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Current Students

Abdullah Alahmari
B.A. in education, King Kahlid University, Saudi Arabia
M.A. in communication arts, University of the Incarnate Word
Dissertation director: Karen McIntyre, Robertson School of Media and Culture
Dissertation title: "Twitter and Public Opinion in Saudi Arabia"

Mohammed Alasmari
B.A. in mass communication, Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University
M.A. in communication arts, University of the Incarnate Word
Dissertaton director: Mariam Alkazemi, Robertson School
Dissertation title: "Engaging in Celebrities’ Social Media Influence on Twitter with Mediation of PSI Research Prospectus"

Ahmed Alqarni
B.A. in Arabic language and literature, King Kahlid University, Saudi Arabia
M.A. in communication, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Dissertation director: Marcus Messner, Robertson School of Media and Culture
Dissertation title: "Social Media and Social Advocacy in Saudi Arabia"

Chaz Barracks
B.A. in criminal justice, University of Richmond
M.A. in nonprofit studies, University of Richmond
Dissertation director: Eric Garberson, Department of Art History
Dissertation title: "Afro-Futurism in Realtime: A Womanist Autoethnographic Account of a Multi-Dimensional Identity, Resilience Pedagogy, and Imaginative Community Practice"

Elizabeth Collins
B.A. in humanities, Pepperdine University
M.A. in interdisciplinary humanities, University of West Florida

Yuxiang Dong
B.F.A. in photography, Beijing Film Academy
M.F.A. in imaging arts, Rochester Institute of Technology

Allison Dyche
B.S. in journalism, Georgia Southern University
M.A. in documentary photography, Savannah College of Art and Design
M.F.A. in writing, Savannah College of Art and Design
Dissertation director: Mary Caton Lingold, English
Dissertation title: "Teach Me How to Podcast: A Pedagogical Examination of Audio Production Across Disciplines"

Osita Iroegbu
B.A. in English/journalism, University of Delaware
M.A. 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"

Dawn Johnson
B.A. in English, University of Virginia
J.D., 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 "

Alex Jones
B.S. in business, Virginia Commonwealth University
M.A. in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dissertation director: TBA
Dissertation title: "Photograpic Authenticity and Nostalgia in the Modernist Art Novel"

Wedyan Kattan
B.A. in English literature, King Abdulaziz University 
M.B.A. in executive business administration, King Abdulaziz University
M.A. in strategic public relations, George Washington University
Dissertation director: Marcus Messner
Dissertation title: "Stereotypes of Saudies in Western Media"

Francis Longaker 
B.A. in history and music, Lynchburg College 
M.A.L.S. 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"

Frankie Mastrangelo
B.A. in English, Rollins College
M.A. in media, cinema, digital studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Dissertation director: Myrl Beam, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
Dissertation title: "Working Contradictions of Possibility under Digital Capitalism"

Mary Selph
B.A. in liberal arts, Hofstra University
M.F.A. in creative writing, Texas State University-San Marcos
Dissertation director: Katherine Nash, Department of English
Dissertation title: "Literary Materiality in Contemporary Little Magazines"

Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet
B.A. in art and design, B.A. in history from North Carolina State University
M.F.A. in studio art from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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
B.A. in cognitive science and 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
B.A. in history of art, University of Bristol, UK
P.G.C.E. – Postgraduate Certificate of Education, University of Cambridge, Homerton College, UK
M.A. in museum studies, University of Leicester, UK
Dissertation director(s): Eric Garberson, Department of Art History, and Hope Ginsburg, Department of Panting + Printmaking (co-chairs)
Dissertation title: "Social Sites, Artist Project Spaces 2001-2016"

Jeannette Vigliotti
B.A. in English, Flagler College
M.A. in English, University of North Florida
Dissertation director: Karen Rader, Department of History
Dissertation title: "Who’s Consuming You?: Digital Labor and Metabolized Data in Facebook Identity"

Zachary Acosta-Lewis
B.A. in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
M.A. in English, Virginia Commonwealth University

Ezaddeen Almutairi
B.A. in mass communication, King Saud University
M.A. in communication arts, University of the Incarnate Word’s School of Media and Design

Saleh Bin Khulayf
B.A. in mass communication, King Saud University
M.A. in communication arts, New York Institute of Technology

Nicholas Brown
B.A. in English and psychology, Randolph Macon College
M.A. in English, Virginia Commonwealth University

Clayton Harper
B.F.A. in English, Principia College
M.F.A. in arts, technology, and emerging communication, University of Texas at Dallas

Connor McCormick
B.A. in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
M.A. in English, Virginia Commonwealth University

Yahya Alzahrany
B.A. in journalism, King Saud University
M.A. in mass communication, Murray State University

Robert Crocker
B.S. in mass communication, Virginia Commonwealth University
B.A. in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
M.A. in digital media/communications, Rutgers University

Katelyn Forbish
B.A. in English and multi-media journalism, Virginia Tech University
M.A. in English, Virginia Tech University

Megan Ratliff
B.A. in anthropology and art, Carnegie Mellon University
M.S. in interdisciplinary creative processes, University of Edinburgh (UK)