Keith Hampton is a Quello Research Fellow and Professor of Media and Information at MSU. Keith’s research is focused on the relationship between new information and communication technologies, social networks, democratic engagement and the urban environment. His recent research has looked at the outcomes of persistent contact and pervasive awareness through social media, including stress, social isolation, exposure to diverse points of view, and willingness to voice opinions. His publications have received a number of awards, such as a 2015 paper award from the American Sociological Association, Section on Communication and Information Technologies.
Hampton received his doctorate and Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Toronto, and his Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Calgary. Before joining the faculty at MSU, he was the Endowed Professor in Communication and Public Policy and Co-Chair of the Social Media & Society Cluster in the Department of Communication in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers. Other previous posts include assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania; as well as assistant professor of technology, urban and community sociology, and Endowed Class of ’43 Chair in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Professor Ewoldsen is a Quello Research Fellow and Professor in the Department of Media and Information. Among his long-term projects are studies on the role of attitudes and norms in adolescent risky behavior (with Nancy Rhodes at MSU), the potential for the media to augment interventions aimed at decreasing delinquency in adolescents (with John Lochman at the University of Alabama), and understanding the role of the media in promoting and combating racist attitudes (with Morgan Ellithorpe at MSU). His work has been acknowledged through a number of awards, including being named as a Fellow of the International Communication Association in 2016.
David Ewoldsen brings an interdisciplinary approach to the study of communication and the media, and draws from communication scholarship, social and cognitive psychology, cognitive science, and cognitive anthropology. A respected researcher and scholar, his most recent ventures have focused on racism and the media, comprehension of media messages, cooperative video game play, entertainment, and the role of attitudes in risky health behavior – all key to considerations of media policy and practice.
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Natascha Just is Quello Research Fellow and an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information. She has an MA in communication science/romance philology and a Ph.D. in communication science from the University of Vienna, Austria. Prior to joining MSU she was senior research and teaching associate in the Media Change & Innovation Division, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research (IPMZ), University of Zurich, Switzerland (2008-2016). She was a Hertha Firnberg Scholar at the Department of Communication, University of Vienna, Austria (2005-2008); the inaugural Fellow of the Stanford-Vienna Transatlantic Technology Law Forum (TTLF) and a visiting researcher at Stanford Law School (2007); a post-doctoral fellow on international communication at the ARNIC, Annenberg School for Communication, USC, Los Angeles (2004-2005); and a research fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria (1998-2004).
Natascha’s research and teaching interests focused on media economics and policy. They center on the development, controllability and consequences of innovation-induced media change, with a special emphasis on competition policy, market power control, changing governance structures, algorithms on the Internet, Internet platforms, as well as the evolution of Internet use and attitudes.
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Taiquan “Winson” Peng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University (MSU), where he is also a Quello Research Fellow. Dr. Peng joined the Department of Communication in 2016. Prior to that, from 2013 to 2016, he taught at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and, from 2009 to 2013, at Macau University of Science and Technology in Macau. He obtained his PhD degree from the Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong in 2008. His research outputs have been published in top-ranked peer reviewed journals of communication science, information science, and computer science, such as Communication Research, New Media & Society, Journal of Informetrics, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Scientometrics, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, and elsewhere. His recent research focuses on tie-generative mechanisms in communication and information networks, sentiment analysis on social media, and diffusion of viral messages on social media. Prior to joining MSU, Bill Dutton, Director of the Quello Center, frequently cited Winson’s research on Internet studies, which documented the burgeoning of this field. At the Quello Center, Winson is working with Bill and others on a Twitter study of the 2016 Presidential Debate in collaboration with Jay Blumler, Stephen Coleman and others at the University of Leeds.