Doctoral Students 2020

 

Julaine Clunis
 Julaine Clunis

she/her/hers
jclunis@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Knowledge Organization

I am studying topics related to knowledge organization, linked data, machine learning, semantic web technologies, ontologies, and health informatics. In particular, I'm interested in how knowledge organization systems can be applied to healthcare research and applications, further enhance and enable improved patient-centered health care systems and services, as well as enable usability and interoperability.

My advisor is Dr. Marcia Zeng.

 

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L.P. Coladangelo

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lcoladan@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Knowledge Organization

I am studying domain modeling and knowledge organization systems for intangible cultural heritage, information representation of folk traditions, and how semantic technologies can support cultural heritage safeguarding and transmission. Overall, I am interested in the relationships between language, meaning, storytelling, representation of ideas, and knowledge building.

My advisor is Dr. Marcia Lei Zeng.

 

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Matthew J. Craig

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mcraig27@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Interpersonal Communication>

My research focuses on Human-Machine Communication and privacy management and disclosure. Specifically, I seek to understand how humans communicate identity and negotiate privacy when interacting with and through communicative AI in addition to computer-mediated communication contexts.

 

My advisor is Dr. Jeffery T. Child.

See more about me, my research, and up to date information for where I’m presenting next on my website: http://www.matthewjacraig.com/

 

Carla Everstijn
Carla Everstijn

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ceversti@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Media, Technology, and Society

I am studying the sustainability of local journalism and the civil diminishment of journalists in the US and abroad. I am also researching state-media relations and the role of journalists in Russia and other post-communist states.

My advisor is Dr. Chance York.

Personal Website: https://ceversti.wixsite.com/ceverstijn

 

Mollie Hartup
Mollie Hartup

she/her/hers
mhartup@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Media, Technology, and Society

Through my work developing Casual Conversation Theory, I am studying communicative practices in organizations that foster and inhibit knowledge exchange. I am also interested in how students and professionals navigate decisions surrounding personal and mediated communication. My work tends to be situated in higher education settings.

My advisor is Dr. Miriam Matteson.

 

Toqa Hassan
Toqa Hassan

she/her/hers
thassan@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Media, Technology, and Society

I am studying how parents and children communicate. Specifically, how parents shape children's understanding of the world. I am also interested in how children born in the U.S. explain American culture to their immigrant parents.

My advisor is Dr. Chance York. I am also working as a Research Assistant for Dr. Cheryl Ann Lambert and Dr. Mina Choi.

 

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Harrison LeJeune

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hlejeune@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Media, Technology, and Society

I am studying mass media and political communication, specifically how mass media is used to manufacture public consent for policy.

I am working as a research assistant for Dr. Teddy Workneh, Dr. Paul Haridakis, and Dr. Danielle Coombs.

 

 

Yue Ming
Yue Ming

she/her/hers
yming@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Human Information Behavior

I am studying in health information behavior, mainly in health literacy and biostatistics.

My advisor is Dr. Miriam Matteson.

 

 

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Samuel Noi

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snoi@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Health, Technology, and Society

I study health communication and its emerging technology in dealing with some of the health and health communication challenges. My research focus is about examining digital health communication technologies or applications in tackling some of the health issues that have bedeviled society. This is to mitigate the effect of damages borne out of delays in the use of communication technology in the healthcare sector.

I am working with Dr. Tang Tang and  Dr. Egbert-Scheibelhoffer Nichole.

Personal Website: www.afya-africa.com

 

 

Kristen Piasecki
Kristen Piasecki

she/her/hers
kpiaseck@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Media, Technology, and Society

Relying on critical cultural theory, I am studying the media representation (news media) of the three monotheistic, Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). I am studying media effects both in the West, and in the Middle East. I will also be studying the differences in free speech laws, and the impact this has on the media representations in the West and Middle East.

My advisor is Dr. Yesim Kaptan.

 

 

 

 Guilherme Pedrosa Quintela headshotGuilherme Pedrosa Quintela

gquintel@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Interpersonal Communication

I study the relationship between organizations, sports and transmedia communication. My research focuses on understanding new trends in sports organizations' communication and how it affects the manner these organizations interact with society in many ways, such as economically, technologically, culturally and communicatively. I am also studying fandom, sports political economy, media and sports cultures, media practices of fans, protests and activism in the sports field, gender and sports and sports journalism. I also participate in two research groups in Brazil: Coletivo Marta - Research Group in Communication and Sports Culture (UFMG) and Dialorg (PUC Minas).

I am currently working with Dr. Tang Tang and Dr. Danielle Sarver Coombs. 

 

Ashley Spiker
Ashley Spiker

she/her/hers
anelso29@kent.edu 

Primary Field of Study Area: Media, Technology, and Society

I am studying political communication and the ways in which new media influence the process through which political messages and politicians are perceived and interpreted by media consumers. My other interests lie in media use and non-use behaviors, media adoption behaviors, and emotion’s role in media consumption.

My advisor is Dr. Chance York and I have been a GA for Dr. Tang Tang.

 

Adam Whiteside
Adam Whiteside

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awhites3@kent.edu 

Primary Field of Study Area: Interpersonal Communication

I am currently studying discourse around gender, sex, and sexual violence within global and interpersonal contexts. I primarily am concerned with what impact dominant gender scripts have on sexual relations for young people (18-25). I also have also explored how history, socio-economic factors, culture, and mass media discourse potentially influence our understanding of sexual violence in other part of the world (e.g. India and South Africa).

My advisor and researcher I am working with is Dr. Suzy D’Enbeau.

 

Connor Wilcox
Connor Wilcox

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cwilcox4@kent.edu 

Primary Field of Study Area: Media, Technology, and Society

I am focused on the intersection of culture, identity, and music. More specifically, I aim to explore the complex ways music-based subcultures construct knowledge, circulate meanings, and negotiate identities through communication. As a discipline, communication offers me an ideal set of theoretical tools for breaking apart and better understanding these nuanced social interactions and patterns.

My advisor is Dr. Cristin Compton.

 

 

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Elaine Yuen

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yyuen@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Cultural Heritage Informatics

I am studying cultural heritage informatics, especially in setting up and telling stories of artifacts. My research focuses on connecting and applying innovative design to preserve cross-culture in the east and west with my fashion and costume design background.

I am working as a research assistant for Dr. Karen Gracy. 
 
Personal Website: www.elaineyuen.net

 

 

Ying Zhu
Ying Zhu

she/her/hers 
yzhu28@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Media, Technology, and Society

My research interests are mainly in the fields of computer-mediated communication and communication education.

My advisor is Dr. Michael Beam and I have been a research assistant for Dr. David Silva.