Mapping impactful media literacy practices involve the dedicated efforts of several people from the research team to the advisory board and the designers.

Each person has contributed their best efforts and expertise to make this project possible. This project brought together a diverse group of researchers, educators, professionals, and activists. You can read more about them below.

Lead Research Team

The research team make-up the core group of investigators within the project. They focus on research design and implementation, as well as producing

the final reports for the project.

Paul is an associate professor and graduate program director for the Media Design program at Emerson College. He is also the director of the Salzburg

Global Media Academy.

His research interests include media literacies, community activism, and civic engagement.


You can read more about his work by clicking the link above.

Srividya is a professor and Presidential Impact Fellow in the Department of Communications at Texas A&M. She is also the director of the Difficult Dialogues on Campus Race Relations at Texas A&M University. Her research interests include global issues of social justice and media, media effects and identity, and diversity.


You can read more about her work by clicking the link above.

Melissa Tully- 


Melissa is an associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the School of Journalism and Mass

Communications at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses

on social media, international communications, and news literacy, with a particular interest in Africa. Melissa has conducted research in Kenya, Ghana, and Burundi.


You can read more about her work by clicking the link above.

Bobbie is a Ph.D. candidate at the Phillip Merril College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Prior to joining the 2017 cohort at Maryland, she worked as the assistant director of the Center for Ethics in Journalism at the University of Arkansas.

Her research interests include Internet memes, digital culture, LGBTQIA media, and

cultural heritage studies.


You can read more about her work by clicking the link above.


The project is supported by the National Association of Media Literacy Education, whose leaders help coordinate our process. 

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin is the Executive Director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. As Executive Director, Michelle has helped NAMLE grow to be the preeminent media literacy education association in the U.S. She launched the first-ever Media Literacy Week in the U.S., developed strategic partnerships with companies such as Trend Micro, Nickelodeon, and Twitter, and restructured both the governance and membership of the organization. Since she began her tenure as Executive Director, NAMLE has grown from 300 members to almost 6,000. She has overseen four national conferences and done countless appearances at conferences and in the media regarding the importance of media literacy education. Since 2017, Michelle has advocated for greater media literacy education through CNN, PBS News Hour, NPR, The New York Times, and Al Jazeera English. Michelle is currently an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College in the TV/Radio department where she teaches media literacy.

You can read more about her work by clicking the link above.

Sherri Hope Culver serves as Director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy (CMIL) at Temple University, USA where she is associate professor in the Klein College of Media and Communication. Sherri’s teaching and consulting focuses on media literacy and media institutions, with particular focus on children's media content. She currently serves as vice-chair of the UNESCO International Steering Committee for the Global Media and Information Literacy Alliance (GAPMIL).      Sherri regularly presents internationally on media literacy and children’s media topics. She has moderated panels at major universities and conferences, including the Children’s Global Media Summit, World Summit on Media for Children, and  International Media Literacy Research Symposium,  

Sherri was a 3-term president of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. She held various production and management positions over twenty-five years, including CEO of Independence Public Media Television in Philadelphia. Sherri holds a master’s degree in public culture from the University of Pennsylvania. 

You can read more about her work by clicking the link above.

Advisory Board

This project includes oversight from a diverse group of scholars assembled to guide the researchers and assembly of the final project.

Aaliyah is a lecturer on education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on providing the tools and knowledge educators need to disrupt systems of oppression. Her specific research interests include liberatory education models, social justice schooling, critical pedagogy, and youth participatory action research.


You can read more about her work by clicking the link above.

Christopher is a professor and department chair for social sciences and business at Nevada State College. His research interests include fine-de-siècle rap music and neo-soul, critical pedagogy, media portrayals of ethnicity and race. His research focuses on the interplay and relationship between power and discourse in contemporary society and the media.


You can read more about his work by clicking the link above.

Erica is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests include media content, media effects, media literacy, and opinions of media. In particular, her work focuses on gender and/or aggression. 


You can read more about her work by clicking the link above.

Lalitha is a professor of technology and education and director of the Media and Social Change Lab at Teachers College at Columbia University. Her research interest includes new media, adolescent literacies, media literacies, multimodal storytelling, and anthropology of education.


You can read more about her work by clicking the link above.

Lynn is a professor and chair of the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies at the University of Denver. She is also Director of the Estlow

International Center for

Journalism and New Media. Her research interests include the ways digital and mobile media change the lives of diverse adolescents, and work in the

areas of family media studies, community-engaged research, and the mediatization of

world religions.


You can read more about her work by clicking the link above.

Seth is an associate professor and arbiter advisor for the Department of Communication and Media at Boise State University. His research interests include news and media literacy, media and democracy, media sociology, communication law and policy, media history, political communication, and civic engagement. In particular, his

work examines the role of

media in a democracy.


You can read more about his work by clicking the link above.

Sangita is the Director of Research of the Civic Paths Group based at the University of Southern California. Her work focuses on intersections among online learning, popular culture, performance, new media, politics, and globalization. She is also one of the authors of Popular Culture and the Civic Imagination: Case Studies of Creative Change (2020) and of By Any Media Necessary: The New Activism of Youth (2016), both published by NYU Press. Her earlier book on Bollywood (Is It All About Hips?) was published in 2011 by Sage. She is one of the creators of the Digital Civics Toolkit, a collection of resources for educators, teachers, and community leaders to support youth learning. Her own artistic work has been presented in academic and creative venues around the world including the Schaubuehne (Berlin), The Other Festival (Chennai), the EBS International Documentary Festival (Seoul), and the American Dance Festival (Durham, NC). She enjoys engaging with diverse communities through her workshops, lectures, and projects. 

You can read more about her work by clicking the link above.

Kimberly is currently serving as interim dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at UMBC. Before assuming this role, she was director of the Language, Literacy and Culture doctoral program and a professor of communication/media studies, as well as affiliate professor of Africana Studies. A media critic whose research focuses on mediated representations of marginalized groups as well as the politicized nature of Black hair and the body, Her latest work explores the black body in Disney programming and the impact of colorism on Black teens. She is a member of the public service sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the secretary of the board of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), and the founding parent and former board member of Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys Charter School, a 4th-8th college preparatory school.


You can read more about her work by clicking the link above.

Theresa Redmond is an associate professor at Appalachian State University where she teaches in Media Studies and Teacher Education programs. Her scholarship comprises a hybrid research agenda that attends to complex intersections of multiple professional fields including communications, media studies, literacy studies, teacher education, curriculum studies, and the arts.

You can read more about her work by clicking the link above.

Design Team

The design team consists of a group of professional graphic designers and developers who work to pull together the final product for the research.

Many of the team members are also graduate students interested in using their professional talents to integrate social justice and media literacy initiatives

within their respective fields.

sumali dey -


Sumali is a socially-engaged multimedia artist and civic designer dedicated to using art to empower marginalized communities and creatively reimagining feminist frameworks to promote intersectionality and social justice. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Media Design at Emerson College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from The City College of New York. She specializes in graphic design, visual arts, marketing, and branding. 


You can read more about her work by clicking the link above.

Patrick R. Johnson - design research

sydney angove -

design research

Johnny is a web and games

full-stack engineer. He is the Lead Developer at the Engagement Lab with previous stints at startups and a major marketing firm. Johnny is passionate about work centering around using games and web tech to help solve problems in democracy and governance, global health, media literacy, and equity and accessibility. His constant goal is shipping world-class software and games, and broadening the demographics of both developers and their users and players. He lives in Boston with his wife and an absurd quantity of USB cables.

You can read more about his work by clicking the link above.

Patrick is a doctoral student in the school of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. His research focuses on news literacy, media ethics, the evolving roles and values of the journalism professions, and educational training, development, and acculturation of high school and collegiate journalists. Patrick is a former high school journalism teacher and worked as the mentor program chair for the Journalism Education Association.

Sydney is a Masters’s student at Emerson College studying Media Design. Her research interests include media literacy, new media effects, and user experience with an emphasis on civic engagement and social justice. 


Emily is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University. Her research explores how media can be utilized to improve intergroup relations. More specifically, her research focuses on analyzing representations of race and gender in entertainment media and their effects on identity, attitudes, and behaviors.

Emily Riewestahl -

design research

Special Thanks

The following people contributed to research and organization in the early stages of the project.  Kathleen Carroll, Rakshya Devkota, and Sumali Dey, all of whom were graduate students at Emerson College’s Media and Design Program contributed to this project. Their work supported the research team and provided a great overview of the vast field of media literacy practice.

Many scholars have contributed to the project without a formal connection to

the grant. Their work provided fresh perspectives and needed insight

into the fields of media literacy and social justice. 


Mapping Impactful Media Literacy Practices


Paul Mihailidis

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