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MSMM Faculty

Bozena I. Mierzejewska, PhD

Program Director, Associate Professor

Dr. Mierzejewska’s research and teaching focus on media management and the impact of digitization on media organizations. She is a recipient of the 2010 Sherman Teaching Award and the post-doctoral Marie Curie Fellowship. She is the editor of JMM – The International Journal on Media Management. She also serves on multiple editorial boards. 

Prior to joining Fordham, Dr. Mierzejewska taught and researched at Jönköping International Business School, Sweden and the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. She received her PhD from the University of St. Gallen.


John Fortunato, PhD

Area Chair, Professor

Dr. Fortunato is the author of four books and a number of scholarly articles in respected journals. He also has served on a range of editorial boards. Before coming to the Gabelli School, Dr. Fortunato worked at NBC Sports and was a professor in the advertising and public relations department at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD from Rutgers University.


Travis Russ, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Russ teaches classes in communication and performance. His research cuts across the fields of communication, psychology, performance, qualitative research, and narrative studies. He  has won awards from national and international research organizations. Dr. Russ is also a writer and director and the founding artistic director of Life Jacket Theatre. He received his PhD from Rutgers University.


Meghann L. Drury-Grogan, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Drury-Grogan’s research focuses on decision-making and team behaviors, project management communication, and organizational communication. She has published in leading journals, presented at international conferences, and received numerous academic and industry awards. Prior to teaching at the Gabelli School, Dr. Drury-Grogan worked at Deloitte Consulting LLP. She received her PhD from Northwestern University.


Bozena Mierzejewska, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Mierzejewska’s research and teaching focus on media management and the impact of digitization on media organizations. She is a recipient of the 2010 Sherman Teaching Award and the post-doctoral Marie Curie Fellowship. She is the editor of JMM – The International Journal on Media Management. She also serves on multiple editorial boards. She received her PhD from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.


Axel Roepnack, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Roepnack's research interests focus on questions related to media business: how digital transformation is challenging different media sectors, how the business models of media companies are affected, and how to innovate media business models. He worked for more than 10 years as a management and communication consultant with international clients across Europe. He received  his PhD from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.


Our full-time faculty is complemented by leading industry professionals who teach part-time.

Our full-time and part-time faculty have worked for or served as consultants to many new and traditional media companies. See the list.

Our faculty are also senior research fellows in the Gabelli School’s Center for Communications, which conducts research and holds seminars and other events.