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David Abrahamson

David Abrahamson

Professor
Phone: 847-467-4159 | Email: d-abrahamson@northwestern.edu

David Abrahamson's research focuses on literary journalism, long-form journalism, contemporary magazine media ecosystems, and 20th century media history. He is the author of “Magazine-Made America,” co-editor of the "Routledge Handbook of Magazine Research” and general editor of a 26-volume historical series, "Visions of the American Press."

J.A. Adande

J.A. Adande

Associate Professor and Director of Sports Journalism
Phone: 847-467-4168 | Email: ja.adande@northwestern.edu

J.A. Adande has 25 years of sports media experience, having worked at ESPN, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the Chicago Sun-Times. He has provided written and on-camera coverage of almost every major sporting event and has insight into the rapidly changing sports media landscape.

Beth Bennett

Beth Bennett

Associate Dean of Journalism and Assistant Professor
Phone: 847-491-2060 | Email: e-bennett6@northwestern.edu

Beth Bennett is an award-winning producer and reporter with more than 15 years of experience in broadcast television news and video production. Her experience spans many areas of TV news, including on-air reporting, studio/booth producing and field producing. Since leaving the broadcast industry, she has specialized in producing web and tablet-based videos in addition to independent documentary film work.

Areas of Expertise

Christopher Benson

Christopher Benson

Associate Professor
Phone: 847-491-2085 | Email: christopher.benson@northwestern.edu

Chris Benson's work is situated at the intersection of critical race theory, narrative theory, and media studies. His work focuses on social issues we are confronting in areas of stereotypes, hate speech, symbolic representation (e.g. nooses, swastikas, burning crosses, memorials) and media responsibility in clarifying meaning.

Jill Blackman

Jill Blackman

Lecturer
Email: jill.blackman@northwestern.edu

Jill Blackman’s expertise includes the study of digital trends and the evolution of social media in journalism. She focuses on storytelling through innovative digital techniques, including interactive data visualizations, explanatory animations, mapping and various programming languages.

Martin Block

Martin P. Block

Professor
Phone: 847-491-5298 | Email: mp-block@northwestern.edu

Martin Block is an expert in marketing mix models, marketing research and analytical techniques, sales promotion, advertising management, direct marketing and entertainment marketing. He formerly consulted and conducted research for the cable television industry, and has served as an expert witness in cases involving marketing communication issues.

Clarke Caywood

Clarke Caywood

Professor
Phone: 847-372-0462 | Email: c-caywood@northwestern.edu

Clarke L. Caywood has written extensively on corporate, government and NGO responses to the public during crises. His work on political communications and advertising has been quoted at the national, state and local level on broadcast, social and print media. He has spoken extensively in China, Japan and other countries.

Debbie Cenziper

Debbie Cenziper

Associate Professor and Director of Investigative Reporting
Email: debbie.cenziper@northwestern.edu

Debbie Cenziper's investigative stories focus on social justice reporting, from affordable housing corruption to breakdowns in child welfare systems. Debbie has spent more than 20 years writing for major daily newspapers, including the Miami Herald and The Washington Post.

Gerry Chiaro

Gerry Chiaro

Lecturer and Director of IMC Immersion Quarter
Phone: 312-543-4829 | Email: g-chiaro@northwestern.edu

Gerry Chiaro is an innovative marketing leader and educator with a focus on teamwork and leadership. Before joining the faculty at Medill, his career focused on learning and mastering brand management marketing, leading marketing teams at marketing technology firms and consulting in his own practice.

Susan Curtis

Susan Mango Curtis

Associate Professor
Phone: 847-467-2999 | Email: mangocurtis@northwestern.edu

Susan Mango Curtis is an educator, designer and consultant. She specializes in visual storytelling and digital publishing. Formerly, she was the assistant managing editor for the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal, where she was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize gold medal.

Kelly Cutler

Kelly Cutler

Lecturer and Director of Part-Time and Online IMC Programs
Phone: 847-467-2371 | Email: kelly.cutler@northwestern.edu

Kelly Cutler has more than 20 years of experience with digital marketing and digital media. Her work focuses on the areas of search marketing, social media marketing, programmatic, retargeting and digital analytics and measurement. She works in both theory and practice.

Craig Duff

Craig Duff

Professor
Phone: 847-467-4090 | Email: craig.duff@northwestern.edu

Craig Duff is a video journalist and producer who has diverse experience in television and digital video; including a leading role in environmental reporting at CNN to pioneering work in digital video at The New York Times and TIME. His recent work includes a video series on Chicago gun violence and the creation of a journalism training center in Pakistan.

Stephanie Edgerly

Stephanie Edgerly

Associate Professor
Phone: 847-467-2528 | Email: stephanie.edgerly@northwestern.edu

Stephanie Edgerly's research explores how the new media environment alters the way audiences encounter news and impacts political engagement. She studies patterns of news consumption (and avoidance) among U.S. teenagers and adults, the factors that shape judgments about “fake news,” and the various strategies people employ for verifying news claims.

Abigail Foerstner

Abigail M. Foerstner

Assistant Professor
Phone: 847-467-7664 | Email: a-foerstner@northwestern.edu

Abigail Foerstner is an award-winning reporter covering and teaching health, environment and science journalism. She teaches students how to bridge between an increasingly technological culture and general audiences who rely on science journalism to make critical decisions and understand the wonders around them. She teaches multimedia journalism.

Tim Franklin

Tim Franklin

Senior Associate Dean and Professor
Phone: 847-467-1651 | Email: timothy.franklin@northwestern.edu

Tim Franklin is leading the Medill Local News Initiative, a research and development project aimed at better understanding the behaviors of digital audiences and finding new approaches to sustainable local news business models.

Rich Gordon

Rich Gordon

Professor and Director of Digital Innovation
Phone: 847-467-5968 | Email: richgor@northwestern.edu

Rich Gordon launched Medill’s graduate program in new media journalism. He has spent most of his career exploring the areas where journalism and technology intersect. He was an early adopter of desktop analytical tools (such as spreadsheets and databases) to analyze data for journalistic purposes.

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Desiree Hanford

Desiree Hanford

Lecturer and Director of Academic Integrity and Appeals
Phone: 847-467-7930 | Email: d-hanford@northwestern.edu

Desi Hanford has reported on transportation/transportation companies, e-retailers (such as eBay and Amazon), and brick-and-mortar retailers. She is currently a contributing editor for a magazine for facility managers focused on running cost-saving and efficient buildings using current trends and technologies. Her area of interest is public companies.

Mei-Ling Hopgood

Mei-Ling Hopgood

Associate Professor
Phone: 847-491-2185 | Email: mhopgood@northwestern.edu

Mei-Ling Hopgood, author of Lucky Girl and How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm (Algonquin), has won awards for investigative journalism, travel reporting and writing. She is an expert in reporting and multilingual and international storytelling and narrative. She also works on improving diversity and equity in higher education, newsrooms, and coverage.

Brent Huffman

Brent Huffman

Associate Professor
Phone: 847-491-7580 | Email: b-huffman@northwestern.edu

Brent Huffman's research centers around China's economic influence and presence around the world in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He has also done extensive research about threatened cultural heritage and human rights around the globe. He can also talk about the U.S. and international documentary production, working in conflict, etc.

Jessica Hullman

Jessica Hullman

Assistant Professor
Phone: 847-467-3663 | Email: jhullman@northwestern.edu

Jessica Hullman's research centers on how data visualizations and uncertainty representations impact people's judgments and decisions. She uses tools from statistics and cognitive science to develop and evaluate computational tools for presenting data to the public, with a specific focus on how to communicate uncertainty in understandable ways.

Melissa Isaacson

Melissa Isaacson

Lecturer
Phone: 847-491-2187 | Email: melissa.isaacson@northwestern.edu

Melissa Isaacson is an award-winning sportswriter and worked most recently for ESPN in its international division; covering the Olympic Games, professional tennis and more. In 19 years at the Chicago Tribune, she covered the Michael-Jordan-led Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Bears. She's writing a book related to Title IX and women's sports history.

Areas of Expertise

Craig LaMay

Craig LaMay

Professor
Email: clamay@northwestern.edu

Craig LaMay is a long-time scholar and practitioner in the field of international assistance, currently at Northwestern’s Qatar campus. His expertise is in international speech law and norms. He is also a sports historian, focusing on Middle East sports, U.S. sport, sports media history, and sport and human rights.

Candy Lee

Candy Lee

Professor
Phone: 847-491-2065 | Email: candy.lee@northwestern.edu

Candy Lee's work on leadership and the effects of voice in technology are showcased in her research. She also does work on customer retention through loyalty, membership, pricing, display, management, attrition consideration, acquisition and growth strategy. Her focus on sport marketing involves diverse arenas from fandom to sponsorship.

Donna Leff

Donna Leff

Professor Emeritus
Email: d-leff@northwestern.edu

Donna Leff studies media coverage of science. She is interested in the false balance created by journalistic norms of objectivity in reporting; such settled science as climate change, evolution and childhood vaccines. She looks at the cultural divide between scientists who accept the limits of research findings and journalists who value certainty.

Kari Lydersen

Kari Lydersen

Lecturer and Interim Director of Social Justice News Nexus Project
Email: karin.lydersen@northwestern.edu

Kari Lydersen's research focuses, among other things, on the intersection of economics, culture, environment, labor, history and social impacts in regards to extractive industries in Midwestern (specifically water, coal, copper, oil and gas) urban, rural and Native American communities.

Edward Malthouse

Edward C. Malthouse

Erastus Otis Haven Professor and Research Director of Spiegel Research Center
Phone: 847-467-3376 | Email: ecm@northwestern.edu

Edward Malthouse's research centers on customer engagement and experiences; digital, social and mobile media; content marketing; customer reviews and digital platforms. He is also an expert on big data analytics, including customer relationship management, lifetime value models, predictive analytics, unsupervised learning, recommendation systems, and causal inferences.

Jon Marshall

Jon Marshall

Assistant Professor
Phone: 847-467-2450 | Email: j-marshall@northwestern.edu

Jon Marshall's research interests include the history of investigative reporting, the relationship between presidents and the media, and the African-American press. He is the author of "Watergate's Legacy and the Press: The Investigative Impulse." He has been interviewed as an expert source by news outlets around the world.

Joe Mathewson

Joe Mathewson

Associate Professor
Phone: 312-503-0770 | Email: m-joseph@northwestern.edu

Joe Mathewson is a former Supreme Court correspondent for WSJ and a practicing lawyer in Chicago. He stimulates coverage of business, finance and the economy. He is author of “A Quick Guide to Writing Business Stories;” “Law and Ethics for Today's Journalist: A Concise Guide;” and “The Supreme Court and the Press: The Indispensable Conflict.”

Rachel Mersey

Rachel Davis Mersey

Associate Dean of Research and Professor
Phone: 847-491-2196 | Email: rdmersey@northwestern.edu

Rachel Davis Mersey's research focuses on the motivations behind and behaviors associated with media use. She specializes in how people engage with media products, and how media organizations may thoughtfully respond. Her work attends to traditional print and broadcast channels, and also digital and social platforms, AR and VR, and new storytelling approaches.

Abe Peck

Abe Peck

Professor Emeritus-in-Service, Director of Business to Business Communications, Senior Director of Media Management Center
Phone: 805-681-1102 | Email: a-peck@northwestern.edu

Abe Peck has worked in magazines for 40 years as a writer/editor (Rolling Stone, Outside, etc.), an author, a consultant and as Medill's director of B2B communication. The author of “Uncovering the Sixties: the Life and Times of the Underground Press,” he curated Medill's recent series on Media and the 1968 Democratic Convention.

Ceci Rodgers

Ceci Rodgers

Lecturer and Director of Global Journalism Learning
Phone: 847-467-7393 | Email: c-rodgers@northwestern.edu

Ceci Rodgers focuses on global economic and financial market forces that impact everyday people. Her expertise lies in broad economic trends (demographics, technology, Fed policy) in the U.S. and Japan, as well as derivatives and other financial innovations. She studies the relationship of the media and financial markets.

Ellen Shearer

Ellen Shearer

William F. Thomas Professor; Co-Director, National Security Journalism Initiative; Washington Bureau Chief
Phone: 202-661-0102 | Email: shearer@northwestern.edu

Ellen Shearer has conducted research in several areas. In national security, she has focused on journalists' safety, conflict reporting, the military and the media and, more generally, national security issues. In political reporting, she has focused on civic engagement among millennials and among nonvoters.

Peter Slevin

Peter Slevin

Associate Professor
Phone: 847-467-7062 | Email: slevin@northwestern.edu

Peter Slevin is an experienced journalist who spent a decade on the national staff of the Washington Post. He traveled the country and the world for the Post and The Miami Herald and, at Medill, wrote a respected biography of Michelle Obama. He remains a Post contributor and often appears on television and radio.

Karen Springen

Karen Springen

Lecturer and Journalism Residency Director
Phone: 847-467-1459 | Email: k-springen@northwestern.edu

Karen Springen reviews health books for the American Library Association's Booklist and freelances for publications such as Publishers Weekly. She spent much of her career as a Newsweek correspondent. As director of the Journalism Residency program, which places 150+ students a year in media internships, she quickly spots changes in the industry.

Larry Stuelpnagel

Larry Stuelpnagel

Assistant Professor
Phone: 847-491-3468 | Email: lls768@northwestern.edu

Larry Stuelpnagel is a former political journalist. He is experienced with the economic and social pressures that impact the news that the public receives. He focuses on the lack of diversity in news staffing and how that impacts reporting on racial and economic issues.

Steven Thrasher

Steven Thrasher

Assistant Professor and Daniel H. Renberg Chair
Phone: 847-467-4476 | Email: steven.thrasher@northwestern.edu

Steven W. Thrasher's research uses journalistic and social science methods to study the intersection of LGBTQ history, racism, policing, incarceration, health disparities and HIV/AIDS. His most recent research focuses on the criminalization of HIV/AIDS and the Black Lives Matter movement in Missouri.

Michelle Weinberger

Michelle F. Weinberger

Associate Professor
Phone: 847-491-8907 | Email: m-weinberger@northwestern.edu

Michelle Weinberger’s research centers on socio-cultural aspects of consumption. She studies how people use consumption to create and span symbolic boundaries. She analyzes this through collective rituals where consumption plays a central role (e.g. gift giving and community festivals) as well as social class differences in consumption. Her most recent work centers on consumer (aka crowd) funded businesses.

Zach Wise

Zach Wise

Associate Professor
Phone: 847-467-2783 | Email: wise@northwestern.edu

Zach Wise's research centers on the intersection of technology and journalism. He does iterative applied research in immersive media (AR/VR) and new storytelling forms. Through his work in the Knight Lab at Northwestern, he also creates and directs the creation of storytelling tools that are used by publications all over the world.

Patti Wolter

Patti Wolter

Helen Gurley Brown Magazine Professor
Phone: 847-491-5269 | Email: p-wolter@northwestern.edu

Patti Wolter's background includes decades of work in consumer magazines (investigative and women's health). Her teaching centers on magazines, narrative storytelling, narrative structures, and health and science reporting. In addition, she has been working with scientists to understand consumer communication and translating science to lay audiences.

Owen Youngman

Owen Youngman

Knight Professor of Digital Media Strategy
Phone: 847-467-6759 | Email: o-youngman@northwestern.edu

Owen Youngman's research focuses on the intersection of technology with media and culture, and the impact on journalistic practice and media business models of discontinuous change in all of those sectors. He speaks on innovation, given his long experience launching print and digital products at the Chicago Tribune.

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