2018 Bios

Short bios of symposium participants.

Elizabeth Benacka

Elizabeth A. Benacka, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Lake Forest College. She received her B.A. from Loyola University Chicago and obtained her Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Northwestern University. Her recent book, Rhetoric, Humor and the Public Sphere: From Socrates to Stephen Colbert, investigates the persuasive function of irony, parody and satire in the public sphere.

Joe Bookman

Joe Bookman is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Beloit College, where he teaches courses in media studies, film, and audio and video production. His academic interests center on the history of technology, infrastructure, and media theory. As a filmmaker, his work has screened at festivals in Europe, Asia, and South America, and has been included as part of the Cinéfondation selection at Cannes. He is also a programmer at the Slamdance Film Festival.

Mark Brewin

Mark Brewin is a Associate Professor of Media Studies at The University of Tulsa.

Beth Corzo-Duchardt

Beth Corzo-Duchardt (MCFLAC steering committee co-chair) will be Visiting Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at Lafayette College in Easton, PA beginning in fall 2018. Her current scholarship focuses on the history of American media cultures, specifically film and outdoor advertising, and is informed by her intellectual and ethical investments in queer, feminist, and critical race theories, and critiques of American imperialism. Her other scholarly and teaching interests encompass visual and material culture, and gender and sexuality studies. She has published articles in Screen, Feminist Media Histories, and co-edited a teaching dossier for Cinema Journal. Further information on her research and publications can be found at www.bethcorzo-duchardt.com.

David Deifell

David Deifell is an Associate Professor of Communication at Clarke University. His academic areas of interest include rhetoric and political culture, pedagogy, social movements and political communication, students activism and educational rhetorics, communication theory and criticism, and media and cultural studies. He has published in Communication Teacher, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric and South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Yearbook.

Carol Donelan

Carol Donelan is Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at Carleton College, where she teaches courses in film history, theory, genre, analysis, and interpretation. Her interests include melodrama and film noir as modes of visual storytelling for popular audiences and archival research on the history of moviegoing and film exhibition. Among her publications is a monograph, Electric Theater: The Emergence of Cinema in Northfield, 1896-1917, and essays in Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Film History: An International Journal, and The Moving Image.

Theresa Donofrio

Theresa A. Donofrio is the Esther and Robert Armstrong Assistant Professor of Rhetoric at Coe College. Her academic areas of interest include rhetoric and political culture, visual rhetoric, public memory, media studies, and cultural studies. Her research primarily engages the discourse surrounding public tragedies. Her work has appeared in the Western Journal of Communication, Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement, and Women’s Studies in Communication.

John Ellerbach

John Ellerbach will be Assistant Professor, Kutztown University Department of English, beginning in August 2018. He has taught at several universities, most recently as a visiting professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue.  He taught for 11 years in Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education schools (Indiana and Shippensburg universities), teaching journalism writing, advertising and public relations courses. He also wrote and published a four-volume parody of “House of Cards,” a satire of scholarly research, a humorous account of what the future holds for the National Football League, and a two-volume novel about growing up as an eighth-grader in Wisconsin in the late 60s. Previously he worked as a magazine writer and radio journalist in Wisconsin and served as Director of Public Relations for the Iowa Hospital Association for three years.

Sean Gilmore

Sean Gilmore is an Associate Professor of Communication at Baldwin Wallace University. He researches gender issues. His research has been highlighted in twelve radio and television programs, including ABC’s 20-20.

Ivy Glennon

Ivy Glennon is a former associate professor of communication from University of Illinois. She taught courses in popular media in critical studies. She has researched popular culture and the social construction of reality.

Emily Goodmann

Emily Goodmann is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Clarke University. Her research focuses on the history of technology, and her academic interests include communication theory and criticism, mediated space, mobility, early 20th-century advertising and visual culture, and network archaeology. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Media, Technology & Society from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago.

Michael Griffin

Michael Griffin is Associate Professor (NTT) in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at Macalester College. He received the Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania where he later was also awarded an Annenberg Scholars Program Post-doctoral Fellowship for the study of TV News Imagery. Three-time Chair of the Visual Communication Studies Division of the International Communication Association, Griffin writes on the history and theory of photography, film and visual representation, the use and circulation of imagery in media systems, representations of war, issues in documentary and journalism practice, and the role of community media.

Ida Gunadi

Ida Gunadi is a student at Baldwin Wallace University.

Lissa Heineman

Lissa Heineman is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College, having majored in both English and Film Studies and minored in Asian Studies. Her main areas of focus are transnational studies, transmedia studies, and fan theory. She previously spent a semester abroad in an intensive screenwriting program in Prague, and received a Dean’s Grant to pursue a summer research project on Eastern identities within Disney films. Lissa works in podcast, audio-visual, and traditional essay mediums. Her senior thesis work included a work involving queer theory, satire and the carnivalesque, and animation, and a work on Asian/American remix studies, auteurship, and cinematic violence. Aside from her scholarly endeavors, Lissa also was a Digital Learning Assistant, trained to tutor students in the use of free and open source software in classroom workshops and one-one-one, and a co-founder and web designer of the Muhlenberg Academic Review, the campus’ interdisciplinary journal. Currently, Lissa is interning in the Disney College Program, hoping to pursue a writing internship with Disney following her seven-month program.

Linda Horwitz

Linda Horwitz graduated from Bates College with a double major in Rhetoric and Philosophy. She earned a MA and PhD in Communication Studies and a certificate in Women’s Studies from Northwestern University. She has been teaching at Lake Forest College since 2003 having been promoted to Associate Professor in 2009. She has served as Chair of the Communication department and is presently in her second go as chair of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. Her current research is on rhetorical approaches to remembering the Holocaust, Civic Pedagogy, and the Construction of Cities.

Gyu Chan Jeon

Gyu Chan Jeon received Ph.D from University of Wisconsin, Madison. As an assistant and associate professor, he has taught media cultural studies at Kangwon National University, Korea. He is now teaching the same field as well as journalism and documentary at School of Film, TV & Multimedia, National University of Arts, Seoul. He has written many books and published lots of journal articles on such topics as communication philosophy, historiography and memory, urban space and city, trans-Asian (hi)stories of genocide, etc. He directed a few short documentaries, and is actively writing regular columns at various newspaper. He was a visiting scholar to University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently a visiting professor at University of Tartu, Estonia, studying on the theme of post-journalist rewriting of the other’s historiography.

Nathan Jung

Nathan Jung is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he teaches upper-level English courses in the area of Science, Technology & Society studies, and serves as the Technical Communications Specialist for the Engineering department. He received his PhD in English at Loyola University Chicago. His research, which has been published in journals including ARIEL and the Journal of the Midwestern Modern Language Association, concerns how contemporary migration narratives attempt to globalize public sphere theory.

Sabiha Khan

Sabiha Khan is Assistant Professor of Communication (Digital Media Production focus) at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her research and production focus on documentary media, ecocriticism, food studies, and the public humanities.

Martin Lang

Martin Lang (MCFLAC steering committee) is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. He studies and teaches topics in media studies, cultural studies, and gender studies. His work focuses on the role media play in shaping social norms and structures around identity traits such race, gender, class, and sexuality. He also teaches basic production techniques to deepen media literacy and occasionally produces short community-based documentary films. He has travelled with students to India, Fiji, and New Zealand and recently served as director of the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Program at Gustavus.

Hugo Ljungbäck

Hugo Ljungbäck is a Swedish moving image artist, curator, and scholar, whose film and video works have screened internationally. He is a programmer for the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival and the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival, and an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Department of English/Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Lisa Lynch

Lisa Lynch (MCFLAC steering committee) is Associate Professor at Drew University and director of the Program In Media and Communications. She works broadly at the intersection between culture, technology, and political change. Her research areas include emerging media, the changing practices of journalism, disaster narratives, visual culture, and human rights. From 2004-2006, she was the director, along with Elena Razlogova of the Guantanamobile Project, a multimedia documentary about the U.S. detention of prisoners at Guantanamo; in 2014, she was a fellow at the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy and she is currently an affiliate at Data and Society in New York. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from Literature and Medicine and New Literary History to Open Democracy and the Arab Studies Journal. She is completing book about native advertising and news.

Steve Macek

Steve Macek is Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies at North Central College in Naperville, IL. His research and teaching focus on political economy of media, media history, activist/social movement media, the First Amendment and media policy issues. He is currently writing a history of film censorship in Chicago tentatively titled Banned in the Windy City.

Matthew McKeague

Matthew McKeague teaches media theory, video production, and comedy courses as an Assistant Professor at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Taking some time off for professional development, he worked as a full-time comedy writer and video editor in Los Angeles. In the past, he has been a film and video game reviewer, partnered YouTube content creator, production assistant, and writer of the humor book, Darker Truths: Extra Grim Fairy Tales of Even Grimmer Existence. His research interests include comedy and user-generated content.

Andrew C. Miller

Andrew C. Miller is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Communication and Media Arts at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. His current teaching and scholarship focuses on the intersection of sports, culture and media, and he has taught extensively across both history/theory and production. Previously he worked as an assistant director in Hollywood, and recently he has been developing specialized teaching and research opportunities for students which involve producing multimedia projects for Sacred Heart University and outside groups in both the USA and Ireland.

David W. Park

David Park (MCFLAC steering committee co-chair) is Professor of Communication at Lake Forest College. His scholarship concerns communication history, media history, the history of communication study, and new media.

 Mark R. Perry

Mark Perry is a professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, a broadcaster, and an independent producer. He has extensive professional experience in radio broadcasting, including WMBI-FM/WMBI in Chicago in a variety of positions; morning show producer, news and host of his own Saturday morning show. Prior to coming to Indiana Wesleyan University, Dr. Perry taught at two other small colleges. His current scholarly interests focus on the intersection of journalism and public policy, as well as audio narrative storytelling.

 Jeff Pooley

Jeff Pooley (MCFLAC steering committee member) is associate professor and chair of media & communication at Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, PA. He writes on the history of media research, the history of social science, scholarly communications, and consumer culture and social media.

Suzanne L. Schulz

Suzanne L. Schulz received her PhD in Media Studies and her MA in Asian Cultures and Languages from The University of Texas at Austin. She has published on public culture and cinema in postcolonial India. She teaches film and media at Bard Early College Queens and is pursuing an MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College.

 Joe Tarantowski

Joe Tarantowski is a Full Professor who serves Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, OH, as the Program Coordinator of both the Film Studies and Broadcasting & Mass Communication Programs. He earned his MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Wisconsin. Research and production interests include Radio, TV, and Film Production as well as Film and Theatre History and Criticism. Joe is also the Faculty Advisor/Chief Operator of the campus radio station and has served as Chair of the Communications and Theatre Department.

Sara Vigneri

Sara Vigneri, MLIS, is a freelance reporter and editorial researcher whose clients include magazines, book authors and websites. She currently teaches journalism at Muhlenberg College and is the faculty adviser to the Muhlenberg Weekly. You can find her musings on free speech and student journalism on Twitter @saravigneri.

Sarah Wolter

Sarah Wolter is a faculty member in the Communication Studies department at Gustavus Adolphus College. Her research centers on the political economy of the media, the influence of information on democracy, and mediated representations of female athletes. Wolter earned her B.A. degree in Honors Communication Studies from Gustavus; M.A. degree in Speech Communication from Minnesota State University, Mankato; and her Ph.D. in Communication Studies: Critical Media Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her research has been published in places like Argumentation and Advocacy, The International Journal of Sport Communication, and The Journal of Sports Media.

Camille Yale

Camille Yale is Assistant Professor of Communication at Lake Forest College.