Communication and Technology
Digital Media and Cyberculture
Ethical Issues in Media
Introduction to Communication and Media Studies
Television and Society
Writing for the Media
Janet Sternberg is Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies, and a member of the Latin American and Latino Studies faculty. She has published and presented on topics as diverse as mediated interpersonal communication, legal dilemmas in cyberspace, misbehavior in virtual communities, the history of technology, linguistic theory, and Portuguese grammar.
A native New Yorker who grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and French, this former Fulbright scholar also works with educational institutions and scholarly organizations to promote international academic collaboration. She represented Fordham in a U.S.-Brazil “FIPSE-CAPES” higher education exchange consortium sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Brazilian Ministry of Education, in partnership with University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Universidade Federal do Paraná, and Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, from 2006 to 2008. Nowadays, Sternberg is President of the Media Ecology Association (www.media-ecology.org), and member of the Editorial Board for the Association’s journal, Explorations in Media Ecology. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Society for General Semantics, on the Advisory Committee of InfoDesign (journal of the Brazilian Association of Information Design), and on the Advisory Board of the UNESCO Chair in Reading at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro.
Sternberg’s current research, inspired by her graduate studies in media ecology with Neil Postman, involves the relationships among communication technologies, especially digital media, and contemporary issues such as information overload, social fragmentation and alienation, rampant consumerism, acoustic and visual pollution, and rising levels of incivility, among others. Sternberg has been awarded a Fordham Faculty Fellowship for the academic year 2010-2011 to work on a book about unexpected consequences of using communication technology, old and new, in today’s digital media age, entitled Mediating Ourselves to Death.
Sternberg, J. (2008). Creating a Civil Culture: The Need to Resist Trash Talk in Contemporary Media. General Semantics Bulletin, 74/75(2007/2008), 107-111.
Sternberg, J. (2006). Neil Postman’s Rules of Public Speaking. Explorations in Media Ecology, 5(1), 73-76.
Sternberg, J. (2006). Neil Postman’s Advice on How to Live the Rest of Your Life. ETC: A Review of General Semantics, 63(2), 152 160.
Sternberg, J. (2005). Legal Dilemmas in Transnational Cyberspace. In A. Braga (Ed.), CMC, Identidades e Género: Teoria e Método [CMC, Identities and Gender: Theory and Method] (pp. 213 233). Covilhã, Portugal: Universidade da Beira Interior.
Sternberg, J. (2003). Cell Phone as Probe. Explorations in Media Ecology, 2(1), 15 17.
Sternberg, J. (2001). Misbehavior in Cyber Places: The Regulation of Online Conduct in Virtual Communities on the Internet (Doctoral dissertation, New York University). Dissertation Abstracts International, 62(07), 2277 (UMI No. AAT 3022160).