PhD Core Faculty

Research Interests:
  • Computer and High Technology Crime
  • Criminal Justice Technology
  • Policing
  • Transnational Crime
  • Criminological Theory

Mary Ebeling

Mary Ebeling, PhD

Phone: 215.895.6145

Research Interests:
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • Emerging Technologies and Biocapital
  • Media and Democratic Cultures
  • Radical Social Movements
  • Sociology of Markets
  • Political Sociology
  • Ethnographic Methodologies

Ernest Hakanen

Ernest Hakanen, PhD

Phone: 215.895.1354

Research Interests:
  • Communication Theory and History
  • Adolescent Media Use
  • Telecommunications Policy
  • Mass Media Effects/History
  • Global Media
  • Semiotics

Emmanuel Koku

Emmanuel Koku, PhD

Phone: 215.895.6144

Research Interests:
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Qualitative/Quantitative Research
  • Medical Sociology
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Social Demography
  • Sociology of Development
  • Communication and Information Technology
  • Community and Urban Sociology

Brent Luvaas

Brent Luvaas, PhD

Phone: 215.571.3660

Research Interests:
  • Visual, digital, and cultural anthropology
  • Street culture, street style, and street photography
  • Clothing and material culture
  • Digital subjects and subjectivities
  • The global circulation of fashion, music, and aesthetics
  • DIY, amateur, and independent media
  • Urban youth culture in the United States and Indonesia

Dr. Jordan McClain

Jordan McClain, PhD

Phone: 215.571.4332

Research Interests:
  • Media framing and music journalism
  • Relationship between television and music
  • American popular culture
  • Celebrity, consumerism, and consumer behavior
  • Branding, brand positioning, and advertising criticism

Alexander Nikolaev

Alexander Nikolaev, PhD

Phone: 215.895.1907

Research Interests:
  • Public Relations
  • Political Communication
  • Crisis Communication
  • International Communication
  • International Negotiations
  • International News Coverage
  • International Communication Ethics and Morality
  • Political Discourse Analysis

Douglas Porpora, PhD

Douglas Porpora, PhD

Phone: 215.895.2404

Research Interests:
  • War, Genocide, Torture, and Human Rights
  • Macro-Moral Reasoning in Public Sphere Debate
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Moral and Political Communication
  • Religion

Devon Powers

Devon Powers, PhD

Phone: 215.571.3550

Research Interests:
  • Popular Music
  • Cultural Intermediaries
  • Promotional Culture
  • 20th Century History
  • Journalism Studies

Rachel Reynolds

Rachel Reynolds, PhD

Phone: 215.895.0498

Research Interests:
  • Sociolinguistics, Ethnography of Communication and Discourse Analysis
  • Communication and Information Seeking (especially among Youth in West and Central African Contexts, including Nigeria and Cameroon)
  • Brain Drain, Immigrants and Transnational Immigration
  • Semiotics and Pragmatics

Mimi Sheller

Mimi Sheller, PhD

Phone: 215.571.3652

Research Interests:
  • Sustainable Mobility and Mobility Justice: new cultures and infrastructures of travel, transport, mobile communication, and urbanism
  • Caribbean Studies: history, culture and political theory of the region, including intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class
  • Caribbean Mobilities: the relation between tourism, migration and air travel across the U.S.-Caribbean borders
  • Tracing the histories and forecasting the futures of cultures of mobility and wider mobility regimes, including theorizing transitions in complex systems

Wesley Shumar

Wesley Shumar, PhD

Phone: 215.895.2060

Research Interests:
  • Culture of Higher Education
  • New Media and Learning
  • Ethnography and Education
  • Craft Culture
  • Semiotic of Consumer Culture

Dr. Asta Zelenkauskaite

Asta Zelenkauskaite, PhD

Phone: 215.895.1717

Research Interests:
  • Social Media
  • User-Generated Content
  • Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Interactivity
  • Active Audience Analysis
  • Mobile Communication
  • Gender and Online Identity
  • Prosumer Culture
  • Internet of Things
  • Quantitative/Qualitative Research