Emerald Studies in Media and Communications


Series Co-Editor: Laura Robinson
Associate Professor
Santa Clara University, USA
Laura Robinson is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Santa Clara University. She earned her PhD from UCLA, where she held a Mellon Fellowship in Latin American Studies and received a Bourse d’Accueil at the École Normale Supérieure. In addition to holding a postdoctoral fellowship on a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation funded project at the USC Annenberg Center, Robinson has served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell University and the Chair of CITAMS (formerly CITASA) for 2014-2015. Her research has earned awards from CITASA, AOIR, and NCA IICD. Robinson’s current multi-year study examines digital and informational inequalities. Her other publications explore interaction and identity work, as well as new media in Brazil, France, and the U.S. 

Series Co-Editor: Shelia Cotten
Michigan State University, USA
Shelia Cotten is Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University.She has served as the Chair of CITAMS and has previously held appointments at the University of Alabama at Birminghm and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. After earning her PhD from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, she was a postgraduate fellow at the Boston University School of Public Health. Her work has been funded by The National Science Foundation and the National Institute on Aging. ​Cotten’s work addresses key social problems with sociological tools related to technology access, use, and impacts/outcomes. She has published on a number of topics including the XO laptop program in Birmingham and the use of ICT resources to improve older Americans' quality of life. The body of her work was recognized by the CITASA Award for Public Sociology in 2013 and the CITAMS Career Achievement Award in 2016. 

Series Co-Editor: Jeremy Schulz
Visiting Scholar
UC Berkeley, USA
Jeremy Schulz is Visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and a Fellow at the Cambridge Institute. He has also served as an Affiliate at the UC San Diego Center for Research on Gender in the Professions and a Council Member of the ASA Section on Consumers and Consumption. Previously, he held an NSF funded postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University after earning his PhD at UC Berkeley. His article, "Zoning the Evening," received the Shils-Coleman Award from the ASA Theory Section.  His publications include “Talk of Work” published in Theory and Society and "Shifting Grounds and Evolving Battlegrounds," published in the American Journal of Cultural Sociology. He has also done research and published in several other areas, including new media, theory, qualitative research methods, work and family, and consumption. 


Senior Communication Editor: John Baldwin
Illinois State University, USA
John Baldwin (PhD, Arizona State University, 1994) is a professor of culture and communication, communication theory and qualitative research methods at Illinois State University. He has co-edited a book on definitions of culture (Redefining Culture, 2006) and co-authored a textbook, Intercultural Communication for Everyday Life (2014). His areas of interest include intercultural and intergroup communication, including adjustment, competence, as well as identity, prejudice, and tolerance. Recent research focuses on the social construction of identities in Brazilian rock music of the dictatorship era. He is conversational in Spanish and Portuguese, but also has interest in other languages and cultures.

Senior Media History Editor: Heloisa Pait 
Assistant Professor (with tenure)
o Paulo State University Júlio de Mesquita Filho, Brazil
Heloisa Pait investigates the challenges posed by the introduction of new means of communication for democratic life, with emphasis on the personal dilemmas individuals encounter when presented with unknown sociabilities. In her doctoral dissertation at the New School for Social Research she investigated the personal challenges television soap opera writers and viewers faced in trying to make mass communication a meaningful activity. She has written on the reception of international news, on media use by Brazilian youth, and on the disruptive role of the internet in the Brazilian political environment. With her students, Heloisa investigates conceptions of memory and media use, the role of media in notions of secrecy in international relations, and the nature of public protests in Brazilian cities. Dealing with a broad range of subjects, her recurrent issue is the efforts individuals make to engage in communication with others, an activity always disrupted and reconstructed – revealed – by every material transformation of media. Heloisa Pait, a Fulbright alumna and member of the advisory board of Open Knowledge Brazil, actively participates in Brazilian public life. Her fiction work has appeared in American and Brazilian publications.

Senior Media Editor: Apryl Williams
Assistant Professor
Susquehanna University, USA
Apryl A. Williams (@AprylW) earned her PhD in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University. She is an Assistant Professor at Susquehanna University, as well as a Research Associate at the Center on Conflict and Development, a member of the USAID Higher Education Solutions Network. She has made a variety of contributions to the sociologies of race, gender, and culture as well as to the field of media studies. Apryl’s studies, based on her intersectional approach to race, gender, media, and inequalities, have been published in the International Journal of Communication, Information, Communication & Society, and Social Sciences. She has also conducted original research on digital inequality in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Williams has overseen the production of several publications dealing with international representations of race in media and comparative media landscapes. Her additional research interests include postmodernism, critical theory, and studies of the body.


Associate Editor: Aneka Khilnani
Georgetown University
Aneka Khilnani is a graduate student at Georgetown University. As Associate Editor, she has served on  a number of the editorial team for volumes, including e-Health: Current Evidence, Promises, Perils, and Future Directions. Before attending Georgetown, she graduated from Santa Clara University with a BS in Public Health Science (Summa Cum Laude). Her past research was supported by a $30,000 grant from the Health Trust Initiative to support dietary change among low-income women in the San Jose Guadalupe area. She is currently working on a coauthored book manuscript on digital research methods.