Comparative Media Studies Graduate Students


Beyza Boyacioglu

Graduate Student, CMS, '16
Beyza Boyacioglu Beyza Boyacioglu is a documentary filmmaker, video artist and curator. She directed the short 'Toñita's', a documentary portrait of the last Puerto Rican social club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Toñita's was produced during Beyza's fellowship at UnionDocs in 2013. The film premiered at MoMA Documentary Fortnight and has been exhibited in many venues including Morelia International Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Brooklyn Museum and Creative Time Summit. Toñita's was awarded Brooklyn Spirit Award at Brooklyn Film Festival and Audience Award at Boston Turkish Documentary Festival. Beyza's work as a video artist has been exhibited in many venues including MoMA (New York), The Invisible Dog Art Center (Brooklyn), NoteOn (Berlin), and Sakip Sabanci Museum (Istanbul).
Lily Bui

Graduate Student, CMS, '16
Lily Bui Lily Bui holds dual bachelor's degrees in International Studies and Spanish from the University of California Irvine. Before joining MIT CMS, she worked at Public Radio Exchange (PRX), where she helped generate and distribute science public radio; and SciStarter, where she helped find and tell stories about citizen science. In other past lives, she has worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.; served in AmeriCorps in Montgomery County, Maryland; worked for a New York Times bestselling ghostwriter; and performed across the U.S. as a touring musician.

At MIT, her masters research focuses on using sensors to support journalistic inquiry and how to communicate sensor-based data to the public. She is also a researcher at WRAP (Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communications), where she has helped evaluate and design MITx online modules for communication in materials science and chemical engineering at the undergraduate level.

In her spare time, she builds gadgets and thinks of cheesy puns. Like many graduate students, she is interested in anything and everything.
Kyrie Eleison Caldwell

Graduate Student, CMS, '16
Kyrie Eleison Caldwell Kyrie E. H. Caldwell earned her B.A. in Art History and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a return to her Midwestern hometown after a good while spent in Conyers, Georgia. During that while, Kyrie played many video games, steeping herself especially in the rich worlds and stories of the Final Fantasy series. Since then, she thought about those video games through various humanistic lenses, from literature to folklore to Japanese studies to her undergraduate majors, until she realized that she could cut to the chase and directly study video games using those various humanistic lenses. Thus she found the wonderful people of UW-Madison's Games + Learning + Society group and now finds herself in CMS at MIT.

Kyrie's academic interests lie in transcendental experiences, particularly but not limited to those of mystical religious practices and play. Personally, she has been known to fence sabre and chase down frisbees, write wine auction catalogues and bake desserts, listen to much much music and wear fancy floral dresses. She suspects that her personal and academic interests are inseparably intertwined, thanks in large part to being raised by academics on a university campus. She is constantly inspired by her brother Piers, who is a musician and producer based in Berlin, Germany.
Anika Gupta

Graduate Student, CMS, '16
Anika Gupta Anika grew up near Washington, DC, where she wrote her first poem at the age of 6. A passion for all things dramatic and literary led her to become co-president of her high school's Shakespeare Club, and later to a degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School. After graduating, she wrote for Smithsonian Magazine, where her favorite subjects included invasive lionfish and disappearing Indian forts. In 2009, she moved to New Delhi, India, and started working as a national science correspondent, covering nanotechnology, entrepreneurship and climate change, among other subjects.

In 2012, she started the New Delhi chapter of Hacks/Hackers, a collaborative group of journalists and technologists who meet to brainstorm the future of news. A little after that, she joined the TV channel CNN IBN to head CJ Online - a digital storytelling project focused on user-generated content and collaborative news. She has been invited to speak on media panels about creating stakeholders in online journalism, and at entrepreneurship conferences about participatory and new media. Her articles have appeared in Smithsonian, Fortune, the Guardian, and elsewhere.
Lilia Kilburn

Graduate Student, CMS, '16
Lilia Kilburn Lilia is curious about interactions between the voice and technology--everything from invasive vocal surgeries to Auto-Tune. In her work, she seeks to get at the ways in which writers can speak to the subtleties of the human voice through techniques drawn from ethnography, creative nonfiction, and audio documentary.

Lilia has alternately lived near and far from her birthplace, Boston. She graduated from Amherst College and has worked as a graphic designer, a jukebox refurbisher, and a researcher in Cameroon and South Africa. Lately she's been at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics studying public discourse on autism, which dovetails with her broader interest in understanding how minority groups the world over contend with popular conceptions of their lives. She likes reading fiction aloud and really good mustard.
Lacey Lord

Graduate Student, CMS, '16
Lacey Lord Lacey Lord was born and raised in Southern Indiana. She earned a B.A. in English with a concentration in Literature and minors in Digital Media and Peace and Conflict Resolution from Ball State University. Lacey is most interested in the ways in which digital media are affecting how we consume, construct, and participate within fictional and nonfictional stories. Her most recent projects include an extensive exhibit on the life and work of Kurt Vonnegut for the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and two transmedia projects for the Indiana State Museum, Transmedia Indiana and Transmedia Star Wars. She was also a design editor at The Broken Plate, Ball State’s national literary magazine, and published a short memoir as a member of The Invictus Writers in 2013.
Gordon Mangum

Graduate Student, CMS, '16
Gordon Mangum Gordon Mangum joins MIT's CMS department having worked in radio and media development for the last decade. He was previously Country Director of Internews Sudan, which built a network of six community radio stations in South Sudan and border areas of Sudan. While there he directed the training of local journalists in the run-up to the vote for independence in 2011. He has also consulted with radio projects in Somalia, Uganda and Cambodia. He was most recently Chief Engineer of WERS in Boston, where he helped students learn about radio broadcasting and analyzed digital strategies, and has previously work at Maine Public Radio and ESPN Radio Boston. His interests include developing and improving information systems, participatory civics, and music. Gordon holds a dual B.A. from the University of Virginia in Philosophy and Religious Studies.
Jesse Sell

Graduate Student, CMS, '15
Jesse Sell Jesse Sell’s thesis work focuses on broadcasting and spectating in the realm of professional video gaming. He currently works as a research assistant in the Education Arcade, where he designs educational video games. In the summer of 2014, Jesse spent time in Cologne, Germany working on the public relations team for Turtle Entertainment, the largest professional video gaming broadcasting/management company in the world. Coming from fields as varied as anthropology, finance, and game design, During his time with Turtle Entertainment, he acquired skills in managing press rooms for large events, writing press releases, pitching to potential investors, and creating media/press kits. While working as a mortgage consultant in Philadelphia, he became familiar with client relations and compliance. His time with the MIT Education arcade has helped him develop a deep understanding of the iterative process required for design projects. Jesse received a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012.
Andy Stuhl

Graduate Student, CMS, '16
Andy Stuhl Andy's work centers on the technologies and social infrastructures behind creative labor. He's particularly interested in understanding how people make music and what it can tell us about digital mediation. At Stanford, he majored in Science, Technology, and Society—an interdisciplinary program that let him piece together coursework in media studies, computer science and music technology—and minored in Creative Writing. His undergraduate thesis examined reactions to the cultural status of analog tools in sound recording communities.

Andy grew up in St. Louis but lately keeps coming back toward his birthplace near Boston; he's worked as a developer on an audio software team at Avid and, most recently, spent a year helping to design and develop interactive pieces at Small Design Firm. He likes to cook, mess with machines and explore resonant spaces for positive expression.
Deniz Tortum

Graduate Student, CMS, '16
Deniz Tortum After growing up in Istanbul, Deniz Tortum moved to the US to study film at Bard College. As his graduation film, he shot his first feature film, Zayiat, which has been selected for SxSW and !F Istanbul Film Festivals. Until recently, Deniz had been based in New York, working on several documentary projects. He has also been a board member of New York Film and Video Council, the longest running non-profit organization in New York. At MIT, Deniz will be joining the Open Documentary Lab. His research interests include interactive archives of places and hybrid documentary forms.