2018 Emerging Scholar Recipients

Ralph Kenke

Ralph Kenke

University of Newcastle, Australia

Ralph Kenke is a media artist and visual communication designer based in Sydney, Australia. His work is focusing on information design and participatory installations. He is currently a Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia and a PhD research scholar. His research into the emerging field of data portraiture seeks to understand the role of the ‘artist’ in interpreting binary data into visible pictures and the insights into the behavior, experiences, and interests of individuals this might result in. In recent years Ralph’s work was recognised with awards such as the Digital Portraiture Award by the National Portrait Gallery Australia, the Museums Australian Multimedia & Publication Award (MAPDA), and the New York Type Directors Club Award.

​Brian Pindayi

​Brian Pindayi

Rusangu University, Zambia

Brian Pindayi is a researcher, academic, and social scientist. His research interests which are informed by critical theory and British Cultural Studies focus on the influence of new communication technologies on political participation, political mobilisation, civic engagement, and culture. As a journalist with a decade of experience in both print and electronic media and a PhD candidate of Media Studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT), his publications range from case studies of the effect of communicative spaces such as Twitter and WhatsApp to the impact of television and newspaper publications on society.

Neeraj Sanan

Neeraj Sanan

University of Manchester, UK

Neeraj Sanan is a successful business professional with over two decades experience, of which one decade has been as senior executive in media companies. He worked across television, internet, and print before enrolling at Alliance Manchester Business School's Doctorate Program. He has been studying "Internet Induced Business Strategy in TV broadcasting" globally for last four years. Currently he is in final year of thesis submission.

Drawing on a deep understanding of category economics and data analytics, Neeraj consults top leading Media houses to bolster their revenues using disruptive marketing and tech strategies.

​Nupoor Jalindre

​Nupoor Jalindre

North Carolina State University, USA

Nupoor Jalindre is a Ph.D. student with a focus on technical communication, usability, analysis, data analysis and rhetorical studies in the Artificial Intelligence and the IoT domain. She has a background in Computer Engineering and has earned an MS in Technical Communication from the North Carolina State University. She is interested in exploring the field of Human Computer Interaction and the role it plays in behavioral studies which impacts pedagogical approach. She is currently pursuing a research assistantship with SAS where she is exploring research opportunities with user generated content and chat bots.

​Pablo Beytía

​Pablo Beytía

Humboldt University zu Berlin, Germany

Pablo Beytía is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Social Sciences of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and a Visiting Researcher at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS). He is currently specializing in what might be called ‘the digital sociology of knowledge’, with a doctoral thesis on how biographical information is being globally structured in Wikipedia. Previously, Pablo was a lecturer at the P. Catholic University of Chile, Director of the Social Research Center of the international NGO ‘TECHO’, and advisor to the Government of Chile. He is a sociologist and holds a master's degree in sociology from the P. Catholic University of Chile, as well as a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Chile.

Tsung-Lin Lu

Tsung-Lin Lu

National Defense University of R.O.C, Taipei

Tsung-Lin Lu is a Master of Journalism from Taiwan National Defense University (NDU) He is a captain officer serving in the Missile Company as well. His research interests include cultural studies, sociology, journalism and social media. And his Future research will continue to focus on the digital humanities and thick Data. He believes cleverness is a gift, but kindness is a choice. And the way we use media and generate content with kindness can make the world better. Besides, He has won the 2018 Central News Agency (Taiwan) Scholarship, 2017 United Daily News (Taiwan) Foundation Scholarship, 2017 Health Communication Foundation Scholarship, and 2017 Military Literary Award: Merit Award in military news reports during the period of studying at NDU.

​Kathryn Wolfe

​Kathryn Wolfe

Florida Atlantic University, USA

Kathryn Wolfe received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida Atlantic University in 2016. She teaches courses in curriculum design, teacher education, and the humanities. Katie has established and designed a variety of courses for both the secondary and college level. Her research extends into a wide array of areas including culture and identity, doctoral education, curriculum and culture within faith-based education, and pedagogy in religious education. Her current research study examines how plus size female bloggers create a voice for marginalized individuals. She has presented locally, nationally, and internationally at various conferences, events, workshops, and guest lectures.

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Akwasi Bosompem Boateng

Akwasi Bosompem Boateng

University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Akwasi is an emerging scholar in communication and social media appropriation. His research interests include: Business Communication (Public relations, advertising and organisational relations), political communication, digital and social media and international relations. Akwasi is researching into “Facebook usage in political communication in Ghana” for his doctoral (PhD) thesis at the Centre for Communication, Media and Society. His thesis explores the appropriation of social media by political parties for relationship management in the advancement of political agenda. He has worked and consulted for several organisations, as well as participated in various conferences. Akwasi is a published researcher with publications in peer reviewed academic journals. He is a Research Fellow of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA), Nigeria, member of the Institute of Public Relations (IPR), Ghana and Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB), Ghana. He is an avid reader, player of snooker and lover of adventure.

​Eduardo Gonzalez

​Eduardo Gonzalez

New York University, USA

Eduardo Gonzalez is a Master of Politics from New York University. His research interests focus on political media, comparative politics, race and ethnicity, social movements, censorship, and political violence. His previous research looks at protest movements in Turkey and has received funding from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship. More recently, Gonzalez is interested in better understanding how racial and ethnic minorities are depicted in the political and media spheres in the United States. Gonzalez intends to start a PhD program in the fall of 2019.

​Elisa Kannasto

​Elisa Kannasto

Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Elisa Kannasto is a Senior Lecturer of Communications and Finnish Language in the Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences and a PhD Student in the University of Vaasa, Finland. Her research focuses on construction of online identities in political campaigns on social media. Her other research interests are on social media, fake media and brands. Her lectures focus on presentation skills, intercultural communication, writing and strategic organization communication which is supported by her background in theater and work in sports and theater organizations. Her experience as an exchange student and working abroad form a significant part of her international character.

​Julie Whiteman

​Julie Whiteman

University of Birmingham, UK

Julie Whiteman is a third year Sociology PhD student at University of Birmingham, UK. Julie’s research explores postfeminist sexualised cultural texts and considers how they may be normalising attitudes and beliefs supportive of sexual violence against women. Through a 9-month ethnography utilising mediated discourse analysis as its analytical lens, Julie’s interdisciplinary cultural studies approach aims to discover how individuals read music videos and social media and considers how they may be integrating these readings into their social and sexual scripts/schema. Julie’s research interests include gender and sexuality, media theory, feminist theory, cultural studies, semiotics, and qualitative research methods.

In Their Words

I learned the importance of listening to other scholars and soaking up the experience. I also learned the importance of being supportive and having an open mind toward multiple worldviews. I learned how to be relaxed even when there were stressful, high stake moments. By talking with the other scholars and conference participants, I felt I was more able to assist other scholars in high stress situations.

Andrew Pratt, 2014 Awardee

My team building and communication skills have been tremendously enhanced by serving as a moderator in an interactive international group setting which the conference provided.

Dellarue Howard, 2015 Awardee