Virginia Commonwealth University
MATX

Media Art & Text Ph.D program

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  • Guido Alvarez
    BFA in Craft and Design, Universidad del Azuay School of Design
    MFA in Design with a concentration in visual communication, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Dissertation director: Richard Fine, Department of English
  • Dissertation title: "Hyperceiving: The First New Media Chronicle of Hyperreality and the Awareness of Self as Virtual Puppet"
  • Salvador Barajas
  • BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • MALS with a concentration in humanities, Hollins University Dissertation director: Elizabeth Hodges, Department of English
  • Dissertation title: "Doing Memory Work in the Third Space Between Self and Community: An Auto-Ethnography"
  • Gareth Blackwell
  • BA in Journalism, University of Mississippi
  • MA in Journalism, University of Mississippi
  • Research focus: History & Theory of Graphic Design
  • Dissertation director: Eric Garberson, Department of Art History

  • Lauren Boasso
  • BA in English Literature, Augusta State University
  • MA in Comparative Literature, Binghamton University

    Dissertation director: Catherine Roach, Department of Art History
    Dissertation title: "Representations of Criminality in Victorian Visual Culture"

    Vera Brown
    BA in English, Pittsburg State University
    MA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Dissertation director: Joshua Eckhardt, Department of English
    Dissertation title: "From Tempera to Ink to Code: The Other Media of Orthodox Iconography"

  • Sandra Burke
  • BA in Graphic Design, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • MFA in Studio Art, University of New Mexico
  • Dissertation director: Gretchen Soderlund, Department of English and Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
  • Dissertation title: "Thinking Bodies and Sensational Minds: Affect and Embodiment in Art, Science, and Philosophy"
  • Elizabeth Canfield
  • BA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MFA in Creative Writing, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dissertation director: Catherine Ingrassia, Department of English
  • Dissertation title: "Queer Alchemies: Radical Futurity in the Shell of the Now"
  • Lee Carleton
  • BS in Biblical Studies, Lancaster Bible School
  • MA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dissertation director: Nicholas Sharp, Department of English
  • Dissertation title: "The Church of the SubGenius, Hour of Slack radio & Burke’s Comic Frame"
  • Amy Colombo
  • BFA in Photography, University of Georgia
  • MFA in Photography, University of Delaware
  • MFA in Creative Writing, West Virginia University
  • Dissertation director: Nicholas Frankel, Department of English
  • Dissertation title: "James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s The Gentle Art of Making Enemies"

  • Thomas Cunningham
  • BFA in Theatre, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MFA in Theatre, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dissertation director: David Golumbia, Department of English
  • Research focus: Linguistics and Theatre
  • Randy Davis
    BS in Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
    BA in International Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
    MS in Mass Communications with a concentration in multimedia journalism, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Dissertation director: Oliver Speck, School of World Studies
    Dissertation title: Bakhtin’s Carnivalesque: A Gauge of Dialogism in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema
  • Jennifer Figg
  • BFA in Textiles, Rhode Island School of Design
  • MFA in Fine Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Dissertation director: Eric Garberson, Department of Art History
  • Dissertation title: "Broadening the Field of Eco-visualization and Seeing Denatured Corn"
  • Charity Fowler
  • BA in Theater and Creative Writing, Florida State University
  • MA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • JD, University of California at San Diego
  • Dissertation director: David Golumbia, Department of English
  • Research focus: Fan Fiction and Videos
  • Linda Gupta
  • BA in Education, University of North Carolina
  • MSW, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dissertation director: Yan Jin, Associate professor, School of Mass Communications
  • Dissertation title: "Writing, Performing, and Reflecting: The Application of Narrative Hypertext and Virtual World Experiences to Social Work Education"
  • Ahmed Hamada
  • BA in Mass Communication, Kuwait University
  • MA in Journalism, Indiana University
  • Dissertation director: Timothy Bajkiewicz, Associate professor, School of Mass Communications
    Dissertation title: "Kuwaiti Television (1950 - 2010): A Multi-Methodological History"

    Jesse Hernandez
    AA in Education, Elgin College
    BA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
    MT, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Dissertation director: Nicholas Frankel, Department of English
    Dissertation title: “The Senses in Synthesis: An Intersensory Approach to Nineteenth-century Symbolism”

  • Rebecca Johnson
  • BA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dissertation director: Richard Fine, Department of English
  • Dissertation title: "Reader Reception, Social Media, and Gender: How Reviewing Has Changed With the Emergence of Book Blogs"
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    David Lawrence

    BS in Biology, Louisiana State University
    MS in Geography, George Mason University
    MS in Journalism, Columbia University
    Dissertation director: Tim Bajkiewicz, School of Mass Communications
  • Dissertation title: "Last Call for Corals: Life, Death, and Conservation of an Ocean Ecosystem"
  • Kathryn Lynch
  • BFA in Fine Arts, University of Illinois
  • MFA in Art, Ohio State University
  • Dissertation director: Eric Garberson, Department of Art History
  • David Makhanlall
  • BA in English, University of Guyana
  • MA in English/Creative Writing, Queens College
  • Dissertation director: Eric Garberson, Department of Art History
  • Dissertation title: “English Composition 100: Best Practices for Online Instruction”
  • Rebekah McKendry
  • BA in Film Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • MA in Education, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • MFA in Film Studies, City University of New York
  • Dissertation director: Noreen Barnes, Department of Theatre
  • Dissertation title: "Cult Media for Mass Audiences: Theory, Practice, and Effects of Marketing to Foster Devotion"
  • Scott Mills
  • BFA in Sculpture, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in photography and film, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dissertation director: Nicholas Sharp, Department of English
  • Dissertation title: "Old World, New Media"
  • Maria Panbehchi
  • BA in Spanish Literature, University of Chihuahua
  • MA in Latin American Literature, New Mexico State University
  • Dissertation director: Nicholas Sharp, Department of English
  • John Priestley
  • BA in English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • MA in English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Dissertation director: David Golumbia, Department of English
  • Dissertation title: "Textuality of Generative Music"
  • Stella Reinhard
  • BA in Mathematics, Greenville College
  • MA in Children’s Literature, Hollins University
  • Dissertation director: Noreen Barnes, Department of Theatre
  • Dissertation title: "The e-Volving Picture Book: Examining Past and Current Impacts of New e-Media/Technology on the Design, Content, and Function of the "Published" Children's Narrative"

  • Dianne Roman
  • BA in Fine Arts, Kent State University
  • MFA in Studio for Interrelated Media, Massachusetts College of Art
  • Dissertation director: Eric Garberson, Department of Art History
  • Dissertation title: "Women at the Crossroads, Women at the Forefront: American Women in Letterpress Printing, 1638-2013"
  • Sean Stewart
  • BA in Advertising, Marshall University
  • MAJ with a public relations emphasis, Marshall University
  • Dissertation director: Yan Jin, School of Mass Communications
  • Dissertation title: "Visualization, Viewer and Emotion: An empirical study of cognitive and affective responses to infographics used for online crisis communication"
    Adam Stockton
  • BA in Art History, Hampden-Sydney College
  • MS in Mass Communications with a concentration in advertising, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Tara Strickstein
  • BFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Practice, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • MFA in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice, University of Chicago

    Dissertation director: Eric Garberson, Department of Art History
    Dissertation title: "The (Un)Predictable Subject"

  • Leah Thomas
  • BA in English, University of Kentucky
  • MA in English, University of Kentucky
  • MS in Library and Information Science, University of Kentucky
  • Dissertation director: Catherine Ingrassia, Department of English
  • Dissertation title: "Literary Landscapes: Mapping Emergent American Identity in Transatlantic Narratives of Women’s Travel of the Long Eighteenth Century"
  • Kristine Trever
  • BA in Film Studies, Wayne State University
  • MA in Communications/Media Arts, Wayne State University
  • Dissertation director: Elizabeth Hodges, Department of English
    Dissertation title: "Nonfiction, Documentary, and Family Narrative:  An Intersection of Representational Discourses and Creative Practice"
  • Neal Wyatt
  • BA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MS in Library Science, Catholic University
  • Dissertation director: Richard Fine, Department of English
  • Dissertation title: “Readers’ Advisory Poetics”

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Second year

  • Byeongwon Ha
    BFA in Film, Television and Multimedia, SungJyunKwan University
    MFA in Media Art, Yonsei University
    MFA in Digital+Media, Rhode Island School of Design

    Francesca Lyn
    BFA in Painting, University of Florida
    MA in Digital Arts & Sciences, University of Florida

    Paul Robertson
    BA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University
    MA in Appalachian Studies, Appalachian State University
    MA in English, Appalachian State University

    Neal Swisher
    BA in Cognitive Science & Philosophy Research, Franklin & Marshall College
    Master of Liberal Arts, University of Pennsylvania

    Tamara Watkins
    BA in English, Saginaw Valley State University
    MA in Communication & Multimedia, Saginaw Valley State University

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First year

  • Jeanine Guidry
    BS in Health Sciences, Maastricht University
    MS in Health Sciences, Maastricht University

    Michael Means
    BA in Political Science, Radford University
    MA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Candace Parrish
    BS in Public Relations, Virginia Commonwealth University
    MS in Strategic Public Relations, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Ivy Roberts
    BA in Film/Video Production and Cultural History, Marlboro College
    MA in Media Studies and Cultural Studies,  Antioch University

    Mary Selph
    BA in Liberal Arts, Hofstra University
    MFA in Creative Writing, Texas State University-San Marcos

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