Geri Alumit Zeldes Ph.D.

Geri Zeldes

Professor & ComArtSci Faculty Excellence Advocate

  • Journalism


Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D. is a tenured Professor in MSU’s School of Journalism and serves as ComArtSci’s Faculty Excellence Advocate who helps recruit and retain staff and faculty and tries - tries to move the needle of awesome-ness in the building.

Zeldes doubles as an academic and practitioner. She has a dozen best paper awards from international communication associations and 100+ honors and screenings for her documentary films and other creative scholarship that include the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for coverage of social justice issues from the Asian American Journalists Association, Edward R. Murrow and Unity awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association, two national Best of Festival Awards from the Broadcast Education Association, Top 25 Public Vote recognition for an exhibit in ArtPrize, four regional Emmys ®, two Tellys, and a handful of awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Michigan Associated Press Editors’ Association awards.

She was also invited to speak at two Tedx events and featured for her social justice scholarship on MSU’s “Spartans Will” campaign.

In October 2017, the Filipina Women's Network recognized her with a "100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award" in the category Innovator and Thought Leader.

Zeldes lives in another suburb of Detroit where she spent pre-COVID-19 her evenings shuttling or attending the sports activities — basketball, football, volleyball, tennis and baseball — of her four children.

She is writing her first book, "Flow & Flint Town," which looks at musical and psychological flows experienced by rap artists in the city since the 1980s.

Zeldes' film "Breed & Bootleg: Legends of Flint Rap Music" debuted in December 2020 at the Detroit Free Press Film Festival and had its in-person premiere in September 2021 at the Flint Institute of Arts. The Society of Professional Journalists-Detroit recognized the film w/ Best Documentary. The film has screened at 25 venues and was covered in nearly as many media outlets.

In May 2022, her latest film, "Brenda's Story," will broadcast on WKAR-TV, MSU's PBS station.





Research and Teaching

News coverage of race, ethnicity and religion; documentary filmmaking

Thematic Research Areas

Global and Multicultural Communication
Political Communication and Civic Engagement

Research Centers and Labs

Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
Health and Risk Communication Center

Contact Information

404 Wilson Rd., Room 280
Communication Arts and Sciences Building
Michigan State University