Media Ethics Initiative Research Scholars (2021-2022)
Claire Coburn is an undergraduate research assistant at the Center for Media Engagement. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Neha Dronamraju is a public health major at UT Austin. She is interested in health communication as it relates to media narratives — presenting health-related messages as stories instead of statistical facts and figures. As a Media Ethics Initiative research scholar, Neha hopes to explore topics at the intersection of bioethics, health communication and modern media.
Kerry O’Malley Gleim is a junior from Dallas studying Communication and Leadership. After being introduced to CME’s Media Ethics Initiative, she was intrigued at the opportunity to supplement her certificate coursework focusing on Ethics and Leadership in Law, Politics, & Government by researching and writing ethics case studies.
Jamie Jelinek is a Graduate Research Fellow for the Media Ethics Initiative. She is a Master’s student in Communication Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in rhetoric and language. Her research focuses primarily on political subjectivity, ethics, and the digital humanities. She holds a B.A. in Rhetoric & Writing and Sociology from The University of Texas at Austin.
Dakota Park-Ozee is a Graduate Research Associate for the Media Ethics Initiative. She is a doctoral student in Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in political communication. Her research focuses on press-state relations, political intermediaries, and socio-political crisis and controversy. She holds a B.A. from the University of Alabama and an M.S. from the University of Utah. She is excited to focus on cases on media ethics in South Asia in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin’s South Asia Institute.
Justin Pehoski is a graduate research associate assisting with editing and administrative responsibilities. He is a doctoral student in Communication Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include media ethics, pragmatism and rhetoric, public discourse, and philosophy of communication. He holds B.A. degrees in Psychology and Journalism from California State University, Chico, and an M.A. degree in Communication Studies from UT, Austin. For two years he served as assistant managing editor of the Paradise Post which twice won the California Newspaper Publishers Association first-place award for general excellence. Justin has also served as the editorial assistant for Media Ethics.
Chloe Young is a journalism major at the University of Texas at Austin. She studied digital reporting and audience engagement under journalists at D Magazine and the Dallas Morning News. As an Undergraduate Research Assistant for the Media Ethics Initiative, she hopes to encourage broader understanding and engagement surrounding the pressing ethical dilemmas that shape American media. She also seeks to create and promote tangible tools that best aid students and educators, media institutions, and citizens in incorporating democratic, ethical media practices into their everyday lives amidst a divided, and often hostile, digital landscape.
Kat Williams is a Graduate Research Associate for the Media Ethics Initiative. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in rhetoric and language. Her research interests include ethics, political communication, and social movements. She holds a B.S. in Communication Studies and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.