Merrill College faculty members who conduct research includes:
Abiding interests in Indian journalism and new media technologies – including practices surrounding their use and implications in media globalization – constitutes Dr. Chadha’s research. Her contribution to the field is theorization of key trends as they relate to globalization in Asia and journalism in the Indian context across content, policy and ethics. Although Dr. Chadha’s focus is primarily international, her recent work examined journalism in the United States. Informed by critical and sociological theorizing, her projects are clustered into the four areas of: (1) the underexplored and undertheorized structures and practices of Indian journalism, (2) the significance of contextual specificities in the use of new technologies, (3) the impact of digital technologies on newsrooms, and (4) the interplay between the forces of media globalization and national media systems in Asia. These projects included collaborations with doctoral students and co-authored publications in journals such as Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, Digital Journalism, the International Journal of Communication and Media, Culture and Society.
Ira Chinoy, Ph.D., Maryland, A.B., Harvard
Ira Chinoy has 24 years of experience as a journalist at four newspapers: The Washington Post, The Providence (R.I.) Journal, The Lawrence (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune, and The Pine Bluff (Ark.) Commercial. As director of computer-assisted reporting at The Washington Post, he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a 1998 series on the use of deadly force by the D.C. police. At The Providence Journal, where he was a reporter from 1981 to 1995, Chinoy was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for coverage of corruption and patronage in the Rhode Island courts. Chinoy has been on the faculty of the College of Journalism since 2001, first as a visiting professor and now as associate professor.
Nicholas Diakopoulos, Ph.D., School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech
Computational journalist Nicholas A. Diakopoulos comes to the University of Maryland from Columbia University, where he was a Tow fellow in the Graduate School of Journalism. He also served as a consultant in New York City working on research, design and development of computational media applications. With a back- ground in computer science and human-computer interaction, Diakopoulos received his Ph.D. from the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. He was also a computing innovation fellow at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University from 2009-2011. Google Scholar Citations.
Mark Feldstein, Ph.D., North Carolina
Mark Feldstein, Professor and Richard Eaton Chair, joined Merrill in 2011 after serving as Associate Professor at George Washington University. He has spent more than 20 years as an investigative reporter, working at WUSA-TV in Washington, ABC News, NBC News, and CNN, where he worked as correspondent and producer. During his distinguished career in broadcasting, he won more than 50 journalism awards, including two George Foster Peabody public service awards and the Edward R. Murrow prize. He is frequently cited in the national news media by such outlets at The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Journal, NPR, Frontline, Reuters, and the BBC.
Christopher Hanson, Ph.D., North Carolina; M.A., Oxford; B.A., Reed
Christopher Hanson worked for 20 years as a reporter for Time, The Washington Star, Reuters, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, focusing on topics such as presidential politics, Congress, the environment, American diplomacy, and military affairs. Hanson was a combat correspondent in the Gulf War and covered the civil war in Rwanda. He joined the Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 1999 after earning a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina under a Freedom Forum Fellowship and an M.A. in political theory and moral philosophy in 1984 from Oxford University.
Susan Moeller, Ph.D. & A.M. Harvard; B.A. Yale
Susan Moeller is the director of the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also a professor in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and an affiliated faculty member at the School of Public Policy. An accomplished author, she is an expert in terrorism, war and conflict as it relates to the media. Moeller was formerly the director of the Journalism Program at Brandeis University, a Fulbright Professor in Pakistan and Thailand, and she has taught in the history department at Princeton.
Sarah Oates, Ph.D., Emory
Sarah Oates is Professor and Senior Scholar at the Merrill College. She researches communication and democracy. She has published books on the role of terrorism threats in campaign coverage in the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom, as well as two books on the Russian media. Her latest book, Revolution Stalled? The Political Limits of the Internet in the Post-Soviet Sphere, was published by Oxford University Press this year.
Linda Steiner, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Linda Steiner, who is editor of Journalism & Communication Monographs, has published seven books, most recently The Handbook of Gender and War, and 100 book chapters and journal articles; the co-edited Race, News, and the City: Uncovering Baltimore will be published in 2017. Her research interests include media ethics, citizen participation in journalism and other new journalism formations, feminist theorizing, war reporting, and gender roles in alternative, feminist, and mainstream media. Before coming to Maryland she taught at Rutgers University, where she served as Department Chair; at Maryland Steiner served a term as director of the Ph.D. program. Steiner served as the 2011-2012 president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). She worked for a small newspaper in upstate New York before going to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she earned her Ph.D.
Ronald A. Yaros, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ronald Yaros, Merrill’s Director of Ph.D. Studies, researches the cognitive aspects of how to produce the most engaging multimedia and how news consumers seek, select, and share that information online and on mobile device. His theoretical P-I-C-K model for personalization and interactivity posits that while technologies and user behaviors continue to evolve, our brains still have limited capacities as we read or view content. His innovative work appears in two book chapters, Harvard’s Nieman Reports, Communication Research, Science Communication, and the International Journal of Cyber Behavior Psychology, and Learning. He currently leads a team of researchers from four departments to develop a funded project with high schools described at sciencebeat.org. Dr. Yaros offers a combination of more than 20 years of experience as a reporter/anchor in radio and TV with nearly 20 years as a researcher.