Since 2007, McGannon has invited university faculty, post-docs, and ABD graduate students from any disciplinary background to apply for one or two semester appointments as Visiting Research Fellows at the Center. While this position carries no stipend, Fellows enjoy the benefits of a research affiliation with the McGannon Center, including office space at the Center on Fordham’s Bronx campus; computer, telephone, and Internet access; and access to all Fordham University library and electronic resources. Fellows also have access to the McGannon Center’s administrative support, as well as to the resources of New York City, one of the media capitals of the world. Fellows are expected to give a public lecture and contribute a paper to the Center’s Working Paper series. Many of the Fellows have gone on to promising careers at research institutions.

2017 Visiting Research Fellows


Hilde Van den Bulck (Ph.D.) is a full professor of Communication Studies and serves as director of the research group Media, Policy and Culture at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She studied Communication Studies at KU Leuven (B) and University of Leicester (UK) and obtained her Ph.D. at KU Leuven. She has complementary expertise and interests in media policies and structures, with a focus on public media, and media culture and identity, focusing most recently on the mediated communication about celebrity philanthropy and activism. Hilde Van den Bulck has been involved in Flemish media policy, amongst others as vice chair of the Flemish Media Council. She has published widely.

Past Visiting Research Fellows

David F. Donnelly (Ph.D., MA., University of Massachusetts, Amherst.)

Dr. Donnelly’s research focuses on the impact of technological innovation.  His work on the future of media and the future of education and technology appears in numerous journals and popular press publications.  He has contributed to seven books on the media and has produced and directed numerous video programs, including Visual Velocity, which aired on PBS stations across the Southwest. He has a broad background in media education.  He served as the former Dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University, and Associate Professor of Communications at the University of Houston.

Larisa Mann (PhD, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley Law School, M.Sc London School of Economics).

Combining scholarship, teaching, journalism, mentoring, and activism with professional & community-based artistic practices, Dr. Mann enriches practical and professional experience with critical analysis and ethnographic research methods — and vice versa. Her scholarship and teaching interests include: analyzing how changing global media infrastructures affect creative communities, and examining the relationship between law, sovereignty, and creativity. Mann’s work addresses how marginalized and exploited communities use cultural practices to survive and flourish, and how legal, social, and business institutions interact with the goals and needs of marginalized people. On these and other topics she has addressed business, scholarly, creative, activist, and policy audiences, as well as been an advisor in legal cases. Her recent work includes “What can feminism learn from new media?” in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies; “White faces in intimate spaces: Jamaican dancehall in global circulation” in Communication Culture and Critique, and “Decolonizing Networked Technology: Lessons from the Dancehall” in Transnational Culture In The Internet Age. She is currently working on projects that address how marginalized communities define their needs in the context of digital privacy and security, and on the survival of terrestrial pirate radio and ethnic radio.

Serena Bassi (Ph.D., University of Warwick)

Dr. Bassi is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Cardiff, UK. Her research interests include translation and sexuality, cultural exchange between the US and Italy and the history of gay social movements. She published the article “Tick as appropriate a) gay b) queer c) none of the above: translation and sexual politics in Lawrence Venuti’s ‘A hundred strokes of the brush before bed’”, which appeared in Comparative Literature Studies.

Amelia Bryne (MA, Ryerson University)
Trained in cultural anthropology and new media, Amelia received her M.A. from the Joint Programme in Communication and Culture, Toronto, Canada. Amelia is co-Director of, a research consultancy that focuses on the social and environmental impacts of information and communications technologies. She is a co-author (with Dharma Dailey) of the FCC-commissioned study, Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities, which is currently being revised and expanded into a book. The study was utilized by the FCC in the construction of its National Broadband Plan. Amelia’s work has been supported by the University of Helsinki, the Social Science Research Council, the Community Wireless Infrastructure Research Project, byDesign eLab, and other public interest research projects and institutions. Her research has been published in journals such as Telematics & Informatics, Policy & Internet, and the Journal of Community Informatics. []

Dharma Dailey
Dharma, a community media activist and researcher, studied communications policy and advocacy at the State University of New York (SUNY). Dharma is currently co-Director of (with Amelia Bryne), and has previously served as a program consultant for the Media Justice Fund of the Funding Exchange and Director of Research for the Ethos Group, a consultancy that supported the development of community-based wireless infrastructure. Her publications include: Media Justice Through the Eyes of Local Organizers (Media Justice Fund, 2009), and Community Wireless Networks as Situated Advocacy (The Urban Architecture League of New York, 2008, with Laura Forlano) as well as other articles bridging advocacy, scholarship, and policy. []

Sung-Wook Jung (Ph.D., Northwestern University)
Dr. Jung came to the McGannon Center from South Korea, where he is the Director of Bom Media Research. His research interests focus on comparative media systems and audience measurement. While in the U.S., he conducted research for a comparative analysis of U.S. and Japanese audience measurement systems. []

Minna Aslama (Ph.D., University of Helsinki)
Dr. Aslama was the McGannon Center’s inaugural Visiting Research Fellow. She has conducted research for the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications, and recently took part in a large scale research project assessing the state of communications research around the world. In her academic career, Dr. Aslama has had the opportunity to travel extensively, and she has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Thomas E. and Margaret Brittingham Scholar at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). She has worked as a researcher for the Finnish Broadcasting Company and holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the Helsinki School of Economics. She is currently an Assistant Professor at St. Johns University in New York. [website]

Christina Dunbar-Hester (Ph.D., Cornell University)
Christina is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. She received her Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University. Prof. Dunbar-Hester is an ethnographer who studies the intersection of technical practice and political engagement.  She is the author of Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Low-Power Radio Activism (MIT Press, 2014), which examines activism to promote local community radio even in a “digital” age.  Her recent research centers on advocacy to raise awareness about “diversity” issuesin hackerspace and free software communities. []