Graduate Students

Tessa Adams PhD University of Iowa

Tessa Adams

Graduate Student
JCI Editor

Tessa Adams is a Ph.D. student interested in race and representation in film and television. Adams is a critical-cultural scholar particularly interested in the intersections of racism, sexism, and classism in “woke” horror productions.

Mir Ashfaquzzaman

Mir Ashfaquzzaman

Graduate Student

Mir is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa, whose research interest is in journalism studies, especially journalism ethics.

Sam Babin

Sam Babin

Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant

Sam Babin is a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa where he is currently working towards a Ph.D.  His research contributes to the areas of agenda-setting, framing, and public opinion research and utilizes multiple methodologies, including quantitative content analysis.

Kathryn Biddle

Katy Biddle

Graduate Student

Katy Biddle is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa. Katy's research interests lie at the intersection of television and social media.

Maggie Brooks

Maggie Brooks

Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant

Maggie Brooks is a M.A. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication interested in the intersections of gender, sport, and media.

Lei Chen

Lei Chen

Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant

Lei Chen is a Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research interests fall in digital media, narrative journalism, and online deliberation.

Michael Davis

Michael Davis

Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant

Michael Davis is a Ph.D. candidate and graduate instructor at SJMC. He has taught Journalistic Reporting and Writing and Multimedia Storytelling for the department.  

Abubakar Ibrahim

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Graduate Student

Abubakar is a graduate student at the University of Iowa with interest in the future of newsrooms in a post-pandemic world.

Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson

Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant

Patrick is Ph.D. student and graduate instructor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He comes from nearly a decade of teaching high school journalism and English, and a decade of being an adjunct professor in journalism and media studies at Marquette University (where he received both my bachelor's and master's degrees).

Mehrnaz Khanjani

Mehrnaz Khanjani

Graduate Student

Mehrnaz is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. Her area of research is political and international communication.

Frankline Matanji

Frankline Matanji

Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant

Frankline Matanji is a Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a specialization in international/development studies. Frankline’s research interest ranges from the empowering role of participatory communication for directed social change, international communication, media influences on people’s attitude and engagement and, digital media use especially in the Global South.

Javie Ssozi

Javie Ssozi

Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant
Jeremiah Thrasher

Jeremiah Thrasher

Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant

Jeremiah is a Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research interests are in news media literacy, public policy, and education. He believes an informed electorate is integral to a healthy democracy and this inspires his research.

Rebekah Tilley

Rebekah Tilley

Rebekah is Ph.D. student in mass communication focusing her research on strategic messaging and issues management. She is particularly interested in the dynamics at play in the institutional response to crises common to higher education.

Zhiying Xu

Zhiying (Jenny) Xu

Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant

Zhiying (Jenny) Xu is currently a Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her research interests lie in the media effect/influences of social media usages.

Ge Zhu

Ge (Echo) Zhu

Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant

Ge Zhu is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa. Her research investigates media representation of and cultivation of health beliefs and behaviors across cultural contexts.