CMP Team

Project Founder & Director:

Alison Trope, Ph.D. is Clinical Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School for Communication at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism. She is the author of Stardust Monuments: The Saving and Selling of Hollywood (Dartmouth, 2012), which explores the enduring efforts to memorialize and canonize the history and meaning Hollywood takes on in our everyday lives. She teaches a range of courses in the Annenberg School on media and news literacy, gender and media, popular culture, media exhibition and distribution, and visual culture.

Associate Director:

DJ Johnson is an Associate Professor of Practice, Division of Media Arts + Practice, USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is a filmmaker and educator with over twenty years of experience in media education, specializing in media strategies for social change and community organizing. DJ has designed curricula and implemented educational programs internationally. He serves on the Board of Directors of Picture Alternatives, a nonprofit organization that uses creative media to promote the social value and effectiveness of alternatives to violence.​

Project Manager:

Stefanie Demetriades, Ph.D. is a communication educator and researcher. She has taught a range of classes related to media and technology, and studies media, culture, and society, with a focus on cultural processes of meaning making around complex social problems.

Editorial Assistants:

Olivia Gonzalez is a Ph.D. student in the School of Communication at USC Annenberg. Her current research centers on the experiences of historically marginalized groups at the intersections of entertainment media production and education in the United States. Her work interrogates the politics of race and gender within contemporary structures of media production, with a specific focus on the professional socialization of aspiring film and television producers of color. Her research also examines youth cultural production, and critical media literacy pedagogy in secondary education.

Jessica Hatrick is a Ph.D. student in the School of Communication at USC Annenberg researching higher education student activism. Jessica is a committee member of USC Annenberg’s communication and cultural graduate conference: Critical Mediations. Central to Jessica’s work is the belief that education is a collective experience and that our knowledge is not created individually but through cooperative sharing of information and resources.

Lauren Levitt is a PhD candidate in Communication at USC pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her ethnographic dissertation project examines the support networks of sex workers and sex workers’ rights activists in New York and Los Angeles, showing how sex workers and activists create alternative kinship structures and engage in non-capitalist economic practices to manage economic precarity and social stigma.

Contributors (2013-present):

Meryl Alper, Noel Berry, Evelyn Blanco, Emily Bon, Melina Mae Castorillo, Lulu Cerone, Megan Chun, Stella Chung, Hannah Cruz, Tisha Dejmanee, Kevin Driscoll, Laurel Felt, Jennifer Frazin, Alysia Hendry, Grace Kim, Anya Kushwaha, Ioana Literat, Dani Otter, Sarah Livingston, Chase Peterson, Becca Schwartz, Raina Singh, Kari Storla, Lana Swartz, Ella Tabares, Annie Vought, Cynthia Wang

Creative Team:

Site design: Erika Hang

Experience Designer: Jesse Cahn Thompson is a programmer, artist, and musician based in Los Angeles. He received his MA from the Royal College of Art in 2019 after receiving the inaugural Pokémon Company Scholarship. His work and research focus on digital communication technologies as a means to democratize, balance, and empower networks of people. He is a cofounder of Poolside Press with Alexis Demetriades.

Multimedia Designer: Alexis Demetriades is an illustrator and artist. Her art explores identity, community, and memory. Her illustrations have been published by The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, The V&A, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and others. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2019, and was awarded the Augustus Martin Prize for print. She is a cofounder of Poolside Press with Jesse Thompson.

Web Development:

Jenn de la Fuente

Logo design:

Romane Cameron

With generous support provided by the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation.


Former Team Members

Former Project Manager:

Garrett Broad, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Fordham University and a graduate of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication where he helped develop the Critical Media Project. His research and teaching investigates the role of media and communication in social justice movements, with a particular focus on food justice and the environment.

Former Editorial Assistants:

Katherine Miltner is a PhD Candidate at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and a Joint Fellow at the UC Berkeley Center for Technology, Society and Policy and the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. Her research focuses on the intersection of technology, identity, and power, and her work has appeared in the peer-reviewed journals Social Media & Society; Science, Technology, and Human Values; International Journal of Communication, First Monday, Feminist Media Studies, and Mobile Media and Communication.

Andrea Wenzel, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Temple University and a fellow with Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. Her research focuses on initiatives attempting to bridge divides of race, class, and politics—including efforts to combine solutions journalism with community engagement. Prior to completing her Ph.D. at USC Annenberg, she spent 15 years as a public radio producer, editor, and international media development consultant.

Diana Lee, Ph.D., is a content strategist passionate about building and amplifying the reach of dynamic, multimedia educational resources. For over a decade, she has worked to improve educational access and equity for students and teachers of all ages and backgrounds through research-based program, curriculum, and resource development.

Beth Boser, Ph.D. received her doctorate from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2013. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Her scholarly interests center on gender, reproduction, and social change in rhetorical and mediated contexts.


Paula M. Carbone (USC Rossier School of Education), Taylor Rifkin (Achievement First), Jamy Stillman (School of Education, University of Colorado)

Students of COMM 465 (Gender in Media Industries and Products), Spring 2012:

Vickie Ahn, Alex Bender, Amelia Billinger, Emily Bon, Mark Brown, Micaela Cambier, Kelly Ciurczak, Natalie Cohen, Paige Cooley, Daniella Covino, Brandon Evans, Teddy Glickman, Taylor Goila, Victoria Gu, Adriana Hrenciuc, Brittany Jacobson, Kat Koehler, Ann Liang, Nicole Moradifar, Nia Nakama, Francine Ngo, Nichole Nogawski, Joanne Park, Ray Penaia, Mariana Perez-Seda, Nina Pesavento, Sarah Satow, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Nichole Shoohed, Sam Smith, Blair Strong, Alex Van Der Hoek, Annie Vought, Adam Werner.

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