Suman Mishra Researcher Profile

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Suman Mishra is an Associate professor and Graduate Program Director at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Suman Mishra

She is an interdisciplinary teacher-scholar of media and communication. Her research focuses on globalization, consumer culture, transnational media, advertising/strategic communication, and visual communication. Her research explores issues related to race, class and gender. Geographically, she is interested in media and communication in developing countries.

At Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses These include Research Methods in Mass Communication, Media Law and Policy, International Advertising, Transnational Media, Mass Media in Society, Mass Media & Health, Media Campaigns, and Freshman Seminar. Before joining SIUE, she has taught at Temple University, Philadelphia.

She has her PhD from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA and master’s degree from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. She has received teaching distinction award and phenomenal women award from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

She has served as the head of Cultural and Critical Studies at The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). She is currently a fellow at Institute of Diverse Leadership at AEJMC and Fellow at Kopenhaver Center at Florida International University.

Recent Publications:

Mishra, S. & Kern, R. (Eds.). (2019). Transnational media: Concepts and cases. Medford, MA: Wiley Blackwell.

Mishra, S. (2018). Assimilatory hybrid masculinity in Indian editions of global men’s lifestyle magazines: The production process. Journal of Media Business Studies, 15(2),147-168.
https://doi.org/10.1080/16522354.2018.1482040

Mishra, S. (2017). The importance of “consumer type” in the attribution of crisis responsibility: The case of the Maggi noodles crisis in India. International Journal of Strategic Communication, 11(3), 224-243. https://doi.org/10.1080/1553118X.2017.1307843

Mishra, S. (2017). Looking westwards: Men in transnational men’s magazine advertising in India. Global Media and Communication, 13(3), 249–266. https://doi.org/10.1177/1742766517734254

Jessika Rezende Souza da Silva Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesJessika Rezende Souza da Silva is a historian, educator, and activist in the struggle for anti-racist education. She has a master’s degree in History Teaching and is a PhD student in Education at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – in collaboration with New York University.

Jessika Rezende Souza da Silva

A member of the Laboratory of Studies and Research in History Teaching (LEPEH) and of the Group of Studies and Research in Anti-Racist Education (GEPEAR), both at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, she researches multicultural education, postcolonial curriculum, education in museums and sites of memory, teaching of Afro-Brazilian history and culture, and Anti-racist Education.

As a researcher, in her doctoral work, she has been studying the educational potential of museums in a transnational perspective. Putting in dialogue the exhibitions of the Afro-Brazil Museum in São Paulo and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D. C., she has been reflecting on how museum exhibits constitute narratives that educate and give way to intercultural communication, sense-making, and multicultural education. The partial results of this ongoing research have already been presented in lectures and congresses at Brazilian and US universities, such as the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, New York University, University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.

Currently, Jessika works in the public school system of the state of Rio de Janeiro where she teaches high school. She also participates in a special program for Knowledge and Practices of Basic Education at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, teaching and advising students, who are mostly teachers from public and private schools in the country seeking to improve their pedagogical practices.

Publication:

Souza, J. R. (2016). Entre a cruz e o terreiro: uma análise em torno da integração entre a religiosidade afro-brasileira e o Ensino de História no Museu do Negro. Rio de Janeiro: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.

Sheyla Finkelshteyn Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesSheyla Finkelshteyn is an international student, from Uzbekistan, currently working on her Masters in Communication at the University of Kentucky.

Sheyla Finkelshteyn

Sheyla speaks English, Russian and Spanish, and has traveled to 16 countries, leading to a focus in intercultural communication. She is a member of the International and Intercultural Communication Division and the Training and Development Division of the National Communication Association. Her research examines higher education and international students, most recently on implementing training, based on Sorrells’ Intercultural Praxis Model, to increase the intercultural competency of domestic students. In future, she hopes to investigate whether IPM training can ease the transition of domestic students for study abroad.

Maria F. Townsend Researcher Profile

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María Fernanda Townsend is a graduate student in the Bilingual Education program at New York University from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Maria Townsend
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Maria holds a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Relay Graduate School of Education in New York and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French from the University of Notre Dame. As a researcher, María’s area of study is bilingual early childhood education, and specifically the impact bilingual early childhood programs have on children’s linguistic and academic development as well as on communities of immigrants and other minority groups. María recently completed the Teach For America program, through which she taught 3K and Pre-K in a community based organization on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Eva Berger Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesEva Berger is a senior lecturer at the School of Media Studies of the College of Management Academic Studies (COLMAN), where she also served as Dean (2006-2012). She holds a B.A. from the Department of Film and Television at Tel-Aviv University (1985) and an M.A. (1986) and a Ph.D (1991) in Media Ecology from New York University.

Eva Berger

Dr. Berger has taught at NYU, Tel Aviv University, the Kibbutzim College of Education and the Sam Spiegel Film School, and has been part of the faculty at COLMAN for close to 30 years. She has served on numerous boards and public service organizations including the Israel Peace Initiative, Israel Press Council, and Institute of General Semantics.

Eva has been a frequent commentator in the Israeli press on issues relating to media, language, gender and culture. She served on the editorial board of EME: Explorations in Media Ecology (the journal of the Media Ecology Association), and is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Giluy Daat, a Multidisciplinary Journal on Education, Society and Culture, as well as member of the Board of Trustees of  ETC.: A Review of General Semantics. She served as Chairwoman of the board of Women in the Picture (the Association for the Advancement of Women in the Visual Arts).

She is the author of various articles and book chapters in the fields of Communication and Media Studies. Eva’s research interests are Media Ecology, Gender, Advertising, Media and Technology, Health Communication, and General Semantics.

Publications include:

Berger, E. & Berger, I. (2014). The communication panacea: Pediatrics and general semantics. Fort Worth, TX: Institute of General Semantics.

Berger, E., & Berger, I. ( 2012). Hassan, Ami and Dalia’s mom:  Narrative medicine in pediatrics.  In R. Ahmed & B. Bates (Eds.), Medical communication in clinical contexts. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Berger, E., & Na’aman, D. (2011). Combat cuties: Photographs of Israeli women soldiers in the Israeli press since the 2006 Lebanon war. Media, War and Conflict, 4(3), 269 – 286.

Berger, E. (2010). Recapitulation, medical imaging technologies and media of communication: The medium is the message. EME: Explorations in Media Ecology, 9(4), 225-237.

Berger, E. (2008). Orality v. monotheism or media v. narratives: Biblical heroes and the media environment of the spoken word. In S. Drucker & G. Gumpert (Eds.), Heroes in a global world. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Berger, E. (2008). The Postmanian dialogue: Education on TV, for TV and about TV. In N. Aloni (Ed.), Empowering dialogues in humanistic education: Theoretical and practical aspects. Bnei Brak: Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishers, Sifriat Kav Adom. [Hebrew]

Berger, E., & Lavie-Dinur, A. (2007). Conservative outlook and liberal reflection: Homosexuals in Israeli television commercials. EME: Explorations in Media Ecology, 6(1), 35-48.

Shoval, G., Zalsman, G., Polakevitch, J., Shtein, N., Sommerfeld, E., Berger, E., & Apter, A. (2005). Effect of the broadcast of a television documentary about a teenager’s suicide in Israel on suicidal behavior and methods. Crisis, 26(1), 20-24.

Berger, E. (2004). The exhaustion of the literacy metaphor in education. EME: Explorations in Media Ecology, 3(2), 131-137.

Alessia Maselli Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesAlessia Maselli is a graduate of the International Education M.A. program at New York University (USA), currently working as an Exchange Program officer at Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), contributing to managing the exchange experience of over 1000 incoming exchange students from 200+ partner universities.

Alessia Maselli

Her research interests focus on the impact of globalization on education: more specifically, she is interested in understanding the relationship between international education and political changes on the global level, in the internationalization of the curriculum in higher education through the lens of critical pedagogy, and, more largely, on the international student experience. As a dual Italian American citizen, Alessia’s deep understanding of the international student experience translated into a strong personal and academic passion for improving it, as demonstrated by her various leadership roles, such as that of Assistant Teacher in the New International Student Seminar at NYU.

Alessia also contributed to the translation from English to Italian of the two UNESCO pedagogical guides on the prevention of violent extremism through education, in collaboration with the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Venice, Italy) and the Centre for International Cooperation (Trento, Italy): A Teacher’s Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism (UNESCO, 2016) and Preventing violent extremism through education: a guide for policy-makers (UNESCO, 2017).

Huan Zou Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesHuan ZOU is an editor from Shanghai Translation Publishing House. She majored in Translation & Interpretation at Fudan University and received her M.A. in China Development Studies from the University of Hong Kong.

Huan ZOUShe is interested in foreign literature, biography and regional studies, and is the editor of works (translated into Chinese) by Vladimir Nabokov, Czeslaw Milosz, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ezra F. Vogel, Shimon Peres, etc.

She also works as a translator. Published translation works include:

张廷佺、邹欢 (译):《鸽灾》(原作者:路易斯•厄德里克),上海:上海译文出版社,2017年。 [Zhang, T., & Zou, H. (Trans.). 2017. The plague of doves by Louise Erdrich. Shanghai: Shanghai Translation Publishing House.]

邹欢 (译):《经典企鹅:从封面到封面》(原编者:保罗•巴克利),上海:上海人民出版社,2018年。[Zou, H. (Trans.). 2018. Classic penguin: Cover to cover edited by Paul Buckley. Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Publishing House.]

邹欢 (译):《媒介环境学和媒体教育: 反思全球化传播生态中的媒体素养》(原作者:林文刚),《国际新闻界》, 2019年4月 (41卷 4期): 89-108. [Zou, H. (Trans.). 2019. “Media ecology and media education: Reflections on media literacy in a globalized communication ecology” by Casey Man Kong Lum. Chinese Journal of Journalism and Communication, 41(4), 89-108.]

Timea Németh Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesTimea Németh, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Department of Languages for Specific Purposes at the Medical School of the University of Pécs, Hungary. She teaches English and Hungarian for medical purposes and intercultural communication and competence for Hungarian and international undergraduate medical students.

She also teaches modules in intercultural communication and competence at postgraduate level and in PhD programmes. She is also actively involved in the integration of the international students by organising orientation and training programmes for them.She has international teaching experience and has taught at various higher education institutions abroad, including the University of Urbino, Italy, the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, the University of Maribor, Slovenia, and the University of Jaume 1 Castellon, Spain.

Her research interests include multiculturalism, intercultural communication and competence, intercultural language learning, study abroad programmes, internationalisation and internationalisation at home processes as well as the use of online educational tools in teaching. She is actively involved in international projects focusing on multicultural education and the development of intercultural competence in healthcare settings. She is member of the Hungarian Association of Teachers and Researchers of Languages for Specific Purposes and the European Association of Language Teachers for Healthcare. She is on ResearchGate; for further details, see her institutional website.

Selected publications:

Németh, T., & Szántóné, C. A. (2016). Intercultural orientation of freshmen at the medical school of the University of Pécs. Porta Lingua, 77-85.

Németh, T., & Csongor, A. (2018). Internationalisation at home: The case of non-mobile medical students in Hungary. Journal of Contemporary Educational Studies, 69(2), 160-170.

Németh, T., & Tseligka, T. (2018). Initial results of a virtual exchange project between Greece and Hungary to improve medical students’ intercultural and English language competence . ELTA JOURNAL , 6(6), 77-88.

Katalin Egri Ku-Mesu Researcher Profile

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Katalin Egri Ku-Mesu, PhD, is Associate Tutor at the School of Arts, University of Leicester, UK.

Katalin Egri Ku-Mesu

 

She has a multidisciplinary background in languages, literatures and cultures, and she has taught and supervised at Hungarian and British universities at under- and postgraduate level in the broad disciplinary areas of English language and linguistics, English, American and postcolonial literature, English teacher training and education and applied linguistics. She has also taught Russian to students specializing in Russian language and literature and Hungarian to speakers of other languages. Katalin has also worked as Head of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) for a pathway organization, managing the delivery of EAP programs and supporting teachers across sixteen countries in Asia, Africa, South America and Europe.

Katalin’s research interests fall within the fields of postcolonial literature, World Englishes, cross-cultural pragmatics, sociolinguistics and cultural text-analysis. She is also interested in multilingualism, English language teaching and English teacher education, specifically the exploitation of literary material for language teaching purposes, the applicability of Western language teaching methods elsewhere in the world and the effect of extensive reading on language learning. She has researched various aspects of African literature, including the works of Ghanaian and Nigerian writers, cultural reference in Ghanaian English language fiction, and reading and censorship in Africa as well as the role of the mother tongue in teaching and learning English, creativity in the language classroom, academic literacies, genre pedagogy and language assessment.

For more information, please visit Katalin’s ORCiD or her LinkedIn profile.

Zhichao Qiu Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesZhichao Qiu (M.A. New York University, 2017, B.A. Ohio State University & Beijing International Studies University, 2016) is currently a program manager at International Division, Beihang University, Beijing, China.

Zhichao Qiu

He earned his M.A. degree from New York University in Foreign Language Education with a focus on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. His research interests include the internationalization of higher education and cross-cultural communication. He has experiences not only in teaching foreign languages, but also in managing partnerships, student mobility programs, and intercultural training. His pioneering project “Buddy Program” at Beihang University has equipped over 300 students with advanced intercultural communication skills and global competence.

He is committed to pursuing research and professional work in intercultural communication and international higher education as his lifelong career.