As new technologies emerge, and become rapidly part of everyday life, policy and regulatory initiatives are now at the forefront. At ComArtSci, we research the social and industry implications of communication and information technology with a focus on the governance of emerging media, information and communication. Within this area of study, we bring together researchers from across the college with expertise in communication, media, social media and gaming to identify the policy and regulatory choices and options affected by change in communication technologies, industries, and consumer choices.
The Quello Center is focused on research that stimulates and informs public debate on media, communication and information policy. Our research often challenges assumptions about the role of technology, policy and regulation for citizens, communities, and society in pursuit of optimizing the full benefits of advanced communications in the digital age. Quello. Current research addresses next-generation networks (5G, Internet of Things), network neutrality, digital inclusion, the opportunities of next-generation media, and data ethics.
Eric Freedman is Professor of Journalism and former Associate Dean of International Studies and Programs. During his 20-year newspaper career, he covered public affairs, environmental issues and legal affairs for newspapers in New York and Michigan, winning a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a legislative corruption scandal.
Natascha Just is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information and a Quello Research Fellow. She has an MA in communication science/romance philology and a Ph.D. in communication science from the University of Vienna, Austria.
Dr. Emilee Rader is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information. Her research is focused on understanding and solving sociotechnical problems that arise in algorithmic systems which use large datasets and machine learning to make inferences and predictions about people.
Employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, Dr. Mourão focuses on how journalists cover political events in a changing media ecosystem. Her projects have focused on elections and protests, both in the United States and in Brazil. At MSU, she teaches courses on social media, media literacy, media theory and multimedia reporting.
Dr Bianca (Bibi) Reisdorf is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media & Information of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences and as of August 2016 also the Assistant Director of the Quello Center. She joined the Quello Center as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in mid-August 2015.
Jef I. Richards, J.D. (Indiana University, 1981), Ph.D (University of Wisconsin, 1988), is Professor and Chair of the Department of Advertising + Public Relations at Michigan State University. He was a Professor of Advertising at The University of Texas at Austin, 1988-2010, serving as Department Chairman 1998 to 2002.
Dr. Sanders-Jackson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Dr. Sanders-Jackson’s work focuses on tobacco control, social media, and the process by which tobacco-related information is shared and processed across a variety of mediated and interpersonal channels.
Professor Thorson joined the College of Communication Arts faculty at MSU in fall, 2016. Prior, she was Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, and Research Director of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. Thorson holds the Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Minnesota, and attended undergraduate school at Macalester College.
Rick Wash is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University in the School of Journalism and the Department of Media and Information. His work involves understanding how people think about their interactions with computers, and their interactions with other people through computers, with a particular focus on security and collaborative systems.
Brendan Watson comes to Michigan State University from the University of Minnesota, where he was an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication since 2012. A Ph.D. graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Brendan also previously was a multimedia journalist for the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) newspaper.
Policy and Governance is one of a number of thematic, collaborative research interest areas in ComArtSci. Although graduate students apply to one of the three doctoral areas or any masters areas in the college, they may become research collaborators in any of the interest areas. For example, students specializing in advertising, communication, and journalism participate in the Policy and Governance interest group.