Here are the bios for the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s 2020-21 Ph.D. cohort: Keegan Clements-Housser, Jodi McFarland Friedman, Dinfin Mulupi, Nataliya Rostova and Ho Chun Wong. More information on our past cohorts.

Keegan Clements-Housser

Keegan Clements-Housser came to the program after a decade of experience as a journalist, media analyst and consultant in Portland, Oregon. He was a research assistant at Urbanism Next, a University of Oregon-based research center focused on investigating the impacts of automation and e-commerce on urban planning and design. Prior to that, he was the project manager at Gather, an Agora Journalism Center-based project and platform to support community-minded journalists and other engagement professionals. Clements-Housser received his M.S. in Strategic Communication from University of Oregon⁠ Portland, where his research focused on collaborative civic-professional media models.

Jodi McFarland Friedman

Jodi McFarland Friedman, a journalism instructor at Central Michigan University, helped launch the digital news transformation MLive Media Group and guided the newsrooms of The Flint Journal, The Saginaw News and The Bay City Times. She was the first female editor of The Saginaw News, which was a two-time Associated Press Newspaper of the Year under her leadership. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Research interests include understanding the ways online news readers engage with reporters and news.

Dinfin Mulupi

Dinfin Mulupi’s research interests focus on media, gender, politics, feminist activism and social media movements. She is also interested in journalists’ perceptions and experiences as it relates to gender inequality in the workplace, media representation of women and media coverage of gender/sexual violence. As a business journalist for six years, Mulupi covered the East African region. She holds the joint Erasmus Mundus M.A. in Journalism and Media and Globalization from City University of London and Aarhus University in Denmark. Since her 2018 graduation, she has also been researching sexual harassment and gender inequality in newsrooms located in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria.

Nataliya Rostova

Nataliya Rostova is a journalist who has covered Russian media since 2002 and was a staff writer for several prominent Russian publications. She is also the author of two online projects about the history of groundbreaking changes in Russia’s mass media and journalism. A graduate of the School of Journalism at Moscow State University, she has been awarded a Knight-Wallace Fellowship and a Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution. She was also a visiting scholar at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

Ho Chun Wong

Ho Chun (“Frankie”) Wong is interested in the international news media and civic engagements to the global audience. He holds a master’s in Security Studies from the UCL and a BSSc in Journalism and Communication from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research explores the relationship between media and international relations, including the uses of news media for policy goals and online political communication involving foreign netizens. He is now focusing on the dynamics among media-literate citizens, news media and governments.