Johannes M. Bauer

Johannes M. Bauer was appointed as the Quello Chair for Media and Information Policy and the Director of the Quello Center in August 2018. He currently also serves as the Chairperson of the Department of Media and Information. He was trained as an engineer and economist, holding MA and PhD degrees in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria. While at MSU, he also had appointments as a visiting professor at the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands (2000-2001), the University of Konstanz, Germany (Summer 2010), and most recently the University of Zurich, Switzerland (2012). Much of his research centers on policy issues critical to the Quello Center, such as the design of policy and regulation for advanced media and the Internet, cybersecurity, innovation in the digital economy, and measures to increase digital inclusion. He enjoys working with practitioners from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.

More information about Professor Bauer is here.


    Steve Wildman

    Professor & J. H. Quello Chair of Telecommunication Studies Emeritus

    Steven S. Wildman is a Research Fellow at the Quello Center. Professor Wildman was the Founding Director of the Quello Center. During his penultimate year as director of the Center, he served a one year stint as Chief Economist to the FCC, reflecting the focus of his economics research on telecommunication industries and services. Steve was appointed as the James H. Quello Professor of Telecommunication Studies and the first Director of the James H. and Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunication Management & Law at Michigan State University in 1999. Prior to joining Michigan State in Fall 1999, Dr. Wildman was Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Program in Telecommunications Science, Management & Policy at Northwestern University. Earlier positions include Senior Economist with Economists Incorporated and Assistant Professor of Economics at UCLA. Dr. Wildman holds a PhD in economics from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Wabash College. Steve stepped down as Director in 2014 to focus on his research and support the transition to a new director. He remains a Research Fellow in the Center, as Professor and J.H. Quello Chair of Telecommunication Studies Emeritus at MSU, and a member of our Advisory Board, as well as being a Research Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado.


      Whisnu Triwibowo

      Doctoral Student, Research Assistant

      Whisnu Triwibowo is assisting research at the Quello Center, such as supporting webmetrics work for the ICT4Detroit project, statistical analyses of survey data for the study of digital inequalities in Michigan and the USA, and study of student access to new media at MSU. Whisnu is a doctoral student in the Department of Media and Information, and on leave from the University of Indonesia, where he is a lecturer.

      • Location: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

        Ruth Shillair

        Research Fellow

        Ruth Shillair is joining the Quello Center’s research team as a Research Assistant during Spring Semester (2017) to support our work on cybersecurity, linked to the Oxford Global Cyber Security Capacity Center. She is working with Bill Dutton on an analysis that builds on his concept of a cyber security mindset and another analysis that focuses on the outcomes of national cyber security capacity building: Can we see capacity having a positive, independent impact on cyber security?

        Ms. Shillair is a doctoral student in the Media and Information Department at MSU. Her research has focused on cyber security, such as in working with the Online Safety for the Ages (OSA) project with Professors Bob LaRose, Nora Rifkin, Saleem Alhabaash, and Sheila Cotten, which focuses on generational differences in online safety behaviors, particularly in the area of online banking.

        Ruth has been recognized at MSU, such as in being awarded with one of the Department’s PhD Academic Merit Awards, and an ‘outstanding doctoral student research’ award. She also participated in the Oxford Internet Institute’s (OII) Summer Doctoral Program (SDP). As Bill Dutton, Director of the Quello Center noted: “We are very lucky to have Ruth onboard as her expertise in cyber security and quantitative analysis is going to help us leap ahead on our cyber security research.”



            Aleksandr Yankelevich

            Quello Research Associate

            Dr Aleksandr Yankelevich was a Research Assistant Professor in the Quello Center, from 2015-17, when he transitioned to a position at the University of Kansas. Aleks joined us from his position as an Industry Economist working for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Wireless and Wireline Telecommunications Bureaus. At the FCC, he has provided economic expertise on various rule makings, mergers, and secondary market transactions involving the allocation of electromagnetic spectrum for mobile use. In 2013, he received the FCC’s Excellence in Economic Analysis Award.

            Aleks’s primary research is in the field of industrial organization, where he has focused on firm price discrimination and vertical interactions between competitors. His research has increasingly focused on information services, including subscription and dedicated access services. Aleks received his Ph.D. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011 and Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and in Management (Summa Cum Laude) from SUNY Binghamton in 2003.

            At the Quello Center, Aleks worked on a variety of projects focused on wireless spectrum and applications, such as around rural access and bridging the homework gap. He remains an associate of the Quello Center, collaborating on a number of papers begun during his tenure at the Center.

            Adam Candeub

            Professor, Michigan State University College of Law

            Adam Candeub is Professor, and Director of the Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law Program, at Michigan State University College of Law, which he joined in 2004, and Director of the Intellectual Property and Communications Law program at MSU. He is a key resource for the Quello Center in areas of media law and policy. He was an attorney-advisor for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the Media Bureau and previously in the Common Carrier Bureau, Competitive Pricing Division. His work at the FCC involved him in critical decisions in communications law. From 1998 to 2000, Professor Candeub was a litigation associate for the Washington D.C. firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, in the issues and appeals practice. He also has served as a corporate associate with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, also in Washington, D.C. Immediately following law school, he clerked for Chief Judge J. Clifford Wallace, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. While in law school, Professor Candeub was an articles editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. He is well published in numerous law reviews. Professor Candeub’s scholarly interests focus on the intersection of regulation, economics, and communications law and policy.

            Gary Reid

            Distinguished Senior Academic Specialist, WDBM-FM Station Manager

            Gary Reid has been associated with the Quello Center since its inception. He was the Director of Broadcasting and General Manager of WDBM-FM, WKAR-AM/FM/TV until 2016 and is a University Distinguished Senior Specialist in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. He remains a faculty associate of the Quello Center.

            In 2011, Gary was the recipient of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ (MAB) Lifetime Achievement Award, and he remains a strong member of the MAB. He also has earned honors from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the National Association of Independent Record Distributors, and American Women in Radio and Television.

            Gary is a key person within the Quello Center with a focus on broadcasting policies, regulations and practices – within Michigan and nationally. Since 1977 Reid has taught a variety of courses at MSU, including audio/radio courses, video production classes, and telecommunication technology and media management courses. He also is currently teaching in support of the state’s burgeoning film industry. Reid produced the weekly radio and Internet address for former Michigan Gov. Granholm. He has produced numerous record albums, nationally distributed radio series, and television and video productions. He has two endowed scholarships in his name at both MSU and the MAB.


              A. Michael Noll

              Emeritus Professor, Annenberg School for Communication at USC

              A. Michael Noll is Professor Emeritus of Communications at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. Prof. Noll has had a varied career, including basic research at Bell Labs, science policy on the staff of the White House Science Advisor, and marketing at AT&T. He is an early pioneer in computer art, stereoscopic computer animation, and force- feedback (a forerunner of today’s virtual reality). Prof. Noll has published nearly 100 papers on his research and is the author of eleven books related to telecommunication technology and communications. His most recent book, The Evolution of Media, available from Rowman & Littlefield, is a broad examination of the characterization of media. He has also written over 150 opinion and column pieces for various newspapers and trade publications. His current research is primarily archival and historical, focusing on Bell Labs and digital media.

                Jonathan Obar

                Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology

                Jonathan Obar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at York University. He is also a Public Policy Teaching Fellow with the Wikimedia Foundation, and a Senior Advisor with Wikipedia’s Global Education Program. From 2010 to 2014, he served as Associate Director of the Quello Center, and as a Visiting Assistant Professor in what is now the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State. His research focuses on the impact digital technologies have on civil liberties, civic engagement and the inclusiveness of public culture. Dr. Obar holds an MA in Media Studies from Syracuse University and a PhD in Mass Communication from Penn State University.

                  Valeta Wensloff

                  Undergraduate Director, Department of Media and Information

                  Valeta Wensloff manages the web, print, and other design materials to support the research and dissemination efforts of the faculty and staff of the Quello Center.

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                  • Tel: 517-432-5669
                  • Location: Room 411, 404 Wilson Road, Communication Arts and Sciences, East Lansing MI 48824


                  Barbara A. Cherry

                  Professor, Department of Telecommunications, Indiana University

                  Barbara was an Associate Director of the Quello Center in its early years. She is now a Professor at Indiana University, but remains supportive of Quello Center activities. She earned her J.D. at Harvard Law School in 1980 and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies at Northwestern University in 1996. She served as Senior Counsel in the Office of Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis of the Federal Communications Commission, a Director of Public Policy Studies at Ameritech and a Regional Attorney for State Government Affairs at AT&T.

                    Carol Ting

                    Professor, Department of Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Macau Av. Padre Tomas Pereira

                    Carol Ting completed her doctorate at MSU, and continues to work with colleagues on Quello Center projects while an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Macau. Her thesis focused on the welfare implications of spectrum governance regimes, and she remains focused on issues facing media industries, such as network effects within the search industry, and the economics of cooperative behaviour online, along with her work on spectrum management, broadband policy and Internet radio.

                        Paige N. Blessman

                        Paige Blessman supported the ICT4Detroit project of the Quello Center in 2016, primarily in conducting interviews with selected organizations in our study.

                        Paige is a true digital scribe and storyteller. She lives in the center of Downtown Detroit and highlights the fun, positive, and transformative things going on ‘in her playground’ (Downtown Detroit) that are worth sharing. She also writes articles about health and fitness. From mental fitness and nutritional fitness, to physical fitness and social fitness, this girl loves to share her favorite recipes and behaviors that help lead to a healthier lifestyle.

                        Since graduating from The University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (May 2015) she has done freelance writing, graphic and web design, and event planning via The Paige, LLC, and she currently also serves as an Online & Digital Communications Intern for the Detroit Regional Chamber. As a millennial with a sociological perspective, growing and navigating online and digital spaces in which we socialize and exchange information comes easy to her.

                            Kat Hartman

                            Research Associate

                            Kat Hartman was a research associate of the Quello Center, supporting our field research on the ICT4Detroit project. She is a Detroit-based freelance writer, data analyst, and information designer with data visualization firm, NiJeL. She received her MFA from the Stamps School of Art + Design at the University of Michigan and enjoys finding the intersections between design and research. She has worked as a data analyst at multiple non-profit organizations including Data Driven Detroit, a National Neighborhood Indicators Partner (NNIP) with the Urban Institute. She has also designed illustrated health materials for UNICEF in Botswana and German Agro Action in Ethiopia. She is also a former fellow at the Civic Data Design Lab at the MIT School of Architecture & Planning. Her online portfolio can be found here: Follow her @kat_a_hartman.

                                Jessica Mcinchak

                                Research Associate

                                Jessica supported the Quello Center on its ICT4Detroit project during its early phase. She is a researcher and technologist based in Detroit. She works on projects at the intersections of sociological research, open data and web development and is passionate about making civic information more accessible.

                                • Location: Detroit

                                  Dontae Freeman

                                  Research Associate

                                  Dontae Freeman helped the Quello Center with its ICT4Detroit project in 2016. He is a graduate of the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University, where he earned a BA, and served as President of the Residence Halls Association, for 15,000 students. On the Quello Center’s ICT4D project, Mr Freeman supported field research and outreach in Detroit.

                                      Jingwei Cheng(程静薇)

                                      Former Visiting Fellow (2016-2017)

                                      Visiting Fellow (2016-2017), Dr Jingwei Cheng, is an Associate Professor in the School of Economics and Management, Communication University of China, where she is the Vice Director of the School. With a doctorate in media economics, Jingwei Cheng has been studying the theory and regulation underpinning the media industry in China, such as through focusing on the impact of regulation on the diversity of programming on television in China. In addition to work on broadcasting, she has done research on the cable industry and mobile communication in China. Professor Cheng Jingwei was supported at the Quello Center through a State Scholarship Fund supported by the China Scholarship Council. She was able to visit the Quello Center from March 2016 until the end of March 2017.

                                        Steve Lacy


                                        Stephen Lacy, a professor in the MSU School of Journalism, has spent three decades studying the connections between journalism content, ownership structure and market behavior. He is interested in the limits of policy in shaping these relationships. His scholarly work has resulted in an international reputation as a content analysis methodologist. Since receiving his Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986, he has conducted multiple large content analysis projects involving a wide range of media, including citizen journalism websites, television, newspapers, magazines and radio. His content analysis projects have been funded by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the Knight Foundation, the Pew Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. Professor Lacy served as co-editor of the Journal of Media Economics, director of the Michigan State University School of Journalism and president of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Professor Lacy has received the Paul J. Deutschmann Award for Excellence in Research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Michigan State University Honors Professor, Michigan State University Distinguished Faculty Award, Michigan State University Teacher-Scholar Award and the Baskett Mosse Award for Faculty Development from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

                                          Avshalom Ginosar

                                          Visiting Fellow

                                          Avshalom Ginosar, a Senior Lecturer in Israel, is visiting MSU’s Department of Media and Information this year from The Academic College of Yezreel Valley, focusing his research on media governance, policy and regulation, all topics aligned well with the Quello Center, where Avshalom is based. Among his many contributions to the research environment of the Center, Avshalom has offered to apply his journalism background to blogging about selected Quello Center events.

                                          Avshalom most recently developed a framework for classifying and analyzing media systems based on the concept of governance as conceived in public policy theory. He is studying the positions and perceptions of media regulators with respect to the public interest(s) they should preserve and promote. This has been an enduring issue for US regulation, and therefore promises to be of interest to faculty and students of regulation in the US. His past research focused more on the regulation of advertising, with his PhD dissertation focused on product placement in regulatory policies of the EU, Canada and Israel.

                                          He is also interested in the Internet, and its regulation. One research project on this issue focused on the different positions of surfers’ versus industry representatives on the preferred mode and content of online advertising regulation. His current research (in collaboration with Dr. Yaron Ariel) on Internet regulation deals with privacy on the Internet, investigating the relationships between knowledge-understanding-and perceptions regarding privacy with reference to different types of Internet sites (such as governmental, commercial, and institutional). They are collecting data from the general public as well as sites managers, policy makers and regulators.

                                          Another field of interest for Avsha is journalism, particularly around the concept of ‘patriotic journalism’. He is currently writing a paper that addresses patriotic journalism not only in the context of wars or during other national crises, where most of the research on this topic is centered, but also in more typical or normal contexts.

                                              Robert LaRose

                                              Professor, Department of Media and Information

                                              Bob LaRose is a Professor in the Department of Media and Information. He conducts theoretically informed empirical research that has major implications for policy and practice in such areas as cybersecurity, and the societal impact of media and information technologies, such as the Internet. He draws from a strong methods background to develop innovative approaches to the study of policy and practice.

                                                K. Matthew Dames

                                                Research Fellow

                                                K. Matthew Dames is a Research Fellow at the Quello Center, where his research focuses on copyright law, information policy and legislation, political language and framing, and the history of U.S. media industries. Dr. Dames earned his Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology from Syracuse University, where he was awarded a University Fellowship, an Institute of Museum and Library Services Fellowship, and the University Doctoral Prize. Dr. Dames also has earned his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law, where he was a Nelson Mandela Scholar.

                                                Peter K. Yu

                                                Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law, Director of Intellectual Property Law Center, Drake University Law School

                                                Peter K. Yu (余家明) holds the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and is the founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School. He has served as Wenlan Scholar Chair Professor at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China and a visiting professor of law at the University of Haifa, the University of Hong Kong, the University of Strasbourg and Washington and Lee University. Before joining Drake University, he founded the Intellectual Property & Communications Law Program at MSU, at which he held faculty appointments in law, communication arts and sciences, and Asian studies. During and since his tenure at MSU, Peter has been associated with Quello Center activities related to Intellectual Propertry, Copyright and related issues. Peter chairs the Committee on International Intellectual Property of the American Branch of the International Law Association.

                                                • Tel: 515-271-2948
                                                • Location: 2507 University Avenue Des Moines, IA 50311-4505
                                                • Website: Link

                                                Hairong Li

                                                Professor, Department of Advertising + Public Relations


                                                Hairong Li is a professor of advertising, core faculty member for the Asian Studies Center, and an expert on China at Michigan State University – an expertise he brings to the Quello Center. His research covers the uses, effects and implications of digital technologies in advertising, communication and marketing. He has received research grants from Marketing Science Institute, Google, WPP, Microsoft, American Academy of Advertising, MSU Foundation, and other sources in recent years. He has published extensively on advertising, communication and marketing. Dr. Li co-founded the Journal of Interactive Advertising in 2000 and served as its editor until 2011. He was a senior visiting scholar at Tsinghua University, co-chair of the American Academy of Advertising 2009 Asia-Pacific Conference in Beijing, chair of the AAA 2004 Publications Committee, and Fulbright Scholar at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has consulted for firms in the areas of advertising, media and branding.

                                                • Tel: 517-355-1739
                                                • Location: Room 368, 404 Wilson Road, Communication Arts and Sciences Building, East Lansing, MI 48824
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                                                  Daniel Ninsiima

                                                  Masters Student

                                                  Daniel Ninsiima is a second year Masters student in the Department of Media an Information Management (MIM) at Michigan State University. Based at the Quello Center, and part of the Quello Research Squad, Daniel is working with projects focused on ICT4D. Before joining Michigan State University, Daniel was a Research Assistant at Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute, Kampala, Uganda. His major responsibilities were to develop ICT applications and agriculture extension content for small holder farmers. He was also involved in financial literacy and inclusion programs for poor farming communities. In his line of work, he has trained farmers and extension workers on the use of ICT especially mobile phones to access, share and disseminate agricultural related information, with the goal of increasing food security and alleviating poverty in rural farming communities. He graduated with an honors degree in Information Technology from Makerere University, Uganda. He also is: an Open Distance Learning and Mobile Learning consultant with the Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, Canada; a former Food Security Fellow with the US Department of State Food Security and ICT Fellowship Program at Oklahoma State University; and a former ICT Fellow with the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA) at Kobe Institute of Computing in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan.

                                                      Mitchell Shapiro

                                                      Research Associate

                                                      Mitch Shapiro worked with Quello colleagues on a study of wireless strategies for last mile access to broadband networks. Mitch has been a consultant with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, on national broadband access and competitive policy issues, and with broadband mapping projects in Kentucky and Louisiana. He has also worked with Strategic Networks Group and Pulse Broadband; Pike & Fischer, a unit of the Bureau of National Affairs (now Bloomberg BNA); Pangrac & Associates, Probe Reseach and Paul Kagan Associates. Mitch co-founded the IP & Democracy blog and more recently launched the Evolving Human Systems blog, where he has discussed broadband policy and economics, among other things. He received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in Telecommunications from Michigan State University.

                                                        Nora Rifon

                                                        Professor, Department of Advertising + Public Relations

                                                        Dr. Nora J. Rifon is a Professor in the Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Retailing at MSU. She earned her PhD in Business, and her MA and BA in Psychology. Her association with the Quello Center centers on her expertise in consumer privacy and online safety, marketing communications strategies, corporate reputation, sponsorship, and children and media. She has served on the Executive Committee and the Publications Committee of the American Academy of Advertising, and on the editorial review boards of The Journal of Advertising, The Journal of Consumer Affairs, and The Journal of Interactive Advertising. Dr. Rifon has published extensively and consulted, such as serving as consultant to the State of Michigan Office of the Attorney General, private law firms, and the commercial sector.

                                                        • Tel: 517-355-3295
                                                        • Location: Room 316, 404 Wilson Road, Communication Arts and Sciences, East Lansing, MI 48824
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                                                        Kevin Saunders

                                                        Professor of Law - Michigan State University College of Law

                                                        Kevin is a Professor of Law & The Charles Clarke Chair in Constitutional Law in MSU’s Law School, and works with the Quello Center on issues related to freedom of expression, privacy and related human rights. After a distinguished career as a mathematics educator, Professor Saunders turned his attention to the law. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Law School in 1984, then clerked for the Honorable Kenneth Starr, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He followed with assistant professorships at the University of Arkansas and the University of Oklahoma. During his 16-year tenure at Oklahoma, he rose through the ranks to become a full professor and to serve on the faculties of the graduate school, the College of Liberal Studies, and Film and Video Studies. He was the recipient of four awards at that institution, including the 2001 Regents’ Award for Superior Accomplishment in Research and Creative Activity. He also served as Visiting James Madison Chair and Interim Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Drake University. Professor Saunders is the author of two books —Violence as Obscenity: Limiting the Media’s First Amendment Protection and Saving Our Children from the First Amendment. He has authored dozens of book chapters, law review articles, and commentaries in legal and popular periodicals. Professor Saunders is a member of the Order of the Coif.

                                                          James Spaniolo

                                                          James D. Spaniolo recently stepped down as the President, Professor of Communication and Professor of Public Affairs at University Of Texas at Arlington. Before going to UT Arlington in February 2004, he was Dean of Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences (from 1996 to 2003). As Dean, Professor Spaniolo oversaw an enrollment increase of more than 1,000 students and helped establish the James H. and Mary B. Quello Center, raising more than .5 million, which has grown to million. Mr. Spaniolo was also a Professor in the School of Journalism and taught courses on the First Amendment and communications law. Before his tenure at Michigan State, Mr. Spaniolo was Vice President and Chief Program Officer of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the largest media-related private foundation in the United States with more than .5 billion in assets. Mr Spaniolo graduated with high honors from Michigan State in 1968 with a B.A. degree in political science. He then earned a law degree from The University of Michigan Law School in 1975 and a master’s degree in public administration from The University of Michigan Institute of Public Policy Studies (now the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy).