CMCS Appoints Four Fellows

The Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at CEU’s School of Public Policy has announced the appointment of four leading and emerging media scholars and practitioners as fellows of the Center.

Miklós Haraszti is a Hungarian author, professor, and human rights promoter. His books 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 1976. In 1989, he participated in the roundtable talks between the opposition and the authorities held to clear the path 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 US midterm elections in 2010; for the elections in Kazakhstan in 2012; and for the elections in Bulgaria in 2013. With November 1, 2012, he was appointed as the UN's Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus. He has been teaching on democratic transformation at several universities. In 2010 and 2011 he co-taught courses with Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger in New York, and since 2012 has been a visiting professor at CEU's Department of Public Policy.

Sandra Ristovska is a documentary filmmaker and a PhD student 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 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.

Dr. 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 topics such as 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).