Executive Board

President

2022

Adriana Braga

Adriana Braga, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
adrianabraga@puc-rio.br
http://lattes.cnpq.br/8424786953911830

Adriana Braga is Associate Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and researcher of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq/Brazil). She served on…

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…the MEA Board of Directors between 2007–2009 and 2018–2020 as Member-at-Large. She is a Member of the Inclusivity Committee of the MEA. Her doctoral thesis "Computer-mediated femininity: social interaction in the blog circuit" was the winner of the CAPES Thesis Award (MEC/Brazil) and The Harold Innis Award (Media Ecology Association / USA) in 2007. Author of the books Summer-Body (2016); Maternal-Electronic Personae (2008); CMC, Identities and Gender (2005) and the book coauthored with Lance Strate and Paul Levinson Introdução à Ecologia das Mídias (Loyola, 2019 - forthcoming). She currently coordinates the Digital Media Lab – LabMiD, where she develops projects in digital communication, Brazilian culture, mobile telephony, digital literacy, artificial intelligence, speech, social interaction, ethnomethodology, gender and technology. In 2019, she was a visiting professor at the Department of Communication at the University of Macau, China.

Vice President

2022

Mike Plugh

Michael Plugh, Manhattan College
mplugh01@manhattan.edu
http://lattes.cnpq.br/8424786953911830

Michael Plugh is Assistant Professor of Communication at Manhattan College. He is Past-President of the New York State Communication Association, current President of the New York Society for General Semantics, and currently serves as Vice President, Elect of the Media Ecology Association. Mike’s research interests include media ecology and general semantics, particularly in the area of education.

Vice President Elect

2022


Robert Albrecht, New Jersey City University
ralbrecht@njcu.edu

Robert Albrecht is professor in the Media Arts Department at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey. He received his doctorate in Media Ecology at New York University and has published numerous articles relating to the role of music and the arts in education and culture.

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His book, Mediating the Muse: A Communications Approach to Music, Media and Cultural Change (2004, Hampton Press) is an ethnographic examination of the impact of electronic technology upon the music environment of a small town in the interior of Brazil. His most recent book, The Arts and Play as Educational Media in the Digital Age (2020, Peter Lang Publishers), was honored by the Media Ecology Association with the Susanne Langer Award. The book, co-authored with Carmine Tabone, outlines how hands on experiences in the arts and interactive, face-to-face forms of play can be implemented to counterbalance the massive influence of digital media in the lives of children.

Treasurer

2008–2022

Paul A. Soukup, S.J.

Paul A. Soukup, S.J., Santa Clara University
psoukup@scu.edu
https://www.scu.edu/cas/communication/faculty/paul-soukup-sj/

Paul A. Soukup, S.J., has worked with media ecology for over 15 years and presently serves as Treasurer of the Media Ecology Association. His academic interests include…

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…orality and literacy studies and the intersection of communication and theology. He and Thomas J. Farrell have edited four volumes of the collected works of Walter J. Ong, S.J., Faith and Contexts (1992-1999) as well as An Ong Reader (2002), a collection geared towards communication study. Most recently, he and Farrell have edited a collection of essays applying Ong’s thought to media ecology, Of Ong & Media Ecology: Essays in Communication, Composition, and Literary Studies (2012). Other publications include Communication and Theology (1983); Christian Communication: A Bibliographical Survey (1989), Media, Culture, and Catholicism (1996), Mass Media and the Moral Imagination with Philip J. Rossi (1994), and Fidelity and Translation: Communicating the Bible in New Media with Robert Hodgson (1999). This latter publication grows out of his work on the American Bible Society’s New Media Bible. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D., 1985), Soukup teaches in the Communication Department at Santa Clara University. Fr. Soukup has served on the Board of Trustees of the American Bible Society and holds membership in the Religious Communication Association and the National Communication Association, as well as the Media Ecology Association.

Recording Secretary

2022


Bernadette “bird” Bowen, Bowling Green State University
babowen@bgsu.edu

Bernadette “bird" Bowen (she/they) is a published poet and PhD ABD whose research interests intersect the broad fields of critical and feminist theories, with an eye towards the ideological struggle between institutions, gender, sexuality, and media ecology.

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Her dissertation project entitled "From the Boardroom to the Bedroom: Understanding Sexual Ecologies in the Algorithmic Age" is a critical feminist and media ecological analysis of biomimetic sextech device advertisements marketed to vulva-havers. In 2019 they were awarded the SMC Harold & Elaine Fisher Award, awarded first and second place in the Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies Graduate Essay Contest two years in a row, and the 2019 Media Ecology Association Top Convention Paper. She has over eighty published poems, and academic publications include #WhatNext: Political Implications of the #MeToo Campaign Aftermath in Maria Marron’s Misogyny Across Global Media volume, The Role of Sassy Socialist Memes in Leftbook in the journal Explorations in Media Ecology (EME), and "Put it in the Box and No One Gets Hurt?”: Unpacking the Lovebox in the International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society.

Executive Secretary

2022–2024

Fernando Gutiérrez

Fernando Gutiérrez, Tecnológico de Monterrey
fgutierr@tec.mx
http://sitios.itesm.mx/ehe/facultad/figutierrez.htm

Fernando Gutiérrez (Mexico) is the head of the Division of Humanities and Education at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (State of Mexico Campus). He earned a PhD in…

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…Design and Data Visualization from The Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM). In October 2008 he was distinguished with the “Gunther Saupe” award, granted by the CICOM (Confederation of the Marketing Communication Industry in Mexico). Four years after, he was recognized with the 2012 FIMPES research prize. In May 2014, he received the Innovation Award from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (State of Mexico Campus). Fernando is an author of several titles about media and information technologies; and part of the National System of Researchers in Mexico. His interest focuses on the exploration of different media environments. For more information visit his personal page: http://www.fergut.com.

Historian

2022–2024

Susan Drucker

Susan Drucker, Hofstra University
Susan.J.Drucker@hofstra.edu

Susan J. Drucker (Juris Doctor, St. John’s University) is a Distinguished Professor of Journalism in the Department of Journalism/Media Studies, School of Communication, Hofstra University.

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She is an attorney, and treasurer of the Urban Communication Foundation. She is the author and editor of 13 books and over 150 articles and book chapters including two volumes of the Urban Communication Reader, Regulating Convergence (Lang, 2010), Voices in the Street: Gender, Media and Public Space and two editions of Real Law @ Virtual Space: The Regulation of Cyberspace (1999, 2005), Regulating Social Media: Legal and Ethical Consideration (2013) with Gary Gumpert. She co-edited Urban Communication Regulations: Communication Freedoms and Limits (Lang, 2018). Her latest book is Fake News: Real Issues in Modern Communication with Russell Chun (Lang. 2020). She received the Walter J. Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship from MEA in 2018. Her work examines the relationship between media technology and human factors, particularly as viewed from a legal perspective.

Internet Officer

2021–2023

Matt Thomas

Matt Thomas, Kirkwood Community College
matt.thomas@kirkwood.edu

Originally from Seattle, Matt Thomas did his undergraduate work at the University of Southern California and his graduate work at the University of Iowa, where he got his PhD in American Studies. His interests lie…

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…at the intersection of media, technology, identity, and American history. His work has appeared in a variety of venues, both academic and popular. He currently lives in Iowa City, IA, where he teaches at Kirkwood Community College.

EME Editor-in-Chief

2020–2022

Ernest Hakanen

Ernest Hakanen, Drexel University
eah22@drexel.edu
https://drexel.edu/coas/faculty-research/faculty-directory/hakanen-ernest/

Ernest A. Hakanen is Head and Professor of the Communication, Culture, and Media program in the Department of Communication at Drexel University, Philadelphia PA, USA. His research interests lie in…

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…intellectual history with an emphasis on media effects, general systems theory, cybernetics, media ecology, post structural theory, and critical media theory. He is also known for his studies of emotional use of music and other communication technologies. His publications can be found in edited volumes and journals such as the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Social Semiotics, Music and Society, the Howard Journal of Communications, ETC: A Review of General Semantics, and Explorations in Media Ecology. Ernie is the author of Branding the Teleself: Media Effects Discourse and the Changing Self and editor of several other books. He has been an Annenberg Fellow, Visiting Scholar at the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Scientific Structures, and Visiting Scholar at the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California, Irvine, where he worked with Mark Poster and Frederic Jameson. As editor of Explorations in Media Ecology, he hopes to expand global participation and reach.

Awards Coordinator

2020–2022

Lance Strate

Lance Strate, Fordham University
strate@fordham.edu
http://lancestrate.net

Lance Strate is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. He is one of the founders of the Media Ecology Association, and served as the MEA’s first president for over a decade; he also…

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…launched the MEA’s journal, Explorations in Media Ecology, serving as EME’s co-editor and editor for its first six years of publication, returning for another 3-year term in 2017. Additionally, he is a trustee and former executive director of the Institute of General Semantics, president of the New York Society for General Semantics, past president of the New York State Communication Association, and was the Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication at Villanova University in 2015, and was given an honorary appointment as Chair Professor at Henan University in Kaifeng, China in 2016.

He received his PhD D in Media Ecology at New York University studying with Neil Postman. He is the author of several scholarly works, including Echoes and Reflections: On Media Ecology as a Field of Study; On the Binding Biases of Time and Other Essays on General Semantics and Media Ecology; Amazing Ourselves to Death: Neil Postman’s Brave New World Revisited; 麦克卢汉与媒介生态学, an original collection of essays published in Mandarin translation under the title, McLuhan and Media Ecology; and Media Ecology: An Approach to Understanding the Human Condition. He is also a published poet, and author of the poetry collection, Thunder at Darwin Station. Additionally, he has co-edited a number of anthologies, including two editions of Communication and Cyberspace: Social Interaction in an Electronic Environment; Critical Studies in Media Commercialism; The Legacy of McLuhan; Korzybski and…; The Medium is the Muse: Channeling Marshall McLuhan; La Comprensión de los Medios en la Era Digital: Un Nuevo Análisis de la Obra de Marshall McLuhan; and Taking Up McLuhan’s Cause: Perspectives on Media and Formal Causality.

He is the recipient of the Media Ecology Association’s Walter J. Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship, and the Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book, for Media Ecology: An Approach to Understanding the Human Condition. He also received the New York State Communication Association’s John F. Wilson Fellow Award in recognition for exceptional scholarship, leadership, and dedication to the field of communication, and NYSCA’s Neil Postman Mentor Award, as well as the Eastern Communication Association’s Distinguished Research Fellow Award. Translations of his writing have appeared in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Hungarian, Hebrew, Mandarin, and Quenya.

Newsletter Editor

2022


Jeff Bogaczyk, Christian Life School
jbogaczyk@gmail.com

Dr. Jeff Bogaczyk currently serves as the Head of School for Christian Life School in Kenosha, WI. He completed his undergraduate degree at North Central University in Minneapolis, MN and later received a Master of Arts in Leadership and Liberal Studies and then a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, both from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

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His research interests are in interpersonal and organizational communication and media ecology, particularly in the area of education. For the past 8 years, he has served in educational leadership and he currently serves as the book review editor for Explorations in Media Ecology, as the liaison for MEA with the Eastern Communication Association, and as the newsletter editor for In Media Res, the official newsletter of the Media Ecology Association. As a hobby, he hosts a podcast and a blog, Mind For Life, where he explores leadership, personal development, entrepreneurship, human psychology, and media ecology.

At-Large Member

2022–2024

Julia Hildebrand

Julia Hildebrand, Eckerd College
hildebjm@eckerd.edu
https://drexel.edu/coas/academics/graduate-programs/communication-culture-media/graduate-students/Hildebrand-Julia/

Originally from Germany, Dr. Julia M. Hildebrand is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Eckerd College, Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication, Culture, and Media from Drexel University. Her research…

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…combines media ecology with critical mobilities research and human geography. For her interdisciplinary dissertation, she explored the biases and effects of consumer drones as mobile media. She has published in such journals as Explorations in Media Ecology, Media, Culture & Society, Digital Culture & Society, and Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies.

In her role as MEA At-Large Member, she brings both the keen interest in promoting, sustaining, and expanding media ecology as an intellectual tradition as well as the organizational experience for effectively contributing to the Media Ecology Association. In her three years as Executive Secretary of the International Association for the History of Traffic, Transport, and Mobility, she was not only responsible for managing memberships, journal subscriptions, website content, and elections, but also helped organize three international conferences in Italy, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. At MEA, she is assisting with updates to the association homepage and serves in the Strategic Committee for Evaluating and Acting on Association Public Relations Efforts.

At-Large Member

2020–2022

Jaqueline McLeod Rogers

Jaqueline McLeod Rogers, Unniversity of Winnipeg
j.mcleod-rogers@uwinnipeg.ca
https://jaquelinemcleodrogers.weebly.com

Jaqueline McLeod Rogers is Professor and Chair of the Department of Rhetoric, Writing and Communications at the University of Winnipeg. She co-edited and…

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…contributed several chapters to the collection, Finding McLuhan: The Mind, The Man, The Message (U of Regina, 2015). She co-edited a special edition of the journal Imaginations, “McLuhan and the Arts.” She has completed and is now completing revisions to a-5 chapter book, McLuhan’s Techno-Sensorium City (for Lexington). She also researches and writes about local culture and creative cities and about mothering and technology, currently co-editing a collection called Mothering/ Internet/ Kids (Demeter Press).

At-Large Member

2022–2023


Marcelo Capello Martins, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
marcelocapello1998@gmail.com

Marcelo Capello Martins is currently a PhD student at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) in the Philosophy department.

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In his master’s research, Marcelo investigated Hannah Arendt’s considerations about propaganda and the introduction of violence in the political realm through our speech. This investigation is inspired by the recent problems of fake news, hate speech and political polarization. His interest in Media Ecology dates from 2019, when he first got in contact with Jacques Ellul’s work, and has increased in 2020, after further studies in the Media Ecology field. Marcelo worked closely with the organization of the 22nd annual MEA convention, hosted online by PUC-Rio in 2021. He is starting his dissertation in 2022, also at PUC-Rio, with the intention of bringing Ellul’s ideas about technique to discuss and question the various ways technophilia is propagated today.

Immediate Past President

2022

Peggy Cassidy

Peggy Cassidy, Adelphi University
cassidy@adelphi.edu
https://www.adelphi.edu/faculty/profiles/profile.php?PID=0132

Margaret Cassidy is Professor and Chair of the Communications Department at Adelphi University. A graduate of the Media Ecology Ph.D. program, she is the author of…

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BookEnds: The Changing Media Environment of American Classrooms (Hampton Press, 2003) and Children, Media, and American History: Printed Poison, Pernicious Stuff, and Other Terrible Temptations (Routledge, 2018).

Advisory Council

  • Janet Sternberg – Independent Scholar
  • James C. Morrison – Independent Scholar
  • Thomas F. Gencarelli – Manhattan College
  • Corey Anton – Grand Valley State University
  • Phil Rose – York University
  • Karen Lollar – Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Brett Lunceford – Independent Scholar
  • Ed Tywoniak – St. Mary’s College of California
  • Paul Grosswiler – University of Maine
  • Paolo Granata - University of Toronto

Appointed Officers

  • Liaison to NCA: Mike Plugh – Manhattan College (2018–2020)
  • Liaison to ECA: Jeff Bogaczyk
  • Liaison to ICA: Thomas F. Gencarelli – Manhattan College
  • Liaison to CCA: Ellen Rose – University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Past Convention Coordinators

  • Adriana Braga - PUC-Rio (2021)
  • Peggy Cassidy - Adelphi University (2020)
  • Paolo Granata - University of Toronto (2019)
  • Paul Grosswiler – University of Maine (2018)
  • Ed Tywoniak – St. Mary’s College of California (2017)
  • Brett Lunceford – Independent Scholar (2016)
  • Paolo Granata – University of Bologna (2016)
  • Elena Lamberti – University of Bologna (2016)
  • Karen Lollar – Metropolitan State University of Denver (2015)
  • Phil Rose – York University (2014)
  • Corey Anton and Valerie V. Peterson – Grand Valley State University (2013)
  • Thomas F. Gencarelli – Manhattan College (2012)
  • Marco Adria – University Of Alberta, Edmonton (2011)
  • Catherine Adams – University Of Alberta, Edmonton (2011)
  • Paul Grosswiler – University of Maine (2010)
  • Ellen Rose – University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (2010)
  • Sara van den Berg – Saint Louis University (2009)
  • Paul A. Soukup, SJ – Santa Clara University (2009)
  • Paul A. Soukup, SJ – Santa Clara University (2008)
  • Anne Pym – California State University, East Bay (2008)
  • Thomas F. Gencarelli – Montclair State University (2007)
  • Fernando Gutiérrez – Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Estado de México (2007)
  • James C. Morrison – Emerson College (2006)
  • Donald A. Fishman – Boston College (2006)
  • Janet Sternberg – Fordham University (2005)
  • Lance Strate – Fordham University (2005)
  • Susan B. Barnes – Rochester Institute of Technology (2004)
  • Susan J. Drucker – Hofstra University (2003)
  • Barbara M. Kelly – Hofstra University (2003)
  • David Linton – Marymount Manhattan College (2002)
  • Laura Tropp – Marymount Manhattan College (2002)
  • Janet Sternberg – New York University (2001)
  • Paul Levinson – Fordham University (2000)

Editor, Explorations in Media Ecology

  • Ernest Hakanen, Drexel University (2020–2022)

Past Editors

  • Lance Strate – Fordham University (2017–2019)
  • Paul Grosswiler – University of Maine, Orono (2012–2016)
  • Paul Grosswiler (University of Maine, Orono) & Peter K. Fallon (Roosevelt University) [2011]
  • Corey Anton – Grand Valley State University (2008–2010)
  • Lance Strate – Fordham University (2005–2007)
  • Lance Strate (Fordham University) & Judith Yaross Lee (Ohio University) [2002–2004]

Past Editors, Proceedings

  • Catherine Adams – University of Alberta, Edmonton (2011)
  • Ellen Rose – University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (2010)
  • Paul A. Soukup, SJ – University of Santa Clara (2009)
  • Anne Pym – California State University, East Bay (2008)
  • Robert Albrecht – New Jersey City University (2007)
  • Steven Reagles – Bethany Lutheran College (2006)
  • James C. Morrison – Babson College (2006)
  • Anthony Kelso – Iona College (2005)
  • Arthur W. Hunt, III – Geneva College (2004)
  • Brian Cogan – Molloy College (2003)
  • Margot Hardenbergh – Fordham University (2002)
  • Donna Flayhan – Goucher College (2001)
  • Janet Sternberg – New York University (2000)
  • Mark Lipton – Vassar College (2000)

Editor, In Medias Res

  • Rachel Armamentos, Fordham University

Past Editors

  • Scott Church – Brigham Young University (2018–2019)
  • Edward Tywoniak – St. Mary’s College of California
  • Stephanie Gibson – University of Baltimore (2009)
  • Stephanie Bennett – Palm Beach Atlantic University (2008–2009)
  • Paul A. Soukup, SJ – Santa Clara University (2005–2007)
  • Raymond Gozzi, Jr. – Ithaca College (2000–2004)
  • Casey Man Kong Lum – William Paterson University (1999–2000)

Awards Officer

  • Lance Strate - Fordham University

Past Awards Officer

  • Brian Cogan – Molloy College (2012–2019)
  • Lance Strate – Fordham University (2000–2012)

Internet Officer

  • Matt Thomas - Kirkwood Community College

Past Internet Officers/Web Editors

  • Carolin Aronis, Colorado State University (2019–2020)
  • Carolin Aronis (Colorado State University) & Matt Thomas (Kirkwood Community College) [2018]
  • Mike Plugh – Manhattan College (2015–2018)
  • Brett Lunceford – Independent Scholar (2013–2014)
  • Phil Rose – York University (2011–2013)
  • James C. Morrison – Babson College (2009–2011)
  • Roxanne O’Connell – Roger Williams University (2007–2008)
  • James C. Morrison – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2001–2006)

Past Webmasters

  • Arturo Caro Islas – Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Estado de México
  • Paul Kelly – XML Team Solutions, Inc. (2001–2008)

Email Discussion List Manager

  • Matt Thomas - Kirkwood Community College

Past Email Discussion List Managers

  • Carolin Aronis, Colorado State University (2018–2020)
  • Mike Plugh – Manhattan College (2015–2018)
  • Brett Lunceford – Independent Scholar (2013–2014)
  • Phil Rose – York University (2012–2013)
  • Janet Sternberg – Fordham University (2003–2011)
  • Stephanie Gibson – University of Baltimore (1997–2002)

Past Presidents

  • Lance Strate – Fordham University (1998–2008)
  • Janet Sternberg – Fordham University (2009–2011)
  • James C. Morrison – Babson College (2012)
  • Thomas F. Gencarelli – Manhattan College (2013)
  • Corey Anton – Grand Valley State University (2014)
  • Phil Rose – York University (2015)
  • Karen Lollar – Metropolitan State University of Denver (2016)
  • Brett Lunceford – Independent Scholar (2017)
  • Ed Tywoniak – St. Mary’s College of California (2018)
  • Paul Grosswiler - University of Maine (2019)
  • Paolo Granata - University of Toronto

Past Directors

  • Mary Ann Allison – Allison Associates, Inc.
  • Corey Anton – Grand Valley State University
  • Stephanie Bennett – Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Susan B. Barnes – Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Adriana Braga – Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
  • Jan Buterman – University of Alberta
  • James W. Carey – Columbia University
  • Susan J. Drucker – Hofstra University
  • Stephanie Gibson – University of Baltimore
  • Raymond Gozzi, Jr. – Ithaca College
  • Robert K. Logan – University of Toronto
  • Casey Man Kong Lum – William Paterson University
  • Neil Postman – New York University
  • Ellen Rose – University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
  • Douglas Rushkoff – New School University
  • Laura Tropp – Marymount Manhattan College

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