Student Profiles

ICR Student
  Email: jingyig2@illinois.edu RESEARCH INTERESTS Jingyi Gu is currently a first-year Ph.D. student in the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Jingyi received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Bachelor of Business Administration from… Read More
ICR Student
Email: yirang3@illinois.edu RESEARCH INTERESTS Yiran Gao is a doctoral student at the ICR. Her general research interests include digital media technology and its relation to public culture and society, social networking on social media, media and identity construction, and local media in the era… Read More
Morten Stinus Kristensen
ICR Student
Email: mkriste2@illinois.edu RESEARCH INTERESTS Media Studies Social Media Studies Popular Culture Studies Journalism Studies Racialization Studies RESEARCH DESCRIPTION Morten Stinus Kristensen is a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Institute of… Read More
ICR Student
Email: whelmke2@illinois.edu     RESEARCH INTERESTS I am interested in the intersection between games, culture, and the representation of physical space. Focusing primarily on games from Japan, I seek to make connections between games and culture while also considering how physical space is… Read More
Jessica L. Robinson
ICR Student
Email: jrobins5@illinois.edu RESEARCH INTERESTS Jessica L. Robinson is a doctoral student in Media and Cinema Studies (Institute for Communications Research) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work, done in community with the SOLHOT collective for which she has organized with… Read More
Olga Shabalina
ICR Student
Email: ois2@illinois.edu COHORT: 2018 RESEARCH INTERESTS My research interests build upon my previous studies that explored cultural differences in ad layout design by looking at perception patterns of linguistic groups as manifested in photos of landscape and household scenes. In my PhD program… Read More
Anirban Mukhopadhyay
ICR Student
Email: anirban3@illinois.edu Cohort: 2017     RESEARCH INTERESTS I am interested in the history of communication/media technologies; media and space, race and media, resistance and social movements; media policies and critical information studies.  I am intrigued by how media affect cultural… Read More
elizaBeth Simpson
ICR Student
Email: ejsimpso@illinois.edu Cohort: 2015 RESEARCH INTERESTS  elizaBeth Simpson studies the dynamics of collaboration, participation, social responsibility, and personal agency, especially as they intersect with cultural work. Her current research interests include participatory knowledge making… Read More
Giang Pham
ICR Student
Email: gvpham2@illinois.edu     Cohort: 2017     RESEARCH INTERESTS My research interests include motivation, information processing, and media multitasking. More specifically, my work examines how different aspects of motivation, such as intrinsic and extrinsic, approach and avoidance, influence… Read More