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. 

Saraswathi (Saras) Bellur
  • Visiting Research Scholar

Saraswathi (Saras) Bellur (Ph.D., Penn State University, 2012) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, University of Connecticut (UConn). Situated in media effects, Dr. Bellur’s research focuses on understanding the psychological and physiological effects of interactive media on communication processes and outcomes. With several publications in flagship journals in the field, Dr. Bellur’s work has contributed to both theoretical and empirical body of knowledge surrounding interactivity research. Dr. Bellur’s research has also focused on explication and measurement issues related to interactivity, cognitive heuristics, and user engagement. Dr. Bellur has co-developed a new theoretical framework called the motivational technology model, which examines how we can harness unique affordances of new media, such as interactivity, to boost individuals’ intrinsic motivation, and encourage them to engage in preventive health behaviors. Her recent work has also examined the effects of media multitasking on learning and enjoyment. Dr. Bellur looks forward to pursuing innovative and collaborative projects that contribute toward a theory-driven understanding of communication technologies and their effects.

  • Research Scholar

Nadine Bol is a postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam. She is part of the university’s Research Priority Area ‘Personalized Communication,’ an interdisciplinary collaboration between the departments of Communication Science and Information Law. Her research focuses on the social and ethical implications of digital technologies, particularly in the field of health communication. More specifically, she researches questions related to why, how, and under which conditions people use digital technologies for health-related purposes, as well as the impact of technology on cognitive, social, and behavioral outcomes. Her work has been published in prominent, peer-reviewed journals, such as Human Communication Research, Computers in Human Behavior, Journal of Health Communication, and The Information Society. Nadine is currently co-editing a special issue on “Tailored Health Communications: Opportunities and Challenges in the Digital Era” for the journal Digital Health.

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.

Dennis Del Favero
  • Research Fellow
Dennis Del Favero is Chair Professor of Digital Innovation, and Scientia Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. A digital media research artist and academic, his work focuses on the integration of artificial intelligence systems in art so as to expand art’s imaginative and decision-making capabilities in order for it to more effectively address pressing contemporary concerns through scenario modelling. He is the director of two leading research centres, both engaged in immersive visualization: the iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research, and the Extended Perception Interaction Centre.
Mikkel Flyverbom
  • Research Fellow

Mikkel Flyverbom is Professor of Communication and Digital Transformations at the Department of Management, Society and Communication, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. He is academic director of the research platform Transformations: Technology, Data and Knowledge in the Digital Age and founding director the BSc in Business Administration and Digital Management program, both at Copenhagen Business School. With a background in communication, his work explores the workings and consequences of digital transformations, with a particular interest in questions about transparency and visibilities, datafication and knowledge production, and anticipation and governance. His publications on internet governance, tech companies, data and transparency have appeared in Organization Studies, Management Communication Quarterly, Business & Society, Organization, The Information Society, Telecommunications Policy, as well as a number of books. He is currently finishing a new book on digital transformations and visibility management for Cambridge University Press. He also serves on the editorial boards of the journals Communication Theory and Big Data & Society, and advisory boards of the think tank DataEthics and the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University, and is a widely used media expert on digital transformations and the tech industry.

Younbo Jung
  • Research Scholar

Younbo Jung is Associate Professor of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He earned his Ph.D. at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. 

In teaching, he received four teaching-related awards at NTU: Nanyang Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010, Nanyang Education Award (College) in 2013, Nanyang Education Award (University) – Bronze in 2014, and Koh Boon Hwee Scholar’s Award (mentorship award) in 2014. He is the inaugural Fellow of Teaching Excellence Academy since 2014. 

In research, his interests include socio-psychological effects of interactive media such as video games, virtual reality systems, human-machine interaction, and their applications in education and medical aids. He supports interdisciplinary research and has successfully collaborated on many research projects with scholars in computer science, electrical engineering, education, physical therapy, and social work.

Ulrike Klinger
  • Research Scholar

Ulrike Klinger was a CITS Visiting Research Scholar from March through May of 2017. Dr. Klinger is a professor for digital communication at Free University Berlin.. 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. 

Joshua Meyer-Gutbrod
  • Research Scholar

Joshua Meyer-Gutbrod is a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, pursuing research in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on how the growth of national partisan polarization interacts with state politics, intergovernmental relations, and the decentralization of policy implementation within American federalism. He examines the ways in which the goals and policy preferences of state party organizations vary from their national allies due to the unique demands placed on them by local constituents. He argues that this variation results in distinct and at times unexpected patterns of resistance and cooperation to national partisan pressure and creates opportunities for bi-partisan policy implementation in spite of polarization. 

His post-doctoral work focuses on variation in partisan issue ownership within the states by examining the content of state legislative campaign websites. His dissertation, entitled "American Federalism and Partisan Resistance in an Age of Polarization" explored the potential for bi-partisan compromise between state and federal agents, arguing that variation in state partisan policy preferences and stronger inter-party competition for control of state institutions can encourage bi-partisan compromise between state and federal agents.

He completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University in August 2018 under the guidance of Dr. Suzanne Mettler and Dr David Bateman. He received a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 2008. Prior to graduate school, he worked for a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about down-ballot issues and state elections through the creation of digital resources for citizens including information on state open records and meetings laws, ballot measures, state legislative, executive and judicial elections and even state policy.

Dr. Meyer-Gutbrod will be collaborating with CITS during his time researching at UCSB.

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. 

Stephanie Tong
  • Research Scholar

Stephanie Tong is an Associate Professor of Communication at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. In her work, she examines how popular social media systems impact human communication across the relational lifecycle—from initiation, maintenance, to dissolution and termination. Dr. Tong is currently exploring how artificial intelligence algorithms embedded in online and mobile dating apps influence the decisions people make about whom to date. During her stay at CITS, she will be investigating how AI influences people’s choices regarding their personal health.

Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation and has appeared in a variety of top outlets including, New Media & Society, Psychology & Health, Personal Relationships, Communication Research, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. When she’s not in the lab or the classroom, you’ll find her in the great outdoors running, hiking, or rock climbing with her husband and their two rescue dogs— “chugs” (Chihuahua-Pugs) named JB and Panzer. 

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.