Olivier Sylvain (Ph.D., Columbia University), Director


Olivier Sylvain, Director of the McGannon Center, is an Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law. His academic interests are chiefly in information and communications law and policy. He has written a variety of law review articles, policy papers, news articlesnewspaper op-eds, and blog posts on current controversies in broadband policy, Internet governance, privacy, and copyright. He has been an invited speaker on the local NPR station and at several recent conferences and symposia across the United States and in Europe.

At Fordham, Olivier teaches Legislation and Regulation, Administrative Law, Information Law, and information law related seminars. He manages the Intellectual Property and Information Law concentration at Fordham. He is affiliated with the Center for Law and Information Policy and the Center on Race, Law, and Justice. Before entering academia, Olivier was a Karpatkin Fellow in the National Legal Office of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York City and a litigation associate at Jenner & Block, LLC, in Washington, D.C. He is on the board of directors for the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.


Kevin Healey (Ph.D., Institute of Communications Research at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

KevinHealeyKevin Healey is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of New Hampshire. His research appears in Journal of Media Ethics; Journal of Information, Communication, and Ethics in Society; Journal of Religion, Media, and Digital Culture; Explorations in Media Ecology; Religions; Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies; and Symbolic Interaction. He has written chapters for The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies, The Handbook of Mass Media Ethics, and Ethics in Communication. His essays appear online at Salon, Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Nomos Journal, and Trans-missions. He is a co-editor of Prophetic Critique and Popular Media (Peter Lang, 2013). Prof. Healey is a recipient of the 2014 Media Ecology Association Top Paper Award and the 2010 Clifford G. Christians Research Ethics Award.


Keith Roe (Ph.D., University of Lund), Scholar in Residence 

Keith Roe is p1010923an active Emeritus Professor of Communication and former Head of the School for Mass Communication Research at the Catholic University of Leuven, Flanders, Belgium. He obtained his Ph. D from the University of Lund, Sweden in 1983 with a prize-winning thesis on the relationship between school achievement and media use among adolescents. From 1986-1991 he was a Research fellow and Assistant Professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Subsequently, he moved to Leuven where he was appointed Associate Professor in 1991 and Full Professor in 1994 and later served as Dean and Vice-Dean (Research) at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Dr. Roe has also had periods as a Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton. His main research interests revolve around the sociology of communication and culture, media effects, and research methodology, within which fields he has led a large number of funded projects. From 2004-2014 he was Joint Editor of Communications, The European Journal of Communication Research and is currently an Advisory Editor for the Journal of Children and Media. Current research projects include reactions to music by very young children from an evolutionary perspective, use of communications technology to enhance the well-being of dementia patients, and discourses surrounding Islam in German politics, the mainstream press and social media. He has also co-supervised a Ph. D situated within the EU-Kids Online project.


Graduate Assistant

Andrea Steere_GAAndrea Steere

Andrea is a current graduate student in Fordham’s Public Media masters program, with a concentration in strategic communication. Prior to working at the McGannon Center, she worked in marketing and communications with nonprofits and startup companies in Kansas City.


Past Contributors

Alice E. Marwick (Ph.D., New York University), Co-Director (2013-2014), Director (2014- 2016)

Alice Marwick's HeadshotAlice Marwick was Director of the McGannon Center, an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, an academic affiliate at the Center of Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School, and a research affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute. Her work examines the impact of the large audiences made possible by social media on individuals and communities from a social, cultural, and legal perspective. She is the author of Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity and Branding in the Social Media Age (Yale 2013), an ethnographic study of the San Francisco tech scene which examines how people seek social status through attention and visibility online, named an Editor’s Pick by the New York Times, a Book of the Week by The Times Higher Education and a Definitive Tech Book of 2013 by The Huffington Post. Current research interests include the impact of socio-economic status on privacy practices; selfies and online self-presentation; and gender, feminism and social media.  Marwick has written for The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Wired and The Guardian in addition to New Media and Society, Public Culture, the Journal of Youth Studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Surveillance and Society and other academic publications. Alice has a PhD from the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, a MA from the University of Washington and a BA from Wellesley College. She lives in New York City.

Past Graduate Assistants

Jesse Rabinowitz, 2016

Camille Dominique Tacastacas, 2015

Naima Chowdhury, 2014

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