Dr. Patricia Aufderheide is a 2017 Fulbright Scholar at Queensland University of Technology, and University Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., and founder of the Center for Media & Social Impact, where she continues as Senior Research Fellow. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the School of International Service and the History department at American University. Her books include Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright (University of Chicago), with Peter Jaszi; Documentary: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford), The Daily Planet (University of Minnesota Press), and Communications Policy in the Public Interest (Guilford Press). She co-coordinates the Fair Use and Free Speech project at the Center with Prof. Peter Jaszi of the Washington College of Law. She has been a Fulbright and John Simon Guggenheim fellow and has served as a juror at the Sundance Film Festival. Aufderheide has received numerous journalism and scholarly awards, including the George Stoney award for service to documentary from the University Film and Video Association in 2015, a research award from the International Communication Association in 2011, Woman of Vision award from Women in Film and Video (DC) in 2010, a career achievement award in 2008 from the International Digital Media and Arts Association and the Scholarship and Preservation Award in 2006 from the International Documentary Association.
Dr. Emily Blout joined American University in 2016. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in strategic and global communication at the School of Communication (SOC). Blout previously taught undergraduate courses on media and politics in Iran at the University of Virginia. Blout earned a Ph.D. in History and Iranian Studies from the University of St. Andrews under the tutelage of Ali M Ansari. Entitled “Mass Communication in the Construction of Power in Iran,” her dissertation is comprised of a number of historical case studies of the political-economy of mass media in pre and post-Revolutionary Iran (1958 to 2014). Blout is serving as co-editor, along with Bruce Williams (UVA), of a special edition of The Communication Review. Entitled “History and Myth in Hypermedia Space: Global Case Studies,” it will explore issues relating to changing standards of objectivity, political news, and historical record in contemporary war and conflict. Before beginning her doctoral degree, Blout was a researcher at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. She conducted research on nonproliferation and counter-terrorism policy at the U.S. National Security Council. She also served as Press Secretary in the US Congress. She worked on a number of high profile defense, environment, and foreign policy issues for a senior member of the Appropriations Committee. Prior to her time on Capitol Hill, Blout was Legislative Director for the National Iranian American Council, a non-profit organization representing Americans of Iranian descent. Dr. Blout’s scholarship can be found in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, the SAIS Review of International Affairs, and the Iranian American Bar Association’s Legal Review. She has published commentary in Politico, The Hill, and Huffington Post. She has been quoted in articles appearing in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Hollywood Reporter. Her guest interviews include Democracy Now radio and CBS Evening News. Blout earned an M.A. in Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. and a double B.A. in Political Science and English from Union College in New York. Follow her on Twitter @emilyblout
Jennifer Daskal is an Associate Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, where she teaches and writes in the fields of criminal, national security, and constitutional law. She is on academic leave from 2016-2017 and has received an Open Society Institute Fellowship to work on issues related to privacy and law enforcement access to data across borders. From 2009-2011, Daskal was counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Department of Justice. Prior to joining DOJ, Daskal was senior counterterrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch, worked as a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and clerked for the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff. She also spent two years as a national security law fellow and adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center. Daskal is a graduate of Brown University, Harvard Law School, and Cambridge University, where she was a Marshall Scholar. Recent publications include Law Enforcement Access to Data Across Borders: The Evolving Security and Rights Issues (Journal of National Security Law and Policy 2016); The Un-Territoriality of Data (Yale Law Journal 2015); Pre-Crime Restraints: The Explosion of Targeted, Non-Custodial Prevention (Cornell Law Review 2014); and The Geography of the Battlefield: A Framework for Detention and Targeting Outside the ‘Hot’ Conflict Zone (University of Pennsylvania Law Review 2013). Daskal has published op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, and International Herald Tribune and has appeared on BBC, C-Span, MSNBC, and NPR, among other media outlets. She is an Executive Editor and a regular contributor to the Just Security blog.
Dr. Kathryn Montgomery is Professor and Director of the Communication Studies Division. She is also founding Director of AU’s 3-year PhD program in Communication. Dr. Montgomery has written and published extensively about the role of media in society, addressing a variety of topics, including the politics of entertainment television; youth engagement with digital media; and contemporary advertising and marketing practices. In addition to numerous journal articles, chapters, and reports, she is author of two books: Target: Prime Time – Advocacy Groups and the Struggle over Entertainment Television (Oxford University Press, 1989); and Generation Digital: Politics, Commerce, and Childhood in the Age of the Internet (MIT Press, 2007). Before moving to Washington, D.C. in 1990, she taught television and media at the University of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Los Angeles. Throughout her career, Montgomery’s research, writing, and testimony have helped frame the national public policy debate on a range of critical media issues. From 1991-2003, she was co-founder and President of the nonprofit Center for Media Education, where she spearheaded a national campaign that led to the passage of the 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the first federal legislation to protect children’s privacy on the Internet. She received her Ph.D. in 1979 from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Eric J. Novotny is the Hurst Adjunct Professorial Lecturer in the School of International Service at American University. He has been appointed Senior Advisor, Democracy and Technology, at the U.S. Agency for International Development. In this position, Dr. Novotny will be designing and managing a large portfolio of programs that use advanced information and communication technologies (ICTs) to stimulate economic growth, improve democratic processes, and reform governance policies in developing countries. Some of these efforts are stand-alone technology and governance projects while others will embed advanced ICTs in larger development projects in applied areas such as service delivery and critical infrastructure. USAID has assistance programs in 80 countries worldwide. He holds a B.A. in Political Science, and M.A. in Government, and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Georgetown University, as well as a M.Phil in Management Studies from Oxford.
Dr. Aram Sinnreich is an Associate Professor at American University’s School of Communication, in the Communication Studies division. Sinnreich’s work focuses on the intersection of culture, law and technology, with an emphasis on subjects such as emerging media and music. He is the author of two books, Mashed Up (2010), and The Piracy Crusade (2013), and has written for publications including the New York Times, Billboard and Wired. Prior to coming to AU, Sinnreich served as Assistant Professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information, Director at media innovation lab OMD Ignition Factory, Managing Partner of media/tech consultancy Radar Research, Visiting Professor at NYU Steinhardt, and Senior Analyst at Jupiter Research. He is also a bassist and composer and has played with groups and artists including progressive soul collective Brave New Girl, dub-and-bass band Dubistry, and Ari-Up, lead singer of the Slits. Along with co-authors Dunia Best and Todd Nocera, Sinnreich was a finalist in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, in the jazz category.