Fall 2016 PhD Student Publications, Presentations, & Awards

Lik Sam Chan (ABD), "How sociocultural context matters in self-presentation: A comparison of U.S. and Chinese profiles on Jack’d, a mobile dating app for men who have sex with men," International Journal of Communication

Lik Sam Chan (ABD), "Cultivation and erosion of creative identity: A Hong Kong advertising agency as case study," Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies

Chan also gave a talk entitled “Dating, Hookup, Meet-up? Exploring Intimacy and Gender Dynamics on Mobile Apps” at the School of Communication and Design at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China on November 24.

Sarah Clayton (Second Year) was selected by the Noncommercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG) at ICANN to serve as temporary alternate for a council representative on the Generic Names Supporting Organisation (GNSO) Council at ICANN57 in Hyderabad in November.

Samantha Close (ABD), "Fannish masculinities in transition in anime music video fandom," Transformative Works and Cultures

Ignacio Cruz (Second Year) had his paper, “Meetings as Persistent Conversations that use ICTs and Face-to-Face to Build Social Capital,” accepted for presentation and publication at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences in January 2017. The paper was co-authored with Keri Stephens, Eric Waters, and Yaguang Zhu.

Stefanie Demetriades and Nathan Walter (both Third Year), "You Should Know Better: Can Self-Affirmation Facilitate Information-Seeking Behavior and Interpersonal Discussion?," Journal of Health Communication

Yomna Elsayed (ABD), "Laughing Through Change: Subversive Humor in Online Videos of Arab Youth," International Journal of Communication

Kristen Guth (ABD) participated in the Organizational Communication and Information Systems Doctoral Consortium at the Academy of Management conference.

Guth also presented "Too lean for loyalty: When uncertainty generates exits and forces strategic change in startups" at the 29th annual Organizational Communication Mini Conference at Northwestern University.

Christina Hagen (Fourth Year), along with Annenberg graduate Sandra Evans (PhD 2014), presented "Developing Foresight Capacity: Sensemaking about the Future in Public Media Organization" at the Academy of Management conference.

Hyun Tae (Calvin) Kim (Second Year) had his paper, "John Ellis 'Jeb' Bush's Rhetoric on Immigration as Seen Through the Lens of Communicative Capitalism and Citizenship Excess/Deficit," accepted for presentation at the Communication Theory and Research Division at the 2017 Western States Communication Association Convention.

Nahoi Koo (ABD) presented her paper, "Integrating Network Theories and Analysis into Research on Entrepreneurship," during Top Student Papers in Business Communication at NCA in Philadelphia.

Koo was also awarded a grant from the Korean American Communication Association Division.

Nathalie Maréchal (ABD), "When Bots Tweet: Toward a Normative Framework for Bots on Social Networking Sites," International Journal of Communication (feature article)

Nathalie Maréchal (ABD), book reviewDisruptive Power: The Crisis of the State in the Digital Age by Taylor Owen & The Real Cyber War: The Political Economy of Internet Freedom by Shawn Powers (PhD 2009) and Michael Jablonski, Media, War & Conflict

Maréchal will be a Fellow at the 2017 Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, Spain. She will participate in the design and curation of the IFF program, notably by leading the Festival's outreach to the academic community.

Kate Miltner (Third Year) presented two papers, "Watch, Rinse, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat: Discussing the GIF Economy" and "'The Shade of it All': Affect, Resistance, and the RuPaul's Drag Race Keyboard App," at the ICA Conference in Fukuoka, Japan.

Miltner co-presented (with Tim Highfield) their paper, "Interrogating the Reaction GIF: Making Meaning by Repurposing Repetition," at the Social Media + Society International Conference in London. She also presented "Playing with the Rules" with co-authors Amy Johnson, Stuart Geiger, and Tim Highfield at the Association of Internet Researchers conference in Berlin.

Miltner also joined other authors at Culture Digitally, including Annenberg Professor Mike Ananny and Professor and School of Communication Director Sarah Banet-Weiser, in writing about the future of their own scholarship in light of Donald Trump's election.

Sarah Myers West (ABD), Searching for the Public in Internet Governance: An Examination of Infrastructures of Participation at NETmundial, Policy & Internet (accepted)

Myers West was reappointed as a cybersecurity fellow at the New America Foundation. She was also interviewed for a documentary about social media content moderators, The Cleaners.

Nazli Senyuva (Third Year), "#youdidNOTeatthat: How a fashion blogger snapped an entire feast she did not touch," Huffington Post

Kari Storla (ABD) was honored with the Award for Excellence in Teaching in Communication by the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching.

Nathan Walter (Third Year), Anat Gesser-Edelsburd, & Yaffa Shir-Raz, "Behind-the-scenes of parental decision-making discourse regarding childhood vaccination," American Journal of Infection Control (accepted)

Walter was awarded a grant by the USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science for Vulnerable Populations (TCORS) to fund his proposal, "Changing Tobacco and E-Cigarette Use Behavior through Vicarious Self-Affirmation." Faculty sponsors were Annenberg Professors Sheila Murphy and Michael Cody, along with Keck School of Medicine Professor Lourdes Baezonde-Garbanati.

Yuehan (Grace) Wang (Second Year), book review, After access: Inclusion, Development, and a More Mobile Internet by Jonathan Donner, International Journal of Communication (accepted)

Under the director of Professor Patricia Riley, doctoral students Yuehan (Grace) WangJingyi Sun (First Year)Yiqi Li (First Year), and Kristen Guth (ABD) have submitted a grant proposal, "Chinese and U.S. Start-Ups in the Entertainment and Cultural Industries: Achieving the Vision Through Leadership, Knowledge Sharing and Strategic Communication," to the USC-SJTU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) program.

Yu Xu (Third Year) has been awarded a grant as a co-PI from the Chinese National Social Science Foundation to support the research project "Logistics for Multilevel Social Networks."

Yu Xu, Neta Kligler-Vilenchik (PhD 2015), Kjerstin Thorson, Stephanie Edgerly, & Luping Wang, "Seeking Visibility in a Big Tent: Digital Communication and the People's Climate March," International Journal of Communication

Yue Yang (Fourth Year) was awarded a Top Student Paper Award in the NCA Health Communication Division for her paper, "From threat to affect: Emotional effects of news representations of doctors in China," which was written for Professor Peter Monge's COMM 550 course.

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