Visiting Research Scholars

  • Research Scholar

Rasha A. Abdulla was a former CITS Visiting Research Scholar. Dr. Abdulla is Associate Professor and Past Chair of Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo. Her research interests include the uses and effects of mass media, new media, particularly the Internet, development communication and education through entertainment, freedom of expression, as well as music and music videos as communication media. She is the author of "The Internet in Egypt and the Arab World,""The Internet in the Arab World: Egypt and Beyond," "Policing the Internet in the Arab World," and numerous other research articles, reports, and book chapters.

Rasha's faculty lecture "The role of social media in the aftermath of Egypt's revolution" happened on December 5, 2012. 

Simone Brown
  • Research Scholar

Simone Browne is a former CITS Visiting Research Scholar. Dr. Brown is Associate Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches and researches surveillance studies, popular culture, digital media and black diaspora studies. She completed her Master’s degree and her PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her work has been published in International Feminist Journal of Politics, Critical Sociology, Cultural Studies and Citizenship Studies. Her first book, Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness (Duke University Press, 2015) examines surveillance with a focus on transatlantic slavery, biometrics, airports, borders and creative texts.

Simone's faculty lecture "DARK MATTERS: Surveillance of Blackness" happened on November 19, 2015. 

  • Research Scholar

Homero Gil de Zúñiga was a Visiting Research Scholar in 2010. He holds a PhD in Politics from the Universidad Europea de Madrid and a PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He holds the Medienwandel Professorship at University of Vienna, where he directs the Media Innovation Lab (MiLab). He is also a Research Fellow at the Universidad Diego Portales, and the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. He has participated the summer doctoral program at the Oxford Internet Institute, and as Nieman Journalism Lab Research Fellow at Harvard University. His research addresses the influence of new technologies and digital media over people's daily lives, as well as the effect of such use on the overall democratic process. He is the author of numerous books and journal articles, and has obtained grants totaling over $4 million.

Homero's faculty lecture, "Democracy and the Effects of Citizen and Traditional Journalism," happened on November 4, 2010.

Ulrike Klinger
  • Research Scholar

Ulrike Klinger was a CITS Visiting Research Scholar from March through May of 2017. Dr. Klinger is the Senior Researcher for the Institute for Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich. Dr. Klinger's research interests include the societal and cultural implications of communication and IT, strategic communication and politicians’ use of digital media, digital media and democratic processes, as well as comparative analysis of media structures and media regulation. Her current project is "Transforming the digital public sphere: IT engineers as communicators." To learn more about Ulrike's current and past research see her Curriculum Vitae.

Ulrike's faculty lecture "Who's Afraid of Facebook? Perceptions about Social Media in Europe" happened on April 26, 2017. 

"Thank you CITS for an excellent experience: my time as visiting scholar could not have been more productive and fun. The facilities for research are outstanding and easy to access. But the best were the people at CITS! If only I could stay longer, my book manuscript would definitely benefit."

photo of Karolina Koc Michalska
  • Research Scholar

Karolina Koc-Michalska is a CITS Visiting Research Scholar from June 2017 through September 2017. She is an Associate Professor at Audencia Business School and Associate Researcher at CEVIPOF Sciences-Po Paris, France. Her research interest focuses on political parties’ strategic online communication during electoral time, especially the usage of social media, as well as the new media effects on societies. She extends this work through comparative research within the European countries and US. During her stay at CITS, she will explore the motivations leading to political participation and the role of fake news in societies.

Carleen Maitland
  • Research Scholar

Carleen Maitland is a former CITS Visiting Research Scholar. Dr. Maitland is Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology and co-director of the Institute for Information Policy at Penn State University. Her research and teaching examine the institutional context of humanitarian organizations and its implications for access to and use of information and communication technologies  (ICTs). Outcomes from her work, including more than 50 journal articles, book chapters and refereed conference proceedings, have appeared in outlets such as the Journal of Information Technology, The Information Society, Telecommunications Policy and Information Systems Frontiers.


Carleen's faculty lecture "Multi-level governance in humanitarian organizations: Implications for Information flows" happened on October 14, 2015. 

Clara ter Hoeven
  • Research Scholar

Clara ter Hoeven was a CITS Visiting Scholar from November 2016 through June 2017. Dr. Clara ter Hoeven is an associate professor at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR, University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on communication technology use, flexible work designs, work-life policies, and employee well-being.

Clara's faculty lecture, "Robot Technology Use: Threat or Treasure? The Impact of Robotization on Employee Well-Being" happened on December 1, 2016. 

Stephan Winter
  • Research Scholar

Stephan Winter is a former CITS Visiting Research Scholar. He is an Assistant Professor of Persuasive Communication at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Dr. Winter's research focuses primarily on credibility and information selection as well as on processes of attitude formation and expression in new media environments. Furthermore, he is interested in personalization and message targeting in social media. To learn more about Stephan's current and past research see his Homepage at the University of Amsterdam.