RTF Doctoral Graduates

The professional placement for scholars from the Department of Radio-Television-Film graduate programs is second to none. Below is a list of recent doctoral graduates, their dissertation titles, and when available, where they are presently teaching and researching.


Briana Barner
Position: Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Communication, University of Maryland

Selena Dickey
Position: Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Furman University

Soyoung Park
Position: AI Researcher at Chung-Ang University's Humanities Research Institute


Gejun Huang
Dissertation: New Frontier of Digital Media and Entertainment: Exploring Entrepreneurship in Chinese Digital Game Industry
Position: Assistant Professor, School of Communication at Soochow University

Daniel Mauro
Dissertation: Locating the Politics of Amateur Media
Position: Curatorial Assistant, Glenstone Museum

Morgan O'Brien
Dissertation: Rejecting Nostalgia: Retro Jamming in Devolver Digital’s Independent Video Games

Tim Piper
Dissertation: Transition Game: Television and the National Basketball Association During the Multichannel Shift, 1970-1984
Position: Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Oglethorpe University

Alexis Schrubbe
Dissertation: Homework Gaps and Connectivity Canyons: Education, Broadband, and the Shattered Myth of the Network Society
Position: Program Manager, Michigan Moonshot at Merit Network, University of Michigan

Ramna Walia
Dissertation: Intertwined Networks of Travel: The Located Mobility of Malegaon Media Culture
Position: Assistant Professor, School of Modern Media, UPES

Lesley Willard
Dissertation: From Hobby to Side Hustle: Fan Artist Professionalization in the Post-Network Era
Position: Lecturer and Internship Director, Department of Radio-Television-Film; Program Director, Center for Entertainment & Media Industries


Nick Bestor
Dissertation: Playing in Licensed Storyworlds: Games, Franchises, and Fans
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English, University of Nevada, Reno

Jinsook Kim
Dissertation: Contesting Hate: Online Misogyny and Anti-Hate Feminist Activism in South Korea
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Annie Major
Dissertation: Not Streaming Near You: Specialty Film Distribution and Marketing in the Digital Age
Position: Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Young Harris College

Paul Monticone, Ph.D.                                                                         
Dissertation: For the maintenance of the system: institutional and cultural change within the motion picture producers and distributors of America, 1922-1945
Position: Assistant Professor, Rowan University

Michael O'Brien
Dissertation: Third Cinema in the United States, 1960-67 

Jacqueline Pinkowitz, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Reel South: Race, Region, and the American Film Industry in the Era of Black Civil Rights, 1954-1976
Position: Assistant Professor, Journalism and Media Studies, Mercer University

Hogeun Seo, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Platform rules: a case study of Samsung’s failure in the smartphone platform industry
Position: Assistant Professor, Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, Belmont University, Nashville, TN


Laura Felschow, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Wonder Women: Gender and Production in the Superhero Genre
Position: Assistant Professor at SUNY (State University of New York) at Oneonta

Jennifer Minsoo Kang, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Unboxing Television: The Rise of Korean Web Dramas and Expansion of Independent Production Companies in the 2010s
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor & Postdoctoral Scholar, DePauw University

Peter Kunze, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Staging a Comeback: Film and Theater Convergence at Disney, 1982-1998
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Tulane University

Xiaoqian Li
Dissertation: Social network site use, social capital, and acculturation: a comparative study of Facebook and Renren.com use by Chinese international students in the United States
Position: Assistant Professor of Communication, Illinois Institute of Technology

Lucia Palmer
Position: Assistant Professor, Media Studies, Middle Georgia State University


Elizabeth Bolton, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Personalizing Politics: Producing Accountability on Pakistan's News Television

Tupur Chatterjee, Ph.D.
Position: Assistant Professor, School of English, Drama & Film, University College Dublin

Peter Kovacs, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Big Tobacco and Broadcasting, 1923-1960: An Interdisciplinary History

Amanda Landa, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Contemporary Japanese Seishun Eiga Cinema 

Xueting Liao, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Fashioning China: Precarious Creativity of Women Designers in Shanzhai Culture
Position: Assistant Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Caitlin McClune, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 'Digital Unhu' in Zimbabwe: Critical Digital Studies from the Global South
Position: Academic Program Coordinator, American Studies, UT Austin

Colleen Montgomery, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Animating the Voice: An Industrial Analysis of Vocal Performance in Disney and Pixar Feature Animation
Position: Assistant Professor, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Adolfo Mora, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Seeing Color and Television: What Do Millennials' Television Practices Tell Us About Post-Raciality?
Position: Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Schreiner University

Vijay Parthasarathy, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Birth of the Cool: Global Flows and the Growth of English Language Stand-Up Comedy in Mumbai

Swapnil Rai, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Networked Bollywood: Star Switching Power and the Global Trajectories of Indian Cinema
Position: Assistant Professor, University of Michigan in Film, TV, and Digital Media  https://lsa.umich.edu/ftvm

Michael Rennett, Ph.D.
Dissertation: How Grown-Ups Are Born: The Emerging-Adult Genre and American Film and Television

Adam Clark Williams III, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Creating While Black: Digital Participation, Digital Expressions, and Cultural Capital Among Black Teens in Austin, Texas


Joao Beira, Ph.D.
Dissertation: 3D Embodied Projection Mapping and Sensing Bodies: A Study in Interactive Dance Performance

Bahaa Gameel, Ph.D.
Dissertation: ICTS Readiness among MOOC Learners: A Cross-National Analysis
Position: Assistant Professor, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL

Paul Gansky, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Ill Communication: Designing Media, Preventing Risks, and Defining Responsibility

Katherine Haenschen, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Get @ The Vote: Using Facebook and Email to Increase Voter Turnout
Position: Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech University

Charlotte Howell, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Divine Programming: Religion and Prime-Time American Television Production in the Post-Network Era
Position: Assistant Professor, Boston University, Boston, MA

Jean Lauer, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Mexican Film Festivals and Industry Development: Guanajuato, Guadalajara, and Morelia, and the Reemergence of a National Film Industry
Position: Associate Professor, Austin Community College, Austin, TX; Executive Director, Cine Las Americas

William Moner, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Toward a Storytelling Systems Analysis Model:  A Situational Analysis of Three Global Crowdsourced Documentary Media Projects
Position: Assistant Professor, Elon University, Elon, NC

Yago Parra Moutinho, Ph.D.
Dissertation: The Development and Experience of Gesture and Brainwave Interaction in Audiovisual Performances

Ikram Toumi, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Information and Computer Technology and the Digital Divide in the Post-Revolution Tunisia


Alexander Cho, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Sensuous Participation: Queer Youth of Color, Affect, and Social Media
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Asian American Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Stuart Davis, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Networking the Favelas: Leveraging International Outreach to Support Digital Journalism in Rio de Janeiro's Urban Peripheries
Position: Assistant Professor, Baruch College

Laura Dixon, Ph.D.
Dissertation: The Influence of the World Wide Web on Documentary Form, Distribution, and Audience Relations: The Cases of Sin by Silence and This Is Not a Conspiracy Theory
Position: Media Dissemination Manager, Texas Policy Evaluation Project, The University of Texas at Austin

Keara Goin, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Dominican Identity in Flux: Media Consumption, Negotiation, and Afro-Caribbean Subjectivity in the U.S.
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies at University of Virginia

Andres Lombana, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Networked and Disconnected: Latino/Hispanic Immigrant Youths, Digital Media, and Assimilation into the U.S.
Position: Research Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

Alfred Martin, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Trapped in a Generic Closet: The Black-Cast Sitcom and the Black Gay Man
Position: Assistant Professor, University of Iowa https://clas.uiowa.edu/commstudies/people/alfred-martin

Yoonmo Sang, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Copyright and the Future of Digital Culture: Application of the First Sale Doctrine to Digital Copyrighted Works
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication at the University of Canberra

Jeremiah Spence, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Exploring Trends in Brazilian Television Consumption: A Quantitative Study of Major Urban Centers from 2002 to 2014 and a Case Study of Two Rural Communities in Amazonian Region
Position: Assistant Professor, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Amsterdam


UT Radio-Television-Film doctoral alumni are producing valuable research, publishing innovative work, contributing to academic and policy debates on key communication and media issues, and inspiring better media practices. A PhD from UT Austin has succeeded in helping many of our alums to obtain faculty positions at top universities across the U.S. and around the world.

Doctoral graduates of RTF have obtained jobs at the following universities

Arizona State University
Bahcesehir University
Bellarmine University
Boston University
CEGEP (Canada)
Callifornia State - Fullerton
Chung Ang University (Korea)
Columbia College - Chicaco
Columbia University
De Paul University
Elon University
Emerson College
Ewha Woman's University (Korea)
Federal University de Bahia (Brazil)
Ft. Lewis College in Colorado
Georgia State University
Hankuk University (Korea)
Hannam University (Korea)
Hanyang University (Korea)
Howard University
Illinois State University
Indiana University – Bloomington
Indiana University - Purdue
Kookmin University (Korea)
Lehigh University
Lewis & Clark College
Mardin Artuklu University (Turkey)
McGill University
Miami University
Middlebury College
Old Dominion University
New York University
Oakland University
Queens University of Charlotte
Queensland University of Technology
Salisbury University (Maryland)
Sejong University (Korea)
Seoul National University of Science & Technology (Korea)
Stockholm University
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
University College Dublin
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of California - Irvine
University of Chicago
University of Colorado – Denver
University of Florida
University of Georgia – Athens
University of Leeds
University of Massachusetts – Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
University of North Texas
University fo Notre Dame
University of Singapore
University of South Florida – St. Petersburg
University of Sydney
University of Texas at Austin
University of Toronto
University of Virginia
University of Washington – Tacoma
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Whitman College – Washington