New Master’s and PhD Students on Orientation Day

Media Studies Doctoral Students

Elinam Amevor

Elinam Amevor holds a BA in Communication Studies from Ghana Institute of Journalism, and M.Phil in Communication & Media Studies from University of Education, Winneba-Ghana. He has six years of experience in print journalism, and has also worked in academia as assistant lecturer for 3 years. Elinam is interested in studying representation of women in political leadership positions in patriarchal Ghanaian society from the post-colonial feminist perspective.

Spencer Cherasia

Spencer earned a BA from New York University and an MA from New School University in media studies. His academic work has focused on the ways in which media represents, constitutes and frames conceptions of race, class, gender, and sexuality. His professional background includes work in media production, event management, and public relations.

Brent Cowley

Brent holds BA and BS degrees from the University of Utah and an MA from the University of North Texas. Prior to joining our PhD program, he was an instructor in communication and new media at the community college level. His research interests include the ways in which media influences and educates culture and society. He is also interested in studying media censorship, especially from an industry standpoint.

Michelle DreilingMichelle Dreiling

Michelle has an MA in Communication from Wichita State University. She has taught at both public and private colleges and universities, as well as served as design & web editor for the journal Women & Language. Her priorities in regard to research include, broadly, a focus on mixed methods, applied research methodologies, and specifically, critical analysis of representations of gender and sexuality in media.

Phillip DuncanPhillip Duncan

Phillip holds a BA in English from University of Washington and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Prior to joining the media studies graduate program he served as a marketing and communications director for the Oregon State University Division of International Programs. His current and future research investigates the cultural construct of the ‘mediated sea,’ particularly via texts of current and historical popular culture.

Tugce Ertem Eray

Tugce Ertem Eray is from Turkey. She has her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and International Relations from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul. She completed her M.A degree at the Public Relations and Publicity department of Istanbul University in 2012. She completed her Ph.D. in December 2015 at Istanbul University. Her Ph.D. thesis was titled Conflict and Resolution Methods from a Theoretical Perspective: A Study of the Roles and Functions of Public Relations. She worked as a Research Assistant at Istanbul University for 6 years. She was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Alabama, Advertising & Public Relations Department in 2016. Her fields of interest are public relations, conflict management, and strategic communications. She is interested in continuing her research in international public relations.

Brandon Harris

Brandon holds a BA and an MA from the Queens University of Charlotte School of Communication. His professional experiences includes work as a documentary producer and strategic communication consultant. His research interests centers around craft culture, such as within food and alcohol industries and other “indie” or “boutique” businesses. He is also interested in in the discourse surrounding competitive gaming, or esports, as well as how issues of racial inequality are communicated across the myriad of mass media platforms.

Young Eun Moon

Young Eun earned BA and MA degrees in Journalism from Ewha Women’s University in South Korea. Her master’s thesis was a comparative study of congressional news in South Korea and the U.S., and her research interests are primarily in journalism studies, media ethics, and law.

Meredith Morgoch

Meredith earned her BS in public relations from Appalachian State University and her MA in Communication, Technology and Society from Clemson University. Her master’s thesis focused on the strategic messages employed by a Facebook community during a natural disaster, and she is interested in pursuing further research related to digital strategic communication in the health realm.

Rachel Quick

Rachel is from Atlanta, Georgia. As an undergraduate at Georgia State University and a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Rachel’s research ranged from rhetorical analyses of prophetic ethos to quantitative research focused on detecting reader biases of criminality. For her Master’s thesis at The University of Missouri-Columbia, Rachel conducted a content analysis of commercial advertising campaigns, targeting the relationships that exist between music, authenticity, and advertising. Recently, Rachel was honored for having one  of the top 25 most-accessed of 2 million graduate works, across all subject areas, in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database.   Rachel’s research goals include investigating the media ownership landscape and the future potential of global media programming produced by members of diverse communities; the relationships that exist between one’s identity and one’s media diet, and to continue to study the intersection between media and culture.

Matthew Schroder

Matthew just completed his master’s in our media studies program with a thesis titled A Discourse Analysis of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in Reaction to Proposed Funding Cuts. His primary interests center around public media, cultural studies, and political economy.

Christopher St. Louis

Christopher recently completed his MA in media studies from the UO SOJC, where his research interests have centered around Internet histories and its relation to contemporary political life. Prior to joining the SOJC, Christopher earned a master’s degree from the Information, Technology, and Society in Asia (ITASIA) program at the University of Tokyo.

Emrakeb Woldearegay

Emrakeb is originally from Ethiopia, but earned her BA and MA in India, and an MA in Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University in South Africa. She has worked as an editor and reporter for newspapers in Ethiopia, as well as a public information assistant and lecturer. Prior to her joining the PhD Program in Media Studies, Emrakeb was the president of Ethiopian Media Women’s Association (EMWA), a professional association she co-founded with seven female Ethiopian journalists in 1999. She also served as the secretary general of The African Editors Forum (TAEF), a network of African editors and media educators from Africa.

Her areas of interest include media & diversity, media & development, media & democracy, political economy of African Media, the Impact of global media on local audience especially marginal youth; audience satisfaction and rating.

Media Studies Master's Students

Maria Cano

Maria is originally from Cali, Colombia but attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and English. Her senior year she performed an audience study of the Netflix Original series Narcos where she compared Colombian and American audiences’ motivations for watching the show, furthering this research has been her motivation to continue with her education. Before graduate school, Maria worked as an Account Coordinator at Giles-Parscale, a growing Web Development & Digital Marketing firm in San Antonio.

Indroneil Bir Biswas

Indroneil Bir Biswas holds a BA (Honours) in Journalism from the University of Delhi, and an MA in Conflict, Security & Development from the University of Sussex. He began his professional media career in 2014 and has served India’s premier news outlets such as, The Times of India, and Deccan Herald. His research interests include media’s social responsibility, media and conflict, the rise and future of digital media, as well as international media scenario and ownership.

Rahman Md Waseq Ur

Waseq holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mass communication & journalism from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. His master’s thesis researched key features of opinion leaderships in the social media of Bangladesh. His research interests are in the area of mediated communication and media effects, and he is especially interested in studying how the changing face of media technology is shaping society.

Hadil Abuhmaid

Hadil earned a BS in journalism from Bir Zeit University in Palestine and an MA in Nonprofit Management from the UO, where she focused on the role of public relations and communication in arts and cultural organizations in the field of nonprofit organizations. She is interested in further researching social media, particularly its role in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict in affecting current stereotypes, and leveraging support.

John Guzman

John recently completed a master’s degree in English at the UO. His academic interests include Eco-Criticism, Film & Television, New Media, Digital Cultures, Digital Humanities, Contemporary American Literature, Video Games, Fan Studies, Neoliberalism, and Hipster Studies.