2012 Students/Faculty

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Paul MIHAILIDIS is the director of the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change. He was a faculty member at the Academy for the first two years of the program, and continues in that role. Mihailidis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marketing Communication at Emerson College in Boston, MA, and Director of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. Mihailidis’s research concerns the connections between media, education, and citizenship in the 21st Century. He has published widely on media literacy, global media, and digital citizenship. He is the editor of the forthcoming News Literacy: Global Perspectives for the Newsroom and Classroom (Peter Lang) and co-author of The Media Literacy Project (Pearson). His newest work is on a Media Literacy Learning Commons Model predicated on new participatory civic voices. Mihailidis sits on the board of directors for the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), and is reviews editor for the Journal of Media Literacy Education (JMLE). At Emerson, Mihailidis teaches Interactive Communication, Understanding Consumers, Social Media, and Media Literacy.



 Susan MOELLER is director of the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda at the University of Maryland in College Park, and professor of media and international affairs at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and the School of Public Policy. She was recently named by the Carnegie Corporation of New York one of twenty Carnegie Scholars for 2008 for her work on how the American and British media depict Islam and Muslims. Dr. Moeller also received the State of Maryland Board of Regents Teaching Award for 2008. Dr. Moeller served for 8 years as director of the Journalism Program at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts and was a former senior fellow in the International Security Program and a former fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy both at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  She was also twice a Fulbright professor in international relations, in Pakistan and in Thailand. Dr. Moeller is the author of Packaging Terrorism:  Co-opting the News for Politics and Profit, Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell Disease, Famine, War and Death and Shooting War: Photography and the American Experience of Combat.  Moeller received her B.A. from Yale University and her AM and Ph.D. from Harvard.



Jad Melki the research director of ICMPA and a faculty member at the Salzburg Academy, is an assistant professor of journalism and media studies at the American University of Beirut. Before that, Melki was a visiting faculty at Johns Hopkins University and Towson University, teaching courses on research methods, media and society, media literacy, and broadcast and digital journalism.  Melki has been a broadcast and online journalist for over 10 years working with US and Arabic media. He was part of the Webby award and Press Club award winning Hot Zone team (Yahoo! News), covering the 2006 Lebanon war. His research interests include Arab media education, Arab youth and media habits, media coverage of war and political violence, trauma journalism and media transparency.

Manuel Alejandro GUERRERO MARTÍNEZ is a professor, head of the graduate program in communication, director of Revista Iberoamericana de Comunicación, and chair of advanced studies on television audiences and media consumption at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Previous academic positions include serving as a lecturer in the Social Sciences Department and Communications Department at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey’s Mexico City campus and a research assistant at El Colegio de Mexico’s Center of International Studies. Dr. Guerrero’s professional experience includes several posts with the Mexican Ministry of Internal Affairs, work with the Federal Electoral Institute, and consultancy work with a firm focused on transparency and fighting corruption. Dr. Guerrero’s research focuses on voting preferences and behavior, the efficiency of transparency laws in the Mexican states, openness and professionalism of the electronic media in Mexico, youth and television news consumption, television and political trust, and the trustworthiness of television campaigns. He holds a B.A. in international relations from El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City, an M.Phil. in Latin American studies from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. in political science from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Dr. Guerrero served on the Faculty of the first Salzburg Academy in 2007.

Stephen JUKES is dean of the Media School at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom. He spent most of his career as a foreign correspondent, covering news in Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, and the United States for the international news agency Reuters. He began his career as a local newspaper reporter in Brighton before switching to Reuters. During a series of postings over more than 20 years, Dean Jukes covered numerous top stories, ranging from the ousting of Margaret Thatcher and disappearance of Robert Maxwell to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and has reported extensively from the Middle East. In his final position at Reuters, Dean Jukes was global head of news, responsible for the quality of all editorial output including text, television, news pictures, and graphics. He also ran Reuters publishing program, overseeing a series of books on foreign and financial affairs in conjunction with Pearson and Prentice Hall. Dean Jukes is a member of the Dart Centre's advisory board, deputy chair of the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund, and a trustee of MediaWise. Before taking up his appointment at Bournemouth, Dean Jukes was a visiting scholar at Green College, Oxford, where he has been working on two books on the media, focusing on the issues of spin and trauma. He has an M.A. in modern languages from Hertford College, Oxford. Dean Jukes served on the Faculty of the first Salzburg Academy in 2007.

Sarah MALLAT, Sarah Mallat is an instructor of media studies at the American University of Beirut (AUB). A Lebanese-American, she received her BA in Anthropology and Sociology, and her MA in Sociology, both from AUB. Her MA dissertation focused on the growing phenomenon of plastic and cosmetic surgery among upper-class female youth in Beirut. She is currently conducting a study on local activist groups’ use of social and digital media. Her research interests include Lebanese youth subcultures, the effects of popular media and advertising on body image, the roles of digital activism and youth in Arab civil society, and mixed-use urban development and the reclamation of public space in Lebanon. In her free time, Sarah enjoys cooking, gardening, astronomy, foreign films, and taking advantage of the many outdoor activities that Lebanon has to offer.

Rosemary Nyaole-Kowuor is a media trainer/practitioner/consultant who advocates for participatory edutainment approach to addressing social issues. She has practical experience in training at University level, in the field of Broadcast journalism and Film production. Besides being published, she has presented papers in varied international conferences. She holds MA (Communication) of Daystar University and PhD (Film Technology) from Kenyatta University. She aspires to become a global champion in media advocacy and edutainment.

Stephen REESE is the Jesse H. Jones Professor and associate dean for academic affairs at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Communication. He has taught a wide range of subjects, from broadcast news to critical thinking for journalists, and he has served in a number of administrative positions, including graduate advisor and director of the School. Dr. Reese’s research focuses on media effects and press performance. He is co-author, with Pamela Shoemaker, of the highly praised Mediating the Message: Theories of Influence on Mass Media Content, now in its second edition. His most recent work is Framing Public Life: Perspectives on the Media and How We Understand the Social World (Erlbaum, 2001). Dr. Reese’s professional media work has been in public and commercial radio, beginning in Knoxville, Tennessee, and later in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Madison, Wisconsin. He has held major editorial and administrative positions with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and served as political communication division head for the International Communication Association. Dr. Reese was awarded AEJMC’s Krieghbaum Under-40 Award for outstanding achievement in research, teaching, and public service. Dr. Reese received a B.A. from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, USA and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA.

Christian Schwartz was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He have studied Political Science at the University of Buenos Aires, where I have taught Social Theory. As a student Schwartz was part of a staff of a journal dedicated to Political and Social Theory. Then he moved to Grupo Clarín, Argentina’s biggest media group, as a political analyst. He has been in contact to local and international media organizations, like AIR-IAB, SIP-IAPA, WAN, Reporters sans Frontieres. Also, he took courses of scenarios design at Global Business Network (Berkeley, USA). Then Christian moved to teach at Universidad Católica Argentina on subjects like History of the Twentieth Century, Public Opinion and Communication and Politics. Christian shared the Salzburg Seminar experience on 2008. Now he is a PhD student on Sociology at Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA). My thesis is based on media as sociaI actors. He is fluent on Spanish, English and German. I have also learned French at school. Christian am member of different virtual communities dedicated to socialmedia studies based on Facebook and Twitter. He has been publishing my own news blog called The Tilcarallajta Herald based on a small town of northern Argentina since 2005. We have a familiar project to write a book dedicated to the Quebrada de Humahuaca region (UNESCO World Heritage Site) related to Culture and Plants.

Roman Gerodimos is a Lecturer at the Media School, Bournemouth University (UK), where he teaches global current affairs, media theory and political communication. Roman recently submitted his PhD thesis on youth civic participation looking particularly at the factors that motivate young people to engage with NGO websites. His other academic interests include European politics and government, civic behaviour and the global public sphere. Roman is the Founder and Convenor of the Greek Politics Specialist Group (www.gpsg.org.uk), which is one of the biggest and most active groups of the UK’s Political Studies Association (PSA). In 2009, he organized an international conference on nation branding and strategic communications in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Roman has also been working on developing innovative teaching methods and won both the 2008 and 2009 Bournemouth University Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. He is a member of the UK’s Higher Education Academy and regularly contributes to international media and academic outlets.

Dr. Cornelia Bogen studied British/American Studies, Media and Communication Studies and Political Science (M.A.) at Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg/Germany (MLU) and at the University of Sheffield/England. During her studies, she was student assistant at the Department of Sociology, the Department of Media and Communication Studies, and the University library (MLU). Besides, she worked as a journalist in the field of radio broadcasting (MDR) and as an associate in a curation agency arranging a city jubilee. In 2006 she was research assistant in the project „Senior Citizens in the civil media of Saxony-Anhalt”, from 2006 to 2009 PhD student in doctorate program of the Network of Excellency “Enlightenment – Religion – Knowledge”, Saxony-Anhalt. She finished her doctoral thesis in 2010 in media and communication studies entitled “The enlightened  patient. Structures and problems of health communication in the book and press culture in the 17th and 18th century. With an excursus to digital communication in the internet”. Since October 2010 she has been working at Tsinghua University, Beijing/China as a Post Doc researcher (DAAD) on contemporary transformation processes of Chinese health communication and intercultural aspects of health communication. Her present projects focus on the influence of new media technology on doctor-patient-interaction and on current examples of promoting health literacy to the people in China. Teaching experience in academia and in teaching German as a foreign language (gGmbH). Publications (articles/essays, monographs, editions) on modern European and Chinese health communication, elder adults and their media use, cultural processes of enlightenment.

Monica Luengas an academic of the Communications Department at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She holds a Master in Communication from Universidad Iberoamericana and a B.A. in Communication from Rafael Landívar University (Guatemala). Her professional work includes cultural and political journalism in Colombia and Guatemala. Her work has been published in El Periódico de Guatemala, El Acordeón, and other papers and magazines. Her research has been focused on Journalism, Media Systems, and Media and Violence from a discourse analysis perspective.

Megan Fromm, Ph.D.,
is former journalist, adjunct professor and high school journalism teacher who was part of the inaugural Salzburg Academy in 2007. She is currently living in Germany with her husband, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. Fromm received her Ph.D. from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland in 2010. Her dissertation analyzed how news media frame student First Amendment court cases, particularly those involving freedom of speech and press. Her research interests include media law, scholastic journalism, media literacy and media and democracy. While living in DC, Fromm taught at Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, the University of Maryland and the Newseum. Last year, she was the Publications Director at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD. As a working journalist, Fromm won numerous awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine Award and the Colorado Friend of the First Amendment Award. Currently, she writes grants and curriculum for the Journalism Education Association, focusing specifically on scholastic press law and media ethics. Fromm hopes to spend the rest of her three-year tour in Germany visiting as much of Europe as possible with her husband and die-hard Broncos fan, Michael.

Vanja Ibrahimbegovic Tihak
is Institutional Development Expert with Internews Network. She leads Internews’ efforts to enhance media literacy in BiH, within the Strengthening Independent Media (SIM) in BiH Project. With a post at Internews she managed to combine two things she is passionate about: media and education as generators of social change. Before she joined Internews at the end of 2010, she used to run the Development Office of United World College in BiH, organizing educational activities for high school teachers in B&H, and fundraising for the organization. Vanja was a Head of a Project Development Department of ACIPS, Bosnian think –tank that promotes democracy, human rights, and free elections and an was also Editor in Chief of the New Perspectives, magazine quarterly issued by ACIPS. For several years she worked as a news reporter for the BHTV (national public broadcast TV station). Vanja holds an MA in Human Rights and Democracy in South East Europe, from joint MA program of Sarajevo and Bologna Universities, and BA in Journalism at Sarajevo University. Vanja was born in Bihac, BiH. She is devoted mother of a 2 year old son, and a wife. Professionally as well as emotionally, she is dedicated to work toward making BiH a better place to live at, for the next generation.


Anthony Ioannidis received his B.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Crete. Upon careful experimentation, he determined that most humans don’t really understand computers – and vice versa. To fix that, he pursued an M.Sc. in Human-Computer Interaction and Ergonomics at UCL in London, his ultimate goal being to help computers and humans understand each other a little bit better. He has over 8 years of experience in Usability and corporate training. In 2011, he set up his own consultancy, IAsquare, and has helped many clients across various sectors, from Education and Media to Banking and Charity, discover the advantages of a user-centered design process. At his Academy workshop, Anthony will be looking at how Usability affects our everyday life, focussing on the World Wide Web. He’ll demonstrate tools of the trade used to observe as well as shape users’ decisions, and share tips on how we can ‘nudge’ people towards the right (or wrong!) direction.

As the Executive Director of The Nobelity Project, Christy Pipkin works to bring the non-profit’s initiatives to fruition— creating motivating documentaries and short films, helming educational outreach in the US and abroad, and maintaining oversight on development projects around the world. “I am a firm believer that local action has global impact, and that no act is too small to matter. At times global issues can seem overwhelming, but I like to remember when Desmond Tutu told us of a saying in Africa–“There is only one way of eating an elephant…one piece at a time.”

Edward Mortimer is senior program advisor and former senior vice president and chief program officer at the Salzburg Global Seminar. From 1998 to 2006, he served as chief speechwriter (and later also director of communications) to the Secretary General at the United Nations, where he played a lead role in shaping the Secretary General’s overall public strategy. He has spent much of his career as a journalist, first with The Times of London, where he developed an expertise in Middle East affairs, and later with the Financial Times, where from 1987 to 1998 he was the main commentator and columnist on foreign affairs. His books include Faith and Power: the Politics of Islam (1982); and The World That FDR Built (1989). Mr. Mortimer received an M.A. in modern history from Oxford University. He served as co-chair of Session 342, Conservative Political Movements in Western Industrial Societies, in 1996. In the UK’s 2010 New Year Honours he was named a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG).

Gerard Power is the Managing Director and Head of Innovation of InterMedia, UK (www.intermedia.org). He is a senior practitioner in international research, innovation, strategy and evaluation in the development, private and academic sectors, with nearly twenty years experience working with global, public and private media organisations in the Asia Pacific region, Africa, Europe, Middle East, North America, and Latin America. His research has been funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ABC International Development, AusAID, UNAIDS, UNFPA, IFPRI, UNDP, British Council, the World Bank, DFID, USAID OTI, National Council for Science and Technology, National Science Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, United States Information Agency and the Irish Development Authority.

JoAnna Wasserman joined the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Education staff in October 2004.  Her work has included the development of programs for the public, families, and targeted professional audiences.  Currently, JoAnna serves as Education Initiatives Manager, leading the Museum’s outreach on the topic of propaganda in conjunction with the special exhibition, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda.  JoAnna received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Communication in 2000 and received an M.A.T. from the George Washington University in 2004 specializing in Museum Education.  Prior to working with the Museum, JoAnna worked for 3 years at Grey Worldwide, an advertising agency in New York.

Juliána Laluhová is the Coordinator of Academic information system of FMK and Vice dean for study of FMK UCM in Trnava Faculty of Mass Media Communication UCM. She has been working for 9 years as a lecture assistant and has a number of publications in the academic field. Her interests are media systems and media theory – with a focus on TV. She enjoys literature, movies, sports and spending time with her family.

Renee Hobbs is Professor and Founding Director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island, a new communication school that brings together the departments and programs in Journalism, Film/Media, Communication Studies, Public Relations, Writing & Rhetoric and a graduate program in Library and Information Science, with 1300 undergrads, 350 grads and more than 80 fulltime faculty. Supported by a generous gift by Dick Harrington, former CEO of Thomson/Reuters, Renee Hobbs will help the faculty to create a new school of national distinction. Professor Hobbs is one of the nation’s leading authorities on media literacy education. Through community and global service and as a researcher, teacher, advocate and media professional, Hobbs has worked to advance the quality of digital and media literacy education in the United States and around the world. She founded the Media Education Lab, whose mission is to improve the quality of media literacy education through research and community service. In the early 1990s, she created the first national teacher education program in media literacy, the Harvard Institute on Media Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Sanjeev Chatterjee is an award winning documentary media maker and teacher. He has taught classes in studio and field production, media and society, writing and documentary production at the University of Miami. He received an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002 and has been nominated two more times since. In 2007, Chatterjee was honored with the Images and Voices of Hope World Summit Award of Appreciation for his documentary work. He has been on the faculty of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change, 2008 and 2009. In 2010, Chatterjee was a featured speaker at TEDxMiami and received a Fulbright scholarship to work with students in India in 2011. Professor Chatterjee served as the Executive Director of the Knight Center for International Media at the School of Communication from 2007-2010 when he commenced his Fulbright responsibilities in India. He also served as a vice-dean of the School of Communication during the same period.


Jochen FRIED is the director of education at the Salzburg Global Seminar. In this capacity he is responsible for the development and implementation of the Seminar’s Mellon Fellow Community Initiative, International Study Programs for students and faculty, and other related education programs. He is the former director of the Universities Project of the Salzburg Global Seminar. Prior to joining the Seminar in 1998, Dr. Fried worked as head of programs at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and as senior officer in the secretariat of the German Science Council in Cologne, Germany. After receiving a doctorate in German literature from Düsseldorf University, Germany in 1984, he was lecturer at Cambridge University, United Kingdom, and at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, under the auspices of the German Academic Exchange Service. He has been a visiting scholar at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and recently spent a year as a Fulbright scholar-in-residence at San Jose State University in California and at Bronx Community College in New York during the 2007-2008 academic year. Dr. Fried’s main areas of professional interest are higher education and research policy. He serves as an expert for national and international institutions and organizations including the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture; the European Union; The Council of Europe; and is a member of the European Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences (ECOLAS).

Andrea López-Portillo is the Communications Program Associate at the Salzburg Global Seminar. Based in Austria and working closely with Paul Mihailidis, she is responsible for the preparations for the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change; she also produces videos and photographic documentation of all other sessions within the organisation. Andrea received a B.A. in communication with a major in film at Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City) in 2009. In 2010, she moved to London and volunteered in film festivals, photographic archives and art galleries, and worked as an intern for BBC Mundo; she also assisted photographers on a regular basis and worked as a freelance photographer. Her images and articles have been published in Mexican and English newspapers and online, and her artwork, which is inspired in Global Citizenship, has been exhibited across Mexico and London. Andrea was a fellow at The Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change in 2008, which she credits for shaping her artistic statements.



Maria Paz Paniego
Milagros Ceballos
Sofía Lanús
Sofia Lavarello
Soledad Filgueira

Dina Mudara
Mona Alsari

Chen Chen
Gu Qin
Wu Yuanmei

Hong Kong SAR
Jenny Cui

Abby Kahuthia
Judy Munge


Amy Abdul Khalek
Bayan Jaber
Hicham Faraj
Joanna Zeenny
Karel Hage
Lana Idriss
Lena Mishal
Leyal Khalife
May Adra
Maya Hariri
Mohamad Chaer
Mona Khaouli
Nour Hemadi
Rasha Abu Dargham
Rawan Annan
Rindala El Assi
Salma Wehbe
Serina Bsat
Shaza Masri
Sima Maalouf

Alonso Aguilar
Arturo Shapiro
Eric Rubio
Gaby Salgado
Jimena Albert
Jimena Zárate
Raquel Cohen
Santiago Muñoz

Maria-Pia Negro

Catherine Acélová
Kristína Prokešová
Michaela Magátová

Lea Assir

Marc Perry
Oscar Tollast
Rebecca Hussain
Skyler Shah
Stephanie Parsons

AJ Calhoun
Amanda Guevara
Amy Arnold
Anamika Roy
James Levin
Jonathan Elbaz
Joshua Axelrod
Kevin Martinez
Linda Vasquez
Luciana Mendes
Lyndsey Wallen
Maria Rivera
Mariel Cooper
Mary Tablante
Meagan Todaro
Rachel Auerbach
Sarah Sexton