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As a Liberal Arts Media & Cultural Studies Professor :

I'm an advocate for interdisciplinary thinking, a fan of lifelong inquiry and community- engaged learning, a global explorer, and a communication strategist.  
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Bintou Fofana ('24) presenting her paper at the Summer 2023 Allegheny College ACRoSS Research forum.

SPRING 2024: 

Allegheny College student Bintou Fofana ('24, International Relations major + Political Science and French double minor) worked with me on a summer research project that discussed how her political podcast helps us realize how Gen Z engages with big picture issues. She will present her research at the 2024 NCUR Annual Conference.

Television producer and Allegheny alumnus Lloyd Segan ('80) is co-teaching the "Media and Culture" course, generously bringing in industry professionals to virtually discuss timely topics regarding the changing media and technology landscape and its impact on American democracy.


Click here to explore the work done by students in Cohort IV (2020-23) of the Global Citizen Scholars Program at Allegheny College.

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B.A & M.A
(English Lit.) 

Bombay University, India

M.A. & Ph.D (Communication)

Annenberg School for Communication at the

University of Southern California,

Los Angeles

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Media & Cultural Studies

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Nation Branding

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Postcolonialism & Globalization

Diversity & Social Justice

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Integrated Marketing Communication & Storytelling

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Digital & New Media Trends

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"Disruptive Learning and An Ethics of Sustainable Development: The Case of an SDG-Themed Community Engaged Learning Cohort for Future Leaders," co-presented with Dr. Caryl Waggett, Allegheny College, USA (17 June 2022) at the 5th World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities.

Our presentation used the case study of an undergraduate first-year cohort of Allegheny College Global Citizen Scholars studying SDG 5 (Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment). During the COVID lockdown, these students participated in a virtual community-engaged learning initiative developed in collaboration with the community partner (Women’s Services Inc.).  While most higher education initiatives use the SDGs in courses oriented towards global problem-solving, our case study explored how the SDGs can provide the foundation to build more inclusive partnerships, framed by an "ethics of care," between academic institutions and community partners. 

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Spring 2020: Students in my Branding and Storytelling course had been collecting stories for a blog that would showcase Allegheny College student life when COVID-19 changed everything.​ Online classes, social distancing, quarantines, and shutdowns became our new reality. Out of this chaos we created "Gator Quad" and @gatorquad -- virtual quadrangles or gathering spaces that we associate with the vibrancy of campus life, and where current Gators and alum shared their unfolding experiences.

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In 2009, I partnered with a department faculty colleague, the Allegheny College Student Government, and a dedicated group of student ambassadors. We brought together departments and offices across the Allegheny College campus to produce an entire year's worth of inspirational  programming, educational and outreach efforts.

Click HERE to see the highlights from the 2009 annual theme efforts (Adobe Reader needed):

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Click here to see the student work from the EXL 300 (Cross-Cultural Learning, Theory & Practice) course for study away/abroad designed and taught by me from 2005- 2013.

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