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Olivier Sylvain

Olivier Sylvain 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 articlessymposium pieces, policy papers, news articlesop-eds, and blog posts on current controversies in communications policy, online intermediary liability, privacy, and copyright. Olivier has been on the local NPR station and an invited speaker at several recent conferences and symposia across the United States, South America, and in Europe. He is part of a team of research engineers and social entrepreneurs to whom the National Science Foundation in fall 2017 awarded a three-year one-million-dollar grant to prototype a secure, affordable, and energy-efficient computing network that is to be owned and operated as a “commons resource” for Harlem residents.

At Fordham, Olivier teaches Legislation & Regulation, Administrative Law, Information Law, and information law related courses. He manages the Intellectual Property and Information Law concentration at Fordham and is the Director of the McGannon Center for Communications Research. 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.

Keith Roe

Keith Roe is an 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.

Andrea 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.

Before moving to New York City, Andrea served as the Communications and Program Coordinator with Rosedale Development Association (RDA) in Kansas City, Kan. During her three years at RDA, she revamped the organization’s social media presence, redesigned the website, ran youth programs, and edited the monthly newsletter. Andrea hopes to build on these experiences while at Fordham, and plans to continue her work in the nonprofit sector after graduation.

Andrea also holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, with a minor in communication studies, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Olivier Sylvain
Keith Roe
Andrea Steere