eah22@drexel.edu
https://drexel.edu/coas/faculty-research/faculty-directory/hakanen-ernest/

Ernest A. Hakanen is Head and Professor of the Communication, Culture, and Media program in the Department of Communication at Drexel University, Philadelphia PA, USA. His research interests lie in…

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…intellectual history with an emphasis on media effects, general systems theory, cybernetics, media ecology, post structural theory, and critical media theory. He is also known for his studies of emotional use of music and other communication technologies. His publications can be found in edited volumes and journals such as the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Social Semiotics, Music and Society, the Howard Journal of Communications, ETC: A Review of General Semantics, and Explorations in Media Ecology. Ernie is the author of Branding the Teleself: Media Effects Discourse and the Changing Self and editor of several other books. He has been an Annenberg Fellow, Visiting Scholar at the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Scientific Structures, and Visiting Scholar at the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California, Irvine, where he worked with Mark Poster and Frederic Jameson. As editor of Explorations in Media Ecology, he hopes to expand global participation and reach.

Awards Coordinator

2020–2022

Lance Strate

Lance Strate, Fordham University
strate@fordham.edu
http://lancestrate.net

Lance Strate is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. He is one of the founders of the Media Ecology Association, and served as the MEA’s first president for over a decade; he also…

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…launched the MEA’s journal, Explorations in Media Ecology, serving as EME’s co-editor and editor for its first six years of publication, returning for another 3-year term in 2017. Additionally, he is a trustee and former executive director of the Institute of General Semantics, president of the New York Society for General Semantics, past president of the New York State Communication Association, and was the Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication at Villanova University in 2015, and was given an honorary appointment as Chair Professor at Henan University in Kaifeng, China in 2016.

He received his PhD D in Media Ecology at New York University studying with Neil Postman. He is the author of several scholarly works, including Echoes and Reflections: On Media Ecology as a Field of Study; On the Binding Biases of Time and Other Essays on General Semantics and Media Ecology; Amazing Ourselves to Death: Neil Postman’s Brave New World Revisited; 麦克卢汉与媒介生态学, an original collection of essays published in Mandarin translation under the title, McLuhan and Media Ecology; and Media Ecology: An Approach to Understanding the Human Condition. He is also a published poet, and author of the poetry collection, Thunder at Darwin Station. Additionally, he has co-edited a number of anthologies, including two editions of Communication and Cyberspace: Social Interaction in an Electronic Environment; Critical Studies in Media Commercialism; The Legacy of McLuhan; Korzybski and…; The Medium is the Muse: Channeling Marshall McLuhan; La Comprensión de los Medios en la Era Digital: Un Nuevo Análisis de la Obra de Marshall McLuhan; and Taking Up McLuhan’s Cause: Perspectives on Media and Formal Causality.

He is the recipient of the Media Ecology Association’s Walter J. Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship, and the Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book, for Media Ecology: An Approach to Understanding the Human Condition. He also received the New York State Communication Association’s John F. Wilson Fellow Award in recognition for exceptional scholarship, leadership, and dedication to the field of communication, and NYSCA’s Neil Postman Mentor Award, as well as the Eastern Communication Association’s Distinguished Research Fellow Award. Translations of his writing have appeared in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Hungarian, Hebrew, Mandarin, and Quenya.

Newsletter Editor

2020

Rachel Armamentos

Rachel Armamentos, Fordham University
rarmamentos@fordham.edu

Rachel Armamentos is a MA student of Public Media - Strategic Communication at Fordham University. Rachel co-authored an introductory book…

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Surviving the Technological Society: The Layman’s Guide to Media Ecology (ISBN 10-1732660409), which is a required Media Studies text at Wheaton College. Her paper “Technologies of Narcissism: The Printing Press to Facebook” has been accepted by the Media Ecology Association and featured in Second Nature journal. Following her MA, she plans to further her education with a PhD and conduct research to explore the nuances of digital technology on interpersonal relationships and theology. Rachel currently works as Fordham’s Public Media Graduate Assistant.

At-Large Member

2019–2021

Julia Hildebrand

Julia Hildebrand, Eckerd College
hildebjm@eckerd.edu
https://drexel.edu/coas/academics/graduate-programs/communication-culture-media/graduate-students/Hildebrand-Julia/

Originally from Germany, Dr. Julia M. Hildebrand is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Eckerd College, Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication, Culture, and Media from Drexel University. Her research…

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…combines media ecology with critical mobilities research and human geography. For her interdisciplinary dissertation, she explored the biases and effects of consumer drones as mobile media. She has published in such journals as Explorations in Media Ecology, Media, Culture & Society, Digital Culture & Society, and Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies.

In her role as MEA At-Large Member, she brings both the keen interest in promoting, sustaining, and expanding media ecology as an intellectual tradition as well as the organizational experience for effectively contributing to the Media Ecology Association. In her three years as Executive Secretary of the International Association for the History of Traffic, Transport, and Mobility, she was not only responsible for managing memberships, journal subscriptions, website content, and elections, but also helped organize three international conferences in Italy, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. At MEA, she is assisting with updates to the association homepage and serves in the Strategic Committee for Evaluating and Acting on Association Public Relations Efforts.

At-Large Member

2020–2022

Jaqueline McLeod Rogers

Jaqueline McLeod Rogers, Unniversity of Winnipeg
j.mcleod-rogers@uwinnipeg.ca
https://jaquelinemcleodrogers.weebly.com

Jaqueline McLeod Rogers is Professor and Chair of the Department of Rhetoric, Writing and Communications at the University of Winnipeg. She co-edited and…

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…contributed several chapters to the collection, Finding McLuhan: The Mind, The Man, The Message (U of Regina, 2015). She co-edited a special edition of the journal Imaginations, “McLuhan and the Arts.” She has completed and is now completing revisions to a-5 chapter book, McLuhan’s Techno-Sensorium City (for Lexington). She also researches and writes about local culture and creative cities and about mothering and technology, currently co-editing a collection called Mothering/ Internet/ Kids (Demeter Press).

At-Large Member

2020–2022

John Dowd

John Dowd, Bowling Green State University
jpdowd@bgsu.edu

John Dowd is an Associate Professor in the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University. His research draws from media ecology, social theory, and philosophy of communication, and…

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…deals with biases of technology and technological discourses in education and everyday life. He has been involved with MEA for over a decade, and has served as the program planner for the MEA affiliate division of the National Communication Association (NCA) and as Forum editor for Explorations in Media Ecology (EME). He is the author of multiple articles including Moments that Matter: Educational Entanglements and Ecologies of Action, which received the Distinguished Journal Article Award from the Philosophy of Communication Division of NCA. He is also the author of the book Educational Ecologies: Toward a Symbolic-Material Understanding of Discourse, Technology, and Education, which explores the symbolic-material biases of the DIY educational movement.

In his role as At-Large Member he hopes to continue contributing to the diversity, growth, and intellectual vitality of MEA through his research, outreach, and teaching. Additionally, his long-term vision includes creating another hub for media ecology research, teaching, and community engagement at his institution, with the goal of attracting and helping to develop future media ecology scholars and practitioners.

Advisory Council

  • Janet Sternberg – Independent Scholar
  • James C. Morrison – Independent Scholar
  • Thomas F. Gencarelli – Manhattan College
  • Corey Anton – Grand Valley State University
  • Phil Rose – York University
  • Karen Lollar – Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Brett Lunceford – Independent Scholar
  • Ed Tywoniak – St. Mary’s College of California
  • Paul Grosswiler – University of Maine

Appointed Officers

  • Liaison to NCA: Mike Plugh – Manhattan College (2018–2020)
  • Liaison to ECA: Jeff Bogaczyk
  • Liaison to ICA: Thomas F. Gencarelli – Manhattan College
  • Liaison to CCA: Ellen Rose – University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Past Convention Coordinators

  • Paolo Granata, University of Toronto (2019)
  • Paul Grosswiler – University of Maine (2018)
  • Ed Tywoniak – St. Mary’s College of California (2017)
  • Brett Lunceford – Independent Scholar (2016)
  • Paolo Granata – University of Bologna (2016)
  • Elena Lamberti – University of Bologna (2016)
  • Karen Lollar – Metropolitan State University of Denver (2015)
  • Phil Rose – York University (2014)
  • Corey Anton and Valerie V. Peterson – Grand Valley State University (2013)
  • Thomas F. Gencarelli – Manhattan College (2012)
  • Marco Adria – University Of Alberta, Edmonton (2011)
  • Catherine Adams – University Of Alberta, Edmonton (2011)
  • Paul Grosswiler – University of Maine (2010)
  • Ellen Rose – University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (2010)
  • Sara van den Berg – Saint Louis University (2009)
  • Paul A. Soukup, SJ – Santa Clara University (2009)
  • Paul A. Soukup, SJ – Santa Clara University (2008)
  • Anne Pym – California State University, East Bay (2008)
  • Thomas F. Gencarelli – Montclair State University (2007)
  • Fernando Gutiérrez – Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Estado de México (2007)
  • James C. Morrison – Emerson College (2006)
  • Donald A. Fishman – Boston College (2006)
  • Janet Sternberg – Fordham University (2005)
  • Lance Strate – Fordham University (2005)
  • Susan B. Barnes – Rochester Institute of Technology (2004)
  • Susan J. Drucker – Hofstra University (2003)
  • Barbara M. Kelly – Hofstra University (2003)
  • David Linton – Marymount Manhattan College (2002)
  • Laura Tropp – Marymount Manhattan College (2002)
  • Janet Sternberg – New York University (2001)
  • Paul Levinson – Fordham University (2000)

Editor, Explorations in Media Ecology

  • Ernest Hakanen, Drexel University (2020–2022)

Past Editors

  • Lance Strate – Fordham University (2017–2019)
  • Paul Grosswiler – University of Maine, Orono (2012–2016)
  • Paul Grosswiler (University of Maine, Orono) & Peter K. Fallon (Roosevelt University) [2011]
  • Corey Anton – Grand Valley State University (2008–2010)
  • Lance Strate – Fordham University (2005–2007)
  • Lance Strate (Fordham University) & Judith Yaross Lee (Ohio University) [2002–2004]

Past Editors, Proceedings

  • Catherine Adams – University of Alberta, Edmonton (2011)
  • Ellen Rose – University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (2010)
  • Paul A. Soukup, SJ – University of Santa Clara (2009)
  • Anne Pym – California State University, East Bay (2008)
  • Robert Albrecht – New Jersey City University (2007)
  • Steven Reagles – Bethany Lutheran College (2006)
  • James C. Morrison – Babson College (2006)
  • Anthony Kelso – Iona College (2005)
  • Arthur W. Hunt, III – Geneva College (2004)
  • Brian Cogan – Molloy College (2003)
  • Margot Hardenbergh – Fordham University (2002)
  • Donna Flayhan – Goucher College (2001)
  • Janet Sternberg – New York University (2000)
  • Mark Lipton – Vassar College (2000)

Editor, In Medias Res

  • Rachel Armamentos, Fordham University

Past Editors

  • Scott Church – Brigham Young University (2018–2019)
  • Edward Tywoniak – St. Mary’s College of California
  • Stephanie Gibson – University of Baltimore (2009)
  • Stephanie Bennett – Palm Beach Atlantic University (2008–2009)
  • Paul A. Soukup, SJ – Santa Clara University (2005–2007)
  • Raymond Gozzi, Jr. – Ithaca College (2000–2004)
  • Casey Man Kong Lum – William Paterson University (1999–2000)

Awards Officer

  • Lance Strate - Fordham University

Past Awards Officer

  • Brian Cogan – Molloy College (2012–2019)
  • Lance Strate – Fordham University (2000–2012)

Internet Officer

  • Carolin Aronis, Colorado State University (2019–2020)

Past Internet Officers/Web Editors

  • Carolin Aronis (Colorado State University) & Matt Thomas (Kirkwood Community College) [2018]
  • Mike Plugh – Manhattan College (2015–2018)
  • Brett Lunceford – Independent Scholar (2013–2014)
  • Phil Rose – York University (2011–2013)
  • James C. Morrison – Babson College (2009–2011)
  • Roxanne O’Connell – Roger Williams University (2007–2008)
  • James C. Morrison – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2001–2006)

Past Webmasters

  • Arturo Caro Islas – Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Estado de México
  • Paul Kelly – XML Team Solutions, Inc. (2001–2008)

Electronic Mailing List Manager

  • Carolin Aronis, Colorado State University (2018–2020)

Past Electronic Mailing List Managers

  • Mike Plugh – Manhattan College (2015–2018)
  • Brett Lunceford – Independent Scholar (2013–2014)
  • Phil Rose – York University (2012–2013)
  • Janet Sternberg – Fordham University (2003–2011)
  • Stephanie Gibson – University of Baltimore (1997–2002)

Past Presidents

  • Lance Strate – Fordham University (1998–2008)
  • Janet Sternberg – Fordham University (2009–2011)
  • James C. Morrison – Babson College (2012)
  • Thomas F. Gencarelli – Manhattan College (2013)
  • Corey Anton – Grand Valley State University (2014)
  • Phil Rose – York University (2015)
  • Karen Lollar – Metropolitan State University of Denver (2016)
  • Brett Lunceford – Independent Scholar (2017)
  • Ed Tywoniak – St. Mary’s College of California (2018)
  • Paul Grosswiler - University of Maine (2019)

Past Directors

  • Mary Ann Allison – Allison Associates, Inc.
  • Corey Anton – Grand Valley State University
  • Stephanie Bennett – Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Susan B. Barnes – Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Adriana Braga – Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
  • Jan Buterman – University of Alberta
  • James W. Carey – Columbia University
  • Susan J. Drucker – Hofstra University
  • Stephanie Gibson – University of Baltimore
  • Raymond Gozzi, Jr. – Ithaca College
  • Robert K. Logan – University of Toronto
  • Casey Man Kong Lum – William Paterson University
  • Neil Postman – New York University
  • Ellen Rose – University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
  • Douglas Rushkoff – New School University
  • Laura Tropp – Marymount Manhattan College

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