Alumni of Our Master’s Programs

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 (Amazon.com)

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

Anika Gupta photo

Anika Gupta, ’16
Senior Product Manager, Digital Product and Technology, The Atlantic

Kendra Pierre-Louis, ’17
Reporter, Climate Desk, The New York Times

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

Abdul-Kareem Ahmed
S.M., Science Writing, 2013
Freelance Science Writer, Scientific American
Abdul-Kareem Ahmed Thesis: SIGN HERE: Informed Consent in Personalized Medicine
Liam Andrew
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2015
Director of Engineering, The Texas Tribune
Liam Andrew Liam Andrew is a media and technology researcher, software developer, and musician. His work aims to use technology to extend the reach of researchers and writers in journalism and the humanities, as well as find novel ways to present, organize, preserve, and enrich digital stories. He is currently based in Austin, Texas, working on editorial tools and APIs with The Texas Tribune. He previously worked on development, design, and research at MIT's HyperStudio, Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab, and social news curation startup Wiser. An Iowa native, Liam earned his B.A. studying literature and music at Yale University.

Thesis: The Missing Links: An Archaeology of Digital Journalism
Emily Anthes
S.M., Science Writing, 2006
Science Journalist
Emily Anthes Thesis: The Chosen Genes: Jews, Genetics, and the Future of Ethnic Medicine
Katie Arthur
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2017
Katie Arthur Katie's research focuses on the decolonial intervention in the UK climate change conversation. Katie has worked with the UNFCCC secretariat, The Surefoot Effect and the Glasgow University Environmental Sustainability Team. She has written for Novara Media, The Ecologist and MIT Center for Civic Media. In her spare time here, Katie enjoys sneaking to English Literature courses and following Freud-based memes.

Thesis: Frontlines of Crisis, Forefront of Change: Climate Justice as an Intervention into (Neo)colonial Climate Action Narratives and Practices
Ivan Askwith
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2007
Strategist / Producer / Founder, Askwith&Co
Ivan Askwith Thesis: Television 2.0: Reconceptualizing TV as an Engagement Medium
Alec Austin
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2007
Principal Systems Designer, Kabam
Alec Austin Since his graduation from CMS, Alec Austin has worked as a game designer at EA, Electrified Games, Tapzen, and Kabam. His short fiction has been published in a variety of markets, including Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons.

Thesis: Expectations Across Entertainment Media
Amitabh Avasthi
S.M., Science Writing, 2004
Documentary filmmaker, Nature Tango Films
Amitabh Avasthi Thesis: Superfish: The Coming Blue Revolution
Leslie Baehr
S.M., Science Writing, 2013
Self Employed Scientific Content Consultant
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 - "Love & Listings" (VH1) at Purveyors of Pop
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
Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab
Chelsea Barabas Chelsea is a research scientist at MIT, where she examines the spread of algorithmic decision making tools in the US criminal justice system. She works with an amazing group of interdisciplinary researchers, government officials and community organizers to unpack and transform mainstream narratives around criminal justice reform and data-driven decision making.

Formerly, she was the Head of Social Innovation at the MIT Media Lab's Digital Currency Initiative, where she examined the social and political implications of cryptocurrencies and decentralized digital infrastructure.

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
Teacher, Pierrepont School; Freelance writer and researcher
Taylor Beck Taylor Beck is a freelance writer in New York. His stories have appeared in The Washington Post, Scientific American, and Fast Company, among other publications, 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, 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
Staff science journalist, The Verge
Rachel Becker Rachel Becker is a staff science journalist at The Verge.
Jason Begy
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2010
Indexer and Editor
Jason Begy Jason Begy is the owner of Jason Begy Indexing, a scholarly indexing service providing back-of-the-book and embedded indexes for academic monographs, edited collections and annual journal supplements in the humanities and social sciences.

Thesis: Interpreting Abstract Games: The Metaphorical Potential of Formal Game Elements
Eben Bein
S.M., Science Writing, 2016
Biology and Climate Solutions Educator, Writer
Eben Bein In twelfth grade, Eben’s high school studio arts teacher named him a “Renaissance man,” a title he strives to embody to this day. Eben labors, learns and revels in the miraculous interplay of science, writing, education, environmentalism and the arts. A science writer, high school biology teacher, frontman for two rock bands, grassroots environmental activist, once classically trained ballet dancer and poetry enthusiast, Eben seeks projects of all sorts that draw on and blend these diverse interests. Eben grew up in a cohousing community in Acton, MA, studied biology, French and dance at Dartmouth College and currently lives in Somerville, MA.
James (Scott) Berdahl
S.M., Science Writing, 2010
Project Development, VR Resources Ltd.
James (Scott) Berdahl Thesis: Morning Light: The Secret History of the Tagish Lake Fireball
Dan Bersak
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2006
Startup Technical Consultant
Dan Bersak Thesis: Ethics in Photojournalism: Past, Present, and Future
Vanessa Bertozzi
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2006
Qualitative Researcher
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
Content Developer, Microsoft
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
Science and Engineering Associate, Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, Stanford University
Thesis: The Endless Mantra: Innovation at the Keck Observatory
Amar Boghani
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2013
Director, Media & Entertainment at PSB Research
Amar Boghani Website: http://amarkbo.com

Thesis: The City Expressed: Everyday Media Production and the Urban Environment
Veronica Bollow
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2006
Katherine Bourzac
S.M., Science Writing, 2004
Science and Technology Journalist
Katherine Bourzac Thesis: Across the Great Divide: Chimeras and Species Boundaries
Beyza Boyacioglu
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2016
Media Producer and Editor
Beyza Boyacioglu Beyza Boyacioglu is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and artist. Her work has been presented in various venues and festivals including MoMA Doc Fortnight, IDFA DocLab, Morelia International Film Festival and Anthology Film Archives. She has received grants and fellowships from LEF Foundation, MIT Council for the Arts, Flaherty Seminar and SALT Research. She was an artist in residence at UnionDocs in 2012 where she co-directed "Toñita’s" -- a documentary portrait of the last Puerto Rican social club in Williamsburg. She is currently producing a cross-platform documentary about Turkey’s gender-bending pop legend Zeki Müren; the project is comprised of a feature film, a hotline and a web experience. Currently, Beyza works as a Producer at MIT Open Documentary Lab.
Jennifer Boyce
S.M., Science Writing, 2005
Thesis: Scroop, Luster, and Hand: The Science and Sensuality of Silk
Lindsay Brownell
SM, Science Writing, 2014
Science Writer, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Lindsay Brownell Lindsay Brownell is a native of Detroit, MI, and spent most of her childhood either digging for worms and collecting rocks or with her face buried in a book, often at the dinner table. She attended Davidson College in North Carolina, where she indulged in such nerdy activities as a twelve-hour reading/performance of John Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost” and Dance Dance Revolution tournaments, and graduated with a dual degree in English and Biology.

After two years of working, traveling, and trying to figure out what to do with her life, she discovered MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing and never looked back. She wrote her thesis about the influence of molecular technology on the classification of species and completed a summer internship as a science writer at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. She then worked as an internal science writer and editor at Boston-based hedge fund RA Capital Management, experimented with freelancing, and is now a Science Writer at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University.

In her spare time, she likes anything having to do with Disney, dancing, Ultimate Frisbee, rock climbing, trying to learn how DSLR cameras work, roaming farmer’s markets, and watching thunderstorms from her window while listening to Beethoven sonatas.

Thesis: One Fish, Two Fish, Lungfish, Youfish: Embracing Traditional Taxonomy in a Molecular World
Ada Brunstein
S.M., Science Writing, 2007
Executive Editor and Acquisitions Group Leader, Digital Reference at Oxford University Press
Ada Brunstein Thesis: Eye to I
Alison Bruzek
S.M., Science Writing, 2013
Science Writer & Radio Producer
Alison Bruzek Producer at KUOW, Seattle's NPR.

Thesis: Maximum Containment: The Most Controversial Labs in the World
Lily Bui
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2016
Ph.D. student, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Lily Bui Lily Bui's masters research focused on using sensors to support environmental monitoring, and communicating sensor-based data to different stakeholders. She is currently a PhD student at MIT's School of Architecture & Planning in the Department of Urban Studies & Planning.

She 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.

In her spare time, she can be spotted on a surfboard or skateboard (and/or strumming a ukulele) somewhere warm.

Thesis: Sense and the City: Representations of Air Quality Data in the “Smart City”
Kevin Bullis
S.M., Science Writing, 2005
Web Development and Strategy, Little Guy Design
Kevin Bullis Thesis: When Machines Touch Back: Simulating — and Stimulating — the Most Intimate of Senses
Joseph Calamia
S.M., Science Writing, 2010
Senior Editor, Yale University Press
Thesis: Implanted: Technology and Connection in the Deaf World
Kyrie Eleison Caldwell
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2016
Qualitative Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Extension
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 humanist 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 through those various humanist lenses. Thus she found the wonderful people of UW-Madison's Games + Learning + Society group and now finds herself in CMS at MIT, working at the MIT Game Lab and The Education Arcade.

Kyrie's academic interests lie in many directions and disciplines, but for the time being she has settled on the ways in which game design reflects, comments upon, simulates, and seeks to challenge or affirm broader cultural ideas and systems. She believes that both playfulness and emotionality have a distinct and rigorous place in scholarship and life in general, and in the spirit of that, she has published work on the parallels between mystical religious practices and video game play, love as a game mechanic (forthcoming), and a reflexive exploration of how one’s play history shapes one’s life (forthcoming).

Personally, Kyrie has been known to fence sabre and chase down frisbees, listen to much much music and wear fancy dresses, and (unsurprisingly) play all sorts of games. She has no doubt that she is where she is in large part because of her brilliant, driven, and supportive family and friends.

Thesis: Fake the Dawn: Digital Game Mechanics and the Construction of Gender in Fictional Worlds
Candis Callison
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2002
Assistant Professor, School of Journalism, University of British Columbia
Candis Callison Thesis: A Digital Assemblage: Diagramming the Social Realities of the Stikine River Watershed
Jordan Calmes
S.M., Science Writing, 2011
Pharmacist
Jordan Calmes Thesis: Mass Spec: The Biography of a Scientific Instrument
MacGregor Campbell
S.M., Science Writing, 2009
Animator, Oregon Public Broadcasting; Correspondent at New Scientist
MacGregor Campbell Thesis: How to Build a Living Thing
Brett Camper
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2005
Head of Product Development, American Civil Liberties Union
Brett Camper Thesis: Homebrew and the Social Construction of Gaming: Community, Creativity, and Legal Context of Amateur Game Boy Advance Development
Camille Carlisle
S.M., Science Writing, 2010
Science Editor, Sky & Telescope
Camille Carlisle Camille Carlisle spends her days thinking about black holes, space missions, and various astronomical gobbledygook, trying to excite people about astro by writing and editing articles for Sky & Telescope. Before joining S&T's staff in 2011, she worked as the fact checker at Science News.

Thesis: Heart of Darkness
Catherine Caruso
S.M., Science Writing, 2016
Writer/Reporter for Cancer Discovery, American Association for Cancer Research
Catherine Caruso Hailing from the suburbs of Boston MA, Catherine first realized she might have an affinity for words when, at age ten, she missed the Grand Canyon because she couldn’t put down her book (ironically, Brighty of the Grand Canyon). One fateful July she was completely sucked into Shark Week, and from there she developed a particular interest in marine biology (along with a particularly intricate color-coded Shark Week viewing schedule).

She graduated with a biology degree from Wellesley College, followed by a stint working at the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole, MA where she found it delightfully impossible to escape science talk. Catherine also has an M.S. at the University of New Hampshire, that came with the informal title plumber/fish husbandry specialist/molecular biologist/lab technician/lab instructor/writer/editor. She completed her master's in science writing at MIT in 2016, and interned at MIT Technology Review and Scientific American MIND.

In her free time, Catherine alternates between total nerd and total jock, which involves podcast listening, Wikipedia scouring, running (preferably after a soccer ball), rock climbing, and explaining the complexities of American football to unsuspecting victims.

Thesis: Subconcussive Blows in High School Football: Putting Young Brains at Risk
Laura Castañón
S.M., Science Writing, 2018
Freelance Science Writer
Laura Castañón Laura has never managed to be just one thing. While growing up in Needham, Massachusetts, her indulgent parents allowed her to fill their home with collections of insect molts and unidentified bones as well as the deconstructed remains of old TVs and a ship’s radar. She attended Washington University in St. Louis where she earned a first major in theatrical design and technology and a second in environmental studies, while spending her free time performing story-based comedy. After graduation, her job titles ranged from mad scientist to tall ship bos’n to theatrical carpenter and electrician. She has repaired windsurfers, lectured about climate change, built elaborate golden candelabras, and taught preschoolers how to pet a snail.

Laura sees science writing as the perfect intersection of these disparate interests. Her experiences in performance and education have made her a lively communicator and storyteller, and her dual interests in technology and nature make MIT the ideal place to turn those skills into writing.

Laura has two dogs and a gecko to keep her company through her endeavors. The dogs are a constant delight and remind her that hiking is better than working. The gecko reminds her that she is slightly less important than a piece of banana.
Anita Chan
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2002
Associate Research Professor of Communications, University of Illinois
Anita Chan Anita Say Chan is an Assistant Research Professor of Communications and an Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research and teaching interests include globalization and digital cultures, innovation networks and the “periphery”, and science and technology studies in Latin America. Her manuscript on the competing imaginaries of global connection and information technologies in network-age Peru, Networking Peripheries: Technological Futures and the Myth of Digital Universalism, is forthcoming with MIT Press. Her research has been awarded support from the Center for the Study of Law & 
Culture at Columbia University’s School of Law and the National Science Foundation, and she has held 
postdoctoral fellowships at The CUNY Graduate Center’s Committee on Globalization & Social Change, and at Stanford University’s Introduction to Humanities Program. She completed her S.M. with the Comparative Media Studies Program in 2002, with the masters thesis titled, "Collaborative News Networks: Distributed Editing, Collective Action, and the Construction of Online News on Slashdot.org."

Thesis: Collaborative News Networks: Distributed Editing, Collective Action, and the Construction of Online News on Slashdot.org
Denise Cheng
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2014
Senior User Researcher, Reddit
Denise Cheng At MIT, Denise explored how to configure a worker support infrastructure around people who earn income through Etsy, Airbnb, TaskRabbit, UberX and other peer-to-peer marketplaces. She has built strong relationships across the space with city governments, foundations, investors, startups, policy analysts and labor advocacy organizations. As a a former Peace Corps volunteer, the project lead of a well-reputed citizen journalism outlet, an entrepreneurial fellow with CUNY J-School, and many other stints on the way to MIT, her roots are in the future of news, media/digital literacy, media justice, and community building.

Denise holds a B.Phil in Cultural and Participatory Journalism from Miami University of Ohio and an M.S. in Comparative Media Studies from MIT. She is affiliated with the MIT Center for Civic Media and MacroConnections at Media Lab. Like a moth to a flame, she is drawn to DIY media, neighborhoods, design of all types and creating frameworks—media expression or fulfilling work—that enable people to pursue what they find meaningful.

Thesis: Reading Between the Lines: Blueprints for a Worker Support Infrastructure in the Peer Economy
Grace Chua
S.M., Science Writing, 2008
Consultant, Kite Global Advisors
Grace Chua Thesis: Singing the Brain Electric
Allyson Collins
S.M., Science Writing, 2008
Senior Director of Digital Communications at NYU Langone Health
Allyson Collins Thesis: Sense and Sense-ability: The Artful Science of Hands-on Medicine
Gillian Conahan
S.M., Science Writing, 2011
Author
Gillian Conahan Thesis: Bulletproof Gossamer: Spinning a Superfiber
Cynthia Conti
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2001
Professor, Clark University
Thesis: “Stepping Up to the Mic”: Le Tigre Strategies Third Wave Feminist Activism Through Music and Performance
Anne-Marie Corley
S.M., Science Writing, 2009
Director of Community Experience at Samarasa Center
Anne-Marie Corley Thesis: Reentry
Christina Couch
S.M., Science Writing, 2015
Freelance Writer, Administrative Assistant II for the MIT Communications Forum
Christina Couch Christina Couch is a human interest and finance journalist who’s making the transition into science writing. Her writing credentials include work for Wired Magazine, Discover Magazine, The AV Club, Playboy.com, Time Out Chicago and Entrepreneur Magazine and she’s the author of a financial aid guidebook that came out in 2008, but what she’s most proud of is getting to gesture wildly and say “TODAY I INTERVIEWED THE MOST AMAZING PERSON ON EARTH!” to family and friends at least once a week. Christina has spent the last five years living as a permanent traveler and moving to a different city or country roughly every three months (thank you remote work technology). Aside from travel and space and robots (and traveling space robots), Christina’s interests include awkward dancing, indie videogames and the first three Die Hard movies.

Thesis: Life After Hate: Recovering From Racism
Josh Cowls
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2017
Data Ethics Researcher at The Alan Turing Institute
Josh Cowls Josh Cowls is a graduate of MIT's Comparative Media Studies program, having previously gained degrees from the universities of Exeter and Oxford in the UK. While with CMS, Josh wrote his thesis on the impact of social media on the 2016 presidential election. After graduating from the program, Josh returned to the UK, and he can now be found researching data ethics at the Alan Turing Institute in the British Library in London.

Thesis: From Trump Tower to the White House, in 140 Characters: The Hyper-Mediated Election of a Paranoid Populist President
Stephen Craft
S.M., Science Writing, 2012
Systems Engineer
Stephen Craft Thesis: Stronger: The Architects of a New Intelligence
Heather Craig
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2015
Heather Craig Thesis: Interactive Data Narrative: Designing for Public Engagement
Selby Cull
S.M., Science Writing, 2006
Associate Professor of Geology, Bryn Mawr College
Selby Cull Thesis: From Gondwanaland, with Love: The Tale of How Boston Got Its Rocks
Tracy Daniels
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2008
Tracy Daniels Thesis: Hybrid Cinematics: Rethinking the Role of Filmmakers of Color in American Cinema
Michael Danziger
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2008
Principal Software Engineer, Precision Health AI
Michael Danziger Thesis: Information Visualization for the People
Abhimanyu Das
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2009
Writer/Editor
Abhimanyu Das Thesis: Indian Comics as Public Culture
Aashka Dave
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2018
Researcher, Harvard Kennedy School
Aashka Dave Aashka Dave is a graduate of MIT's Comparative Media Studies program, where she studied audience engagement, risk communications, and media in transition. Prior to CMS, Aashka worked on digital projects at The Associated Press and earned degrees in journalism and Romance languages from The University of Georgia. Aashka is currently a researcher at Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

Thesis: When to Start Freaking Out: Audience Engagement on Social Media During Disease Outbreaks
Rodrigo Davies
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2014
Product Manager, Metro, at Strava
Rodrigo Davies Rodrigo builds products that empower communities and reconnect people to the places they love.

He is product manager for Strava Metro, which makes running, riding and walking in cities better by empowering cities, transit agencies and planning groups with data and insights.

Rodrigo co-founded and now advises Build Up, an award-winning social enterprise working on technology-supported methods for resolving conflict, and published the first large-scale study of civic crowdfunding, the use of crowdfunding to produce public goods. Previously he led the product team at Neighborly from launch to its first $100 million in investments. He has served as an adviser and product manager to the Mayoral offices of San Francisco and Boston, the United Nations Development Program and the UK-based crowdfunding platform Spacehive.

Rodrigo has been invited to speak about civic technology by venues including SXSW Interactive (Austin, TX), Personal Democracy Forum (NYC), the Library of Congress, Code for America, Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the Oxford Internet Institute, the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Thesis: Civic Crowdfunding: Participatory Communities, Entrepreneurs and the Political Economy of Place
Erica Deahl
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2014
Design Manager, Khan Academy
Erica Deahl Erica Deahl is a designer and researcher creating media for education and social impact. She co-leads the City Digits project at MIT's Civic Data Design Lab, developing classroom curricula and building geo-spatial tools to help high school students conduct data-driven urban investigations. Erica is currently an S.M. candidate in the Comparative Media Studies program, where her research focuses on using digital media in K-12 public education to support technological literacies and promote civic engagement. Previously she was a senior designer at 2x4 in New York City, where she designed and managed interactive projects for cultural sector clients.

Thesis: Better the Data You Know: Developing Youth Data Literacy in Schools and Informal Learning Environments
Josh Diaz
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2009
Systems Designer, ArenaNet
Thesis: Dwarf Fortress Gathers at the Statue and Attends a Party
TJ Dimacali
S.M., Science Writing, 2018
TJ Dimacali TJ grew up in Manila, the Philippines, on a staple of vintage comics and classic sci-fi, which instilled in him a lifelong love for literature and science. After graduating with a creative writing degree from the University of the Philippines, TJ found himself pursuing a variety of odd jobs from financial news info editor to cultural commission speechwriter to advertising copywriter. He put this diverse experience to good use when he eventually landed a job as Science and Technology Editor at GMA Network, one of the country’s largest media companies. He managed to secure some accolades along the way, including the Philippine government’s Gawad Scriba Award for Science Communicators. He is also an alumnus of the Asia Journalism Fellowship, the Netherlands Fellowship Program, CERN School Philippines, the Silliman University National Writers Workshop, and the Iligan National Writers Workshop. His sci-fi short stories, which often blend Philippine history and mythology, have appeared in local and foreign anthologies. TJ attended MIT as a Fulbright scholar—like Dolph Lundgren, only a bit less buff.
Sue Ding
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2017
Filmmaker and Senior Programmer for New Media, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Sue Ding Sue Ding is documentary filmmaker and emerging media consultant based in Los Angeles. As a freelance filmmaker, she directs and produces nonfiction media—from feature documentaries to 360 videos—with a focus on identity, storytelling, and visual culture. She also consults on interactive, immersive, and multiplatform projects, writes about documentary and emerging media, and serves as Senior Programmer for New Media at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. She is currently producing an audio AR experience for Manzanar National Historic Site.
Nadya Direkova
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2003
Director, Research and Design, Airbnb
Nadya Direkova Nadya is a designer and leader focused on speed of innovation. She's worked on products for all ages and global audiences, including making educational toys at Leapfrog and designing local search experiences at Google. She's best known for her work in defining a flexible framework for leading design sprints at scale at Google, leading over 100 design sprints and training 300+ design leaders through Sprint Master Academy.

Thesis: Bilingual By Design: A Design Study of Toy Design and Material Play Culture for Children Bilingual in French and English
Ana Domb
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2009
Consultant in UX research and Strategy
Ana Domb Thesis: “Fire, Lights, Everything!”: Exploring Symbolic Capital in the Tecnobrega Dance Scene
Audubon Dougherty
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2010
Solution Principal, Experience Design at Slalom Consulting
Audubon Dougherty UX and product strategist, researcher and designer in NYC. Works at Slalom Consulting.

Thesis: New Medium, New Practice: Civic Production in Live-Streaming Mobile Video
William Dowd
S.M., Science Writing, 2007
William Dowd Thesis: A Bright Idea?: The Promise and Peril of a Memory Drug
Kaelan Doyle-Myerscough
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2018
Freelance journalist
Kaelan Doyle-Myerscough Kaelan Doyle Myerscough is a writer and academic. She graduated in June 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts with honors in East Asian Studies at McGill University, and wrote her thesis on competitive online gaming communities of the popular franchise Pokémon. Her research interests include transnational new media industries, fan cultures, and emergent forms of academic creation and expression.

Her published work includes an essay on intertextuality between online communities, social activism and Jia Zhangke’s 2013 film A Touch of Sin; a comic/manga adaptation of excerpts from Kathleen Stewart’s Ordinary Affects; and (forthcoming) an essay on resonances between Homer’s Iliad and the 2013 TV series Hannibal. In her free time, Kaelan enjoys writing, drawing, video games, and spur-of-the-moment crafting projects.

Thesis: Intimate Worlds: Reading for Intimate Affects in Contemporary Video Games
Kevin Driscoll
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2009
Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
Kevin Driscoll Kevin Driscoll is an assistant professor in the department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. His research explores popular culture, political communication, and the history of computing. Some of his recent work explores everyday and emerging uses of social media such as live-tweeting, joking about politics, and spreading rumors. His dissertation traced the pre-history of social media through the dial-up bulletin board systems of the 1980s and 1990s. Currently, he is writing a technical and cultural history of the French Minitel system in collaboration with Julien Mailland from Indiana University.

Thesis: Stepping Your Game Up: Technical Innovation Among Young People of Color in Hip-Hop
Kristina Drzaic
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2007
Lead Narrative Designer at Amazon Game Studios
Kristina Drzaic Thesis: Oh No I’m Toast!: Mastering Videogame Secrets in Theory and Practice
Julia Duke
SM, Science Writing, 2014
Recognition Coordinator, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Donor Relations at Harvard University
Julia Duke Julia’s first book told the story of an “ugly” dinosaur who, à la “The Ugly Duckling,” had simply been hanging around with a dissimilar species. This story foreshadowed some of Julia’s life passions, including writing, studying evolutionary biology and history, and spending time with animals of the non-human variety. Julia grew up an aspiring veterinarian in St. Louis and entered Harvard College an aspiring writer. She exited college with a History of Science degree, having satisfactorily indulged her simultaneous loves for science and writing – particularly in an honors thesis her senior year, in which she explored anthropomorphism and scientific story-telling in the age of Darwin. Julia then worked happily alongside scientists and animals in the Conservation & Science department of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo for two years.

She can often be found volunteering at wildlife rehabilitation centers, petting strangers’ dogs, and searching for bits of wilderness in the city.

Thesis: The Beast Within: Measuring the Minds of Zoo Animals
Hannah Cheng
S.M., Science Writing, 2013
Freelance Editor
Hannah Cheng Thesis: Take Two Notes and Call Me in the Morning: The Science of Music Therapy
Suruchi Dumpawar
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2015
Senior UX Consultant, Mirum Agency
Suruchi Dumpawar Suruchi Dumpawar was born and raised in central India, where she graduated with a B.Tech in Electronics and Communications Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Nagpur. She worked at Oracle SSI, Bangalore as a part of the Interfaces & Conversions team developing interfaces across various modules of Oracle applications. After receiving her photography education at the National Institute Of Design, Ahmedabad, she co-founded Lucida—an art, research and education driven photographers’ collective. Her photography work exploits the idiom of documentary photography to wheedle out visual narratives by revealing subtle details, making connections apparent and informing insights into her subjects.

A self-proclaimed film buff and a fledgling filmmaker, Suruchi has a keen interest in digital storytelling. She loves to travel, derives great pleasure from poring over books and is continually fascinated by language, light & the human brain.

Thesis: Open Government Data Intermediaries: Mediating Data to Drive Changes in the Built Environment
Stephanie Dutchen
S.M., Science Writing, 2009
Science Writer-Editor and Multimedia Specialist, Harvard Medical School
Stephanie Dutchen Thesis: Lessons from a Rare Disease
Joellen Easton
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2005
Director, Audience Development, Bangor Daily News
Joellen Easton In late 2015 Joellen Easton left nonprofit media for the first time in her career, and also made the daring move back to Maine from Southern California (in the winter!). She now serves as the digital product manager for the Bangor Daily News, where her one big goal is to make digital revenue overtake print revenue as quickly as possible, through launching of new products, optimization of digital performance, and innovation. Formerly she worked for American Public Media, leading the creation and partnership development of the Public Insight Network, a platform for digital editorial engagement.

Thesis: High-Interactivity Radio: Using the Internet to Enhance Community Among Radio Listeners
Katie Edgerton
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2013
Writers' Assistant - Halt & Catch Fire S3, AMC Networks
Katie Edgerton
M C Elish
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2010
Researcher, Data & Society
M C Elish Madeleine is an anthropologist focusing on intersections of artificial intelligence, automation and culture. Her areas of research include the impact of computer systems on work organizations and how new technologies affect everyday understandings of values and ethical norms. She earned a doctorate in in Anthropology at Columbia Universit, an S.M. in Comparative Media Studies at MIT, and a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University.

She is also a Researcher with the Intelligence and Autonomy Initiative at Data & Society, which develops policy research connecting the dots between robots, algorithms and automation. In the corporate sector, she has worked with large and small firms, including Yahoo! and Samsung, as a design researcher and consultant.
Michael Epstein
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2004
Founder, Walking Cinema
Michael Epstein Michael Epstein


Thesis: Moving Fiction
Michael is a screenwriter, transmedia director, and expert in place-based storytelling. His work is a direct extension of his thesis "Moving Fiction" discussing models for mobile storytelling. In 2006, Michael founded Walking Cinema, an interactive storytelling studio comprised of filmmakers, developers, and designers specializing in cinematic applications for mobile devices. The company has developed cross-platform apps for MTV, PBS, the Venice Biennale, Audible and many museum and broadcast clients.
Walking Cinema's 2009 project MURDER ON BEACON HILL extended a PBS American Experience documentary into the streets of Boston as a mobile app. The project was the first iPhone app to win an award at a major film festival and has garnered international press. In 2013 Michael directed the Gold Muse-winning WALKING CINEMA: POSTS FROM GLOUCESTER, a handheld documentary a young woman channeling her family’s traditions via a series of postcards from the past.
Michael is currently working on the NEH-funded WALKING CINEMA: MUSEUM OF THE HIDDEN CITY, a hybrid popup museum/documentary about this history of affordable housing in San Francisco. He is also developing two original podcast series for Audible: PEN & PLACE (travel with authors to the places that inspire their writing) and UNCANNY VALLEY (comedy audiobook about an artist/entrepreneur developing a technology to send your smell to others.)
Joshua Feblowitz
S.M., Science Writing, 2010
Emergency Medicine Resident at Partners HealthCare
Joshua Feblowitz Thesis: Computer, MD
Clara Fernandez-Vara
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2004
Associate Arts Professor, NYU Game Center
Chief Narrative Officer, Empathy Box
Clara Fernandez-Vara Clara is a game scholar, designer and writer. Her main research interest is the study of narrative in games and how it can integrate with game design, focusing on adventure games. She is particularly interested in applying methods from textual analysis and performance studies to the study of video games and transmedia artifacts. Clara’s videogame work is grounded in the humanities, informed by her background in literature, film and theatre. Her first book, Introduction to Game Analysis, has been published by Routledge.


Thesis: Orson Welles’ Intermedial Versions of Shakespearian Theatre, Radio and Film
Amanda Finkelberg
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2007
Vice President of Product, Hippo Education
Amanda Finkelberg Finkelberg is the Senior Director of Product for Hippo Education and is on a mission to make better medical education for every clinician. She holds two degrees in Media including an MS from CMSW focused on new technologies and future of education. Prior to her move to education design, Finkelberg ran a small LA-based visual effects and animation company which provided artwork for feature films and commercials and capped a long career in VFX at ILM, Sony and Digital Domain features. She has been teaching and developing curriculum at the college level for the last decade.

Thesis: Space, Place, and Database: Layers of Digital Cartography
Julie Fischer
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2014
Senior User Experience Researcher at HubSpot
Julie Fischer Julie Fischer is a skilled and adaptable researcher with expertise in story development for major media projects. Her credits include researcher for documentary films The Unknown Known (2014) and Tabloid (2010). Her current work focuses on the strategic integration of live video technologies in documentary media, and the potentials of WebRTC to transform interactive storytelling. She was a research assistant at the MIT Open Documentary Lab, a group dedicated to building the field of interactive documentary.

Thesis: To Create Live Treatments of Actuality: An Investigation of the Emerging Field of Live Documentary Practice
Garret Fitzpatrick
S.M., Science Writing, 2012
Head of Products at Shell TechWorks
Garret Fitzpatrick Garret Fitzpatrick is a Senior Systems Engineer at Shell TechWorks in Cambridge, MA, where he uses his background in Aerospace Engineering and Science Writing to help address some of the biggest challenges in the energy industry.

Before joining TechWorks, Garret spent ten years at NASA as a Lead Project Engineer on a cell biology payload designed for the International Space Station and as a Shuttle Crew Escape Engineer responsible for life support equipment on the Space Shuttle.

He holds a B.S. in Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.S. in Science Writing from MIT. Garret is passionate about exploration and enjoys fishing, skiing, writing, and traveling. He has lived and studied in Ireland, Russia, and India.

Thesis: Searching for Life Where the Sun Don’t Shine: Explorations to the Seafloors of Earth and Europa
Sean Flynn
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2015
Program Director, Points North Institute
Sean Flynn Sean Flynn is a Co-Founder and Program Director at the Points North Institute, a media arts organization that produces the Camden International Film Festival and other artist support programs that serve as a launching pad for the next generation of nonfiction storytellers. Sean received a master’s degree from MIT’s Comparative Media Studies department, where he worked as a researcher at the MIT Open Documentary Lab. Sean began his career in documentary as a producer and cinematographer working on two feature-length films, BEYOND BELIEF and THE LIST, both of which had their premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and aired on national television. In 2012, Sean was a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow in Mumbai, where he investigated the emergence of the slum tourism industry. In 2015, he was selected for the NAMAC Creative Leadership Lab.

Thesis: Evaluating Interactive Documentaries: Audience, Impact and Innovation in Public Interest Media
Sam Ford
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2007
Director of Cultural Intelligence, Simon & Schuster
Sam Ford Sam Ford is Director of Cultural Intelligence at Simon & Schuster, a CBS company, as well as a research affiliate with MIT’s Program in Comparative Media Studies/Writing, a fellow with Columbia University's Tow Center for Digital Journalism, and an instructor with Western Kentucky University's Popular Culture Studies Program. He is also working on various initiatives about the Future of Work in Kentucky with the MIT Open Documentary Lab, the University of Southern California Civic Paths team, and others. Previously, he was VP, Innovation & Engagement, with Univision's Fusion Media Group; a director at strategic communications firm, Peppercomm; and a co-founder and project manager of the MIT Convergence Culture Consortium. He has consulted with a range of companies and projects in the media and marketing industries, academia, and the non-profit and public sectors. Sam is co-author, with Henry Jenkins and Joshua Green, of the 2013 NYU Press book Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture, and co-editor, with Abigail De Kosnik and C. Lee Harrington, of the 2011 book The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era. Sam lives between NYC and Bowling Green, Ky., with wife Amanda and daughters Emma and Harper. More at his site.

Thesis: As the World Turns in a Convergence Culture
Jennifer Frazer
S.M., Science Writing, 2004
Freelance Science Writer/Blogger, Scientific American
Jennifer Frazer Thesis: Mold Fever: How a Bizarre Life Form Penetrated Popular Consciousness and Launched a Creeping Hysteria
Greta Friar
S.M., Science Writing, 2017
Science Communications Officer at Whitehead Institute
Greta Friar Greta Friar is a science writer living in the Boston area. She can be reached by email at gfriar@mit.edu or on twitter @gretafriar.
Florence Gallez
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2012
Photographer/Photojournalist
Florence Gallez Florence Gallez is an independent documentary photojournalist and black-and-white photographer from Brussels, Belgium, currently based in Paris. Gallez received a BA degree in English and Russian from the University of London in 1996, an MSc in journalism from Boston University in 1999, and a digital media-focused MSc in Comparative Media Studies from MIT in 2012. She spent eight years as a Moscow-based journalist covering Russian politics, economics, society, and culture for The Moscow Times, the U.S. publisher Bureau of National Affairs (Bloomberg BNA), and most recently CNN's Moscow Bureau.

In December 2017 Gallez published her first photo book, 'Flow and Reflections', a photographic journey through Russia, Cuba, Belgium, and the United States, whose photographs were first presented in her debut exhibition of the same name in Moscow on March 13-15, 2015.

As a photographer of social documentaries, she seeks to bring more visibility to people who are in challenging situations and often not cared for by society, especially women and children. In Paris, she is contributing local and international news and social documentaries to the French photo agency Wostok Press. Her other clients include Dodho Magazine and Social Documentary Network.
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Thesis: A Proposal for a Code of Ethics for Collaborative Journalism in the Digital Age: The Open Park Code
Katharine Gammon
S.M., Science Writing, 2007
Freelance Science Writer
Katharine Gammon Thesis: Changing Her Tune: How a Transsexual Woman Claims a New Identity through Voice
Cristobal Garcia
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2004
Ph.D. Researcher & Innovation Group Co-Founder, Imperial College London's Dyson School of Design Engineering
Cristobal Garcia Thesis: Spacing Innovation and Learning in Design Organizations
Mariel García-Montes
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2018
Mariel García-Montes Mariel García-Montes, @faeriedevilish, joins the CMS program and the Center of Civic Media to ponder the questions she asked herself (without the chances to formally explore) throughout her work in tech capacity building in civil society in Mexico and Latin America – especially those around youth, media, civic/moral education and digital literacies.

She has worked doing communications, instructional design and research around open data, privacy and security, strategic communications and other digital literacies for SocialTIC (Mexico), Unicef (HQ); as a consultant for School of Data, the Open Knowledge Foundation, the engine room and Internews; and as an intern for the Youth and Media Lab at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She is a philosophy graduate from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and a Berkman Klein Center affiliate.

Mariel loves passionate opinions in the intersections of technology and society, creative communications efforts, random acts of kindness, passport stamps...and both eating and dancing salsa.
Conor Gearin
S.M., Science Writing, 2016
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Conor Gearin Equally at home chasing salamanders and scrambling to meet a news deadline, Conor Gearin grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. One day, his sixth grade science teacher read from Stephen Jay Gould’s book of essays about evolutionary biology, The Panda’s Thumb. This seemed to bore all present except Gearin, who now seeks to follow in Gould’s footsteps, writing with humor and insight about complex science. Magic School Bus was also a formative inspiration. He earned his B.A. in English and B.S. in Biology from Truman State University, and has worked as a biology research assistant at Washington University in St. Louis (poking fish brains with electrodes and listening) and University of Maine-Orono (taking water samples and pursuing the aforementioned amphibians.) He has research experience in ornithology, ecology, neuroscience and environmental chemistry. He applies this knowledge during occasional birdwatching trips. His poetry and watercolor paintings have appeared in Mochila Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine and Phizzog Review. He likes listening to and playing Irish music. He misses the weather in St. Petersburg. Follow him on Twitter @ConorGearin. He blogs at conorsnotebook.blogspot.com.

Thesis: Evolution in the Cornbelt: How a Few Special Species Are Adapting to Industrial Agriculture
Claudia Geib
S.M., Science Writing, 2016
Discover Buzzards Bay Editor at Buzzards Bay Coalition
Claudia Geib Claudia grew up on Long Island, New York, where she spent her formative years wading into tide pools and staring off at the horizon in search of whales. She spent her undergraduate years at Northeastern University pursuing degrees in Journalism and Environmental Science, while using any free space in her schedule to indulge her interest in marine science– from helping with the necropsy of a 9-foot seal at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, to hauling lines on a 134-foot tall sailing ship off of New Zealand with Sea Education Association. After her classwork at MIT, she completed an internship with Nautilus Magazine in New York. She is currently based in Somerville and both writing and editing freelance, focusing on the environment, wildlife and marine science.

Thesis: Swimming Sentinels: Climate Clues from Stranded Marine Mammals
Cara Giaimo
S.M., Science Writing, 2015
Staff Writer, Atlas Obscura
Cara Giaimo Cara Giaimo is a staff writer at Atlas Obscura. Her professional interests include multispecies ethnography, environmental movements, and puns; some more leisurely ones are gender, loud music, and blimps. Cara holds one degree in science writing from MIT, where she wrote a thesis on urban bats and salamanders, and one degree in English and biology from Amherst College, where she wrote a thesis about experimental nonfiction. She has also held jobs in gardening, marketing, travel writing, hummus sales, genetic research, and newspaper delivery.

You can find her @cjgiaimo or biking across the Charles.

Thesis: The Mascot and the Refugee: Survival Strategies for the New Urban Jungle
Anne Glausser
S.M., Science Writing, 2009
Coordinating Producer (Health and Science) at WVIZ/PBS & WCPN ideastream
Anne Glausser Thesis: The Placenta’s Second Life
Alexandre Goncalves
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2014
Ph.D. candidate, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Alexandre Goncalves During his master's program, Alexandre Gonçalves investigated recent controversies in Brazil across both traditional and independent media that have led to social and legal changes. He is interested in issues such as agenda-setting, framing analysis, and public opinion. These interests are fueled by his experience in the media and his knowledge of information technology – especially databases and natural language processing.

He also worked as a reporter at the Brazilian daily newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo, where he covered biotechnology and science policy.

Before becoming a journalist, he had worked as an information architect at many software companies.

Thesis: Conflicting Frames: The Dispute Over the Meaning of Rolezinhos in Brazilian Media
Desi Gonzalez
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2015
Manager of Digital Engagement, The Andy Warhol Museum
Desi Gonzalez A researcher, writer, educator, and media maker, Desi Gonzalez studies the potential of digital media to encourage meaningful engagement with the arts. Her research investigates how change and innovation occur in cultural institutions, specifically focusing on an emerging wave of initiatives in art museums that invite visitors and artists to create with new technologies. At MIT's HyperStudio, she worked on the design and evaluation of tools dedicated to supporting research and learning in the humanities, including an art discovery mobile app and a collaborative annotation platform. Before coming to MIT, Desi spent a year as a Kress Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art developing educational materials such as wall texts, audio tours, games, websites, and the interactive learning space MoMA Art Lab: Movement. Prior to that, she managed and wrote texts for the Whitney Museum of American Art's website for young artists, For Kids.

Puerto Rico-born and Maryland-raised, Desi graduated from Emory University with majors in art history and linguistics. She writes for various culture publications about art, language, feminism, and occasionally the intersection of all three. In her spare time, she’s probably eating dessert.

Thesis: Museum Making: Creating with New Technologies in Art Museums
Amulya Gopalakrishnan
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2006
Reporter, Times of India
Amulya Gopalakrishnan Thesis: Web of Words: Poetry, Fandom and Globality
Elyse Graham
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2013
Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University
Elyse Graham Elyse Graham is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at Stony Brook University. Her first book is forthcoming from McGill-Queen's University Press. She is working on book projects for University of Toronto Press and Oxford University Press.
Michael Greshko
S.M., Science Writing, 2015
Science Writer, National Geographic
Michael Greshko Michael Greshko grew up in Huntersville, North Carolina, just north of Charlotte. Ever since he first sported a bowl cut—thankfully, many years ago—he’s been interested in both creating and sharing moments of wonder with others, leading him to science, writing, and performance. Michael recently graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Spanish. Outside of the classroom, he split his time between working in a paleoecology lab, writing article series for the student newspaper, and performing in student-produced musicals. Needless to say, he’s most comfortable at the nexus of the arts and the sciences. Michael is currently orbiting the binary stars of journalism and research science, hoping to live happily on this professional Tatooine as a science communicator and academic. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, graphic design, SyFy Channel Original Movies, and hiking. He is also a part-time magician and maintains a respectable playing card collection.

Thesis: There and Back Again?: Reproducibility and the Hunt for a Human Compass Sense
Neal Grigsby
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2007
Product Manager, Unity
Neal Grigsby Thesis: A Ceaseless Becoming: Narratives of Adolescence Across Media
Giorgia Guglielmi
S.M., Science Writing, 2017
Freelance science writer
Giorgia Guglielmi Born in Foggia, a sweltering town between the spur and the heel of the Italian boot, Giorgia invested a significant part of her life trying to understand how life works. She holds an undergraduate degree in Biotechnology and a M.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology, both obtained with distinction from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata,” and a PhD in Biology summa cum laude from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. In the rare moments away from the lab, Giorgia enjoyed writing for the EMBL magazine, organizing science outreach events, and sharing cool facts about biology with students across Europe. After two chilly and writing-intense semesters in Boston, she has moved to warmer climates to report for Science Magazine in Washington, DC. When not writing about science, she can be found on Twitter or running at the National Mall.
Erico Guizzo
S.M., Science Writing, 2003
Robotics Editor at IEEE Spectrum
Erico Guizzo Thesis: The Essential Message: Claude Shannon and the Making of Information Theory
Anika Gupta
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2016
Senior Product Manager, Digital Product and Technology at The Atlantic
Anika Gupta Anika Gupta has worked across a variety of roles within the journalism industry, including editorial, technology and marketing. She has presented at national and international conferences on user-generated content, community engagement and technology strategy. After graduating from Northwestern's Medill School, she worked in India for several years as a science reporter and later as a product manager. She started Hacks/Hackers New Delhi, a grassroots group of journalists & technologists.

Her articles have appeared in Smithsonian, Fortune, the Guardian, and elsewhere.

Thesis: Towards a Better Inclusivity: Online Comments and Community at News Organizations
Neeti Gupta
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2004
Director of Partner Marketing Programs, GE Healthcare
Neeti Gupta Thesis: Grande Wi-Fi: Understanding What Wi-Fi Users Are Doing in Coffee-Shops
Ayse Gursoy
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2013
Ph.D. candidate, University of Texas
Ayse Gursoy Thesis: Game Worlds: A Study of Video Game Criticism
Lissa Harris
S.M., Science Writing, 2008
Lissa Harris Thesis: Air Trade: Promises — and Pitfalls — in the Coming Carbon Market
Robin Hauck
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2003
Director of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, Go Ahead Tours
Robin Hauck Thesis: Popcorn Moms: Decoding Representations of Motherhood in American Popular Cinema, 1979-1989
Timothy Haynes
S.M., Science Writing, 2003
Emerging technology consultant, Signal & Story
Timothy Haynes
Evan Higgins
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2017
Interactive Writer at Quartz
Evan Higgins Evan Higgins is a video game writer and critic. His work has appeared in the BioWare video game Star Wars: The Old Republic: Nights of the Eternal Throne, as well as journalistic outlets.

Thesis: The Allure of Choice: Agency and Worldbuilding in Branching-Path Transmedia Universes
Zahra Hirji
S.M., Science Writing, 2013
Energy and Climate Reporter, BuzzFeed News
Zahra Hirji Thesis: Living in the Shadow of Mauna Loa
Moneta Ho Kushner
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2004
Product Design Manager at Facebook
Moneta Ho Kushner Thesis: From Physical to Virtual: Extending the Gallery Experience Online
Christine Hoekenga
S.M., Science Writing, 2007
Digital Storyteller and Communications Strategist
Christine Hoekenga Thesis: Mind Over Machine: What Deep Blue Taught Us about Chess, Artificial Intelligence, and the Human Spirit
Rena He Huang
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2007
Thesis: Journey to the East: The (re)Make of Chinese Animation
Daniel Hueker
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2002
Director/Superintendent, Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center
Daniel Hueker
Courtney Humphries
S.M., Science Writing, 2004
Author and Freelance Science Writer
Courtney Humphries Courtney Humphries is a freelance journalist and author who writes about ideas and developments in science, health, and culture, and is drawn to stories that reveal unexpected insights about the everyday world. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Nautilus, MIT Technology Review, New Scientist, Nature, Science, Wired, Harvard Magazine, Architect, and other publications. She is the author of Superdove: How the Pigeon Took Manhattan...And the World, a natural history of pigeons published by Smithsonian Books. She returned to MIT as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow for 2015-2016.

Thesis: Side Effects: The New Age of AIDS in America
Fatima Husain
S.M., Science Writing, 2018
Science Writer and Lab Technician in MIT Geochemistry and Astrobiology
Fatima Husain Fatima was born in Houston, Texas but raised in West Des Moines, Iowa, where she spent most of her time caught between writing and gardening. Fascinated by the soil and atmospheric chemistry that affected each season’s roses or hydrangeas, she studied biology and chemistry by day and posted actively in gardening forums by night. She continued her study of nature and its stories at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she performed arctic paleoclimate research for three years while she earned an Sc.B. in Geology-Chemistry. She has published her work in numerous media, including The College Hill Independent, where she served as science editor for two years. Her other works have been published in the Catalyst journal, The Brown Daily Herald, Johns Hopkins University’s Imagine Magazine, the Lyrical Iowa journal, Closed Captioned magazine, and online at theindy.org. When she’s not attempting to germinate avocado seeds in her kitchen or researching geoengineering experiments, she can be contacted at fhusain@mit.edu or on Twitter @fatimagulhusain.
Matthew Hutson
S.M., Science Writing, 2003
Science Writer
Matthew Hutson Thesis: Artificial Intelligence and Musical Creativity: Computing Beethoven’s Tenth
Suzanne Jacobs
SM, Science Writing, 2014
Graduate student in physics at the University of Texas at Austin
Suzanne Jacobs Suzanne Jacobs spent her earliest years in the New York City suburbs and Lincoln, Nebraska, but primarily grew up in Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from high school, she headed north to the University of Michigan. She began her college career wanting to take classes in anything and everything. After sampling a wide variety of subjects, including Greek literature, extreme weather, philosophy and organic chemistry, Suzanne found herself in a physics class, where she fell in love and never looked back. As much as she enjoyed her physics classes, Suzanne longed for a writing outlet outside of lab reports, so she wandered into the newsroom at the student newspaper and joined the staff of The Michigan Daily. She soon became as passionate about journalism as she was about physics and went on to intern at a blog called The Utopianist and at the local NPR affiliate station in Michigan. Since completing her bachelor’s degree in physics nearly two years ago, Suzanne has continued to pursue both science and writing at the University of Michigan by studying iceberg calving with an engineering professor and doing research for a book on social entrepreneurship with a business school professor. Although physics and writing often seem like separate pursuits, Suzanne hopes to combine her passions to help show a general audience how amazing hard science really is.

Thesis: The Ruins of Science: Whatever Happened to the Tevatron?
Brian Jacobson
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2005
Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and History, University of Toronto
Brian Jacobson Brian R. Jacobson is Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and History at the University of Toronto. His research spans the history and theory of moving image media, the history and philosophy of technology, environmental history, and art and architectural history.

He is the author of Studios Before the System: Architecture, Technology, and the Emergence of Cinematic Space (Columbia University Press, Film and Culture Series, 2015), a book that situates the world’s first film studios in the architectural and technological developments of urban industrial modernity and argues that cinema should be understood as a critical component of what historians of technology have termed the “human-built world.”

In 2013 he was the winner of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Dissertation Award. He has also been a Fulbright Advanced Student Fellow to France (2009-2010) and a fellow of the Social Science Research Council's International Dissertation Research Fellowship (2009-2011) and Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (Visual Culture field, 2007).

He is currently working on a series of projects about industrial and corporate media, including French industrial and agricultural films and film festivals and a monograph that focuses on cinema’s longstanding role in the politics, industrial processes, and public perception of global energy. Research for this work has been supported by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and the University of Rochester Humanities Center (where he is an external faculty fellow for 2016-2017).

His articles have appeared in journals including Film Quarterly, Framework, Film History, History and Technology, Amodern, Media Fields Journal, and Early Popular Visual Culture.

Thesis: Constructions of Cinematic Space: Spatial Practice at the Intersection of Film and Theory
Liwen Jin
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2008
Global Marketing Director at frog
Liwen Jin Liwen Jin works for a Boston-based innovation design consultancy, Continuum, as their head of Greater China Marketing. As the original designer of Reebok Pump, Swiffer, and MIT Open Laptop Per Child, Continuum draws upon deep expertise, human awareness, and global awareness to develop products, services, and experiences that improve people's lives across the world. With her role she travels often between Shanghai and Boston to bridge business and cultural gaps between the two offices.

Thesis: Chinese Online BBS Sphere: What BBS Has Brought to China
Carolyn Johnson
S.M., Science Writing, 2004
Reporter, Washington Post
Carolyn Johnson Thesis: Neutrino Capital of the World
Ashley Junger
S.M., Science Writing, 2017
Ashley Junger Ashley grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis, her bedroom shelves littered with well worn books and various rocks found while exploring the surrounding creek system. As an undergraduate at DePauw University, she pursued both of these passions, double-majoring in Biology and English Literature. While pursuing her bachelors, she was also an Environmental Fellow, and on the executive board of both the environmental club and the outdoors club. Ashley explored her interests with several internships, researching water purification methods for a non-profit, studying butterfly population dynamics in a Costa Rican nature reserve, and writing about antibiotic resistance for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute’s magazine. Ashley found she was most engaged when she worked on projects that combined her interest in the natural world with her passion for writing, especially when she could focus on human impacts on the environment.

She looks forward to further developing her science writing skills at MIT, so she can get others as excited about advances in ecology, zoology, and environmental sustainability as she is. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys experimenting with embroidery, hiking, and trying out new recipies.
Emily Kagan Trenchard
S.M., Science Writing, 2005
Vice President, Digital and Innovation Strategy at Northwell Health
Emily Kagan Trenchard Thesis: Cancer and the Clock: Chronotherapy’s Struggle for Legitimacy
Sarah Kamal
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2005
Writer
Sarah Kamal Sarah Kamal dabbles in various things and is active in her community on the outskirts of Montreal, Canada. She feeds neighbourhood kids and gets a kick out of watching her son grow - although she has moments of terror when she reflect on her own terrible attitude as a teen (sorry, Mom!). Her son will hit puberty in 5 years; Sarah has no doubt grandma will relish payback time.

Thesis: Cultured Men, Uncultured Women: An Exploration of the Gendered Hierarchy of Taste Governing Afghan Radio
Colleen Kaman
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2009
Senior Experience Strategist at IBM Interactive Experience
Colleen Kaman
Robin Kazmier
S.M., Science Writing, 2017
Science Journalist
Robin Kazmier Robin is a researcher for NOVA and a freelance science reporter. Her work has appeared in MIT Technology Review, NOVA Next and Yale Climate Connections. Prior to studying at MIT, Robin lived in Costa Rica, where she was a field guide editor and a wildlife columnist for The Tico Times. She is also the author of National Parks of Costa Rica.
Chris Kerich
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2017
Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media, University of California, Santa Cruz
Chris Kerich Chris Kerich is a programmer, artist, and human being. Sometimes the latter is consumed by the former. Chris has a bachelor's in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University but likes to tell people that he very nearly minored in film. He has spent time in the trenches of professional software engineering and unprofessionally working with system-focused art (some of which is on his website www.ckerich.com)

Chris' interests lie in what he calls critical systems studies, or, critically reading systems/algorithms as media & asking the important questions of For Whom, Why, and How. This can take many forms, but one of particular importance to him is pushing digital and non-digital systems to their absolute limits and seeing how this stress characterizes or fractures them.

Thesis: Critical Breaking
Lilia Kilburn
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2016
Doctoral Student in Anthropology, Harvard University
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.

Thesis: Answering Machine, Auto-Tune, Spectrograph: Queer Vocality Through Sonic Technology
Flourish Klink
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2010
Chief Research Officer, Chaotic Good Studios
Thesis: Laugh Out Loud in Real Life: Women’s Humor and Fan Identity
Trent Knoss
S.M., Science Writing, 2013
Senior Science Editor, University of Colorado Boulder
Trent Knoss Thesis: The Grey Harvest: Hunting Wolves in America's Heartland
Hillary Kolos
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2010
Director of Digital Learning at DreamYard Project
Hillary Kolos Hillary grew up in Virginia and moved to New York City to study film. She's worked in a wide range of educational settings teaching video production, game design, and even knitting. At MIT she focused on how we can use new media tools to make learning more participatory. She has worked for the Adobe Foundation, the New Learning Institute at the Pearson Foundation, Institute of Play, and the Tribeca Film Institute.

Hillary's CMS thesis explored a small community of undergrad students who played video games in an MIT dorm and how their relationship to gaming made their community more participatory: Not Just in It to Win It: Inclusive Game Play in an MIT Dorm
Hannah Krakauer
S.M., Science Writing, 2012
UX and Product Content Writer at ChefSteps
Thesis: Interview with an Octopus
Orit Kuritsky
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2009
Thesis: Transformational Tales: Media, Makeovers, and Material Culture
Lan Le
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2009
Culture and Technology Researcher
Thesis: Imaginaries of the Asian Modern
Rocket Lee
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2010
Infrastructure Engineer, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Rocket Lee is a technologist and game designer based in Oakland, CA. They spent their time at CMS focusing on game design and their master’s thesis included designing and running an alternate reality game that explored ethics in games.

Thesis: Designing Game Ethics: A Pervasive Game Adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo
Brandon Levy
S.M., Science Writing, 2017
Science Communications Editor at National Institutes of Health
Brandon Levy Brandon was born in Boston but raised down the street from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Chevy Chase, Maryland. After bursting onto the reporting scene with an investigation of the food served in his middle school’s cafeteria, Brandon went on to win several writing competitions and serve as editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper, The Tattler. Meanwhile, the combination of an early interest in biology and his family’s many eccentricities made him intensely curious about why people act the way they do. Brandon earned a B.S. in Neuroscience from Duke University, where he volunteered in a neuroimaging lab and wrote a senior thesis on the influence of emotional facial expressions on social decision making. After graduating, he returned to Maryland to work in the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health. Finding the day-to-day grind of scientific inquiry to be less-than-thrilling, he began writing about NIH-funded research for several of the institution’s publications and was soon hooked. He has also worked as a member of the press team at the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Brandon is psyched to hone his writing chops at MIT but also slightly terrified of the New England winter. When he’s not writing or reading Stephen King novels, Brandon enjoys singing, cooking, and cheering on Duke’s basketball team.
Xiaochang Li
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2009
Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Xiaochang Li Thesis: Dis/Locating Audience: Transnational Media Flows and the Online Circulation of East Asian Television Drama
Zhan Li
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2003
Senior Researcher at Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
Zhan Li After graduating from the S.M. Comparative Media Studies program at MIT, Zhan worked as a media & entertainment industry analyst at HSBC in NYC. He then entered the Ph.D. program at the USC Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles, from which he graduated in 2014 as a specialist in organizational communication and strategic foresight. Currently he is a senior researcher at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute think tank of Zurich, Switzerland.

Thesis: The Potential of America’s Army the Video Game as Civilian-Military Public Sphere
Jason Lipshin
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2014
UX Researcher, Google
Jason Lipshin Jason is an interaction designer and user experience researcher focused on mobiles and ubiquitous computing. He is a graduate student in MIT's Comparative Media Studies program and has worked with both the MIT Imagination, Computation, and Expression Lab and the MIT Mobile Experience Lab. Through his work with the Mobile Experience Lab, Jason has helped develop new concepts and prototypes for clients including Marriott Hotels, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, and RAI - Italy's national broadcasting company. This summer, he will be working for Disney Interactive Group in Tokyo.

Thesis: Network Design: A Theory of Scale for Ubiquitous Computing
Claudia Lo
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2018
Claudia Lo Claudia Lo is interested in issues of online social interaction, in particular online community moderation. Her thesis, When All You Have is a Banhammer: The Social and Communicative Work of Volunteer Moderators, examines the less-widely known aspects of volunteer moderation work and workers, using large-scale esports events on Twitch as a case study. She is currently working as a Design Researcher at the Wikimedia Foundation on anti-harassment tools.
Andres Lombana Bermudez
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2008
Postdoctoral Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society
Andres Lombana Bermudez Andres Lombana-Bermudez is a researcher and designer working at the intersection of digital technology, youth, innovation, and learning. His approach is transdisciplinary and collaborative, combining ethnographic and quantitative research methods, design-based research, and media technology design. He is a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and a Research Associate with the Connected Learning Research Network.

Andres has worked in the field of digital media and learning for over a decade and collaborated in projects such as the Digital Edge, Berkman's Youth and Media Lab, the New Media Literacies Project, and KLRU-Austin PBS summer STEM. His dissertation research focused on digital inequalities, immigrant assimilation, and participation gaps among Latino/Hispanic youth.

Andres has a doctorate in Media Studies from UT-Austin with concentration in digital literacy and education, a masters in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, and bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Literature from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.

Thesis: The “New” Sounds of the Slap-of-the-Stick: Termite Terrace (1937-1943) and the Slapstick Tradition
Geoffrey Long
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2007
Visiting Assistant Professor, Whittier College
Geoffrey Long Geoffrey Long is a storyteller, scholar, and consultant exploring the future of storytelling and how storyworlds and technology co-evolve. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in Digital Liberal Arts at Whittier College and a co-editor of the Playful Thinking book series for MIT Press, and his writing has most recently appeared in The Rise of Transtexts: Challenges and Opportunities and Revisiting Imaginary Worlds: A Subcreation Studies Anthology. He has taught various courses and workshops internationally, including at the University of Southern California, Woodbury University, and Danube University Krems; he served as the Creative Director for the World Building Media Lab and Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC, and helped launch the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab and Convergence Culture Consortium at MIT. As co-founder of the Narrative Design Team at Microsoft Studios, his projects included HoloLens, the Xbox One, Halo, Ryse, Adera, and Quantum Break, and as a scholar and consultant he has worked with BET, Cisco, the City of Los Angeles, DirecTV, Disney, Fidelity, FOX, GSD&M, Havas, HBO, IBM, Intel, the Los Angeles Times, MTV, Turner Broadcasting, and Warner Bros. He holds a BA in English and Philosophy from Kenyon College, a master's in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Media Arts + Practice from USC's School of Cinematic Arts.
Rogelio Lopez
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2013
Ph.D. candidate, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Rogelio Lopez Thesis: From Huelga! to Undocumented and Unafraid!: A Comparative Study of Media Strategies in the Farm Worker Movement of the 1960s and the Immigrant Youth Movement of the 2000s
Lacey Lord
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2016
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.
Debora Lui
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2008
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
Debora Lui Debora Lui holds a joint Ph.D. in Communication and Education. She previously worked in museum education and nonprofit arts fundraising. She has a Bachelors degree from MIT.

Thesis: Neon Signs, Underground Tunnels and Chinese American Identity: The Many Dimension of Visual Chinatown
Karen MacArthur
S.M., Science Writing, 2003
Independent Writer and Editor
Thesis: Looking at ADHD: A Personal Exploration of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Allison MacLachlan
S.M., Science Writing, 2011
Marketing Manager, Owlkids Books
Allison MacLachlan Allison holds an undergraduate degree from Queen's University and graduated with a master's in Science Writing from MIT in 2011. She interned at the NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland and has done freelance writing for Technology Review.
She now works on the business side of book publishing in Toronto, Canada where she maintains an interest in health and behavioral science.

Thesis: Aspartame: Artifice and the Science of Sweet
Susannah Mandel
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2003
Lecturer in the Core Curriculum Program at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University
Susannah Mandel Thesis: Mask or Closet, or, “Under the Hood”: Metaphors and Representations of Homosexuality in American Superhero Comics After 1985
Gordon Mangum
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2016
Senior Product Manager at aidx
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.
Eduardo Marisca
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2014
Digital Innovation at La Victoria Lab
Eduardo Marisca Eduardo Marisca is currently working on digital innovation at La Victoria Lab, a human-centered design lab building new products and services for the emerging Peruvian middle-class, based in Lima, Peru. While at MIT, he did research on the rise of indie video game development in Peru and its potential as a creative industry, as well as video games and education as Research Assistant with The Education Arcade.

You can read his blog or follow him on Twitter as @piscosour.

Thesis: Developing Game Worlds: Gaming, Technology, and Innovation in Peru
Amanda Martinez
S.M., Science Writing, 2010
Director of Communications and Strategy at Mattershift
Amanda Martinez Thesis: The Unfinished Miracle: How Plastics Came to be Lost at Sea
Abby McBride
S.M., Science Writing, 2012
Sketch Biologist and Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow
Abby McBride Sketch Biologist and Fulbright–National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow (home, sketch blog, art store)
Andrea McCarty
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2005
Audio Visual Projects Manager at Yale University
Andrea McCarty Thesis: Toying With Obsolescence: Pixelvision Filmmakers and the Fisher Price PXL 2000 Camera
Sorcha McDonagh
S.M., Science Writing, 2003
Literary Translator
Thesis: Atlantic Crossings
Maureen McDonough Lyons
S.M., Science Writing, 2005
Partner at Pod Consulting
Maureen McDonough Lyons Thesis: Barren Promise: The Hope and Heartache in Treating Infertility
Raleigh McElvery
S.M., Science Writing, 2017
Communications Coordinator, MIT Department of Biology
Raleigh McElvery Raleigh McElvery was raised on the adage, “Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.” However, as a Neuroscience major at Bowdoin College ’16, she realized that facts can make for an even better story. A self-proclaimed brain zealot, Raleigh once had the chance to see her own brain via MRI scans. But the black and white images left something to be desired. What kind of wiring associates Wednesdays with the smell of freshly baked bread? Or yields a penchant for ice cream but a strong antipathy towards the cold? In an effort to unravel the intricacies of the human brain, Raleigh chose to begin with a smaller, less complex system: the goldfish. At Bowdoin, she researched the fast-acting effects of steroid hormones as they stick to certain areas of the fish brain. Raleigh felt a certain kinship with these tiny teleosts, since things — particularly scientific tidbits — tend to get stuck in her head as well. Consequently, her writing endeavors have included reporting on science-centric events for the Bowdoin Communications Department, investigating the neural basis of fear during a summer in Denmark, and chronicling obesity interventions for the mentally ill with a team from the Geisel School of Medicine. As part of the Communications group at the Broad Institute, Raleigh delved further into the molecular basis of various genetic conditions, communicating findings to the general public. In her spare time, you can find Raleigh challenging drivers as she runs along the Charles River, training her cat to come to a whistle, or creating cubist sculptures from Legos.
Bennett McIntosh
S.M., Science Writing, 2017
Communications Officer, The Fannie & John Hertz Foundation
Bennett McIntosh Bennett was born in Littleton, Colorado, a Denver suburb best understood as the inspiration for South Park. He entered the lab at an early age, serving as the pilot subject for his father’s psychology experiments at the University of Denver; Googling “facial mimicry” still brings up a portrait of a smiling young Bennett with a face-full of electrodes from one such study. But rather than the perhaps-too-familiar world of psychology, he was drawn to chemistry: as presented in high school, this was the discipline of thermite, exploding methane bubbles, and pennies turned from copper into gold (well, golden brass).

His curiosity thus piqued, Bennett spent four years studying the subject at Princeton, and was only slightly disappointed to receive, in 2016, a diploma for a bachelor’s degree in “chemia” (from the Latin word) rather than “alchemy” (from the Arabic). In the course of his research in labs from Princeton to Brighton, England, and Nove Hrady, Czech Republic, Bennett noticed he would spend more time writing – poetry, op-ed rants about university policy, or omphaloskeptic essays – than in the lab. So he decided to channel some of that writing into scientific topics, reporting on the origin of consciousness, the ethics of CRISPR, and the mechanics of gerrymandering for class and student publications; he quickly discovered that science writers are second only to physicists in their freedom to explore and pontificate upon interesting and important topics they have no formal training in. Bennett hopes to continue that exploration – and do something useful with it – at MIT and beyond.
Philip McKenna
S.M., Science Writing, 2006
Reporter at InsideClimate News
Philip McKenna Thesis: Winging It: A Bold Step Toward the Whooping Crane’s Return
Stephanie McPherson
S.M., Science Writing, 2011
Freelance Writer and Video Producer
Stephanie McPherson Thesis: AcidopHiles: A Not-So-Basic Life

Stephanie McPherson writes and produces video about science and technology for universities and research institutions around the US. Her work has also appeared across a spectrum of media, including the Boston Globe Magazine, the PBS NOVA website and the national radio show Living on Earth. She earned her Master’s degree in Science Writing from MIT in 2011 and has since written about everything from diabetes to 3D printers in space. She also writes mystery fiction. Her debut short story was published in The Baker Street Irregulars: The Game is Afoot in April 2018.

www.stephaniemmcpherson.com
Heather Miller
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2003
Director, LePage-Miller
Heather Miller Heather Miller is an American educator and writer with expertise in the teaching of reading and writing. She holds graduate degrees from Harvard and MIT. While at MIT, she founded the Young Historians Program, an organization that engages middle and high school students in historical inquiry and digital arts. For much of her career, Miller has worked as an editorial director overseeing the design and development of large-scale reading and writing programs. As an educational consultant to charter and public schools, she has helped schools achieve marked improvement and overall high achievement in test scores (and hopefully in much more that education is all about, too). She has worked in educational technology in the US, India, China and France.

Thesis: The Book as Looking Glass: Improving Works for and about Children in Early Modern England
Heather Mongilio
S.M., Science Writing, 2018
Health/Fort Detrick Reporter, Frederick News-Post
Heather Mongilio Heather first declared she was going to be a journalist walking home from the bus stop in fifth grade. She grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland, where she first discovered how fascinating the brain is and the adrenaline high from breaking news. After deciding not to choose between her interests, she earned her bachelor’s degree from American University in journalism and psychology. Heather worked at The Eagle, American University’s student-run newspaper and served as editor-in-chief during her senior year.

Prior to attending MIT, Heather could be found reporting on murder, domestic violence, drunken driving and other crimes as a crime and courts reporter. She’s always been interested in psychology and medicine, but since working as a crime reporter, Heather has discovered her interest in the science of crime, including the psychology behind criminal acts and domestic violence as a public health concern. Heather is a self-described brain lover, and she enjoys chasing a good story, breaking news, reading, baking and watching the Patriots and the Red Sox.
Maywa Montenegro
S.M., Science Writing, 2003
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of California, Davis
Maywa Montenegro Thesis: Rice: How the Most Genetically Versatile Grain Conquered the World
Alix Morris
SM, Science Writing, 2014
Director of Communications, Earthwatch
Alix Morris Alix is the Director of Communications at Earthwatch Institute with experience in scientific communications and global field research. Alix has a Master’s degree in Science Writing from MIT and a Master’s in Health Science from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. During her time at MIT, Alix focused her thesis work on the effects of shark finning on the marine ecosystem. Prior to that, Alix lived and worked in East Africa, where she conducted field studies focused on improving access to malaria diagnosis and treatment. Alix is interested in marine conservation, natural resource management, and the intersection between public health and the environment.

Thesis: Preying on the Predator: The Shark Fin Controversy
Andrew Moseman
S.M., Science Writing, 2008
Digital Director, Popular Mechanics
Andrew Moseman Thesis: The Grass Is Half-Full: New Biofuels from Field to Wheel
Rekha Murthy
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2005
Independent Radio and Podcast Strategist
Rekha Murthy Rekha Murthy is an independent consultant with 15 years of experience in public radio, podcasting, and other digital media. Her past professional work includes digital distribution at PRX and Radiotopia, web and radio production at NPR, and startup-hopping in New York's Silicon Alley when the World Wide Web was new.

Thesis: Street Media: Ambient Messages in an Urban Space
Conor Myhrvold
S.M., Science Writing, 2012
Senior Program Manager, Tech, at Uber
Conor Myhrvold Thesis: Embodied Cognition in Robots and Human Evolution
James Nadeau
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2006
Portfolio Associate, Putnam Investments; Executive Director, Boston LGBT Film Festival
James Nadeau Thesis: The Medium is the Medium: the Convergence of Video, Art and Television at WGBH (1969)
Erica Naone
S.M., Science Writing, 2007
Thesis: The Dancer in Nature
Susan Nasr
S.M., Science Writing, 2006
Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Alameda County Medical Center
Susan Nasr Susan Nasr worked as a science writer at Technology Review magazine, Physician's First Watch, Children's Hospital in Boston, and at HowStuffWorks.com before pursuing a career in medicine.

Thesis: The Buffalo Wars
Abi (Nighthill) Knopp
SM, Science Writing, 2014
Administrative Assistant at Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice
Abi (Nighthill) Knopp Abi (Nighthill) Knopp grew up just outside of Portland, Oregon. There, most of her skies were obscured by branches, clouds, or both. After wandering aimlessly around Portland State University for a few years, she moved to Chicago and earned a B.A. in Poetry with a minor in Environmental Studies. Her thesis focused on haiku poetics and the behavior of jumping spiders, and other major works exhumed the science from Emily Dickinson’s works or followed the story of DARPA’s HI-MEMS (cyborg moths) project. Easily seduced, she found herself interested in many facets of the sciences: ocean ecology, cognitive neuroscience, quantum mechanics, botany, cyborgs…how fortunate that she could sate her curiosity through writing. She has since developed and taught a course at Portland State University that explores intersections of science and poetry, and worked on a memoir in hypertext that focuses on uncertainty, poetry, and new media.

Thesis: Taking Nature’s Pulse
Anna Nowogrodzki
S.M., Science Writing, 2015
Freelance journalist; Writer, Today's Science
Anna Nowogrodzki Anna Nowogrodzki spent her childhood amid the black raspberries, creeks, and cornfields of central New York. Though in seventh grade she made a future business card that read “Anna Nowogrodzki, botanist,” she always found the written word as captivating as the natural world. At Dartmouth College, she majored in being out in the woods (Environmental and Evolutionary Biology) and minored in curling up with a good book (English). Post-college, she found purpose in tracking southern pine beetles in the field, editing elementary school science textbooks, studying flower development genes at the New York Botanical Garden, teaching gardening to children in the Bronx, and searching for disease resistance in grapevines at Cornell. In science writing, she is thrilled to have found a field where her inability to shut up about science is actually an asset. Her current interests include agriculture, ecology, plants, why misinformation persists, flawed systems, and how to affect change. She firmly believes in singing with people, goat cheese, mental health advocacy, Excel spreadsheets, and expansive views.

Thesis: Sex, Drugs, and Women's Desire
Megan Ogilvie
S.M., Science Writing, 2004
Data Enterprise Reporter, Toronto Star
Megan Ogilvie Thesis: Ocean Fertilization: Ecological Cure or Calamity
Sophie Ormerod
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2002
Thesis: The Medium Still Isn’t the Message: Revisiting the Link Between Communication Technologies and Political Liberalization
Stephen Ornes
S.M., Science Writing, 2006
Freelance science writer; Senior Lecturer in Science Communications at Vanderbilt University
Thesis: “If It Quacks Like a Sphere”: The Million Dollar Problem
Chris Peterson
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2013
Senior Assistant Director, MIT Admissions
Chris Peterson Chris Peterson works, teaches, and researches at MIT. As an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, he oversees MIT's recruitment and evaluation of top academic and technical talent, as well as advising on communications strategy and strategic initiatives; as a Lecturer in CMS/W, he has taught a popular course surveying social media research and scholarship; as an affiliate of the Center for Civic Media, he helps to lead the Mapping Information Access project. He also serves on the Board of Directors at the National Coalition Against Censorship and as a Fellow at the Digital Ecologies Research Project. When not on campus you can probably find him eating hamburgers nearby.

Thesis: User-Generated Censorship: Manipulating the Maps Of Social Media
Margaux Phares
S.M., Science Writing, 2016
Science Communication Fellow at Hiroshima University
Margaux Phares Margaux Phares is a science writer with EMBL. Prior to science communications, she worked underground in biology laboratories and above ground in emergency medicine at the University of Minnesota. Her work has appeared in MIT Technology Review, NOVA Next, and Storybench.

Thesis: Your Brain on 9 Volts – The Specter and Hype of Electrical Brain Stimulation
Kendra Pierre-Louis
S.M., Science Writing, 2016
Reporter, Climate Desk at The New York Times
Kendra Pierre-Louis Kendra Pierre-Louis is a staff writer at Popular Science. Her work has also appeared in Aeon, FiveThirtyEight, Sierra, InsideClimate News, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. Kendra is also the author of the book “Green Washed: Why We Can’t Buy Our Way to a Green Planet.”

In addition to her S.M. in Science Writing from MIT, Kendra has an M.A. in Sustainable Development from the SIT Graduate Institute, and a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.

Thesis: Geographies of Nowhere: Smeltertown and the Rising Wave of Environmental Refugees
Aswin Punathambekar
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2003
Founding Director, Global Media Studies Initiative, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, University of Michigan
Aswin Punathambekar Aswin Punathambekar is an associate professor of media studies and founding director of the Global Media Studies Initiative at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His books and articles explore the impact that globalization and technological change have on the workings of media industries, audience and user practices, and cultural identity and politics. He is the author of From Bombay to Bollywood: The Making of a Global Media Industry (NYU Press, 2013) and co-editor of Global Bollywood (2008, NYU Press), Television at Large in South Asia (2013, Routledge), and Global Digital Cultures: Perspectives from South Asia (forthcoming, University of Michigan Press). He is currently working on his next book, provisionally titled The Digital Popular: Media, Culture, and Politics in Networked India. He is an editor of the peer-reviewed journal Media, Culture and Society and also co-edits the Critical Cultural Communication series for NYU Press.

Thesis: We Are Like This Only: Desis and Hindi Films in the Diaspora
Ravi Purushotma
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2006
UI Engineer, H2O.ai
Ravi Purushotma Thesis: Communicative 2.0: Video Games and Digital Culture in the Foreign Language Classroom
Elizabeth Quill
S.M., Science Writing, 2007
Special Projects Editor, Science News
Elizabeth Quill Thesis: Eavesdroppers: How Scientists Are Learning to Listen in on the Animal Kingdom: Four Stories on Wildlife and Sound
Sara Rafsky
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2018
Safe +Secure Executive at DOC SOCIETY
Sara Rafsky Sara Rafsky worked in Mexico City as Researcher on Central America at Amnesty International. Before that she was the Americas Research Associate for the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York, where she reported on press freedom in Latin American and the United States. Previously, she wrote about culture and politics as a freelance journalist in New York, South America and Southeast Asia, interned at the Associated Press in Bogotá, Colombia and was the Editorial Assistant for ARTnews magazine in New York. Sara also lived in Argentina, where she worked with the Ford Foundation and interned with Human Rights Watch and the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE). In 2008, she received a Fulbright Grant to research photojournalism and the Colombian armed conflict. She has a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and is from Brooklyn, New York.

Sara loves all things cinema, journalism and Latin America.

Thesis: The Print that Binds: Local Journalism, Civic Life and the Public Sphere
Peter Rauch
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2007
Writer, Critic, Media Theorist
Peter Rauch Thesis: Playing with Good and Evil: Videogames and Moral Philosophy
Jocelyn Rice
S.M., Science Writing, 2007
Production Editor, Annual Reviews
Jocelyn Rice Thesis: The Butterfly Clock: Illuminating the Molecular Mysteries of Monarch Migration
Jason Rockwood
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2009
Enterprise Blockchain Advisor - VeChain Ecosystem Ambassador, Thrudheim, LLC
Jason Rockwood helps businesses understand and exploit technological change. He started in digital advertising before pivoting to Information Technology. He worked as the acting CIO of the Miami HEAT under the title of Vice President of Mobile Innovation, and served as Chief Information Officer of hospitality brand Oasis. He now focuses exclusively on helping enterprise companies understand and exploit blockchain, with a specific focus on adopting the VeChain blockchain network.

Thesis: From Enclosure to Embrace: Punitive Isolation and Network Culture
Aziria Rodríguez Arce
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2018
Aziria Rodríguez Arce Aziria D. Rodríguez Arce, a lover of tacos, memes, and all things funny, earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR). She is also a community organizer and web developer. Aziria has worked in various non-profit organizations in Puerto Rico designing and developing participatory tech solutions to deal with government transparency, technology accessibility, capacity building, and economic development issues on the island.

All of Aziria's endeavors stem from a political and philosophical point of view based on advancing equality and inclusion. Therefore, it was only natural she directed her bachelor’s degree into the completion of a thesis that studied how power identity relations and symbolic violence are attuned with cultural and memetic content creation in the web, which she later funnily titled Make Me a Sandwich.

At MIT Aziria worked with the Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory. She is interested in understanding how collective narratives and identities transform content creation, production, and distribution in new media to promote social change. She wants to work on practical technological applications of collective and participatory content and media tool creation.

Aziria has Chandler Bing’s approach to handling uncomfortable situations and an obsession with meme sharing in Facebook.

Thesis: Seizing the Memes of Production: Political Memes in Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican Diaspora
Talieh Rohani
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2009
 Lead Product Manager at Apple
Talieh Rohani Talieh works as a Product Manager at Apple. Apple secrecy culture prevents her from being able to speak about the specifics of her role and projects.

Previously, she worked for Rosetta Stone, Salesforce, Teaching Channel and Webtrends.

Thesis: Nostalgia Without Memory: Iranian-Americans, Cultural Programming, and Internet Television
Jenny Rood
SM, Science Writing, 2014
Writer, Development Office at the Broad Institute
Jenny Rood Jenny Rood is the senior development writer at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where she writes scientist profiles, crafts proposals, and shares some of the Broad's latest discoveries on the web, in a podcast, and in print. She earned a Ph.D. in biology from MIT prior to entering the Graduate Program in Science Writing. Before joining the Broad, Jenny was an intern at the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, and an editorial intern at The Scientist. Her video and written work has also appeared in Technology Review.

Thesis: Succulent and Spiny: The Bahamas’ Quest for a Sustainable Lobster Fishery
Dan Roy
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2007
Founder, Skylight Games LLC
Dan Roy Dan Roy is a game designer with the Learning Games Network, where he's building a playful community of language learners called Xenos. He designed three games to teach science with LGN's partner, BrainPOP: Food Fight, Guts and Bolts, and Chronopticon. Before joining the Learning Games Network, he worked with MIT's Education Arcade on Lure of The Labyrinth, helping middle-schoolers build comfort with and curiosity about math through puzzles. He holds an S.M. in Comparative Media Studies from MIT and a B.S. in Computer Science from UMass Amherst.

Thesis: Mastery and the Mobile Future of Massively Multiplayer Games
Stephanie Davenport
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2003
Communications Consultant
Thesis: Experiments in Corporate Collaboration: The Case of the Arts Electronica FutureLab
Megan Rulison Scudellari
S.M., Science Writing, 2008
Freelance Science Journalist
Megan Rulison Scudellari Thesis: Proof Positive: Finding the Cause of AIDS
Emily Ruppel
S.M., Science Writing, 2011
Ph.D. student, University of Pittsburgh
Emily Ruppel Emily Ruppel is a Ph.D. student in communication at the University of Pittsburgh with focus areas in rhetoric of science, bioethics, STS, feminist theory, and oral history.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Emily worked as Associate Director of Communications for the American Scientific Affiliation and as Web Editor for the daily blog of the BioLogos Foundation. Most recently, she served as content editor for Abraham's Dice, a collection of essays on randomness and providence edited by Karl Giberson and forthcoming with Oxford University Press. She also continues to work as executive editor of the ASA's God & Nature magazine, an online publication offering articles, interviews, poetry, and artwork from international scholars on special topics in science and religion: http://godandnature.asa3.org/

Thesis: Hallowed Hands
Aviva Hope Rutkin
S.M., Science Writing, 2013
Editor at The Conversation
Aviva Hope Rutkin is the Big Data and Applied Math Editor at The Conversation in Boston, MA.

www.avivahoperutkin.com

Thesis: Champagne for the Blind: Paul Bach-y-Rita, Neuroscience’s Forgotten Genius
Nathan Saucier
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2017
Nathan Saucier Nathan Saucier is a filmmaker and educator. Returning from two years teaching English and media classes at a university in South Korea, he joined CMS to work with the Creative Communities Initiative while pursuing diverse interests in non­fiction media making and education.

Nathan is a graduate of Bard College’s film department, where he created documentaries and narrative shorts inspired by his time in Romania and the Balkans.

His background includes work in film production and video streaming in Los Angeles. These experiences helped shape his interest in the culture and capabilities of live streaming. He is further interested in the relationship between filmmaker and subject in the context of participatory documentaries.
Molly Sauter
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2013
Ph.D. candidate, McGill University
Molly Sauter Molly Sauter is a Vanier Scholar and PhD candidate in Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal, QC, researching the politics of disruption in networked communication technology. They are the author of The Coming Swarm: DDoS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet. They hold a masters degree in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, and have held research fellowships at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society, and New America.

Their work has been published in The Atlantic, the Journal of Communication, the Case Western Reserve Law Review, Real Life Mag, Ethnography Matters, HiLow Brow, io9, the National Post, the Globe and Mail, the Los Angeles Times, the American Behavioral Scientist, and the MIT Technology Review, and in collected volumes published by MIT Press and Peter Lang. They have frequently appeared as an expert on technology, culture, and politics on the CBC, NPR, the BBC, PRI, American Public Media, the Boston Globe, and other international outlets. Their research has been featured by Popular Mechanics, BoingBoing, Slate, Der Spiegel, and the Christian Science Monitor.
Frankie Schembri
S.M., Science Writing, 2018
Science and Tech Reporter, News Intern, Sience Magazine
Frankie Schembri Frankie Schembri was raised on snowy winters and long books in Ottawa, Canada. She began her undergraduate education at MIT in Mechanical Engineering, but realized that she was most excited about explaining what she was learning to her friends and family. Frankie switched to MIT’s undergraduate Science Writing program, where she was able to combine her background in STEM with her love of communication, and graduated with a B.S. in June 2017.

Frankie has worked in an MIT Mechanical Engineering lab, as a communications assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School (reporting on the intersection of technology and democracy), and as an intern at a public relations firm writing content for software companies. Most recently, she was a communications fellow at MIT’s Office of Sustainability, where she reported on efforts to use the university as a living laboratory by testing researchers’ work on MIT campus operations.

Frankie is fascinated by the power of information technology and computing to shape modern life and hopes to report on these subjects in way that is inclusive to all, arming the public with the information necessary to navigate an increasingly technology-driven world. She is electrified by the opportunity to continue strengthening her skills at MIT. Recreationally, Frankie enjoys meeting cats, eating doughnuts, searching for the freshest memes, and watching baseball.
Steven Schirra
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2013
UX Research Manager at Twitch
Steven Schirra Thesis: Playing for Impact: The Design of Civic Games for Community Engagement and Social Action
Karen Schrier
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2005
Associate Professor; Director, Games and Emerging Media
Karen Schrier Karen Schrier is a media and game designer, producer, and educator. She is an Associate Professor and Director of the Games & Emerging Media program at Marist College, where she also heads the Play Innovation Lab and teaches game design, interactive media, UI/UX, and transmedia storytelling. For 2018-2019, she is also a Belfer Fellow for the Center for Technology & Society at the ADL. While earning her doctorate at Columbia University, she created websites, apps, and games at a number of companies, including Scholastic, BrainPOP, Nickelodeon and ESI Design. Dr. Schrier edited Learning, Education & Games, published by ETC Press in 2014 and 2016. She is also the author of Knowledge Games, a book on games and problem solving, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Karen holds a doctorate in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University, a master’s degree from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.

Thesis: Revolutionizing History Education: Using Augmented Reality Games to Teach Histories
Stephen Schultze
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2008
Associate Director, Center for Information Technology Policy, at Princeton University
Thesis: The Business of Broadband and the Public Interest: Media Policy for the Network Society
Sarah Schwartz
S.M., Science Writing, 2015
Ph.D student at MIT Microbiology; Freelance science writer/fact checker
Sarah Schwartz Sarah Schwartz was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She spent her childhood getting lost in redwoods and stories, collecting wood sorrel and novels, and learning how to identify constellations and split infinitives. Dreading that someday she would have to make a career decision between the sciences or writing, she studied both fields at the University of California, San Diego, where she earned her B.S. in Environmental Systems while taking Revelle College’s rigorous Humanities series and as many writing courses as possible. She has worked in laboratories at UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, learning about bacterial aging, natural sunscreens, neonatal hypoxia-ischemia, marine sponge biochemistry, and what to do when you set the ethanol on fire. These experiences fostered her deep respect and appreciation for scientific research and professional scientists; they have also left her eager to keep studying, supporting, and contributing to the natural and physical sciences. Though her primary interests lie in the areas of environmental and human health, Sarah hopes to explore various fields and interdisciplinary challenges, and to generate a broad dialogue about important, exciting science. In her free time, Sarah loves to bake, sing, hike, and obsess about Giants baseball.

Thesis: Owning the Code of Life: Human Gene Patents in America
Emma Sconyers
SM, Science Writing, 2014
Communications Project Manager for Population Health Management at Partners HealthCare
Emma Sconyers Emma Sconyers grew up in Newport, Rhode Island, never far from the beach or the local nature preserve, where she could usually be found with stacks of field guides, glass collection jars and a magnifying glass tucked safely under her arms. Her love of the natural world inspired her to pursue a degree in Biology from the University of Rhode Island. However, her love of literature and writing nagged so hard at the back of her mind she decided her junior year to double minor in English and Writing & Rhetoric. After completing a life engrossing honor’s thesis on the history of tuberculosis sanitaria in Rhode Island, her dedication to pursuing a career in science writing was cemented. Upon graduating, Emma landed a job as a Medical Staff Secretary at Newport Hospital where she has been working the past year. When she’s not chasing down doctors to sign endless piles of paperwork she moonlights as the co-director of her old high school’s theater company as well as a photography assistant (both of which she’s been doing for some time). She hopes to delve into her favorite subjects: the history of medicine, genetics, natural conservation and biological discovery. She is unapologetically in love with Martha Stewart and all things domestic, walking in the woods with her dog and singing old jazz standards far too loudly while she’s doing dishes.

Thesis: I Carry You in My Heart: Facing an Incurable Prenatal Diagnosis
Nick Seaver
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2010
Assistant Professor, Tufts University
Nick Seaver Nick Seaver is an anthropologist of technology, whose research focuses on the circulation, reproduction, and interpretation of sound. He is an assistant professor of anthropology at Tufts University, and he holds a PhD from the University of California, Irvine. His dissertation research examined the development of algorithmic music recommendation, and at CMS, he wrote a thesis on the history of the player piano.

Thesis: A Brief History of Re-Performance
Sheila Seles
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2010
Manager, Content Marketing, TiVo
Sheila Seles Thesis: Audience Research for Fun and Profit: Rediscovering the Value of Television Audiences
Jesse Sell
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2015
Senior Business Development Manager at Twitch
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. 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.

Thesis: E-Sports Broadcasting
Parmesh Shahani
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2005
Vice President, Godrej Industries, and head of Godrej India Culture Lab
Parmesh Shahani Parmesh Shahani is the head of the Godrej India Culture Lab, an experimental ideas space in Mumbai. His book Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India (Sage Publications, 2008) emerged directly out of his CMS Master’s thesis. Parmesh is a Yale World Fellow, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a TED Fellow and an academy member for the Global Teacher Prize. He also serves as Editor at Large for Verve magazine in India. Twitter: @parmeshs Instagram: @parmeshshahani

Thesis: Disco Jalebi: An Ethnographic Exploration of Gay Bombay
Fangfei Shen
S.M., Science Writing, 2012
Software Engineer, Knewton
Fangfei Shen Fangfei is a software engineer at the NYC edtech company Knewton, where she builds features to help students learn better and tools to make her coworkers' lives easier. Fangfei earned two degrees from MIT, a bachelor's in Physics and in Writing and a master's in Science Writing.

Thesis: Money for the Big Eyes
Morgan Sherburne
S.M., Science Writing, 2010
Public Relations Representative, University of Michigan News
Morgan Sherburne Thesis: Distant Harvest: The Production and Price of Organic Food
Sangita Shresthova
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2003
Director of Research at Civic Imagination Project, University of Southern California
Sangita Shresthova Thesis: Strictly Bollywood?: Story, Camera and Movement in Hindi Film Dance
Sonny Sidhu
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2013
Vice President, Media & Entertainment at PSB Research
Sonny Sidhu Thesis: Poetics of the Videogame Setpiece
Lauren Silberman
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2009
Lauren Silberman Thesis: Double Play: Athletes’ Use of Sport Video Games to Enhance Athletic Performance
Michelle Sipics
S.M., Science Writing, 2006
Senior Editor, Accenture Technology Vision, Accenture Labs
Michelle Sipics Thesis: Abandoned Minds: The Escalating Crisis of Geriatric Mental Illness
Joshua Sokol
S.M., Science Writing, 2015
Freelance science journalist
Joshua Sokol A product of Raleigh, NC, Josh Sokol writes bio blurbs with casual flair and a knack for subtle self-promotion. Josh graduated from Swarthmore College in 2011, where he majored in English Literature and Astronomy. He then took his talents to the land of acronyms as a Research & Instrument Analyst (RIA) at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), where he helped calibrate the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) for NASA (NASA). His non-astronomical interests include oceans, literature, bad movies, fossils, “taking his talents,” and his succulent plants, which he will also take, along with his talents, to MIT.

Thesis: The Reef at the End of the World
Lisa Song
S.M., Science Writing, 2009
Reporter at ProPublica
Lisa Song Thesis: Drinking Up the Desert
David Spitz
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2001
Chief Marketing Officer, emParticle
David Spitz Thesis: Contested Codes: The Social Construction of Napster
Christa Starr
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2001
Partner at Elephant Gun LLC
Christa Starr
Erik Stayton
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2015
Ph.D. student at MIT History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS)
Erik Stayton Erik Stayton is a technologist and technology scholar interested in shaping the future of human relationships to technology by studying and critiquing their past, their present, and conventionally accepted visions of their future. He received his dual-degree Sc.B. from Brown University in physics and English literature. After several years as a designer, programmer, and educational writer, he came to MIT Comparative Media Studies where he completed a master's thesis on automated vehicle technologies and the often unacknowledged complexity and hybridity of automated systems. Now at MIT HASTS, Erik continues his technocultural research on automation and human-machine interaction broadly defined. And he continues to extend his thesis work on automated vehicles at Nissan Research Center - Silicon Valley.

Thesis: Driverless Dreams: Technological Narratives and the Shape of the Automated Car
Abe Stein
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2013
Content Director at Sports Innovation Lab
Abe Stein Thesis: Televisual Sports Videogames
Siri Steiner
S.M., Science Writing, 2005
Medical Writer at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Siri Steiner Thesis: The Natural History of a Lost Sense

Medical Writer, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Anna Lee Strachan
S.M., Science Writing, 2003
Freelance Producer/Writer/Director for NOVA-WGBH
Anna Lee Strachan Anna Lee Strachan is an Emmy-nominated freelance producer for PBS’s NOVA series. She has produced and directed several hours for PBS’s NOVA including the critically-acclaimed The Fabric of the Cosmos, Making Stuff, and NOVA scienceNOW. As an associate producer she helped produce the Peabody Award-winning two-hour special, Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial. Prior to her television work, she wrote for NASA’s Ask an Astrobiologist website and produced for NPR’s Talk of the Nation: Science Friday. She has a degree in cognitive neuroscience from Harvard University and an M.S. in science writing from MIT.

Thesis: Chasing Chupacabras: Why People Would Rather Believe in a Bloodsucking Red-eyed Monster from Outer-Space than in a Pack of Hungry Dogs
Andy Kelleher Stuhl
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2016
Ph.D. Student in Communication Studies, McGill University
Andy Kelleher Stuhl Andy's interests center on sound, networked media, and communities of practice. His thesis project at CMS examined the processes and motivations behind interactive musical works.

Andy is now a Ph.D. student in Communication Studies at McGill, where he is researching the adoption of software interfaces for automated radio programming amid regulatory change and consolidation of ownership in the industry.

Thesis: Listening in Code: Process and Politics in Interactive Musical Works
Nidhi Subbaraman
S.M., Science Writing, 2010
Science reporter at BuzzFeed News
Nidhi Subbaraman Nidhi is a science reporter at BuzzFeed News. Previously, she worked at the Boston Globe and NBC News.

Thesis: Why We Sing: An Ode to Our Musical Origins
Huan Sun
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2013
Co-founder, Momenta.ai
Huan Sun Thesis: The Hidden Activism: Media Practices and the Media Opportunity in Chinese Politics of Resistance
Ainsley Sutherland
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2015
Product & Partnership Strategy, Enigma MPC
Ainsley Sutherland Ainsley graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Economics.

Ainsley has design experience in games, education, software, and transmedia production. Prior to graduate school, she worked at Game Changer Chicago, where she co-designed transmedia games and stories with youth.

Ainsley is from Baltimore and has a dog named Koda.

Thesis: Staged Empathy: Empathy and Visual Perception in Virtual Reality Systems
Lana Swartz
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2009
Assistant Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia
Lana Swartz
Philip Tan
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2003
Creative Director, MIT Game Lab
Philip Tan Philip Tan is the creative director for the MIT Game Lab. He teaches CMS.608 Game Design and CMS.611J/6.073J Creating Video Games. For six years, he was the executive director for the US operations of the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab, a game research initiative.

He has served as a member of the steering committee of the Singapore chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) and worked closely with Singapore game developers to launch industry-wide initiatives and administer content development grants as an assistant manager in the Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore. Before 2005, he produced and designed PC online games at The Education Arcade, a research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that studied and created educational games. He complements a Master's degree in Comparative Media Studies with work in Boston's School of Museum of Fine Arts, the MIT Media Lab, WMBR 88.1FM and the MIT Assassins' Guild, the latter awarding him the title of "Master Assassin" for his live-action roleplaying game designs. He also founded a DJ crew at MIT.

Thesis: Tensions in Live-Action Roleplaying Game Design: A Case Study with the MIT Assassins’ Guild
Kate Telma
S.M., Science Writing, 2017
Kate Telma Kate Telma graduated from Brown University in 2015 with an ScB in chemical biology. After working at Bolt Threads, a startup that makes spider silk, she joined the science writers at MIT. She completed an internship with Nature India in New Delhi, where she wrote about population genetics, antibiotic resistance, and medical devices. Her written work has appeared in NOVA Next, MIT News, Hearing Health, and Undark.
Maria Temming
S.M., Science Writing, 2017
Technology Reporter at Science News
Maria Temming Growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, Maria Temming always envisioned herself as an author. While other kids played soccer or video games or the clarinet, Maria spent hours hashing out plot lines and characters. She never thought she would find anything quite as fascinating as her own word-constructed worlds—until she took a physics class. At first, Maria viewed physics and astronomy concepts merely as excellent fodder for sci-fi stories, but she soon found herself fascinated with the real science of the cosmos.

As physics and English major at Elon University ‘16, Maria realized that science writing appeased both her inner STEM fangirl, who loved learning about the weird and wonderful phenomena in our universe, and the creative writer, who just wanted to spend her time telling stories. Maria cut her teeth in science journalism by writing for Sky & Telescope in the summer of 2014, and she worked as an AAAS Mass Media Fellow at Scientific American the following summer. During the school year, Maria got her science writing fix by contributing to the university tech blog and working on her thesis project: composing three chapters of a popular science book about the attendees of the Green Bank Meeting of 1961, the seminal SETI conference. She looks forward to further honing her science communication skills at MIT, so that she can get someone else excited about jaw-dropping, mind-bending, and sometimes just plain head-scratching research that physicists and astronomers are doing.
Yao Tong
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2017
Yao Tong Yao Tong graduated from the University of Michigan, double majoring in Communication Studies and Economics. Growing up in Beijing, Yao took a particular interest in the complex interplay between political, economic, and cultural contexts impacting new media in Asia. Most recently, she interned at China Central Television (CCTV) as a director assistant, where her tasks involved coming up with an effective propagation strategy in the face of the continuous mediocre television ratings. To delve deeper, Yao conducted an independent research project on microblogging services in China and revealed substantial insights on how cultural and social factors dictate the way Chinese people communicate online.

In her spare time, Yao is an ardent jazz music lover and an enthusiastic pianist in chamber music groups on campus. She swims every day to keep fit, and loves to go to BSO (Boston Symphony Orchestra) to admire her favorite musicians such as Evgeny Kissin and Anna Netrebko.
Deniz Tortum
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2016
Deniz Tortum Deniz Tortum is a filmmaker, researcher and designer. He is currently a fellow at Harvard Film Study Center, where he is working on a film about a hospital in Istanbul and works with Virtual Collaboration Research, where he designs virtual reality experiences. His first feature film, Zayiat, has been screened internationally, including at SXSW. His most recent film, If Only There Were Peace, was selected to Sheffield, True/False FF and won the best short documentary award at Dokufest.
Whitney Trettien
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2009
Assistant Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania
Whitney Trettien Whitney Trettien is a scholar, creator, and teacher whose work weaves together archival research and creative use of technologies. She has a PhD from Duke University, an MS from MIT, and is an Assistant Professor of English at University of Pennsylvania. Before moving to Penn, she taught in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC Chapel Hill.

Thesis: Computers, Cut-ups and Combinatory Volvelles: An Archaeology of Text-Generating Mechanisms
Lauren Maurer Trew
S.M., Science Writing, 2012
Freelance Writer/Editor
Lauren Maurer Trew Thesis: Flashback: The Return of Psychedelic Medicine
Kelsey Tsipis
S.M., Science Writing, 2018
Science Writer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kelsey Tsipis Growing up in Cleveland, OH, Kelsey Tsipis did not always aspire to be a science writer. She was a child with ardent aspirations, prone to ever-changing interests and great immoderation in her passion. It wasn’t until she took her first science journalism class as an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill that she recognized that science writing perfectly suited her inquisitive disposition. As an undergrad, Kelsey focused primarily on a wide range of public health topics, including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, mental health coverage, and research findings from UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University — winning her the North Carolina Medical Society Scholarship for Medical Journalism. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a specialty in Editing and Graphic Design from UNC Chapel Hill, Kelsey worked as a medical editor for an independent, nonprofit global research institute and served on the executive committee of the American Medical Writers Association Carolinas Chapter. Kelsey is now beyond grateful to continue her passion for science writing at MIT with fellow students and professors whom she admires greatly.
George Tsiveriotis
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2017
Researcher at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism
George Tsiveriotis George moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009 after attending high school in Athens, Greece. He earned his B.S. from Stanford University in Symbolic Systems, an interdisciplinary program that consists of coursework in computer science, psychology, philosophy, and linguistics.

George spent the year before grad school working in Facebook's communications and policy department, where he collaborated with tech reporters from outlets such as WIRED and the Washington Post on stories about a wide range of topics including tech accessibility, the Silicon Valley gender gap, and the role of analog art in online communities.

George's research interests include social media, online identity, techno-utopianism, and algorithmic bias.

Thesis: Everything is Awful: Snark as Ritualized Practice in Online Discourse
Rachel VanCott
S.M., Science Writing, 2008
Rachel VanCott Thesis: Ghost at the Machine: Internet Addiction and Compulsive Computer Use
Iris Vargas
S.M., Science Writing, 2008
Freelance writer
Iris Vargas Thesis: Earthlings: Humanity’s Essential Relationship with Gravity
Mara Vatz
S.M., Science Writing, 2004
Thesis: Knowing When to Stop: The Investigation of Flight 191
Ilya Vedrashko
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2006
Managing Director, Communications Planning and Research, Syneos Health
Ilya Vedrashko Thesis: Advertising in Computer Games
kestrell
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2006
Disability and Technology Consultant, Radical Disability Blogger and Writer
kestrell Thesis: Decloaking Disability: Images of Disability and Technology in Science Fiction Media
Karen Verschooren
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2007
Image and Artifact Programming, House for Dance, Image and Sound
Karen Verschooren Thesis: .art: Situating Internet Art in the Traditional Institution for Contemporary Art
Kenrick Vezina
S.M., Science Writing, 2011
Science Writer, Editor, and Educator
Thesis: Metromorphosis: Evolution on the Urban Island
Maya Wagoner
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2017
User Experience Designer at Brooklyn Public Library
Maya Wagoner Maya M. Wagoner is currently a research assistant at the Open Technology Institute of the New America Foundation, working on a participatory action research project to understand the people in the field of technology for social justice. She is broadly interested in building digital platforms with principles of social justice, collaborative design, and critical pedagogy. Prior to studying at MIT, she grew up all around California, worked as a UX designer and usability researcher, and was an organizer of both the UC Santa Cruz African/Black Student Alliance and Code for San Francisco.

Thesis: Technology Against Technocracy: Toward Design Strategies for Critical Community Technology
Yu Wang
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2015
Manager of Software Product and Operations, Makeblock Co.
Yu Wang Wang Yu spent his years empowering Chinese grass root NGOs with technology. As a member of NGO 2.0 China project, he participated in building the Philanthropy Map, which is designed to help Chinese NGOs and corporations find each other's needs. He also attended Web 2.0 workshops for Chinese NGOs as an instructor, to train them how to utilize social media to achieve their goal.

As a graduate student at University of Science and Technology of China, Wang is interested in software developing and engineering, science communication, online education, data analysis, mining and visualization. He believes that the well-being of society resides in collaborative solving social issues and sharing delight about knowledge, life, and the world.

Thesis: Heike, Jike, Chuangke: Creativity in the Chinese Technology Community
Qi Wang
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2002
Associate Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology
Qi Wang Thesis: Negotiating Realists: The Sixth Generation of Chinese Filmmakers
Genevieve Wanucha
S.M., Science Writing, 2009
Science Writer at University of Washington, Memory and Brain Wellness Center
Genevieve Wanucha Thesis: The Clearest Mirror: The Science of Laughing and Crying
Erin Weeks
S.M., Science Writing, 2013
Science Writer, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (Charleston, SC)
Erin Weeks Thesis: Out of Africa and Into the Sunshine State: Tracking an Exotic Invader
Margaret Weigel
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2002
Margaret Weigel Margaret graduated from CMS in 2002 and began her career in the glamorous and lucrative field of education technology as the Project Director of Project New Media Literacies with Dr. Henry Jenkins. She subsequently worked for Dr. Howard Gardner at Harvard's Project Zero, for academic publisher Cengage Learning as a digital strategist and content developer, for Six Red Marbles as a Director of Curriculum and Learning.

Thesis: The Commoditable Block Party: Electric Signs in Manhattan, 1881-1917
Matthew Weise
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2004
CEO at Empathy Box
Matthew Weise Matthew Weise is a game designer and writer whose work spans industry and academia. He has been a Narrative Designer at Harmonix Music Systems on Fantasia: Music Evolved, the Game Design Director of the GAMBIT Game Lab at MIT, and a consultant for Microsoft, PBS, and others on transmedia storytelling and game design. His work, both creatively and critically, focuses on transmedia adaptation with an emphasis on the challenges of adapting cinema into video games. Matt has given lectures and workshops on film-to-game adaptation all over the world, and his published work on Aliens, James Bond, and zombie and horror cinema can be found along with the rest of his writing on his blog at http://outsideyourheaven.blogspot.com/. His development work, including IGF finalist The Snowfield, is available at http://gambit.mit.edu/.

Thesis: Understanding Meaningfulness in Video Games
Evan Wendel
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2008
UX Designer, Intuitive Company
Evan Wendel Thesis: New Potentials for “Independent” Music: Social Networks, Old and New, and the Ongoing Struggles to Reshape the Music Industry
Michelle Woodward
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2002
Photo Editor, Middle East Report magazine
Michelle Woodward Michelle lives in Beirut with her husband and young daughter. She is the photo editor for the magazine Middle East Report (www.merip.org) and editor of the Photography Page on the e-zine Jadaliyya (www.jadaliyya.com). She is also an experienced photography researcher. She finds photos for authors to use in their published work and help them navigate the landscape of rights and permissions. She also pursues historical research into photography of the Middle East and occasionally publishes on this topic.

Thesis: The Construction of Photojournalism: Visual Style and Branding in the Magnum Photos Agency
Sam Wotipka
SM, Science Writing, 2014
Exhibit Development Coordinator, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Sam Wotipka Thesis: Seizing A Species: The story of the Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Harvest
Ashley Yeager
S.M., Science Writing, 2008
Associate Editor at The Scientist
Ashley Yeager Thesis: Cosmos Incognito: Vera Rubin Shines Light on Dark Matter
Christopher York
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2001
Christopher York Thesis: Anthropology of Nostalgia: Primitivism and the Antimodern Vision in the American Southwest, 1880-1930
Sarah Yu
S.M., Science Writing, 2013
Software Engineer at LinkedIn
Sarah Yu Thesis: The Butterfly People, and Their Impacts on the Creatures They Love
Huma Yusuf
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2008
Executive, Business Integrity, CDC Group
Huma Yusuf Thesis: Tactical Cities: Negotiating Violence in Karachi, Pakistan
Yannis Zavoleas
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2004
Senior Lecturer, Computational Design, University of New South Wales
Yannis Zavoleas Yannis Zavoleas teaches Computational Design and Architecture as Senior Lecturer at University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia. He holds a Ph.D. in Architectural Design from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA - 2011, best study of the year), 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 books "Machine and Network as Structural Models in Architecture" and "Surface: Digital Materiality and the New Relation between Depth and Surface", both by Futura, Athens. His research interests include architectural design methodology, theory and practice, especially seen through the digital turn. He has published papers and produced experimental works on computation and the future of architecture and the related design practices, under an interdisciplinary scope. His recent research project named as Bio-Shelters received the prestigious New South Wales Urban Growth funding to build artificial prototype reef structures as shelters for marine organisms acting as natural filters to clean the sea water. Currently, such kinds of sea life are heavily threatened by increasing pollution levels. It is suggested that the proposed structures will assist population regrowth and will improve the water quality in coastal urban areas such as Sydney Harbour.

Thesis: Restating Artistic Value: Why Do People Pay 2,000,000 US.D. for a Urinal Signed by R. Mutt?
Vicky Zeamer
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2018
UX Researcher for Machine Learning, HubSpot
Vicky Zeamer Vicky Zeamer graduated from Wellesley College, where she studied Media Arts and Sciences (think HCI + design) & American Studies. She was also a cross-registered student at MIT where she took courses and participated in research centered around media technology and interaction design.

Vicky’s past work has been largely in user experience design and research, in areas such as advertising and museums. As a design researcher, she is happiest when in the field conducting ethnographies and user interviews. She also gets a rush from synthesizing these findings and extracting design implications of users’ needs, values, and perspectives.

Vicky's current research interests circle around personal and cultural relationships with food. More specifically, she is interested in exploring how computing and digital media are changing the way in which users experience food, and therefore exploring how computing is changing the way in which we use food as a tool to form connections and establish deeper understandings of events, people, and places.
Jia Zhang
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2013
Mellon Associate Research Scholar, Columbia University Center for Spatial Research
Jia Zhang Thesis: Information Visualization as Creative Nonfiction
Ling Zhong
S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2014
Senior Venture Architect at BCG Digital Ventures
Ling 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