Lisa ParksPrincipal Investigator
Lisa Parks is Professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT. She is a global media scholar whose research focuses on satellite technologies and media cultures; critical studies of media infrastructures; and media, militarization and surveillance.
Vicky ZeamerResearch Assistant
Vicky Zeamer is currently a graduate student in Comparative Media Studies at MIT. Her background is in Interaction Design and User Research.
Matt GraydonResearch Assistant
Matt Graydon is an incoming graduate student in Comparative Media Studies at MIT. His background is in film studies.
Annis SandsResearch Assistant
Annis Sands is an incoming graduate student in Comparative Media Studies at MIT. She focuses on existing offline and online spaces that both produce and distribute Caribbean content.
Samantha SylvanderUndergraduate Research Assistant
Samantha Sylvander is an undergraduate studying Media Arts & Sciences at Wellesley College.
Current Research Collaborators
Basil Hamusokwe is a lecturer and researcher in media and communication studies at the University of Zambia. His research interests are in the political economy of the media; political communication and; media ownership, sustainability, and regulation.
Carlos Jimenez is Assistant Professor of Media, Film and Journalism at the University of Denver. His research examines the role of media (mobile phones, social media, community radio, and automated harvesters) in the everyday lives of immigrant farmworkers in Oxnard, California.
Ramesh Srinivasan studies the relationship between technology, politics, and societies across the world. He is a faculty member at UCLA in the Information Studies and Design|Media Arts departments and is the founder of the UC-wide Digital Cultures Lab.
Laila Shereen Sakr
Laila Shereen Sakr is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies and Faculty Affiliate in Feminist Studies and Middle East Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Jing Wang is Professor of Chinese Media and Cultural Studies at MIT. Her research focuses on the impact of new media on commercial communication (as in advertising and marketing) and civic communication (as in social-media powered activism).
Joseph W. Matiko
Joseph W. Matiko is a Lecturer and a Director of the India-Tanzania Centre of Excellence in ICT at the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology, in Tanzania. His research interests include wireless sensors, energy harvesting for low power communications, and skills development in digital technologies.