Merrill College faculty members who conduct research includes:

Professor Ira Chinoy.Ira Chinoy, Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park, 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.

Eaton Chair Mark Feldstein.Mark Feldstein, Ph.D., University of 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.

Naeemul Hassan. Photo by Marlee Crawford/Ole Miss Communications

Naeemul Hassan, Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington; B.S., Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology
Dr. Naeemul Hassan, a tenure-track faculty member jointly appointed at Merrill College and the UMD College of Information Studies, is a leader in applying big data and data mining principles and methods to journalism and computer science instruction. He came the university faculty in 2019. He was previously an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi and the director of their multidisciplinary Data Exploration and Research laboratory (dear.lab). He taught courses on computational journalism, data visualization, software design and development and more. Hassan’s interests include computational journalism, social media sensing, data mining and natural language processing. His research focuses on the ways in which different entities use social media as an engagement tool, as well as how to design algorithms that would reduce harm caused by clickbait in social media.

Associate Professor Chris Hanson, UMDChristopher Hanson, Ph.D., University of North Carolina; M.A., Oxford
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.

Professor Susan Moeller, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland.Susan Moeller, Ph.D. & A.M. Harvard University; 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.

Professor Sarah OatesSarah Oates, Ph.D., Emory University
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.

Professor Linda Steiner.Linda Steiner, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Linda Steiner, who is acting director of the Ph.D. program and 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.

Krishnan Vasudevan is Merrill College's newest (Fall, 2017) assistant professor. . His research interests include civic engagement, digital media, participatory cultures, and design.Krishnan Vasudevan, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin

Krishnan Vasudevan is a scholar and filmmaker whose work examines the intersections of racial and social inequality, digital media and creative economies. Krishnan has published research in the Journal for Computer-Mediated Communication and Digital Journalism. As the creative lead of the visual storytelling project Doing Innovation, Krishnan co-published several scholarly short films that examined Austin’s creative economy. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Krishnan was a multimedia journalist who published extensively with the New York Times and Slate. He also has published work for ProPublica, Pando and NBC. Krishnan is a 2015 recipient of an Austin Film Society grant and was nominated for a 2010 News and Documentary Emmy award as part of a team of New York Times journalists. Website:

Ron Yaros.Ronald Yaros, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ronald Yaros, Director of Ph.D. Studies on sabbatical in fall 2019, researches the cognitive aspects of how online and mobile users seek, select, and share digital content, especially news about complex topics. His lab ( currently works with major news organizations to test innovative strategies and analytics that engage more users with more content for longer periods of time. He is a 2017 Apple Distinguished Educator and a 2017 Tow-Knight “Disrupter in Education” Fellow. His research on web and mobile audiences appears in two book chapters, Communication Research, Science Communication, International Journal of Cyber Behavior Psychology, and Learning, and Harvard’s Nieman Reports. Prior to his Ph.D., Dr. Yaros worked for more than 20 years as a radio/TV news reporter, anchor and meteorologist.  He was also president of his own educational software corporation.