Emerald Studies in Media and Communications


Series Co-Editor: Laura Robinson
Santa Clara University
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
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
UC Berkeley
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 Journalism Editor: Deb Aikat
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
A former journalist, Deb Aikat has been a faculty member of Media and Journalism in
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, since 1995, Aikat’s research has been
published in book chapters and refereed journals. An award-winning researcher and teacher,
Aikat theorizes digital media. The Scripps Howard Foundation recognized him as the inaugural
winner of the “National Journalism Teacher of the Year award” (2003) for “distinguished service
to journalism education.” Aikat worked as a journalist in India for Ananda Bazar Patrika’s The
Telegraph newspaper and reported for the BBC World Service. He founded in 2015 the South
Asia Communication Association, which unites professors and professionals in examining South
Asia and its diaspora worldwide. He completed in 1990 a Certificate in American Political
Culture from the New York University. Aikat earned in 1995 a Ph. D. in Media and Journalism
from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism.

Senior Communication Editor: John Baldwin
Illinois State University
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 eHealth Editor: Timothy Hale
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Timothy M. Hale, PhD is a medical sociologist at the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Previously, he served as Research Fellow at Partners Center for Connected Health and Harvard Medical School. His main research interest is the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on health care and health lifestyles. Prior to joining the Center, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he studied the social and psychological impacts of ICT, focusing primarily on youth and older adults. Hale was elected as a CITASA Council Member (2012-2014). His work has been published in Information, Communication & Society; Computers and Human Behavior; Journal of Health Communication and American Behavioral Scientist.

Senior Media History Editor: Heloisa Pait 
São Paulo State University (UNESP)
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 Crime and Media Editor: Julie Wiest
​West Chester University of Pennsylvania
As a sociologist of culture and media, Julie Wiest applies mainly symbolic interactionist and social constructivist perspectives to studies in three primary areas: (1) the sociocultural context of violence, ​(2) mass media effects, and (3) the relationship between new media technologies and social change. ​Wiest received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Tennessee and M.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of Georgia. Before academia, she worked as a print and online journalist for nearly a decade.

Senior Media Editor: Apryl Williams
Harvard Center for Internet and Society 
Williams received her PhD in Sociology from Texas A&M University in 2017 with a designated focus in race, media, and culture. Currently, she is Assistant Professor at Susquehanna University and a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Her research follows two broad streams of inquiry: cultural studies of race, gender, and community in digital spaces and mobile phone and digital technology use in developing countries. She theorizes digital media as it converges with issues concerning race / ethnicity, gender, and communal identity. In addition to my domestic research agenda, she conducts research on socio-political conflict, mobile phone use, and digital inequality in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her work can be found in several peer reviewed outlets including Social Sciences, the International Journal of Communication, and Information, Communication & Society. Her other academic interests include intersectionality, social theory, postmodernism, technology, and embodiment.


Associate Editor: Aneka Khilnani
George Washington University
Aneka Khilnani is a an MD student at GW. She holds an MS from 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 GW and 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.