CMCS People

Core Faculty and Staff

  • Phil Howard
    Philip N. Howard

    Philip N. Howard is the Director of the Center for Media and Communication Studies and Professor of media and communication policy and governance at the School of Public Policy (SPP). Professor Howard is an academic and commentator on global media policy issues who investigates different aspects of the global politics of technology diffusion. His books include New Media Campaigns and the Managed Citizen (Cambridge, 2005), The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (Oxford, 2010), and Castells and the Media (Polity, 2011). Howard’s latest book, Democracy's Fourth Wave? Digital Media and the Arab Spring, is slated for publication by Oxford University Press this year. He has also co-edited Society Online: The Internet in Context (Sage, 2004) with Steve Jones, the Handbook of Internet Politics (Routledge, 2009) with Andrew Chadwick, and Digital Networks and Authoritarian Rule (Ashgate, 2012) with Muzammil Hussain. His books have won praise from across the social sciences, with awards from the American Political Science Association, the American Sociological Association, and the International Communication Association. He directs the World Information Access Project, the Project on Information Technology and Political Islam, and the Digital Activism Project.

    Currently, Phil Howard is also a professor of communication, information and international studies at the University of Washington and a fellow at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy. He writes commentary about digital media and international affairs for the Huffington Post, Reuters, and Slate. His writings appear at and he tweets from @pnhoward. Howard earned his doctorate from Northwestern University in Sociology.

  • Kate Coyer
    Executive Director

    Kate Coyer is the Executive Director of the CMCS at the School of Public Policy (SPP), and teaches in the Departments of Public Policy and Political Science of CEU. Previously, she held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Kate has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she received her PhD in 2006. Kate's research interests revolve around the relationship between technology and activism, media ownership, and the role of civil society in policy making processes. Her current research projects include work on media policy in Hungary, online free expression, community-based media, and the measurement and evaluation of media development. Besides her academic work, Kate has been producing radio programs and organizing media campaigns for the past twenty years. She has helped build community radio stations, trained volunteers and organized production workshops, and is actively involved in advocating for expanding public access to the airwaves.

  • Eva Bognar
    Coordinator and Researcher

    Éva Bognár is Coordinator and Researcher at the CMCS. As Project research officer of the three-year European collaborative research project "Civicweb - Young people, the Internet and Civic Participation", funded by the European Commission's 6th Framework Programme, Éva ran the project with research assistant Judit Szakács for the CMCS between 2006 and 2009. Éva conducted the Hungarian research for the project BROAD (Broadening the Awareness in Data Protection), a collaboration between Hungarian and Dutch not-for-profit organizations. Recently she has been studying Hungarian minorities and their use of online space. Her background is in sociology.

  • Elisabetta Ferrari
    Assistant and Researcher

    Elisabetta joined the CMCS in September, 2013. She received an MA in Political Science from Central European University and a BA in International Studies from the University of Bologna (Italy). At CEU she specialized in Political Communication, with a thesis on the use of social networking sites in the Occupy movement. She has a background in student activism and political campaigning in Italy. Her research interests include: social movements, digital media, Internet governance, online advocacy and participatory tools. Elisabetta is a researcher in the international project Ranking Digital Rights, which focuses on the role of ICT companies in protecting and promoting the right to privacy and freedom of expression online.

  • Affiliated Faculty

    • Assistant Professor
      Academic Coordinator of the Media, Information and Communications Policy Stream

      Kristina Irion is Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Policy at Central European University. She was the Research Director, Public Policy, at the Center for Media and Communications Studies (CMCS) between 2009 and 2013, during which time she implemented four international collaborative research projects. She obtained her Dr. iuris degree from Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, and holds a Masters degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. She has worked in the field of audiovisual media and electronic communications regulation and policy for ten years as an academic and professional.

    • Assistant Professor
      Director, Korea Foundation 'Global E-School in Eurasia' Project

      Youngmi received her PhD from the University of Sheffield (UK) in 2007 and joined CEU in 2009. Her main interests are in comparative politics, especially in the study of political parties and party systems, governance and governability, online activism, and comparative regionalism. Youngmi was previously a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow and an ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, and has also taught at University College Dublin, Ireland. She has been the recipient of several grants, including from the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Japan Foundation, the Korea Foundation, and the Academy of Korean Studies. Youngmi has taught on East Asian politics, Europe-Asia relations, Comparative Political Institutions, Public Administration, and China’s foreign policy. Her current research explores online political participation and its relationship with offline activism, and the impact of political culture on political behavior. Her recent publications include Between Institutions and Culture: The Politics of Coalition and Governability in South Korea (Routledge, 2011), Intra-party politics and minority coalition government in South Korea (Japanese Journal of Political Science, 2008), and Pathologies or Progress? Evaluating the effects of Divided Government and Party Volatility (Japanese Journal of Political Science, 2008, co-authored with F. Yap). At CEU Youngmi teaches a course on East Asia in International Relations in IRES, and Comparative Political Institutions in DPP. Youngmi is the Director of the ‘Global E-School in Eurasia’, a project funded by the Korea Foundation focused to promote the development of an online curriculum in Korean Studies.

    • Assistant Professor

      Sejal Parmar joined the Legal Studies Department at CEU in August 2012. Her research and teaching lie broadly in the field of international human rights law. Her current research focuses on the recent approach of UN human rights bodies, particularly the Human Rights Council and the Human Rights Committee, towards freedom of expression and its interplay with other rights such as equality and freedom of religion.

    • Assistant Professor

      Marina obtained her PhD from the University of Essex in 2008 where she previously worked on the project "Elections and Political Transformation in Post Communist Europe." Before joining CEU, she was a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Essex with a project on mass media and democracy. She is also director of Median Research Centre (MRC) in Bucharest – a not-for-profit non-partisan think tank. The most recent MRC project is the information and discussion portal which includes the vote advice application developed by MRC for all national level elections since 2008 (parliamentary, presidential and EP) in Romania and the 2009 parliamentary elections in Moldova.

    • Associate Professor
      Director of Doctoral Program

      Marsha Siefert began teaching courses in international communication and oral history at CEU in 1996. Her research focuses on cultural and communications history, with current projects on nineteenth-century imperial telecommunications networks and film cultures in the Cold War.

    • Associate Professor
      Doctoral Program Director, Environmental Sciences and Policy
      Academic Senate
      Chair, Sustainability Advisory Committee
      Member, CEU Doctoral Committee

      Tamara's work is focused on teaching and research that are respectively geared toward innovative student-centered learning and action research useful for understanding and supporting social movements for environmental and social justice. In addition to directing the doctoral program in her department and supporting the CEU Sustainability Advisory Committee and the Sustainable Campus Initiative, she is co-founder of the Environmental and Social Justice Action Research Group (ACT JUST). ACT JUST involves learning forums and research on the relationship between everyday living, the environment, and social, economic, and political forces. The courses she teaches include: Environmental Politics, Qualitative Research Methods, and Disciplinary Approaches to Environmental Problems.

    • Professor
      Head of Department

      Gabor's research interest is primarily in the interaction between voting behavior and the performance of democratic institutions. He is also interested in public opinion, survey methodology, and East European politics. He is co-author of Post-Communist Party Systems: Competition, Representation, and Inter-Party Cooperation (Cambridge University Press, 1999), and author or co-author of over five dozen articles on electoral behaviour, public opinion, political parties and democratic consolidation in edited volumes, political science and sociology journals.

    • Professor
      Head of Department
      Chair of the Comparative Constitutional Law Program

      Renáta Uitz is Head of the Department of Legal Studies, and Chair of the Comparative Constitutional Law program. Her teaching covers subjects in comparative constitutional law in Europe and North America, transitional justice and human rights protection with special emphasis on the enforcement of constitutional rights and on issues of bodily privacy and sexuality.

    • Associate Professor
      Director, Center for Network Science

      Dr Vedres teaches sociology at CEU since January 2004. His primary interests are economic sociology, social networks, historical sociology, postsocialism, and methods. He received his PhD in sociology from Columbia University.

    Resident CMCS Fellows

    • Ellen Hume
      Annenberg Fellow in Civic Media

      Ellen Hume is the Annenberg Fellow in Civic Media at CMCS. Appointed in 2009 by Michael Delli Carpini, Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, Ellen participates in research projects and workshops. She taught “News Media and Political Power: Global Lessons from the American Experience” for the CEU Political Science Department in 2010. Before coming to CEU, Ellen was the Research Director at the Center for Future Civic Media in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, she founded the Center on Media and Society at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the New England Ethnic Newswire. She also served as executive director and senior fellow at Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, and as executive director of PBS's Democracy Project, where she developed special news programs that encouraged citizen involvement in public affairs. Ellen was a White House and political correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and regular commentator on PBS's Washington Week in Review and CNN's Reliable Sources programs.

    • Miklós Haraszti
      CMCS Fellow

      Miklós Haraszti is a Hungarian author, professor, and human rights promoter. His books, including A Worker in a Worker’s State and The Velvet Prison, have been translated into many languages. He has been awarded numerous states' honors for his role in promoting human and civil rights internationally. As a convicted and banned author, he co-founded Hungary's human rights and free press movement in the 1970s. In 1989, he participated in the roundtable talks between the opposition and the authorities on the transition to free elections, and later became a Member of Parliament in the 1990s. From 2004 to 2010, he served as the OSCE's Representative on Freedom of the Media. Recently, he headed the OSCE's election observation missions for the U.S., Kazakhstan and Bulgaria. On November 1, 2012, he was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus. He has taught at several universities, including Bard College, Northwestern University, the New School, and Columbia University. He has been a visiting professor at CEU's Department of Public Policy since 2012.

    • Amy Brouillette
      CMCS Fellow

      Amy Brouillette has been a Research Fellow at the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) since February 2011. She is currently leading a research project, the Hungarian Media Monitor, on the changes to Hungary’s media ownership landscape and media market since new media laws were introduced in 2010 laws. She was the lead researcher and editor of Hungarian Media Laws in Europe. Amy has worked as both an on-staff and freelance journalist for more than ten years, reporting for daily, weekly and online U.S.-based publications. Her articles and photography have appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, The Los Angeles Times and The Denver Post. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder (2007), and a master’s degree in Central European history from CEU (2009). In 2008, she was a visiting graduate student in Harvard’s Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies (REECA) program, where she studied post-communist media development in Central and Eastern Europe.

    • Peter Molnar
      CMCS Fellow

      Peter Molnar is CMCS Fellow at the Center for Media and Communication Studies at Central European University, a writer and activist, from 1990 to 1998 a member of the Hungarian Parliament, one of the drafters of the 1996 Hungarian media law, legislative advisor since 2002, has taught and lectured at numerous universities around the world since 1994. In 2007, the staged version of his novel, Searchers, won awards for best alternative play and best independent play in Hungary. He is co-editor of The Content and Context of Hate Speech - Rethinking Regulation and Responses, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

    • Sandra Ristovska
      Sandra Ristovska
      Visiting Researcher

      Sandra Ristovska is a documentary filmmaker and a PhD student in communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Her research explores the role of video in public discourse and policy deliberations with a particular focus on human rights video advocacy. She is a recipient of the Top Paper Award from the International Communication Association (ICA) and the Herbert Schiller Prize from the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). She has written for the World Policy Institute Blog, Public Books, American Journal of Sociology, and has a forthcoming article in the journal The Communication Review. She is a co-chair of the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) of IAMCR.

    • Dean Starkman
      Dean Starkman
      CMCS Fellow

      Dean Starkman is an award-winning journalist and media critic. An editor of the Columbia Journalism Review and the magazine's Kingsford Capital Fellow, he is the author of The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: the Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism, a sweeping critique of business news and its coverage of Wall Street and mortgage lenders before the financial crisis. Starkman is also a fellow for the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute, based in New York, specializing in accountability-oriented projects on the financial sector and the media. He also contributes to GoLocalProv, a local news startup based in Providence, Rhode Island, and co-edits The Best Business Writing anthology series, published by Columbia University Press. A reporter for more than two decades, Starkman covered white-collar crime and real estate for The Wall Street Journal and helped lead the Providence Journal’s investigative team to a Pulitzer Prize and the IRE Gold Medal.

    • Joost van Beek
      CMCS Fellow

      Joost van Beek has been a research fellow at the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at CEU since September 2009, and currently works for an international project about community media archives. He was Contributing Researcher and Editor for the publication Hungarian Media Laws in Europe, created the digital archive of the Hungarian Media Monitor site, and co-authored a book chapter on community radio prospects in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He wrote monthly CMCS briefings on media policy and Internet governance for the former Hungarian media regulator NHH, managed the external evaluation of the EU-funded project Migrants in the Media, and manages the CMCS's social media channels. Previously, he worked as Website manager/Researcher at the EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program (EUMAP) of the Open Society Institute, and in the Netherlands for Mira Media, an NGO promoting the representation of minorities in the media. He has an MA in Russia and Eastern Europe Studies from the University of Utrecht.

    • Non-Resident CMCS Fellows

      • Susan Abbott
        CMCS Fellow

        Susan Abbott works as a consultant for a variety of institutions involved in media and civil society development work. She is the Sr. Program Development Adviser for Internews, and works closely with the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Global Communication Studies, and the Center for Media and Communication Studies in Budapest. She is a frequent speaker, organizer of events, and author of publications related to monitoring and evaluation of media development programs. She is a co-director of an annual summer school program at Central European University that seeks to improve practitioner and academic understanding on various matters of media development and internet regulation. Abbott is a co-editor of Measures of Press Freedom and Media Contributions to Development: Evaluating the Evaluators (Peter Lang, 2011).

      • Joan Barata
        Joan Barata
        CMCS Fellow

        Joan Barata is the Principal Adviser to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. Before that he was a Professor of Communication Law and Vice Dean of International Relations at Blanquerna Communication School (Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona). He was also a Professor at the University of Barcelona (2001-2005), the Open University of Catalonia (since 1997) and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (2010-2011), as well as visiting scholar at the University of Bologna (Italy) (2003) and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (New York) (2003-2004). His writings and research interests include freedom of expression, media regulation, public service broadcasting and political and legal media transitions. He has provided assistance to several institutions and organizations regarding these issues in countries such as Thailand, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Albania, Hungary, Dominican Republic,Colombia and the United States. He has been Head of President's Cabinet (2005-2009) and Secretary General of the Catalonia Audiovisual Council (2009-2011). He has also provided assistance to the OSCE (2004) and the Council of Europe (2012 and 2013).

      • Paolo Cavaliere
        CMCS Fellow

        Paolo Cavaliere taught Fundamentals of Media and Communications Policy in the Media, Information and Communications Policy stream of the Department of Public Policy in the academic year 2011-12. He earned a Ph.D. in International Law and Economics at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. His doctoral dissertation was on the economics and regulation of the media market. He also holds a law degree from the University of Pavia and an LL.M. in Public Law from University College, London. He has written about different aspects of media law, including “mediacracy” and the democratic deficit of the EU and pluralism. His primary research interests focus on e-democracy, regulation of media pluralism and the relationship between new media and politics. Prior to joining CEU he was a Teaching Fellow at Bocconi University and a Joint Visiting Researcher at University of Pennsylvania Law School and Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, in Philadelphia.

      • CMCS Fellow

        Lina Dencik was a research fellow at the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) and a Visiting Lecturer at the Political Science Department at CEU. She came to the CEU in May 2011 for a six-month stay. Her research focuses on news spaces and politics of the ‘global’. Lina's book Media and Global Civil Society is forthcoming in 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan. She has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Institute for Media, Arts & Performance at Bedfordshire University, an Associate Lecturer at the Department for Communication, Media & Culture at Oxford Brookes University, and a Visiting Tutor at the Department for Media & Communications of Goldsmiths College, University of London. At Goldsmiths College, she completed her PhD last year with a thesis on news practices and theories of global civil society.

      • Amer Dzihana
        Amer Dzihana
        CMCS Fellow

        Amer Džihana is Director for Media Policy and Research at Internews in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at CEU’s Centre for Media and Communication Studies (2009-2010) and worked for Mediacentar Sarajevo (2005-2010). He is a PhD candidate at the University of Sarajevo and holds an MA degree in journalism from the University of Sarajevo and an MA in Public Policy from Central European University. Amer is the co-editor of Media Law in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Internews, 2012), with Mehmed Halilovic, and Media and National Ideologies: Analysis of reporting on war crime trials in the former Yugoslavia (Mediacentar Sarajevo, 2011), with Zala Volcic.

      • Arne Hintz
        CMCS Fellow

        Arne Hintz was Program Director of the CMCS from 2007 to 2009 and is currently a Lecturer at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and the Director of its MA Journalism, Media and Communications. His research connects communication policy, media activism, citizen media, globalization, and technological change. His publications include the book Civil Society Media and Global Governance (Lit, 2009) and the co-edited volume Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism & Society (Palgrave, 2013). He is Chair of the Community Communication Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), and he has worked as a community and citizen media expert with advocacy initiatives such as the Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) and UN processes such as the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). He was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University in Montreal, where he conducted the project Mapping Global Media Policy, and a research fellow at the Research Centre Media and Politics at the University of Hamburg. In addition to his academic background, he has experience in journalism, both newspaper and online, and in public relations. As a media activist, he has volunteered with community radios and helped set up online projects such as Indymedia.

      • Tarik Jusic
        CMCS Fellow

        Tarik Jusic is Board Vice President and Head of the Public Communication program at the Center for Social Research Analitika in Sarajevo, and Assistant Professor at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, where he teaches the course Media and Politics. He worked as a researcher, program director and program adviser at Mediacentar Sarajevo from 2002 to 2011. He was a Research Fellow at the CMCS in 2008-2009. Tarik holds a Ph.D. from the Institute for Media and Communications Studies of Vienna University, an M.A. in Political Science from the CEU, and a B.A. in Journalism from the Faculty of Political Science of Sarajevo University. He was a guest lecturer in Social Research Methods and Academic Writing at Sarajevo University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies from 2009 until 2012. From 2006 until 2010, he was an editor of the online magazine Puls demokratije. He has published a number of academic and professional papers and edited several books dealing with the development of media in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

      • Markos Kounalakis
        CMCS Fellow

        Markos Kounalakis is a CMCS Fellow at the Center for Media and Communication Studies at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Markos is a print and network broadcast journalist and author who covered wars and revolutions, both civil and technological. He has written three books, Defying Gravity: The Making of Newton (1993), Beyond Spin: The Power of Strategic Corporate Journalism (co-author, 1999), and Hope is a Tattered Flag: Voices of Reason and Change for the Post-Bush Era (2008). He is President and Publisher Emeritus of the Washington Monthly. He served as Chairman of Internews Network (2002-2004), and amongst other positions serves on the Board of Visitors at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism; the Board of Councilors at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; and the Board of Advisors at USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy.

      • Jessie Labov
        Jessie Labov
        CMCS Fellow

        Jessie Labov is an assistant professor in the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at the Ohio State University. She teaches classes on Polish literature, comparative Central European culture, and film/media studies. Jessie received her PhD in Comparative Literature at New York University in 2004, and was a postdoc at Stanford in the Department of Comparative Literature from 2004 to 2007, where she researched connections between underground samizdat literature, tamizdat publishing, and foreign radio broadcasting. Her co-edited volume on this topic, Samizdat, Tamizdat, and Beyond was published by Berghahn Books in March 2013. She has also published articles on Yugoslav popular culture, Polish film, and the historical controversy over Polish-Jewish relations during WWII. Current research projects include a monograph entitled Transatlantic Central Europe, and a follow-up project on film crossing borders in postwar Europe.

      • Ivona Malbasic
        CMCS Fellow

        Ivona Malbasic is a PhD student at the CEU Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy. She is carrying out research on the role of environmental NGOs in democratization processes in the Western Balkans and the role of the EU in shaping civil society organizations in the region. She managed the Open Society Fellowship program at CEU and was the program coordinator of a research project on anti-Americanism at the CEU Center for Policy Studies. She co-edited a book on The Political Consequences of Anti-Americanism with Prof. Richard Higgott, published by Routledge in 2008, as well as Voice of the People 2007, published by the Gallup International Association. Previously, she worked in international nongovernmental organizations in Central and Eastern Europe, editing major publications, writing policy letters and working on the post-war reconstruction in South East Europe. She authored a training course module on “watchdogging” within the SECTOR program, which aimed at strengthening civil society organizations in South East Europe.

      • CMCS Fellow

        Stefania Milan is a Research Fellow at the CMCS, who joined The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto in September 2011. The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary research and development hothouse working at the intersection of the Internet, global security, and human rights, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs. At The Citizen Lab, Stefania will investigate the development and evolution of grassroots digital infrastructure, and its interplay with power in and governance of cyberspace. Stefania was a visiting faculty member at the Department of Political Science at CEU in 2010-2011, where she taught political communication, digital technologies and society, and digital methods. She was also a research associate at the European University Institute, Italy (EUI), where she worked on the research project ‘Caught in the act of protest: Contextualizing contestation’.

      • CMCS Fellow

        Roxana Radu is a a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, University of Geneva and a Research Fellow at the CMCS. She holds a masters’ degree in Political Science from CEU (Budapest), where she received the Best Thesis Award in 2010. Prior to starting her Phd, Roxana worked at the Center for Media and Communication Studies at Central European University (CEU) as program coordinator and researcher. Her expertise includes citizen empowerment, democratic (e)participation, and social uses of new technologies. From March to October 2011, she took part in the Next Generation Leaders program of the Internet Society and collaborated extensively with the Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations.

      • Lidija Sabados
        CMCS Fellow

        Lidija Sabados was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) in 2012. Her current research focuses on community media practices and policies in the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Previously, she worked as an editor, translator and advocacy coordinator at an international press freedom organization. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, where she is also involved with the work of the Citizen Lab.

      • Julia Sonnevend
        CMCS Fellow

        Julia Sonnevend is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. She has been named a Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smart Family Institute of Communications at the Hebrew University and an Associate Postdoctoral Fellow at the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace (she will be in Jerusalem from December 2013 until September 2014). Sonnevend’s interdisciplinary research examines the cultural aspects of global media, with a special focus on media events, rituals, performances, symbols and icons. Her current book project explores how a complex local news event may become a universalized global social myth. Sonnevend received her PhD in Communications from Columbia University, her Master of Laws degree from Yale Law School, and her Juris Doctorate and Master of Arts degrees in German Studies and Aesthetics from Eötvös Loránd University Budapest.

      • Rian Wanstreet
        CMCS Fellow

        Rian Wanstreet began work as a Research Fellow and a Coordinator at the CMCS in September 2011. Her research focuses on Internet governance and regulation, Open Internet initiatives, spectrum regulation and the evolving role of the Public Interest concept in policy-making and regulation. She was an Erasmus Mundus Scholar from 2009 to 2011, has an M.A. in Public Policy from CEU, and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of York, UK. Rian comes to CEU with ten years of experience working in Chicago with nonprofit and political organizations in media relations, policy development, legislative lobbying, program management, volunteer coordination, and donor relations. She also served in the Peace Corps.

      Advisory Board

      • Monroe Price

        Prof. Monroe Price is the chair of the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS). He is Director of the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research in London. Prof. Price is the Joseph and Sadie Danciger Professor of Law and Director of the Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society at the Cardozo School of Law, where he served as Dean from 1982 to 1991. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale, where he was executive editor of the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for Associate Justice Potter Stewart of the U.S. Supreme Court and was an assistant to Secretary of Labor W. Willard Wirtz.

      • Ellen Hume
        Annenberg Fellow in Civic Media

        Ellen Hume is the Annenberg Fellow in Civic Media at CMCS. Appointed in 2009 by Michael Delli Carpini, Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, Ellen participates in research projects and workshops. She taught “News Media and Political Power: Global Lessons from the American Experience” for the CEU Political Science Department in 2010. Before coming to CEU, Ellen was the Research Director at the Center for Future Civic Media in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, she founded the Center on Media and Society at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the New England Ethnic Newswire. She also served as executive director and senior fellow at Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, and as executive director of PBS's Democracy Project, where she developed special news programs that encouraged citizen involvement in public affairs. Ellen was a White House and political correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and regular commentator on PBS's Washington Week in Review and CNN's Reliable Sources programs.

      • Anya Schiffrin is the director of the International Media, Advocacy and Communications (IMAC) Specialization of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, New York. She spent 10 years working as a journalist in Europe and Asia, and was bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires in Amsterdam and Hanoi. She was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 1999-2000. Schiffrin directs the journalism training programs of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD), a global economic think-tank based at Columbia University. She organizes seminars around the world to strengthen the capacity of journalists in developing countries to cover finance and economics, and has taught in Azerbaijan, China, Indonesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, South Africa and Vietnam. She is a regular lecturer at the International Institute for Journalism in Berlin. Schiffrin currently serves on the Advisory Board of Revenue Watch, and she is a member of the sub-board of the Open Society Foundation's Media Program.

      • Stefaan G. Verhulst is Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory @NYU (GovLab). Previously, he spent more than a decade as Chief of Research for the Markle Foundation, where he continues to serve as Senior Advisor. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Culture and Communications at New York University, and an Affiliated Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Global Communications Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communications. Verhulst’s latest scholarship centers on how technology can improve people’s lives and the creation of more effective and collaborative forms of governance. Verhulst was the UNESCO Chairholder in Communications Law and Policy for the UK, co-founder and Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio Legal Studies, University of Oxofrd, and Founder and Co-Director of the International Media and Info-Comms Policy and Law Studies at the University of Glasgow School of Law. He has served as consultant to numerous international organizations, including the Council of Europe, European Commission, UNESCO, UNDP, USAID and the World Bank. Verhulst has authored and co-authored several books on the intersection of law, policy and communications, including In Search of the Self: Conceptual Approaches to Internet Self Regulation (2001); Convergence in European Communications Regulation (1999); and Broadcasting Reform in India (1998). Recently, he co-edited The Routledge Handbook of Media Law (2013). Verhulst is a founding editor of the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy.

      Former Fellows