Virginia Commonwealth University
MATX

Media Art & Text Ph.D program

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  • Paula Talero Álvarez
    BA in Journalism, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
    MA in Cinematography, University of Córdoba, Spain
    MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Dissertation director: Archana Pathak, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
    Dissertation title: "Why Katniss Everdeen is our favorite feministA textual analysis of the heroine of The Hunger Games film saga and her reception by young female spectators"
  • Thomas Cunningham
  • BFA in Theatre, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MFA in Theatre, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dissertation director: David Golumbia, Department of English
  • Dissertation title: "Examining Phoneme Bias and Mediation through Constructed Language"

  • Jessica Gordon
  • BA in English and Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dissertation director: Eric Garberson, Department of Art History
  • Dissertation title: "Always Already Multimodal: An Alternative History of Teaching Multimodal Writing"

  • Justin Greene
  • BA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dissertation director: Richard Fine, Department of English
  • Dissertation title: "Performing Authorship in the Late-Twentieth-Century and Early-Twenty-First-Century (1960 to 2010)"

  • Byeongwon Ha
  • BFA in Film, Television and Multimedia, SungKyunKwan University
  • MFA in Media Art, Yonsei University
  • MFA in Digital+Media, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Dissertation director: Eric Garberson, Department of Art History
  • Research focus: Nam June Paik and Interactive Art

  • Osita Iroegbu
  • BA in English/Journalism, University of Delaware
  • MA in Journalism and Public Affairs, American University
  • Dissertation director: Hong Cheng, Robertson School of Media and Culture
  • Dissertation title: The Impact of Racial Microaggressions on Stress: Low-income African-American Women’s Responses to Cultural Stereotypes in the Media

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  • Dawn Johnson
    BA in English, The University of Virginia
    JD, University of Richmond, School of Law
    Dissertation director: Archana Pathak, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
    Dissertation title: "Understanding the Voice of African-American Women in the Blogosphere: A Textual Analysis of the Intersection between Race and Gender in Multi-Author Black Feminist Blogs "
  • David Lawrence
  • BS in Biology, Louisiana State University
  • MS in Geography, George Mason University
  • MS in Journalism, Columbia University
  • Dissertation director: Tim Bajkiewicz, School of Mass Communications
  • Dissertation title: "Last Call for Corals: Life, Death, and Conservation of an Ocean Ecosystem"
  • Francis Longaker
    BA in History and Music, Lynchburg College
    MALS in Humanities, Hollins University
    Diploma in Business Administration/Management, National College
    Dissertation director: David Golumbia, Department of English
    Dissertation title: "Myth and the Sublime in Video Games"
  • Francesca Lyn
  • BFA in Painting, University of Florida
  • MA in Digital Arts & Sciences, University of Florida
  • Dissertation director: David Golumbia, Department of English
  • Dissertation title: "Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Autobiographical Comics"
  • Michael Means
  • BA in Political Science, Radford University
  • MA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dissertation director: Cristina Stanciu, Department of English
  • Dissertation title: "Adaptive Acts: Emergent Voices in Ethnic American Culture and Politics”
  • Paul Robertson
    BA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
    MA in Appalachian Studies, Appalachian State University
    MA in English, Appalachian State University
  • Dissertation director: David Golumbia, Department of English
    Dissertation title: "The Mountains at the End of the World: Subcultural Appropriations of Appalachia and the Hillbilly Image, 1990-2010"
  • Deb Saidel
  • BA in Religious Studies and Music, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MM in Flute Performance, Georgia State University
  • Dissertation director: Eric Garberson, Department of Art History
  • Dissertation title: "Women in Music: Letting a Long Story be Long"

    Mary Selph
    BA in Liberal Arts, Hofstra University
    MFA in Creative Writing, Texas State University-San Marcos
    Dissertation director: Katherine Nash, Department of English
    Dissertation title: "Literary Materiality in Contemporary Little Magazines"

    Andrew Spencer
    BA in English, The University of Texas
    BFA in Theater Studies, The University of Texas
    MA in English, Baylor University
    Dissertation director: Richard Fine, Department of English
    Dissertation title: "Always Already Entrapped: The Panoptic Power of Capitalism in American Literature, 1900-1945"

    Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet
    BA in Art & Design, BA in History from North Carolina State University
    MFA in Studio Art from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    MA in English, Baylor University
    Dissertation director:Kathleen Chapman, Department of Art History
    Dissertation title:"Performance Artifacts as Indexes of Queer Bodies: Their Engagement with and Challenge to the Archive"

    Neal Swisher
    BA in Cognitive Science & Philosophy Research, Franklin & Marshall College
    Master of Liberal Arts, University of Pennsylvania
    Dissertation director: David Golumbia, Department of English
    Dissertation title: "Tracking the Body with Digital Tools: Implications for Health, Culture and Identity"

  • Clare van Loenen
    BA in History of Art, University of Bristol, UK
    PGCE – Postgraduate Certificate of Education, University of Cambridge, Homerton College, UK
    MA in Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK
    Dissertation director(s): Eric Garberson, Department of Art History;
    Hope Ginsburg, Department of Panting + Printmaking (co-chairs)
    Dissertation title: "Social Sites, Artist Project Spaces 2001-2016"

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Second year

  • Abdullah Alahmari
    BA in Education, King Kahlid University, Saudi Arabia
    MA in Communication Arts, University of the Incarnate Word

    Ahmed Alqarni

    BA in Arabic Language and Literature, King Kahlid University, Saudi Arabia
    MA in Communication, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

    Chaz Barracks
    BA in Criminal Justice, University of Richmond
    MA in Non Profit Studies, University of Richmond

    Frankie Mastrangelo
    BA in English, Rollins College
    MA in Media, Cinema, Digital Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Elizabeth Stoddert
    BA in Humanities, Pepperdine University
    MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities, University of West Florida

    Jeannette Vigliotti

    BA in English, Flagler College
    MA in English, University of North Florida

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    First year


    • Mohammed Alasmari

      BA in Mass Communication, Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University

      MA in Communication Arts, University of the Incarnate Word

      Yuxian Dong
      BFA in Photography, Beijing Film Academy
      MFA in Imaging Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology

      Allison Dyche
      BS in Journalism, Georgia Southern University
      MA in Documentary Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design
      MFA in Writing, Savannah College of Art and Design

      Alex Jones
      BS in Business, Virginia Commonwealth University
      MA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University

      Wedyan Kattan

      BA in English Literature, King Abdulaziz University
      MBA in Executive Business Administration, King Abdulaziz University
      MA in Strategic Public Relations, George Washington University

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