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.
Dissertation: Playing in Licensed Storyworlds: Games, Franchises, and Fans
Position: Lecturer, The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Radio-Television-Film
Dissertation: Not Streaming Near You: Specialty Film Distribution and Marketing in the Digital Age
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Trinity University in San Antonio
Daniel Mauro, Ph.D.
Position: Two-year curatorial fellowship at private art gallery: https://www.glenstone.org/
Paul Monticone, Ph.D.
Position: Assistant Professor, Rowan University
Jacqueline Pinkowitz, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Reel South: Race, Region, and the American Film Industry in the Era of Black Civil Rights, 1954-1976
Position: Visiting Assistant professor, St. Lawrence University.
Hogeun Seo, Ph.D.
Position: Assistant Professor, Mike Curb Collage 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, Eckerd College
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
Position: Assistant Professor of Communication, Heidelberg University
Elizabeth Bolton, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Personalizing Politics: Producing Accountability on Pakistan's News Television
Tupur Chatterjee, Ph.D.
Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Global Media Studies Initiative at Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan
Peter Kovacs, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Big Tobacco and Broadcasting, 1923-1960: An Interdiscipllinary History
Amanda Landa, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Contemporary Japanes 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: Postdoc, the University of Texas at 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
Position: Lecturer, The University of Texas at Austin
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 (starting summer 2020)
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-Carribean Subjectivity in the U.S.
Position: Assistant Professor, UVA
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 Copyrigthed Works
Position: Assistant Professor, Howard University
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
Eliot Chayt Ph.D.
Dissertation: Disaster, Dystopia, and Exploration: Science-Fiction Cinema 1959-1971
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, The University of Texas at Austin
Joshua Gleich, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Hollywood Location Shooting in San Francisco and the Aesthetics of Urban Decline, 1945-1975
Position: Assistant Professor, the University of Arizona
Elizabeth Maclean, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Not Your Abeula's Telenovela: Mujeres Asesinas as a Hybrid Latin American Fiction Format
Position: Education Consultant, Houston, Texas
Christopher McConnell, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Digital Inclusing and Techno-capital in Austin, Texas
Position: Data Analyst for the City of Austin, Texas
Suzanne Schulz, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Lucknow Screens: Cinema, State and Everyday in Postcolonial India
Position: Professor, Bard High School Early College in Queens, NY
Ana Boa-Ventura, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Social Features of Web Assisted Tobacco Interventions (WATIS): Case Studies
Position: Consultant and Writer, Houston, Texas
Ji-Hyun Ahn, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Visualizing Race: Neoliberal Multiculturalism and the Struggle for Koreanness in Contemporary South Korean Television
Position: Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Tacoma
Morgan Blue, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Performing 21st Century Girlhood: Girls, Postfeminist Discourse, and the Disney Star Machine
Jose Rafael Lopez Islas, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Digital Literacy and Academic Success in Online Education for Underprivileged Communities: The PREP@NET Case
Position: Director, Office of Assessment, Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico)
Jessalynn Marie Keller, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Still Alive and Kicking: Girl Bloggers and Feminist Politics in a “Postfeminist” Age
Position: Assistant Professor, University of Calgary
Curran Nault, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Queer as Punk: Queercore and the Production of an Anti-Normative Media Subculture
Position: Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Austin Department of Radio-Television-Film
Richard Colin Tait, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Robert De Niro’s Method: Acting, Authorship and Agency in the New Hollywood (1967 – 1980)
Position: Assistant Professor, Texas Christian University
Manuel G. Aviles-Santiago, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Digitizing Ethnonational Identities: Multimediatic Representation of Puerto Rican Soldiers
Position: Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
Sujin Choi, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Flows of Information/Influence and Diversity of Content within Online Public For a in the Context of Civil Society
Position: Assistant Professor, Kookmin University (Korea)
Holly Ann Custard, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Pursuing Development with Educational Technology Standards: Complicating Narratives of ICTS in the Classroom
Position: Deputy Director, Institute Partnerships and Outreach, Strada Institute for the Future of Work
Hans-Martin Liebing, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Transforming European Cinema: Transnational Filmmaking in the Era of Global Conglomerate Hollywood
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
Ali Fuat Sengul, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Cinema, Space and Nation: The Production of Dogu in Cinema in Turkey
Position: Assistant Professor, Mardin Artuklu University (Turkey)
Jacqueline Ryan Vickery, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Worth the Risk: The Role of Regulations and Experiences in Shaping Teens’ Engagement with Digital Media
Position: Assistant Professor, University of North Texas
Brett Robert Caraway, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Resistance Commons: File-Sharing Litigation and The Social System Of Commoning
Position: Assistant Professor, University of Toronto (Canada)
Shu-Ching Chan, Ph.D.
Dissertation: The Bamboo Cinema: A Formal, Cultural and Industrial Analysis of Hong Kong Cinema In The 1990
Courtney Brannon Donoghue, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Lighting Up Screens Around the World: Sony's Local Language Production Strategy Meets Contemporary Brazilian and Spanish Cinema
Position: Assistant Professor, Oakland University (Michigan)
Elissa Arra Fineman, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Becoming a Media Activist: Linking Culture, Identity, and Web Design
Position: Instructional Design Specialist, Pearson North America/Embanet Compass
Najin Jun, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Strong-tie Diversity and Weak-tie Diversity: The Paradoxical Roles of Internet Use and Political Tolerance in Supporting Political Diversity and Participation
Position: Assistant Professor, Hannem University (South Korea)
Hermin Erin Lee, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Korean Immigrant Adolescents' Engagement with the Internet: Understanding the Importance of Cultural Orientations and Bicultural Competence
Position: Assistant Professor, Hankuk University (Korea)
R. Christopher Lucas, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Crafting Digital Cinema: Cinematographers in Contemporary Hollywood
Position: Independent Film Producer (Oregon)
Elissa Helen Nelson, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Teen Films of the 1980s: Genre, New Hollywood, and Generation X
Position: Assistant Professor, Bronx Community College
Matthew Thomas Payne, Ph.D.
Dissertation: The Ludic Wars: The Interactive Pleasures of Post-9/11 Military Video Games
Position: Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame
Anne Helen Petersen, Ph.D.
Dissertation: The Gossip Industry: Producing and Distributing Star Images, Celebrity Gossip, and Entertainment News 1910-2010
Postiion: Features Writer for Buzzfeed
Kevin Lee Sanson, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Goodbye Brigadoon: Place, Production, and Identity in Global Glascow
Position: Assistant Professor, Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
David Anthony Uskovich, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Radio Friendly Paradigm Shifter: Progressive College Broadcasting in The 1980s
Position: Adjunct Lecturer, St. Edward’s University