NEWS

Welcome New EMAC Faculty Members

May 20, 2014

We are excited to announce new faculty members, Angela M. Lee, Olivia Banner, and Rosanna Guadagno to the Emerging Media and Communication program. Since EMAC began, we have been dedicated to providing our students with areas of study that involve the most recent technologies and topics that occur within a wide range of emerging fields. We welcome these new faculty members not only due to their successful efforts in their fields, but also because of their interest in the emergence of new technologies and means of communication.

Angela_LeeAngela M. Lee is an incoming assistant professor in the Emerging Media and Communication program at The University of Texas at Dallas. Angela is completing her dissertation work in the School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin, where she is the recipient of the William Powers Jr. Graduate Fellowship. She received her M.A. from the Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania, and B.A. from UCLA with Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, College of Letters & Science Honor, and Departmental Honor in Communication Studies.

Angela’s work examines how audiences use emerging news media and how technological changes influence journalism routines and ethics. Her work is published in peer-reviewed journals such as Communication Research, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Studies, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, and Digital Journalism. She received the Top Faculty Paper Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Patricia Witherspoon Research Award from the Annett Strauss Institute for Civic Life, and the Best Paper Award from the National Communication Association.

Angela’s collaborative work has been featured on the Nieman Journalism Lab website, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Reflective of her commitment to bridging academic and industry research, a survey she designed has been adopted by The Dallas Morning News to conduct audience research on its readers and she has been asked to offer analytical consultation. Her goal is to develop theories and conduct research to better understand audience behavior in the contemporary media landscape.

In her spare time, Angela enjoys oil painting, horseback riding, and video gaming.

Olivia Banner’s research focuses on new media technologies of the
body and mind. Her book, Biomediations: Identities after the Genome Projects (forthcoming, University of Michigan Press), considers digital health practices via critical race, gender, and disability studies. Her work has appeared in Signs, Discourse, and the collection Identity Technologies, and she is currently co-editing a special issue of Discourse on medicine, science, and animation. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department olivia_bannerof English, and while at UCLA spent a year as a fellow at the Center for Society and Genetics. She then held an Andrew Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at Rice University’s Humanities Research Center, where she taught courses on media, literature, science, and medicine in Rice’s English department. She is a member of Medical Futures Lab (medicalfutureslab.org), which brings together scholars, physicians, artists, and students to develop innovative tools for the problems that healthcare and patients face today. Prior to her academic career, she spent time as a DJ as well as managing editor of the journal Signs.

reg_prof_photoRosanna Guadagno received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology (Quantitative Minor) from Arizona State University in 2003. Her masters and dissertation examined gender differences in technology-mediated persuasion. Her postdoctoral work was at the Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior at the University of California at Santa Barbara where she primarily studied social influence processes as they manifest in immersive virtual environments. Next, she moved to the University of Alabama where she was a founding faculty member of the Social Psychology Ph.D. Program, and its Director for three years. During this time, she also founded and still directs the Online Social Influence Lab. Most recently, she was a Program Director at the National Science Foundation serving three programs: Social Psychology, the Science of Learning Centers, and Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC). Her research interests focus on the confluence of three main areas: Social Influence and Persuasion, Social Behavior and Mediated-Communication, and Gender Roles. Dr. Guadagno joins EMAC as a tenured Associate Professor  with a joint appointment in Psychology. As self-proclaimed nerd, Dr. Guadagno loves to play video games with her family and is very proud to share her birthday (but not year!) with the original Captain Kirk from Star Trek, William Shatner!