Former Faculty and Associates

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.

                    Derek Murphy

                    Research Associate

                    Derek worked with the Quello Center on its study of Wireless Innovation for Last Mile Access (WILMA). He has had over 25 years of experience in strategic planning and policy development, working with community organizations and all levels of government. Derek began his career in 1977 working on international development initiatives, including two years in Botswana. Returning to Canada (Vancouver) in 1982, Derek shifted his focus to community planning and community services, specializing in affordable housing, social planning and economic development. In 1993, Derek moved to southeastern British Columbia, while maintaining his areas of expertise.

                    Derek has lived and worked in rural British Columbia for the last 21 years, with the last 16 years focused on initiatives promoting economic diversification and innovation, especially through development of telecommunications solutions. Prior to becoming a consultant, Derek was a senior manager in the non-profit sector, developing and delivering a range of social, economic and health programs.

                    Derek has postgraduate training in economic development and community planning, with a Masters from Carleton University and a BA from McGill University.

                    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.

                        Sung Wook Ji

                        Visiting Assistant Professor

                        Sung Wook Ji is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. He received a Ph.D. from the Dept. of Telecommunications at Indiana University, Bloomington. His primary research interests center on the interdisciplinary intersections of Mass Communication, Economics, and Media Policy. As an economist of the media, he is interested particularly in the social and economic impact of new media technologies on the media industry, and how these technologies are shaping the media industries and society. At the Quello Center, he has contributed to a variety of research activities and has organised a lecture series for the University’s International Studies and Programs that reaches out to professionals from abroad, called the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP).

                            Shaheen Kanthawala

                            Doctoral Student, Research Assistant

                            Shaheen Kanthawala is pursuing a doctoral degree at MSU, after recently completing a Master of Arts in Health and Risk Communication, and her Master of Arts in Journalism, with an Environmental Option. She is a research assistant on the Quello Research Squad, assisting Professor Dutton on case studies of the Fifth Estate. Prior to MSU, Shaheen completed a BSc in Microbiology/Biochemistry at the Sophia College for Women in Mumbai, India, for which she completed the Excellence in Science Program (EXSP). Her research interests focus on the use of the Internet and related information and communication technologies to improve healthcare, which provides a basis for her interest in the Fifth Estate as a new form of accountability in the healthcare sector. Shaheen has garnered a number of awards, including the Winner of the Rasmussen Award at Michigan State University; the Michael A. and Sandra S. Scholarships for Environmental and Science Journalism; the ‘Mahindra Search for Talent’ scholarship; and the ‘Margaret Rebello Sequeira’ prize for placing first in the Excellence in Science Program (EXSP) as an undergraduate.

                                Chankyung Pak

                                Doctoral Student, Research Assistant

                                Chankyung Pak is a doctoral student in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University, focusing his research on media economics, telecommunication and media policy, and online collaboration. He is also interested in cultural studies, evolutionary social science and social network analysis. He completed his BA and MA in Communication and Economics at Seoul National University. Having graduated cum laude from SNU, he has won a number of awards, including the Annual Outstanding Thesis Award from College of Social Science at SNU; a Prize on Service from Brain Korea 21 (vice-president of the student council of Department of Communications); and a series of merit-based scholarships. At the Quello Center has worked on an NSF funded project led by Dr. Rick Wash at BITLAB on the dynamics of crowd funding, and is working with Steve Wildman at the Quello Center on his research focused on the economics of the international trade of films. He is also supporting the Quello Center’s development of a proposal for a James H. Quello Archive.

                                    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
                                      • Website: Link

                                        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.