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

Lisa Song '09

Lisa Song, ’09
Pulitzer Prize-winner, Reporter at ProPublica

Steven Schirra, ’13

Steven Schirra, ’13
User Experience Research Manager at Twitch

Aswin Punathambekar, ’03: From Bombay to Bollywood: The Making of a Global Media Industry (

Aswin Punathambekar, ’03
Founder and Director, Global Media Studies Initiative; Associate Professor at University of Michigan

Rekha Murthy, ’05, on "Transforming Humanities Education"

Rekha Murthy, ’05
Radio & Podcast Strategist

Julie Fischer, '14

Julie Fischer, ’14
User Experience Researcher, Google Play

Abby McBride, ’12

Abby McBride, ’12
Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow

Cara Giaimo, ’15

Cara Giaimo, ’15
Staff Writer, Atlas Obscura

Cristobal García Herrera, ’04

Cristobal García Herrera, ’04
Ph.D. Researcher & Innovation Group Co-Founder, Imperial College London’s Dyson School of Design Engineering

All Graduate Program Alumni

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Yannis Zavoleas
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2004
Assistant Professor at University of Patras
Yannis Zavoleas Yannis Zavoleas teaches architecture as Senior Lecturer at University of Newcastle, Australia, also as Assistant Professor at University of Patras, Greece (on leave), before at Technical University of Crete, Greece. He holds a Ph.D. in Architectural Design from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA - 2011), an MSc in Comparative Media Studies from MIT (2004), an MArch from UCLA (2000) and a 5-year professional degree in architectural engineering from NTUA (1996). In 2013 Yannis published the book "Machine and Network as Structural Models in Architecture," Futura publications, Athens, Greece (in Greek) ISBN: 9789609489317. His research interests include architectural design methodology, theory and practice.

Thesis: Restating Artistic Value: Why Do People Pay 2,000,000 US.D. for a Urinal Signed by R. Mutt?
Jia Zhang
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2013
Graduate Student, MIT Media Lab
Jia Zhang Thesis: Information Visualization as Creative Nonfiction
Lingyuxiu Zhong
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2014
Associate Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group
Lingyuxiu Zhong Lingyuxiu Zhong is a digital media studies researcher at MIT. She previously received a B.A. degree in History from Yale University, where she studied how collective memories of the past can impact a society’s identity formation process. At MIT she focused on digital image sharing and collection practices and their cultural and commercial implications.

Thesis: My Pins Are My Dreams: Pinterest, Collective Daydreams, and the Aspirational Gap
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