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Melissa R. Meade, Ph.D.

Department of Communication, Villanova University


800 Lancaster Ave. Phone 610-519-4750
Garey Hall 13 Email melissa.meade@villanova.edu
Villanova, PA 19085

EXPERTISE
Topical Areas: Identity (Ethnic and Racial Relations, Disability, Class, Gender and Sexuality);
Critical/Cultural Studies; Language and Social Interaction; Environmental Inequality; Deindustrialization;
Social Memory; Migration; Intercultural Communication; Communication Theory; Media Studies;
Technology and Culture; Transmedia Storytelling
Regional Expertise: Mexico; Appalachia; Spain; Basque Country
Methodology and Approaches: Qualitative Methods; Ethnography; Discourse Analysis; Public Digital
Humanities.

EDUCATION
Ph.D. in Media and Communication, 2019
Klein College of Media and Communication, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Dissertation: In the Shadow of “King Coal”: Memory, Media, Identity, and Culture in the
Post-Industrial Pennsylvania Anthracite Region
o Best Dissertation Award, National Communication Association, Ethnography Division
o Constance Coiner Award, Working-Class Studies Association
Committee: Carolyn Kitch, Nancy Morris, and Patrick D. Murphy (Media and
Communication); Judith Goode (Anthropology)
Outsider Reader: Christine J. Walley (Anthropology), Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, Cambridge, MA

M.S. in Intercultural Communication


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Thesis: Foreign Language Acquisition and Intercultural Communication as Reciprocal
Interests in a University Classroom in Central Mexico
Graduate Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Research Project: Beautiful Penn Wimmin’ [sic] Writing in a Room of Their Own

Postgraduate Diploma in Intercultural Studies (considered equivalent to Master of Science)


University of the Basque Country, Donostia, Spain
Thesis: Actividades de Formación para Mejorar Interacción y Competencia Intercultural
English Translation: Training Activities to Improve Intercultural Interaction and Competence

B.A. in Spanish and English


Albright College, Reading PA
Minor Concentration: Women’s and Gender Studies
Study Abroad: Cuernavaca, Mexico

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PUBLICATIONS
1. Meade, Melissa R. (Under review). Complementarity of Traditional Ethnographic Methods
with Methods of Discourse Analysis: An Ethnic and Racial Relations Vignette in a Post-Industrial
Coal-Mining Town.
2. Meade, Melissa R. (2017). In the Shadow of the Coal Breaker: Cultural Extraction and Digital
Dialogical Communication in the Anthracite Coal-Mining Region. Cultural Studies, 31(2-3), pp.
376-399. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09502386.2017.1303433
o “Best Journal Article in Ethnography, National Communication Association”
o “Best Journal Article in American Studies, National Communication Association”
3. Meade, Melissa R. (2017). Critical ethnography. In J. Matthes, C. Davis, & R. Potter (Eds.)
International Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Wiley-Blackwell & the
International Communication Association.
4. Meade, Melissa R. & Robles, Jessica S. (2017). Existential and Historical Coherence in Political
Commercials. Discourse and Communication, 11(4).
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1750481317707560
5. Meade, Melissa R. (2015). Latrinalia in a Room of One’s Own: Language, Gender, and Place. In
T. Lovata & E. Olton (Eds). The Materiality of Graffiti: Studying and Understanding Graffiti from
Prehistory to the 21st century. Routledge.
6. Meade, Melissa R. (2011). Violence, Oppression, and Double Standards in Three Colombian
Films. Cine J Cinema Journal.

BOOK MANUSCRIPT IN PROGRESS


In the Shadow of “King Coal”: Memory, Media, Identity, and Culture in the Post-Industrial
Pennsylvania Anthracite Region.

RESEARCH AWARDS, GRANTS, AND FELLOWSHIPS


RESEARCH AWARDS
1. Best Dissertation Award, National Communication Association, Ethnography Division.
(2020).
2. Constance Coiner Award from Working-Class Studies Association. (2020) for In the Shadow
of "King Coal": Memory, Media, Identity, and Culture in the Post-Industrial Pennsylvania
Anthracite Region. Award for a dissertation that provides insightful and engaging depictions
of working-class life, culture, and movements which addresses issues related to the
working-class, and which highlights the voices, experiences, and perspectives of working-
class people

3. Best Journal Article in Ethnography, National Communication Association. (2017).


4. Best Journal Article in American Studies, National Communication Association. (2017).

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5. Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award for Top-Ranked Student-Authored Paper. (2015).
The award honors the top-ranked student-authored paper from all National Communication
Association units that competitively rank papers for programming at the NCA Annual
Convention from more than 60 divisions and thousands of entries, Awarded in recognition
of “In the Shadow of the Coal Breaker: Place and Landscape in the Anthracite Coal Mining
Region”

6. John T. Warren Top-Student Paper in Ethnography/Top Competitive Paper. (2015).


National Communication Association.

7. Top-Three Paper, Graduate Research Forum. (2014). Temple University.

EXTERNAL FELLOWSHIPS
1. Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant. (2014-2015). Funding for In the
Shadow of “King Coal” $20,000

2. Charlotte Newcombe Foundation Scholar. (2010-2013). $6000

3. Rotary Foundation International Group-Study Exchange to the Philippines. (2012). Gave


talks in the Philippines about my profession. Met with local professionals to dialogue
about our work. Collaborated with these professionals on local NGO projects related to
clean water and rural schools. $7000

4. Rotary Foundation International Ambassadorial Scholar. Fully-funded to pursue graduate


education at the University of the Basque Country, Spain and give talks in the region
about international/intercultural issues. $20,000

5. Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico. Research


fellowship and travel grant funding for Master’s thesis field work research $4000

EXTERNAL GRANTS
1. Golden Key International Honour Society Education Award. (2015). $10,000
2. Villanova University’s Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and
Society. (2014-2015). Grant for communication research focused on social justice, ethics,
and social change. Funding for In the Shadow of “King Coal” $10,500

3. Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy. (2014-2015). Finalist for grant for In the Shadow of
“King Coal”

4. Oliver H. M. Jordan Memorial Award. (2013). Awarded by the Philadelphia Mayor’s


Commission. $3000
5. University of Klagenfurt, Austria. (2011). Travel Grant. $1000

6. United States Congressional Appropriation. (2002). To fund Wilson College Single Parent
Success Program and to host an international conference about single mothers in higher

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education. Collaborated with a College team to apply for and administer this fund to
include the President’s Office, the Dean of Students, and my office. $250,000

7. Lenfest Foundation Scholarship Fund. (2002). Wilson College Single Parent Success
Program’s childcare services. Collaborated with a College team to apply for and
administer this fund to include the President’s Office, the Dean of Students, and my office.
$4,000,000

INTERNAL GRANTS
1. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty Research and Development Grant. (Spring
2020). The program provides funding to support faculty in their efforts to continually
strengthen their contributions to the College in ways that will benefit Villanova University
students, scholarship, and intellectual life. $2000

2. University Dissertation Completion Grant. (Spring 2018). This award is designed to


accelerate the degree completion process by offering financial support to promising
students about to defend their dissertations. $10,000

3. University Fellow. (2015-2016). Awarded to nominated Temple students with outstanding


potential for success in their chosen fields. $20,000

4. Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT) Graduate Associate Fellow. (2015-2016).
(declined). $2500

5. Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT). (2015). Funding for competitively-selected
ILiADS (Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship) at Hamilton College. $6000

6. HASTAC Digital Humanities Scholar at the Center for Humanities at Temple (CHAT).
(2014-2015). Graduate students, nominated by their institution, meet with other scholars
to learn about digital research methods, develop their own project, and participate in an
international online collective. $750

7. Alice Raefsky Scholar. (2014). Awarded to Temple University students who have
demonstrated leadership and achievement in their academics or community service
activities. $2000

8. Summer Research Opportunity Program Scholar. (2014, 2015). Awarded by the


University Fellowship Committee of the Graduate Board of Temple University. $10,000

9. Temple University, Pre-doctoral Future Faculty First Summer Research Fellowship.


(2013). Competitive summer research award for doctoral students underrepresented in
their field of study. $5000

10. Temple University. (2012). Graduate Assistantship, Office of the Provost.

11. Temple University. (2011). Graduate Assistantship, Institute on Disabilities.

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HONOR SOCIETIES
1. Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society
2. Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society
3. Golden Key International Honour Society

FIELD WORK
1. 2014-2016 Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania dissertation
research
2. 2012-2013 Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania, dissertation
research, (September-January)
3. 2013 Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania, pre-
dissertation research (June-August)
4. 2011 Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania, pre-
dissertation research (September-December)
5. 2013-present Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania Digital Project
6. 2000 Mexico, master’s thesis research (June-August)

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
1. VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF COMMUNICATION, VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, VILLANOVA, PA
August 2018-present

2. GRADUATE ASSSITANT/INSTRUCTOR OF RECORD and COURSE DEVELOPER, TEMPLE UNIVERSITY,


KLEIN COLLEGE OF MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION, PHILADELPHIA, PA 2010-2017

4. GRADUATE ASSISTANT in WRITING, TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER, PHILADELPHIA, PA


2017-2018. Writing tutor for both undergraduate and graduate students—English and Spanish

5. GRADUATE ASSISTANT in DISABILITY, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY, INSTITUTE FOR DISABILITIES,


TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, PHILADELPHIA, PA 2011-January 2012

6. GRADUATE ASSISTANT, OFFICE OF THE PROVOST, TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, PHILADELPHIA, PA March 2012-
June 2012

7. RESEARCH ASSISTANT, TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, KLEIN COLLEGE OF MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION,


PHILADELPHIA, PA 2010, 2014, 2015
Topical Areas
1. Environmental communication
2. Latin American social attitudes in the 20th century
3. Ethical aspects of security technologies
4. Marginalized citizenships and policy issues related to disability, gender, and sexuality

8. SENIOR LECTURER, LIBERAL ARTS AND SPANISH, THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS, PHILADELPHIA, PA
2008-2010

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9. VISITING PROFESSOR, INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, INSTITUTO TECNOLÓGICO Y DE ESTUDIOS
SUPERIORES MONTERREY (ITESM) QUERÉTARO, MEXICO

COURSES TAUGHT AND GUEST LECTURES


Courses Taught
Villanova University
1. Survey of Communication Studies, (COM 1000)** Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring
2020, Fall 2021
2. Qualitative Research, (COM 4001)** Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020
3. Public Speaking, (COM 1100) Fall 2018, Spring 2019
4. Film Analysis, (COM 1300)** Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2021
**including virtual sections during the COVID-19 pandemic

Temple University
5. Technology and Culture, (MSP 3421) (Instructor)
6. Media Criticism, (MSP 4153) (Instructor)
7. Future of Your TV, (MSP 0821): An Introduction to Television Studies, large lecture of 140
w/supervision of 2 TAs (Instructor)
8. Elements of Writing, (JRN 1101) (Instructor)
9. Film and Video Analysis, (FMA 1172) (Instructor)
10. Public Speaking, (CSI 1111) (Instructor)
11. Media and Society, (MSP 1021) (Instructor)
12. Producing and Directing/Graduate TV Production, (MSP 4701/MSP 5701) (TA) (3
sections)
13. Design for Journalists, (JRN 1114) (TA) (5 sections)
14. Public Relations, (STRC 2552) (TA)
15. Marginalized Citizenship: Disability, Gender, and Sexuality, (HUB 0825) (developed for
Human Behavior curriculum)

University of the Arts


16. Elementary Spanish I
17. Elementary Spanish II
18. Intermediate Spanish III
19. Intermediate Spanish IIII
20. Introduction to Literary Studies (of Spanish and Latin American works)

Guest Lectures
Temple University
1. “Analyzing Product Placement in Television.” Television Studies Seminar. October 2016
2. “Latin American Media.” Global Media. April 2013.
3. “Community Documentary.” Genres of Production. November 2012
4. “Representations and Identity in Television.” Future of Your TV. February 2011 (2 guest
lectures)
5. “Political Communication and Television.” Future of Your TV. March 2011 (2 guest
lectures)

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CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND REVISION
Villanova University
1. COM 1000: Survey of Communication. Innovated my Department’s introductory
Communication course. The course previously focused on an introduction to a theory or
specialization in each class. Arranged the course in sections so that now it introduces students to
key communication ideas and concepts at the course beginning. Established engaged learning
with theory and practice. Worked with colleagues to re-evaluate course content and solicit and
incorporate input from students and alumni of diverse backgrounds in the wake of current
events. Selected new course material and developed a general standard for course concepts to
be taught throughout each of our various sections. Refined course goals and assisted in the
orientation of a new faculty member who now teaches several sections of the course. –Course
was up for review by the Curriculum Committee, 2020-2021.

Temple University
2. MSP 4153: Media Criticism. Substantially revised course to include both the theories of media
criticism and the approaches and practices of media studies as well as major analysis techniques
with attention to interactions and worlds produced by these media. Previously focus had been on
a topical theme that asked why media and culture repeats end of the world scenarios. The newly
revised course provides students an opportunity to capture, document, note, observe, and
participate in various mediated environments using three approaches: (1) political economy
(production, power, ownership, labor); (2) textual analysis, discourse analysis, and documentary
research; (3) ethnography (observation, interviews, participation, and fieldwork). Students build a
body of media-specific projects. They identify and apply key theoretical tools that inform critical
media and cultural studies. They analyze how media is produced, shaped, regulated, and
distributed; and they examine ideologies.—No approval needed for this revision, 2016.
3. JRN 1101: Elements of Writing. Revised a course for budding writers and journalists that
previously focused on Standard Written English as a set of rigid prescriptions for how to write
correctly. While still keeping that definition of elements of writing in mind, I invited students to
see grammar and writing elements as a set of choices and cultural practices we can use to
express ourselves for a given audience and purpose. While the course’s primary goals were (a) to
satisfy the practical need to understand what is considered "grammatically correct" in Standard
Written English and (b) to teach students how to write with “grammatical correctness” reflective
of Standard Written English in formal institutional contexts, the course revision asked student
strive to broaden their sense of what grammar is as well as heighten their sensitivity to different
"Englishes" and grammars that exist in diverse contexts. We explored these contexts by reading
short pieces of literature and journalism articles. –No approval needed for this revision, 2013.
4. MSP 3421: Technology and Culture. Revised course to critically examine the nature, role, and
cultural significance of communication technologies with a particular focus on digital culture. The
course added focus on methodologies and themes of cultural analysis with an emphasis on how
they intersect with central issues in the field of communication. The newly revised course
highlighted how both culture and cultural study have changed over time and how those legacies
influence contemporary debates around digital cultural production and cultural identity. –No
approval needed for this revision, 2012.

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5. MSP 821: The Future of Your TV: An Introduction to Television Studies. Substantially revised
the course to include viewing, analysis, and discussion of television programs; diversity in both
representations and in production; as well as major historical developments of the medium.
Previously the course focus had only been on readings and lectures relevant to television. The
newly revised course provides students an opportunity to trace the develop of the medium from
the origins of broadcasting with its ties to advertising and to think about television as a cultural
form. It invites students to consider how audiences are constructed and how meaning is made, to
critically analyze identity representations and diversity in production roles, and to consider
television’s role is globalization, news, politics, and new genres. Students learn about media
convergence and television’s ongoing changes and consider its evolving future. –Invited to revise
course, 2012.
6. HUB 825: Marginalized Citizenship: Disability, Gender, & Sexuality. Developed new course.
This course refutes the medical model whereby disability is considered a defect that must be
cured or eliminated. Instead, it followed a social or cultural model of disability to study how the
social constructions, symbols, and stigmas associated with disability identity are related to larger
systems of power that oppress and exclude. The course examined the constructions of disability
with and through many identity constructions, and in particular sexuality, and in the process
sought to uncover some of the crucial ways in which disability studies draws on and remakes
other fields such as women’s and gender studies, and queer studies. –Course for the Human
Behavior curriculum as part of my research assistantship at the Institute for Disabilities, 2012.
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico
7. Intercultural Communication and English as a Foreign Language. Developed a research
program in at Mexico’s ITESM while on fellowship as a professor of international
programs/researcher during my Master of Science program in Intercultural Communication at the
University of Pennsylvania. My research, based on participant observation and discourse analysis,
explored how culture is communicated in the context of the foreign language classroom. I
developed active learning and lateral thinking activities for classroom use that cultivated
intercultural communication in language learning environments. My data was based on recorded
and analyzed talk in situ as well as semi-structured interviews. In my thesis, I argued that
Intercultural Communication is imbricated with language use. From this research, I made specific
recommendations for intercultural communication foci in foreign language curricula. –Developed
by invitation/with permission of the University.

DIGITAL HUMANITIES, DIGITAL ETHNOGRAPHIC, AND CREATIVE WORK


1. FOUNDER, DIRECTOR, EDITOR, ANTHRACITE COAL REGION OF NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA DIGITAL
PROJECT, 2013-present.
Created an ongoing, public service, interactive documentary, interpretive, and archival project
representing the extensive social and environmental effects and cultural transformations of the
Appalachian Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania containing the only reserves of United States’
anthracite coal—through nineteenth-century industrialization, the decline of the coal industry in
the middle of the twentieth-century, and the upheavals of deindustrialization that followed. The
project coalesces user-generated content, user-curated content, and citizen journalism with

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writings, artifacts, interviews, commentary, ethnographic vignettes, oral histories, photographs,
maps, books, and letters. It consists of and continues the momentum of a Facebook page actively
approximately 9500 individual members, community organizations, think-thanks, journals, and
more; it includes cultural essays on a website. Under current development is a rich, searchable,
user-friendly digital resource on an open source platform for continued community engagement,
teaching, future research, and general information. The project was awarded entrance to the
2015 Andrew Mellon Institute for Liberal Arts Scholarship (ILiADS), Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
as the only project led by a graduate student.
2. PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM
----Center for Public Interest Journalism’s Year-End Photo Night. “In the Shadow of ‘King Coal’:
Anthracite Sunset.” The Pen and Pencil Club. Philadelphia, PA. Jan 2015. (curated by David
Maialetti, Photojournalist, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA).
----Shenandoah, PA. (Short film. 10 min). Pennsylvania Communication Association. Westminster
College. New Wilmington, PA. Oct 2011.
3. NON-ACADEMIC WRITING
Meade, Melissa R. (2014). “When Words Won’t Come,” Featured essay on NPR-affiliated WHYY

SELECTED MEDIA INTERVIEWS, MENTIONS, and LINKS


1. Dillard, C. (2 November 2020). Melissa Meade Wins Two Awards For Dissertation
Written at Klein. http://www.klein.temple.edu
2. Nark, J. (20 October 2020). Trump Didn’t Bring Back Coal in Pa. But That Doesn’t Mean
Miners Are Backing Biden. https://www.inquirer.com
3. Fezza, A.J. (23 March 2020). Dogs of Villanova: Pintxo. www.villanovan.com
4. Relentless: A Series of Recoveries. (Max Dolente, director, 2019). Interviewed for this
documentary focusing on the different roads people take to opioid recovery as well as
highlighting those on the front lines in their community combating the opioid epidemic in
urban, suburban, and rural Pennsylvania. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10278570/
5. Britto, B. (13 December 2018). Behind the Hidden Art of Baltimore's Bathroom Graffiti
https://www.baltimoresun.com
6. Lilly, R. (27 November 2017). Melissa Meade Wins Two NCA Awards and Sheds Light on
the Anthracite Region https://klein.temple.edu
7. Cooper, M. (4 April 2017). As Trump Tries to Revive Coal, a Composer Confronts Mining’s
Past www.nytimes.com
8. (8 August 2016). United Airline Flight 624. (June 1948 plane that crashed in the Anthracite
Region). http://en.m.wikipedia.org
9. Hong, A. (12 January 2015). With year’s end, a new photo show: The Center for Public
Interest Journalism is hosting its annual end-of-the-year Photo Night. http://temple-
news.com/
10. Meade, M. (11 December 2014). When Words Won’t Come Featured essay on NPR-
affiliated WHYY. http://www.newsworks.org/
11. Gordon, E. (producer). (11 December 2014). So you love language. Then one day, you
lose your ability to speak https://soundcloud.com/whyy-the-pulse/when-the-words-
wont-come

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12. Kenney, O. (10 May 2014). Digital-remixing: Good or evil? www.honorslounge.com

PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS


1. Class Disparities: From Local Events to Global Pandemics, An Inclusion, Diversity, Equity,
and Access (IDEA) Spotlight, National Communication Association, Seattle, WA, Nov 2021.
(Panelist, forthcoming).
2. Technology and Creating a Community of Practice That Bridges Divides. National
Communication Association, Partnership on the Progress on the Digital Divide, Seattle,
WA, Nov 2021. (Forthcoming).
3. A Displaced Coal-Mining Community Uses Digital Technology to Challenge Dominant
Media Narratives. Working-Class Studies Association Conference, Youngtown University,
Youngstown, OH, June 2021. (Virtual).
4. De-industrial Dispossession: Space, Place, and Memory. National Communication
Association, Critical and Cultural Communication Studies, Ethnography, and Political
Communication Divisions: Political Ethnographies, Indianapolis, IN, Nov 2020. (Virtual).
5. Memory and Post-Industrial Place: Environmental Classism and the Coal-Cracker Identity.
Working-Class Studies Association Conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, UK,
Sept 2019.
6. Re-Collecting Centralia, Pennsylvania Supernatural Tropes and Local Memories. National
Communication Association, Ethnography Division, Salt Lake City, UT, Nov 2018.
7. Tracing Social and Economic Change Through the Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern
Pennsylvania Digital Project. National Communication Association, Media and Class in the
21st Century Pre-Conference, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 2016.
8. Remembering Centralia, Pennsylvania/Re-Collecting the Anthracite Coal-Mining Region:
Participatory Public Culture, Digital Media, and Collective Memory. National
Communication Association, Ethnography Division, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 2016.
9. The Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania: Using Facebook to Document a
Community, with Jennie Levine Knies. Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference:
Negotiating Borders through Digital Collaboration. Lewisburg, PA, Oct 2016.
10. An Appalachian Coal-Mining Community Writing Culture: Global Geopolitics and Local
Poetics Through Digital Media and Ethnography. Global Fusion, Temple University,
Philadelphia, PA, Oct 2016.
11. In the Shadow of the Coal Breaker: Place and Landscape in the Anthracite Coal Mining
Region. National Communication Association, Ethnography Division, Las Vegas, NV, Nov
2015.
o Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award—awarded to the top-ranked student-
authored paper across the entire National Communication Association
o Top Competitive Paper and John T. Warren Top Student Paper in the
Ethnography Division
12. Ethnographic Encounters, Cultural Traces, Media Producers, and Everyday Extractivisms in
the Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Global Fusion, Texas A&M,
College Station, TX, Oct 2015.

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13. Affect and Extraction in the Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Affect
Theory Conference: Worldings, Tensions, Futures. Millersville University's Ware Center,
Lancaster, PA, Oct 2015.
14. Mine Lands, Mine Bodies, Mine Memories in the Anthracite Coal Region. International
Communication Association, Environmental Communication Division, San Juan, Puerto
Rico, May 2015.
15. Latrinalia: Writing Gender in a University Restroom. International Communication
Association, Language and Social Interaction Division, Seattle, WA, May 2014.
16. Conflict, History, and the Social Memory of Ethnicized Labor in the Anthracite Coal Region.
International Communication Association, History Division Pre-Conference, “Making Sense
of History and Memory.” Seattle, WA, May 2014.
17. Ethnic Relations in the Shadow of "King Coal." American Anthropological Association,
Visual Ethnographies and Defined Experiences. Chicago, IL, Nov 2013.
18. Collective Memory, Identity, and Place: Remembering U.S. Industry. National
Communication Association, American Studies Division. Washington, DC, Nov 2013.
19. Communication and Mediations in the Shadow of "King Coal." Global Fusion Conference,
University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, IL, Oct 2013.
20. Class, Ethnicity, and Violence in Shenandoah, PA: An Ethnographic Approach to Mediated
Communication. Global Fusion, University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, IL, Oct 2013.
21. Complementarity of Traditional Ethnographic Methods with Methods of Discourse
Analysis in the Anthracite Coal Region. Southern States Communication Association,
Ethnography Division. Louisville, KY, April 2013 and the Temple University Graduate
Research Forum. Top-three paper award.
22. War and Peace Journalism: Coverage of the 11-M Train Bombings in Spain’s El País.
International Communication Association, Global Communication and Social Change
Division. Phoenix, AZ, May 2012.
23. Historical and Existential Coherence in Two Campaign Advertisements. International
Communication Association, Language and Social Interaction Division. Phoenix, AZ, May
2012.
24. Mourning Industrial Labor: Global Landscapes of Economic Abandonment. Critical
Theories: Villanova University’s 17th Annual Conference in Philosophy. Villanova
University, Villanova, PA, March 2012. (Co-authored).
25. Undocumented Immigrant Voices in the Public Sphere: A Case Study. National
Communication Association. La Raza Division. New Orleans, LA, Nov 2011.
26. Racial Hegemony and Myth. University of Klagenfurt. Hegemony and the Image
Conference. Klagenfurt, Austria, May 2011.
27. An Immigrant Counterpublic in the Time of the Arizona Law. Cornell University. Youth,
Identities, and Transnational Flows. Ithaca, NY, March 2011.
28. The Use of Images of Hitler and of Vermin to Depict President Barack Obama within U.S.
Tea Party Protests. Pennsylvania Communication Association. East Stroudsburg University,
East Stroudsburg, PA, Oct 2010.
29. Beautiful Penn Wimmin’ [sic] Writing in a Room of Their Own. University of Notre Dame.
Gender, Place, and Space Conference. South Bend, IN, March 2010.

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INVITED PRESENTATIONS
External
1. “Media and memories of the Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania.”
Anthracite Heritage Conference. Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton, PA, May 2017.
2. “Narratives and Storytelling in Ethnographic Research: Understanding Anthracite Coal-
Mining Region Cultural Worlds.” Misericordia University. Panelist: Oral History Projects in
Northeastern Pennsylvania: The Importance of Stories, Dallas, PA, January 2017.
(Declined).
3. “Dialogical Communication and Digital Citizenship in the Anthracite Coal Region of
Northeastern Pennsylvania.” Pennsylvania Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, June 2016.
4. “Types and Levels of Collaboration in Digital Humanities Projects” Hamilton College,
Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship, Clinton, NY, August 2015.
Internal
6. “Being a ‘native ethnographer’ and doing media ethnography.” Klein College of Media and
Communication, Temple University, Graduate Seminar. October 2017
7. “Connecting to Communication Scholarship Communities within the University and
Beyond.” ” Klein College of Media and Communication, Temple University, Graduate
Seminar. December 2015.

SERVICE TO THE ACADEMY


LEADERSHIP IN LEARNED SOCIETIES AND ACADEMIC JOURNALS
Ad-hoc Referee/Reviewer. (2021- ). Journal of Working-Class Studies.
Ad-hoc Referee/Reviewer. (2019- ). International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics.
Ad-hoc Referee/Reviewer. (2017- ). The Extractive Industries and Society.
Reviewer. (2018, 2017, 2016). Paper reviewer for the Ethnography Division of the National
Communication Association.
Reviewer. (2015, 2013, 2012). Paper reviewer for the Language and Social Interaction Division of
the International Communication Association.
Reviewer. (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012). Paper reviewer for the Global Fusion Conference.
Early Career Scholar Representative. (2014-2017). (Elected Position). Language and Social
Interaction Division of the International Communication Association.
Graduate Research Forum Committee Graduate Student Representative. (2017, 2015). Temple
University Graduate Research Forum.
Founder and co-Manager. (2015-present). Language and Social Interaction Division of the
International Communication Association Twitter account @ICA_Language.
Conference Chair. International Conference on Single Mothers in Higher Education. Planned,
facilitated, and executed conference as overall leader. Wilson College.

SCHOLARLY ORGANIZING
Session Chair. (2016). National Communication Association. Critical and Cultural Studies Division.
Communicating Labor, the Labor of Communication.

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Session Chair. (2016). National Communication Association. Ethnography Division.
Communication’s Civic Callings to Remember, Memorialize, and Reframe the American
Dream.
Panel Chair. (2016). Cultural Studies Association. Gender, Sexuality, and Identity: Ethnic Studies
and the Policing of Identity.
Session Chair. (2015, 2014). Temple University Graduate Research Forum.
Panel Co-Chair/Organizer. (2013). Global Fusion. Mediation and Method: Ethnography and its
Futures for Communication Scholarship.
Respondent. (2016). National Communication Association. Ethnography Division.
Communication’s Civic Callings to Remember, Memorialize, and Reframe the American
Dream.
Respondent. (2016). Cultural Studies Association. Gender, Sexuality, and Identity: Ethnic Studies
and the Policing of Identity.
Panel Organizer. (2014). National Communication Association.
Panel Moderator. (2015, 2014). Temple University Graduate Research Forum.
Panel Moderator. (2013). Global Fusion.

SERVICE TO UNIVERSITY and DEPARTMENT


Senior Project Second Reader (COM 5050), “A Qualitative Analysis of Race and Gender
Depictions in Disney Princess Films,” Villanova University, 2020.
Subcommittee for the Curriculum “Survey of Communication” (COM 1000), Villanova University,
2020.
Anti-racism Initiative Organized by Villanova Communication Department, Villanova University,
2020.
Committee Member for the Graduate Research Forum, Temple University, 2017, 2015.
Graduate Student Representative, National Communication Association (NCA) Graduate Student
Recruitment Fair, Temple University, 2010-2018.
Outreach Liaison to accepted applicants, Klein College of Media and Communication, Temple
University Doctoral Program who contacted me to speak and correspond about attending
the program, about their related research interests, and program and campus-wide
opportunities for combining research areas, 2017-2018.
Member, Language Equity Initiative that supports college applicants from families in which
Spanish is the native language, University of the Arts.
Ad-hoc Advisor to students traveling or studying abroad in Spanish-speaking countries, University
of the Arts.
Chair, International Women’s Conference, Wilson College.
Member, Multicultural / International Advisory Council, Wilson College.
Member, Foreign Language Day Committee, Wilson College.
Co-Advisor, Spanish Club, Wilson College.
Treasurer and Co-Founder, Intercultural Students’ Organization, University of Pennsylvania.

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LANGUAGE COMPETENCIES, LANGUAGE TRAINING, and TRAVEL
o Native speaker of English
o Fluency in Spanish
o Read, write Italian. Speak basic Italian
CEMANHUAC EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY, Cuernavaca, Mexico
--Intensive Spanish Language Study, Undergraduate fieldwork
UNIVERSITY OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain
--Intensive Spanish Language Study
TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY IN PARTS OF LATIN AMERICA, ASIA, AND THROUGHOUT EUROPE

COMPUTER SKILLS
MACINTOSH AND WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEMS COURSE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
--Blackboard
--Sakai
WORK COLLABORATION PLATFORMS VIDEOCONFERENCING/VIRTUAL LEARNING
--Slack --Zoom
--Microsoft Teams --Skype
--Google Drive --Mediasite
--SharePoint
OPEN-SOURCE WEB-PUBLISHING METADATA
--WordPress --Dublin Core
--Omeka

ON-GOING PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS and PARTICIPATION


o National Communication Association (Ethnography Division, American Studies Division, Latino
and Latina Studies Division, Disability Issues Caucus, Women’s Caucus, La Raza Caucus)
o International Communication Association (Language and Social Interaction Division,
Environmental Communication Division, Communication History Division)
o American Anthropological Association
o Global Fusion
o Cultural Studies Association
o Working-Class Studies Association

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE


1. MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT, GAP INTERNATIONAL, INC., SPRINGFIELD, PA, 2005-2007
Delivered consulting involving company’s communication-based methodologies. Led research
and knowledge development efforts linking communication practices and performance. Wrote,
designed, and edited company communications. Business development. Public relations. Project
management.

2. SOCIAL INSURANCE SPECIALIST/TRANSLATOR AND INTERPRETER, SOCIAL SECURITY


ADMINISTRATION. Public communication about rights under the Social Security Act. Used state of

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the art technology to access, update, and revise national social security records. Delivered
personal language services to the Spanish speaking public. Interpreter for members of the public.
Translate and authorize the use of documents written in the Spanish language. Maintained
security clearance.

3. PROGRAM DIRECTOR, SINGLE PARENT SCHOLAR PROGRAM, WILSON COLLEGE, CHAMBERSBURG, PA.
Provided leadership for development and implementation of the comprehensive day-to-day
operations of a program for single parents to attend college and live on-campus with their
children.

4. COMMUNICATION CONSULTANT, WESCO, DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIÁN, SPAIN. Speech-writing in


English. Editing. Film and television subtitles.

5. ESL INSTRUCTOR, TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, PHILADELPHIA, PA. Developmental writing, writing about
literature, TOEFL

6. ESL AND CITIZENSHIP INSTRUCTOR, UNITE WORKERS’ CENTER. Taught English and the “U.S.
Citizenship Exam” to blue-collar, unionized immigrant workers. Developed course curriculum.
Provided guidance on issues that students faced in their transitions to life in the U.S.

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