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Faculty Experts

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers faculty and Ph.D. students with a wide range of expertise for your stories.

Contact Communications Manager Josh Land with questions and media inquiries.

Media Expertise includes:

Freedom of the Press and Constitutional Law
Journalism and Politics
The Future of Journalism
Drones and Privacy
Journalism Education
Journalism Ethics
Investigative Journalism
National Security/CyberSecurity and Journalism
Journalism and Big Data
Multimedia and Multiplatform Journalism
Social Media
A Wide Range of Sports Issues and Sports Journalism
Journalism History
Internet Freedom and Policy
Local and National/International Media

Dean Lucy Dalglish is a world-renowned expert on issues related to the First Amendment and Freedom of the Press and can also talk about trends in journalism.

Our Ph.D. page offers information and research interests by our doctoral students.

Merrill College experts

Tom BettagTom Bettag
Eleanor Merrill Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Expertise: How the media are and should be covering the new Trump administration; journalism’s role in American democracy; the continuing evolution of television news from Ed Murrow to Megyn Kelley.

Kevin BlackistoneKevin Blackistone
Professor of the Practice
Expertise: The intersection of sports, race, politics and culture. The history of the black athlete. Sports journalism. Sports.
Kevin Blackistone’s articles in the Washington Post

James CarrollJames Carroll
Capital News Service Washington, D.C. Bureau Director
Expertise: Media coverage of presidential and congressional elections, prospects for congress after the election, first 100 days.

Lucy DalglishLucy Dalglish
Expertise: First Amendment rights, government transparency, secret courts, reporters privilege, media/communications law, press freedom. She has been a national leader in supporting open meeting and open records laws at the state and federal level, as well as a key player over the past 10 years in the effort to pass state and federal reporters “shield laws.”

Josh DavidsburgJosh Davidsburg
Senior Lecturer
Expertise: Video journalism, social media, documentary filmmaking, streaming media and broadcast innovation.
jdavidsburg on Snapchat, Twitter and jdavidsburg1 on Instagram

Mark FeldsteinMark Feldstein, Ph.D.
Richard Eaton Professor of Broadcast Journalism
Expertise: Broadcast news; media and politics; journalism ethics and history; investigative journalism; scandal coverage. Feldstein is regularly quoted as a media analyst by leading outlets in the US and abroad and has testified as an expert witness on First Amendment issues in court and before Congress.

Sarah OatesSarah Oates, Ph.D.
Professor and Senior Scholar
Expertise: Political communication and democratization. A major theme in her work is the way in which the traditional media and the Internet can support or subvert democracy in places as diverse as Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Dana PriestDana Priest
John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism
Expertise: Intelligence, military, cybersecurity, international freedom of the press issues and US human rights policy. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and three-time finalist, Priest uncovered secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe and deplorable conditions for veterans at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington. Her student-led Press Uncuffed project successfully focused attention on the plight of journalists who are jailed around the world.

Linda SteinerLinda Steiner, Ph.D.
Expertise: Gender issues in content, production, and audiences for media; history of journalism and journalism education; women war reporting; media ethics; alternative and feminist media.

Bethany SwainBethany Swain
Expertise: Photojournalism, video storytelling, broadcast journalism, television, multimedia, media innovation, women in media, social media, Snapchat, video training, implementing format transitions and new technology, network political coverage, national campaign trail, covering political conventions, hands-on journalism education, blended learning, active and student-centered classrooms.