Quello Research Fellows

Bianca C. Reisdorf

Since August 2018, Dr. Bianca (Bibi) Reisdorf is a Quello Center Research Fellow. In 2018, she joined The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Prior to joining UNCC, she served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. She joined the Quello Center as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in mid-August 2015 and was its Assistant Director from 2016 until 2018. Prior to joining the Quello Center, Bibi worked as a Lecturer and Director of Distance Learning in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester in the UK with a focus in digital media and research methods. In addition, she has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati.

Bibi’s research interests include digital inequalities and policies, Internet use among vulnerable groups, and cross-national comparative studies that apply both qualitative and quantitative methods. She has been involved in the research project “Access Denied: A Qualitative Study of Inadequate Broadband Access in Rural Britain” (http://rural.oii.ox.ac.uk/) and she currently is developing a new study on the consequences of lack of Internet access in prisons for ex-convicts in their rehabilitation process.

Bibi received her D.Phil. degree in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, in 2012, having completed an M.A. in Sociology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, in 2008. At Oxford, she was part of the team that conducted the Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS), which tracked the use and impact of the Internet in Britain from 2003 through 2013.

As a Research Fellow, Bibi continues to contribute to important Center initiatives, including digital inequality projects, and in the development of new projects around issues of digital media and society.

    David Ewoldsen

    Quello Research Fellow and Professor of Media and Information

    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.

    More information about Professor Ewoldsen is here.

        Natascha Just

        Quello Research Fellow and Associate Professor of Media and Information

        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.

        More information about Professor Just is here.

            Taiquan “Winson” Peng

            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.