Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Staff and Affiliated Researchers

Staff and Affliated Researchers



Philip M. Napoli (Ph.D., Northwestern University), Director
Dr. Napoli is Professor of Communications & Media Management in the Fordham University Schools of Business.  He is also a Knight Media Policy Fellow at the New America Foundation, a Docent in the Department of Communication at the University of Helsinki, and the Series Editor for the McGannon Center's Everett C. Parker Book Series.  In 2010-2011, he is a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy. His research focuses on media institutions and media policy.  He is the author of the books Audience Economics: Media Institutions and the Audience Marketplace (Columbia University Press, 2003) and  Foundations of Communications Policy: Principles and Process in the Regulation of Electronic Media (Hampton Press, 2001) and the editor of Media Diversity and Localism: Meaning and Metrics (Erlbaum, 2007). His latest book, Audience Evolution: New Technologies and the Transformation of Media Audiences, has just been published by Columbia University Press. He maintains a companion blog for the book at Professor Napoli is also the co-editor (with Minna Aslama) of the first volume in the McGannon Center's Everett C. Parker Book Series, Communications Research in Action: Scholar-Activist Collaborations for a Democratic Public Sphere (Fordham University Press, 2011). His work has been published in academic journals such as Telecommunications Policy, Communication Law & Policy, the Journal of Communication, the Policy Studies Journal, the Federal Communications Law Journal, and the Harvard International Journal of Press Politics.

Dr. Napoli's work has been supported by organizations such as the Ford Foundation, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Phoebe Haas Charitable Trust, the Benton Foundation, and the National Association of Television Programming Executives.  He has testified before Congress, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the Federal Communications Commission on media policy issues, and has been interviewed in a number of media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, the NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio, the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune, and Rolling Stone.  Dr. Napoli previously held academic appointments at Rutgers University and Boston University. [ ] [Vita]

Videos of Philip Napoli's interviews/presentations:

On audiences as citzens, audiences as consumers at USC (March, 2013)
On communities' critical information needs at the FCC (July, 2012)
On how to measure new audiences at the UPA Summit, Milan (July, 2012)
On social TV analytics at Columbia University (June, 2012)
On cultural diversity for Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (May, 2012)
On audience evolution and the future of audience research at Aalto University (June, 2011)
On media concentration and the role of academia at Columbia University (March, 2010)
On media ownership research at UC Santa Barbara (February, 2008)
On the marketplace of ideas at McGill University (January, 2008)
On media ownership at McGill University (January, 2008)
On the Fairness Doctrine at McGill University (January, 2008)
On the role of research in policymaking at McGill University (January, 2008)
On data privatization at McGill University (January, 2008)

Parker photoEverett C. Parker (L.H.D., Fordham University), Senior Research Associate
Dr. Everett Parker is an emeritus faculty member in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University.  He came to Fordham in1983, after retiring from his position as Director of the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ (UCC), an organization which he founded in 1954.  At the UCC, Dr. Parker was instrumental in efforts to improve broadcasters' public interest service and spearheaded a successful effort in the 1960s to force the Federal Comunications Commission to consider the input of citizens and public interest groups in the broadcast license renewal process -- a right established in the famous Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ vs. FCC decision (359 F.2d 994, D.C. Cir. 1966).

Everett Parker has received numerous awards for his work in the area of media and the public interest, including the Pioneer Award from the World Association for Christian Communications, the Public Service Award from Black Citizens for Fair Media, and the Roman Catholic Broadcasters Gabriel Award for Public Service.  Dr. Parker continues to work with a number of media and public interest organizations, including the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council and the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media.  His books include Religious Radio: What to Do and How (Harper's, 1948, 1961) and The Television-Radio Audience and Religion (Harper's, 1955). He has previously taught at Yale Divinity School.

Capo photoJames A. Capo, (Ph.D., University of Chicago), Senior Research Associate
James Capo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University.  Dr. Capo directs the Center's Donald McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Policy Research.  Dr. Capo has previously taught in the SUNY system and has directed academic programs as Oxford University. He has written for scholarly journals and corporate publications, as well as produced radio and TV shows. His recent work focuses on public interest issues in the information infrastructure. []

Olivier Sylvain (JD, Georgetown University, Ph.D., Columbia University), Research Associate
Professor Sylvain's academic interests include the public lawmaking processes generally and communications law and policy. Professor Sylvain was a litigation associate in the Washington, DC office of Jenner & Block, LLC, where he worked on a variety of constitutional law and telecommunications related matters. Prior to joining Jenner & Block, he was the Marvin Karpatkin Fellow in the National Legal Office of the American Civil Liberties Union. Professor Sylvain earned his doctorate from Columbia University in communications and his law degree from Georgetown University. He has taught graduate and undergraduate level courses at Columbia and currently teaches legislation and regulation, administrative law, and Internet law at Fordham Law School.  []

Margot Hardenbergh (Ph.D., New York University), Research Fellow

Dr. Hardenbergh is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University.  She is the principal interview for the McGannon Center's ongoing TV Oral History Project. Dr. Hardenbergh began her career in public affairs television at KERA-TV, Dallas and worked for Capital Cities Communications in NYC, and at Roundel Productions in London, England. 

She began her teaching career at the University of Bridgeport and has taught at Yale University, University of New Haven, University of Maine, Eastern Connecticut State University and Marist College.  She has written a number of book chapters about broadcasting and women in broadcasting and most recently co-authored the Media Empowerment Manual for the United Church of Christ.  She is currently on the board of the Broadcast Education Association, representing District 1, serves on the board of her local public access organization, BCTV, Inc. and is currently producing a documentary about slavery in New England. []

Amelia Bryne (MA, Ryerson University), Visiting Research Fellow
Trained in cultural anthropology and new media, Amelia received her M.A. from the Joint Programme in Communication and Culture, Toronto, Canada. Amelia is co-Director of, a research consultancy that focuses on the social and environmental impacts of information and communications technologies. She is a co-author (with Dharma Dailey) of the FCC-commissioned study, Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities, which is currently being revised and expanded into a book. The study was utilized by the FCC in the construction of its National Broadband Plan. Amelia's work has been supported by the University of Helsinki, the Social Science Research Council, the Community Wireless Infrastructure Research Project, byDesign eLab, and other public interest research projects and institutions. Her research has been published in journals such as Telematics & Informatics, Policy & Internet, and the Journal of Community Informatics. []

Dharma Dailey, Visiting Research Fellow
Dharma, a community media activist and researcher, studied communications policy and advocacy at the State University of New York (SUNY). Dharma is currently co-Director of (with Amelia Bryne), and has previously served as a program consultant for the Media Justice Fund of the Funding Exchange and Director of Research for the Ethos Group, a consultancy that supported the development of community-based wireless infrastructure. Her publications include: Media Justice Through the Eyes of Local Organizers (Media Justice Fund, 2009), and Community Wireless Networks as Situated Advocacy (The Urban Architecture League of New York, 2008, with Laura Forlano) as well as other articles bridging advocacy, scholarship, and policy. [] 

Sung-Wook Jung (Ph.D., Northwestern University), Visiting Research Fellow
Dr. Jung comes to the McGannon Center from South Korea, where he is the Director of Bom Media Research.  His research interests focus on comparative media systems and audience measurement.  While in the U.S., he will be conducting research for a comparative analysis of U.S. and Japanese audience measurement systems.[]

Mark Cooper (Ph.D., Yale University), Affiliated Scholar
Dr. Cooper is Director of Research at the Consumer Federation of America, where he has responsibility for energy, telecommunications, and economic policy analysis.  Dr. Cooper works with the McGannon Center on research projects related to the regulations and policies surrounding media ownership in the United States. His books include  Media Ownership and Democracy in the Digital Information Age (2003) and Cable Mergers and Monopolies  (2002).  []

Traci L Morris (Ph.D., University of Arizona), Affiliated Scholar
Dr. Morris is the owner of Homahota Consulting, as well as Director of Operations for Native Public Media, Inc. Her research and advocacy work focus on media access and usage in the Native American community.  She is the lead author of New Media, Technology, and Internet Use in Indian Country, the first quantitative and qualitative study of new media use amongst Native Americans. This study was cited in the FCC's National Broadband Plan, and many of its policy recommendations have already been implemented by the FCC. Dr. Morris also works closely with the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative on communications policy issues affecting the Native American community. Her work has received support from organizations such as the Media Democracy Fund and the Ford Foundation. []

Minna Aslama (Ph.D., University of Helsinki), Affiliated Scholar 
Dr. Aslama was the McGannon Center's inaugural Visiting Research Fellow.  She has conducted research for the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications, and recently took part in a large scale research project assessing the state of communications research around the world. In her academic career, Dr. Aslama has hadthe opportunity to travel extensively, and she has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Thomas E. and Margaret Brittingham Scholar at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). She has worked as a researcher for the Finnish Broadcasting Company and holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the Helsinki School of Economics.  She is currently an Assistant Professor at St. Johns University in New York. You can read her new blog on media issues here. []

Christina Dunbar-Hester (Ph.D., Cornell University), Affiliated Scholar
Christina is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University.  She received her Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University.  Her dissertation was an ethnography of contemporary media activism in the U.S., focusing on activism surrounding Low Power FM radio.  Her research interests include social studies of technology; media activism and technology; sociology of work; and aurality/sound studies.  []

Clara Villanueva, Graduate Assistant
Clara is an MA student in the Public Communication graduate program in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University.  She received her Bachelor's degree from Duquesne University, where she majored in Corporate Communication and Political Science. 

Site  | Directories
Submit Search Request