Executive Board

President

2019

Paul Grosswiler

Paul Grosswiler, University of Maine
paulg@maine.edu

Paul Grosswiler is professor and chair of the department of communication and journalism at the University of Maine, where he teaches courses in…

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…International Media Studies, Media Ethics, Media Theories, and Media Ecology. He began his 30-plus years’ relationship with media ecology during his Ph.D. program in journalism at the University of Missouri in the latter 1980s. His dissertation, The Shifting Sensorium: A Q-methodology and Critical Theory Exploration of Marshall McLuhan's Visual and Acoustic Typologies in Media, Aesthetics and Ideology (1990), set a course of McLuhan-related research that includes three books, The Method is the Message: Rethinking McLuhan Through Critical Theory (Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1998); Transforming McLuhan: Cultural, Critical and Postmodern Perspectives (New York: Peter Lang, 2010); and Old New Media: From Oral to Virtual Environments (New York: Peter Lang, 2013). He also writes about international media, with a focus on socialist media systems, and freedom of expression focusing on the social value of hate speech. He is looking forward to the next generation of MEA leadership and the long sabbatical.

Vice President

2017–2019

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-Elect

2019

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).

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

2017–2019

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

2008–2020

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 Special Faculty member of communication studies at Colorado State University, and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Colorado Boulder. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies from…

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…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

2017–2019

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.

Incoming 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

2012–2019

Brian Cogan

Brian Cogan, Molloy College
bcogan@molloy.edu
https://www.molloy.edu/academics/molloy-faculty-and-staff/brian-cogan

Dr. Brian Cogan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communications at Molloy College in Long Island, New York. He is the author, co-author and co-editor of…

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…numerous books, articles and anthologies on popular culture, music and the media. His specific areas of research interest are media studies, music, fandom, punk rock, popular culture, comic books, graphic novels, and the intersection of politics and popular culture. He is the author of The Encyclopedia of Punk (Sterling 2008), co-author with Tony Kelso of The Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Media and Politics (Greenwood Press 2009) as well as co-editor with Tony Kelso of Mosh the Polls: Youth Voters, Popular Culture, and Democratic Engagement (Lexington 2008), which is about youth culture and political involvement. Dr. Cogan is also the co-author, along with William Phillips, of the Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal Music (Greenwood Press 2009), and is the editor of a collection of essays on the popular television show South Park (Lexington 2011). He is also the co-author/editor of Baby Boomers and Popular Culture: An Inquiry into America’s Most Powerful Generation (co-edited with Thomas Gencarelli) [Praeger Books 2015] and Everything I Ever Needed to Know About _________ I Learned from Monty Python” Including History, Art, Poetry, Communism, Philosophy, the Media, Birth, Death, Religion, Literature, Latin, Transvestites, Botany, the French, Class Systems, Mythology, Fish Slapping, and many more! (Co-written with Jeffry Massey) [St. Martin’s Press 2014]. His latest book is Monty Python FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Spam, Grails, Spam, Nudging, Bruces and Spam (co-written with Chris Barsanti and Jeff Massey) [Applause, 2017]. He’s currently working on a four volume history of Rock and Roll, to be released in 2022. Prof Cogan received his Ph.D. from New York University where he studied under Neil Postman. He is no one to be trifled with.

Newsletter Editor

2018–2019

Scott Church

Scott Church, Brigham Young University
scott_church@byu.edu
https://comms.byu.edu/team/church-scott/

Scott Haden Church (Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013) is an assistant professor in the School of Communications at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. His research primarily…

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…uses media ecology and aesthetics as analytic lenses for digital media and mediated popular texts. His recent publications include “Against the Tyranny of Musical Form: Glitch Music, Affect, and the Sound of Digital Malfunction,” published as the lead article in the June 2017 issue of Critical Studies in Media Communication and “Remix, Śūnyatā, and Prosōpopoeia: Projecting Voice in the Digital Age,” included in the 2018 book Ancient Rhetorics + Digital Networks, published by the University of Alabama Press.

At-Large Member

2019–2021

Julia Hildebrand

Julia Hildebrand, Eckerd College
jmh484@drexel.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

2018–2020

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.

At-Large Member

2017–2019

Stephanie Bennett

Stephanie Bennett, Palm Beach Atlantic University
stephanie_bennett@pba.edu

Stephanie Bennett has been involved with the MEA since 2003, formerly in the role of newsletter editor, she now serves as editor of the Media Ecology Facebook page. A faculty fellow for…

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…student engagement at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Bennett is professor of Communication and Media Ecology there, where she has been teaching and mentoring students for the last 15 years. In 2006 Dr. Bennett was recognized with the Harold B. Innis award for excellence in her dissertation involving Interpersonal communication and silence, a subject upon which she continues to speak, publish and teach from the media ecology perspective.

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

Appointed Officers

  • Liaison to NCA: Mike Plugh – Manhattan College (2018–2020)
  • Liaison to ECA: Roxanne O’Connell – Roger Williams University (2017–2019)
  • Liaison to ICA: Thomas F. Gencarelli – Manhattan College
  • Liaison to CCA: Ellen Rose – University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
  • Convention Coordinator (2019): Paolo Granata, University of Toronto

Past Convention Coordinators

  • 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

  • Lance Strate – Fordham University (2017–2019)

Past Editors

  • 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

  • Scott Church – Brigham Young University (2018–2019)

Past Editors

  • 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

  • Brian Cogan – Molloy College (2012–2019)

Past Awards Officer

  • 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)

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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