COLLEGE PARK, Md. (March 10) – Multimedia Journalist Krishnan Vasudevan will be Merrill College’s newest assistant professor. He is currently working to complete his Ph.D. at the University of Texas, Austin and will begin his teaching and research duties this fall.

We are lucky to have such a talented, energetic, creative journalist/scholar joining our faculty. We don’t appoint professors very often, so this is special news for Merrill College,” said Dean Lucy Dalglish.

Krishnan is also a researcher and creative lead for the visual storytelling project, Doing InnovationHis research interests include civic engagement, digital media, participatory cultures, and design.

“I’m excited to join a community of scholars and storytellers whose work collectively enriches the field of journalism through important and innovative research, practice and education,” he said. “I’m also excited to be at Merrill College at a time when faculty and students are experimenting with new ways of visual storytelling such as virtual reality, interactive graphics, and mobile video.”

Professor Sarah Oates led the search committee.  “Krishnan brings so many interesting skills and interests to Merrill College,” she said. “He combines the insights of being both an ethnography researcher and documentary filmmaker. His work analyzes the intersections among racial inequality, creative economies, and digital media. At this moment in journalism and journalism education, his work is so powerful and resonant with our society, our profession, and the interests of our students.”

Q and A with Krishnan Vasudevan

  1. Is digital storytelling the future for journalism? Why is it so important for our students to learn this skill? In today’s media environment, citizens are bombarded with digital content throughout their daily lives. I’m looking forward to collaboratively develop students’ critical thinking and design skills in confluence with their technical chops so they can produce visual media that meaningfully engages and informs citizens.
  2. Why Merrill College? As a visual scholar and filmmaker I wanted to be at an institution that truly supported interdisciplinary research. From the moment I stepped into Knight Hall, I felt so welcomed by the Merrill College faculty and knew it was the right home for my work.

About Krishnan Vasudevan

Vasudevan has a Bachelors in Economics from the College of William and Mary and a Master’s Degree in News and Documentary from New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is an Emmy-nominated multimedia journalist formerly with the New York Times and Slate Magazine. He has also published work with ProPublica, PandoDaily, and PBS. He is a co-founder of the multimedia company Explainer Music and the executive producer of the Wrong Bin, a 2011 documentary film about New York City’s recycling program which he has licensed to a number of universities and government institutions. Krishnan has taught multimedia storytelling courses at New York University and guest lectured at Columbia University Teacher’s College.