IT&S Alumni

Sara Lafia, Geography, Graduated S20, Adviser: Krzysztof Janowicz

Dissertation: Designing for Serendipity: Research Data Curation in Topic Spaces

Current position: Research Fellow in the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan



Lorna Gonzalez, Education, Graduated F18, Adviser: Karen J. Lunsford

Dissertation: Aspects of a Literacy of Infographics: Results from an Empirical-Qualitative Study

Current position: Instructional/Learning Designer; Interim Assistant Director of Innovation & Faculty Development | California State University, Channel Islands


Twitter:  @lgonzalez1


Francisco Brandao, Jr., Political Science, Graduated S17, Adviser: Bruce Bimber

Dissertation: Campaign Spheres in Latin America: How Institutions Affect Digital Media in Presidential Elections

Current position: Data Scientist and Communications Analyst, Chamber of Deputies of Brazil; Visiting Scholar, Political Science Department, University of Brasilia

Twitter: @frbrando


Aubrie Adams, Communication, Graduated S17, Adviser: Norah Dunbar

Dissertation: Student-Centered Factors as Predictors for Learning and Motivation in Digital Games: Examining a Deception Detection Training Game

Current position: Assistant Professor of Digital Communication and Culture, Communication Studies Department, California Polytechnic State University



Grant McKenzie, Geography, Graduated S15, Adviser: Krzysztof Janowicz

Dissertation: A Temporal Approach to Defining Place Types based on User-Contributed Geosocial Content

Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, McGill University



Rahul Mukherjee, Film & Media Studies, Graduated S14, Adviser: Lisa Parks

Dissertation: Competing Knowledges, Uncertain Futures: A Study of Mediated Technoscience Publics in India

Current position: Dick Wolf Associate Professor of Television and New Media Studies; Associate Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania



Ryan Medders, Communication, Graduated S14, Adviser: Miriam Metzger

Dissertation: The Role of Need for Cognition and Credibility Assessment in Exposure to Political Information on the Internet

Current position: Chair and Associate Professor of Department of Communication at California Lutheran University



Rebekah (Pure) Grossman, Communication, Graduated S13, Adviser: Miriam Metzger

Dissertation: Privacy expectations in online contexts

Current position: Consultant at IRI (formerly Survey Specialist at NORC at the University of Chicago)



Veljko Pejovic, Computer Science, Graduated S12, Adviser: Elizabeth Belding

Dissertation: Adaptive and Resource-Efficient Rural Area Wireless Networks

Current position: Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia



Katy Pearce, Communication, Graduated S11, Adviser: Ron Rice

Dissertation: Accessible, Useful, and Conspicuous: Socioeconomic and Cultural Determinants of Information and Communication Technology Adoption in the Republic of Armenia

Current position: Associate Professor, Communication, University of Washington



Darren Hardy,  Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, Graduated S10,  Adviser: James Frew

Current position: Senior Software Engineer at Uplight



Nicole Starosielski, Film & Media Studies, Graduated S10, Adviser: Lisa Parks

Current position: Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU



Monica Bulger, Education, Graduated S09, Adviser: Richard Mayer

Dissertation: Online literacy and the trouble with information

Current position: Research Consultant at UNICEF; Senior Fellow at Joan Ganz Cooney Center; (Former fellow at Oxford Internet Institute and Berkman Center for Internet & Society)



Bola King, English, Graduated S09, Adviser: Alan Liu

Dissertation: A Theoretical Framework for Virtual-Worlds Research: Toward a Proxemics of Virtuality

Current position: Owner, Zeno Effect Media; Adjunct Instructor of English, College of the Canyons