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Doctoral Students — Journalism, Media and Culture

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Daniel Akselrad

Daniel Akselrad

daniel.akselrad@stanford.edu
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Akselrad uses historical and ethnographic methods to examine how media affect the sensemaking of individuals inside expansive bureaucratic institutions, information systems, and military infrastructures.

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Sanna Ali

Sanna Ali

sannaali@stanford.edu (CV)

Ali is interested in politics of platforms and the civic good – specifically, she studies privatization of digitally-supported infrastructure and its implications on inequalities of access and distribution.

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Rachel Bergmann

Rachel Bergmann

rachberg@stanford.edu
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Bergmann uses interpretive and archival methods to deeply and critically contextualize contemporary information technologies. Her research interests include histories of computing, feminist science and technology studies, and the cultural politics of AI and algorithmic systems.

Caitlin Burke

Caitlin Burke

ccburke@stanford.edu

Burke is interested in user experience design, design ethics, and human-computer interaction.

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Tomás Guarna

Tomás Guarda

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Guarna is interested in the new meanings of citizenship, trust, and legitimacy in the digital public sphere. 

Marijn Mado

Marijn Mado

mnmado@stanford.edu
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Mado studies media literacy education. She uses ethnographic methods to explore the practices and epistemological assumptions that underlie the design and teaching of media literacy programs.

Jeffrey Nagy

Jeffrey Nagy

Nagy’s current research focuses on exchanges between computing and the behavioral sciences in the post-war period and on how those exchanges have shaped the contemporary digital ecosystem.

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Reagan Ross

Reagan Ross

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Reagan is interested in the intersections of race, gender, and new media and technology. She is also interested in understanding how new technology might be used to disrupt anti-Black racism.

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Morgan Weiland

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Morgan N. Weiland is the Executive Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School, where she received her JD in 2015. She is in the process of completing the first joint degree program between SLS and Stanford’s Communication Department, where she is a PhD candidate. Her dissertation investigates the structural role of speech platforms like Facebook and Twitter in the public sphere to understand what responsibilities these companies have to the public, and what policies ought to be enacted to ensure both free expression and accountability.

Weiland was a Lecturer in Law at SLS during the 2017-18 academic year, when she developed and taught a new course about platforms, law, and ethics with Professor Barbara van Schewick. She is also a Graduate Fellow at SLS’s Center for Internet & Society. She clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals during the 2018-19 term. She is admitted to the California Bar.

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