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Communication, Culture & Media Faculty

The PhD in Communication, Culture and Media is taught by social sciences faculty across several Drexel departments. These faculty govern the program and are responsible for its curriculum, student advising and mentoring.

Contact Specialization
Ronald Bishop
Professor of Communication
3201 Arch Street, Suite 100, Room 148
bishoprc@drexel.edu

Investigative reporting, sports journalism, journalism history, journalism sourcing patterns, textual narrative and ideological analysis, cultural history of fame.


Mary Ebeling
Associate Professor of Sociology; Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture & Media
3201 Arch Street, 285
mfe@drexel.edu

Sociology of science and technology, data brokers and big data, healthcare privacy, marketing communication, medicine, health, knowledge and power in late capital, the production of value and alternatives, anarchism and democratic potentials of artist-run spaces, collectives and feminist methodologies

Ernest Hakanen
Director, Graduate Programs in Communication, Culture & Media; Professor of Communication; Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture & Media; Editor, Explorations in Media Ecology: The Journal of the Media Ecology Association
3201 Arch Street, Suite 100, Room 149
eah22@drexel.edu

Communication history, media theory, emotions and technology, semiotics

Barbara Hoekje
Associate Professor of Communication; Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture & Media
3201 Arch Street, Suite 100, Room 171
bjh10@drexel.edu

Sociolinguistic theory, discourse analysis, applied linguistics (language teaching, learning, and testing).

Emmanuel Koku
Interim Department Head; Associate Professor of Sociology; Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture & Media
3201 Arch Street, 288
emmanuelkoku@drexel.edu

Social Network Analysis, Qualitative/Quantitative Research, Medical Sociology, Social Epidemiology, Social Demography, Sociology of Development, Communication and Information Technology

David Kutzik
Professor; Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture & Media
Stratton 311
kutzikdm@drexel.edu

Social and cultural theory; political economy; gerontology; materialisms; semiotic realisms; activity theory; reflection theories; communities of practice and labor theories of culture.

Hyunmin Lee
Director of Undergraduate Programs in Communication; Associate Professor; Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture & Media
3201 Arch Street, Suite 100, Room 164
hl586@drexel.edu

Social media strategies for relationship and reputation management in public relations, examining media messages of public health issues and its psychological and behavioral effects on the public, communication theory and research methods

Dr. Brent Luvaas
Director of the Minor Program in Anthropology; Associate Professor; Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture & Media
Academic Building, 317
luvaas@drexel.edu

DIY and independent media production; transnational consumer culture; popular music; new media and mediated subjectivities; youth culture in the US and Indonesia.

Professor of Sociolinguistics; Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture & Media
Library 331
rakhmiel.peltz@drexel.edu

Judaic studies, Yiddish culture and linguistics, ethnography of communication and immigrant cultural studies

Douglas Porpora, PhD
Professor; Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture & Media
3201 Arch Street, 380
porporad@drexel.edu

Rhetoric, political communication, morality, religion, political economy and war

Rachel Reynolds - Drexel Communication Faculty
Associate Professor; Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture & Media
3201 Arch Street, Suite 340, Room 354
rrr28@drexel.edu

Sociolinguistics, ethnography of communication, intercultural communication, globalization and the rhetoric of community, political economy of immigration, race and ethnicity, new African immigrants in the United States, Igbo studies.

Wesley Shumar
Professor; Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture & Media
3201 Arch Street, 372
shumarw@drexel.edu

Ethnography of cyberspace, online learning communities, political economy of higher education, globalization, activity theory, semiotics, critical realism, psychoanalysis, identity and the self.

Hilde Van den Bulck
Department Head; Professor
3201 Arch Street, Suite 100, Room 152
hdv26@drexel.edu

Political economy of media structures; Media policies for digitized media ecologies; Stakeholders and coalitions in media policies; Digitization, convergence and legacy media; Public (service) media; Methods of media policy analysis; Media culture in a digitized media ecosystem; Media and (collective) identities; Celebrity culture and industry; Celebrity philanthropy and activism; Fandom and anti-fandom

Dr. Asta Zelenkauskaite
Associate Professor of Communication; Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture & Media
3201 Arch Street, Suite 100, Room 165
az358@drexel.edu
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.