Meet Our Alumni: Ph.D.


Dan Berkowitz, PhD’88, professor and associate director for graduate studies, University of Iowa

berkowitzDan Berkowitz joined the faculty at University of Iowa’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications in 1988. He has taught or lectured at Bangkok University in Thailand, the University of the West Indies–Mona in Jamaica and Tel-Aviv University in Israel. His research focuses on social and cultural approaches to news and the interaction between media and terrorism.

Berkowitz’ book, Social Meanings of News: A Text-Reader, and its sequel, Cultural Meanings of News: A Text-Reader, was published in 2010. He received a two-year FIPSE grant in collaboration with the European Union to study training for digital visual communication. He also has been part of the Fulbright Specialist Program.

“What I remember most about my doctoral studies at IU were the faculty members I took classes from and worked with on my research,” he said. “Their individualized attention and enthusiastic efforts shaped the way I work with students – especially graduate students – ever since.”

cantor-webJoanne Cantor, PhD’74, professor emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison

During her years on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Joanne Cantor has written three books, contributed to countless scholarly articles and gained a reputation as an expert on child psychology and violence in mass media.

In 1999, Cantor was named an International Communications Association Fellow, and the Broadcast Education Association honored her with its Distinguished Scholar Award in 2007.

Cantor credits IU with preparing her for a successful academic career in communications.

“At IU, I learned how to collaborate, write grant proposals and conceive, carry out, write up and publish academic articles and chapters,” she said. “By the time I graduated, I was ready to take a faculty position in a first-tier communication department and launch my own career in teaching, mentoring, research, and sharing my findings with the general public as well as other scholars. The process was life-changing.”

Jacob Groshek, PhD’08, assistant professor, Boston University 

groshek-webJacob Groshek is an assistant professor of emerging media at Boston University’s College of Communications. He is author of more than 25 peer-reviewed pieces and has held positions at leading universities in the U.S., the Netherlands, Australia and France.

Groshek has served as head of the communications technology division for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and sits on the editorial board for Communications Yearbook and the Journal of Information Technology and Politics. His research focuses on the ways digital media influence social and political change. 

“My experiences as a doctoral student at IU not only shaped my outlook as a scholar, but they also positioned me for a highly-employable and active research career,” said Groshek. “The training I received was both methodologically rigorous and theoretically informed, and came from some of the warmest and best faculty in the world. I can say without exaggeration that The Media School helped propel me to where I am today, and that attending IUB was one of the best decisions in my professional life.” 

Ammina Kothari, PhD’12, Rochester Institute of Technology 

Ammina Kothari, a native of Tanzania, is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Her research interests include media representations of Africa and Islam, implications of the Internet and new media for journalism, representations of race and gender in media, and health and development communication.

Nicky Lewis, MA’11, PhD’15, assistant professor, University of Miami

lewis-webNicky Lewis is an assistant professor in University of Miami’s Department of Journalism and Mass Media Management.  Before earning her master’s and doctoral degrees, Lewis worked as a sports producer at several Cincinnati television news stations.

Her research focuses on media psychology, reality television, sports and video games. Her work has been published in the Journal of Media Psychology, Journal of Communication and Communication & Sport, among others.

“The time I spent at Indiana University was truly a formative experience,” she said. “There is little doubt that I would be doing what I am today without the people, education and environment that made IU so special.”

Jasmine Trice, PhD’09, assistant professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Jasmine Trice is an assistant professor of cinema and media studies in UCLA’s Department of Film, Television and Digital Media. Her research focuses on national cinemas and the globalization of media. She is working on a book, City of Screens: National Cinema and Global Culture in Contemporary Manila, Philippines.

Before teaching at UCLA, Trice spent two years teaching media courses at the University of Singapore, where she was awarded the university’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2013.

Trice said she owes much of her academic and research success to her education at IU.

“My interdisciplinary approach to research is very much a product of my time at IU, where I was fortunate to study with renowned scholars in film and media studies, rhetoric and public culture, and performance studies,” she said. “The multifaceted approach these mentors instilled led to my work in feminist media development in Manila, teaching in Singapore and, eventually, to my current position at UCLA.”

Travis Vogan, PhD’11, University of Iowa

travis-vogan-webAfter earning his Ph.D. in Media Studies, Vogan joined the faculty in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication and the Department of American Studies at the University of Iowa.  Building on research he started while at IU, he is author of two books: Keepers of the Flame: NFL Films and the Rise of Sports Media (University of Illinois Press, 2014) and ESPN: The Making of a Sports Media Empire (University of Illinois Press, 2015). His current book project on ABC Sports and network sports TV is under contract with the University of California Press.