Master’s Program Alumni

Starting with the arrival of our very first CMS students in 1999 and Science Writing students in 2002, our alumni have gone on to some extraordinary careers. And nearly all of them can draw a straight line from their studies at CMS/W to what they do today…

Featured Alumni

Jim Bizzocchi, '01, on "Going from CMS to Tenure"

Jim Bizzocchi, ’01, on “Going from CMS to Tenure”

Lisa Song, '09 Drinking Up the Desert

Lisa Song, ’09
Drinking Up the Desert

All Alumni

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Abdul-Kareem Ahmed
S.M., Science Writing, 2013
Medical Student at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Freelance Science Writer
Abdul-Kareem Ahmed Thesis: SIGN HERE: Informed Consent in Personalized Medicine
Liam Andrew
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2015
Developer, Texas Tribune
Liam Andrew Liam Andrew is a media and technology researcher, writer, and software developer. His current research explores the intersection of news and cultural heritage, and the ways that newsrooms can use digital archives to help journalists discover, create, and enrich news stories. He was a research assistant at MIT’s HyperStudio, designing and developing tools that support research and teaching in the humanities, including an art event discovery mobile app and a multimedia annotation platform. Liam was a 2014 Google Journalism Fellow with Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, reporting on digital innovation in newsrooms and building applications that support collaborative publishing and news discovery. Prior to MIT, Liam worked as a book indexer, translator, archivist, paralegal, English teacher abroad, and most recently, software developer for Wiser, a news curation and discovery platform.



An Iowa native, Liam grew up making a racket with various musical instruments, and earned his B.A. studying literature and music at Yale University. He still makes noises as a sound designer and musician in the psychedelic synth-rock band Dinowalrus.
Emily Anthes
S.M., Science Writing, 2006
Emily Anthes Thesis: The Chosen Genes: Jews, Genetics, and the Future of Ethnic Medicine
Ivan Askwith
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2007
Associate Producer, Veronica Mars
Ivan Askwith Thesis: Television 2.0: Reconceptualizing TV as an Engagement Medium
Alec Austin
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2007
Senior Systems Designer at Tapzen
Alec Austin Thesis: Expectations Across Entertainment Media
Amitabh Avasthi
S.M., Science Writing, 2004
Documentary filmmaker, Nature Tango Films
Amitabh Avasthi
Leslie Baehr
S.M., Science Writing, 2013
Leslie Baehr Thesis: Troubled Waters: The Battle Over Shipwrecks, Treasure and History at the Bottom of the Sea
R.J. Bain
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2004
Co-Executive Producer, MTV's "Catfish: The TV Show"
R.J. Bain Thesis: Rethinking the Informed Citizen in an Age of Hybrid Media Genres: Tanner ’88, K-Street, and the Fictionalization of News
Chelsea Barabas
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2015
Senior Advisor for Social Impact, Digital Currency Initiative at MIT Media Lab
Chelsea Barabas In 2009 Chelsea graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in Sociology and minors in Arabic and Feminist Studies. She has worked with an international development start-up called Nuru International. With Nuru, Chelsea headed up the development of co-learning and design opportunities between Western development practitioners and local social entrepreneurs.

She is also interested in understanding how emerging technologies can be wielded to create stronger bridges between education and civic engagement by expanding learning from the classroom to other nodes of a learner’s life.

Thesis: Engineering the American Dream: A Study of Bias and Perceptions of Merit in the High-Tech Labor Market
Taylor Beck
S.M., Science Writing, 2012
Freelance Writer
Taylor Beck Taylor Beck is a freelance writer in New York. His stories have appeared in Fast Company and GQ, among other magazines, and his research in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Matter, as well as several books. He writes about medicine and neuroscience, particularly sleep, mental health, Japan and technology. His work appeared on The National Geographic Channel in a documentary, "Sleepless In America" in 2014.

Thesis: The Twitching Eye: REM Sleep and the Emotional Brain
Rachel Becker
S.M., Science Writing, 2015
Rachel Becker Rachel is a Boston transplant originally from the Bay Area, California. Her love for science started during college at Stanford University with archaeology, anthropology, and osteology, and grew to include infectious diseases, epidemiology, and finally immunology. Her undergraduate thesis investigations into a novel therapeutic pathway for treating multiple sclerosis inspired Rachel to settle on neuroimmunology for her master's degree research at Harvard, where she studied how the maternal immune environment shapes fetal neurodevelopment. After years of trying to restrict herself to just one -ology, Rachel realized that she didn't have to: she loves that being a science writer means being able to indulge all of her scientific curiosities. In her free time, Rachel can be found outside, reading, or at the gym lifting things up and putting them down.
Jason Begy
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2010
Ph.D. student at Concordia University
Jason Begy Works in game studies and game design and is a research affiliate with the MIT Game Lab.

Thesis: Interpreting Abstract Games: The Metaphorical Potential of Formal Game Elements
James Berdahl
S.M., Science Writing, 2010
Thesis: Morning Light: The Secret History of the Tagish Lake Fireball
Dan Bersak
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2006
Director of Engineering, CTO - American Unmanned Systems & GuardBot Inc.
Dan Bersak Thesis: Ethics in Photojournalism: Past, Present, and Future
Vanessa Bertozzi
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2006
Program Manager, Etsy Wholesale
Vanessa Bertozzi Thesis: Unschooling Media: Participatory Practices among Progressive Homeschoolers
Lisa Bidlingmeyer
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2007
Thesis: Agent + Image: How the Television Image Estabilizes Identity in TV Spy Series
Jim Bizzocchi
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2001
Associate Professor, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University
Jim Bizzocchi Thesis: Ceremony of Innocence: A Case Study in the Emergent Poetics of Interactive Narrative
Kristina Bjoran
S.M., Science Writing, 2011
Kristina Bjoran Thesis: Nico’s Bubbles: The Story of a Whale, Some Crows, and the Search for Sentience
Monica Bobra
S.M., Science Writing, 2005
Thesis: The Endless Mantra: Innovation at the Keck Observatory
Amar Boghani
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2013
Product Manager at Vixlet
Amar Boghani Website: http://amarkbo.com
Thesis: The City Expressed: Everyday Media Production and the Urban Environment
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