Teaching Assistants

Rachel Anderson

Office: Johnston 334
e-mail: rea@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 201 Media Writing
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Journalism-Media Studies, Communications Minor, 2013, UW-Milwaukee

Biography
: Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from UW- Milwaukee, where she discovered her passion for studying the media and its cultural influences. She grew up in Racine, WI and currently lives on the East Side of Milwaukee with her fiancé and dog. Rachel loves Milwaukee and remains an active member of the community by volunteering for the Italian Community Center and Fund Milwaukee. In her free time, Rachel loves to read/write blogs, engage in social media and watch reality TV.


Veronica Bulaon

Office: Johnston 324
Email: vbulaon@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 214 (Advertising in American Society)
Education: B.A., Political Science (UW-Parkside)

Biography: Veronica is a commuter student and lives in Racine, WI.  She graduated last spring with a B.A. in Political Science from UW-Parkside in Kenosha.  During her time at Parkside, she was fortunate to have some great professors that helped her discover a passion for media's influence on politics.  She is particularly interested in researching how social media (specifically Facebook) impact political participation.  In the wake of the Arab Spring, it is clear that social media is having an increasingly important role in how people interact both socially and politically.  After graduate school, she plans on teaching or working on political campaigns as a social media consultant. 



Ethan Collins

Office: Johnston 324
Email: colli268@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 214- Advertising in American Society
Education: Stonehill College, B.A. Communications

Biography: Ethan is a 2011 graduate of Stonehill College with a degree in Communications. He is originally from Upstate New York and is excited to begin his two-year adventure in the Midwest. As a T.A., Ethan will be grading for JAMS 214 Advertising in American Society and looks forward to working in a learning environment with college-aged students for the first time. Media literacy is a research interest for Ethan, and was a topic he studied extensively during his undergraduate education. Film, television, and radio are also among his interests, with video production and broadcasting experience in his past. Since earning his B.A., Ethan has been employed as a sports statistics analyst at and a television listings editor.

Megan Connor

Office: Johnston 317
Email: mconnor@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 101 (Introduction to Mass Media)
Education: B.A. English, Communication & Culture, minor in Folklore (Indiana University)

Biography: Megan is from Bloomington, IN, where she studied English, film, and TV at Indiana University. Her interests include most television shows, with an emphasis in young adult media, as well as celebrity studies. Megan also enjoys baking, blogging, and being crafty.

Aras Coskuntuncel

Office: Johnston 324
Email: coskunt2@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 113 (Internet Culture)
Education: B.A., Political Science and Public Administration (Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey)

Biography: Aras comes to Milwaukee from Istanbul, Turkey, where he was foreign news and diplomacy editor at the Hurriyet Daily News, an English-language daily newspaper. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science and public administration from Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Turkey. Aras wants to add to his experience in journalism by researching how major political developments in the world are bringing to light yet another existential crisis for journalism after the rise of cable, the internet age, and the corporatization of the profession. Since coming to Milwaukee, he has enjoyed the local culture, from the Milwaukee Brewers to local breweries.

Steve Cuff

Office: Johnston 334
Email: smcuff@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 201 (Media Writing)
Education: B.A., English (Western Michigan University)

Biography: Steve was born and raised in the metro Detroit area and graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in English. As an undergrad, Steve was a DJ and production assistant at 89.1 WIDR in Kalamazoo, MI. After graduating he spent 3 years in Bakersfield, CA teaching high school American Literature and English Language Development. Steve is currently working on his masters in Media Studies at UWM. His interests include film, new media, and trying to hide his love for the Detroit Lions while surrounded by rabid Packers fans.


Anna Donatelle

Office: Johnston 337
Email: donatel2@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 207 (Introduction to Advertising and Public Relations)
Education: B.A., Journalism and Media Communication (UWM)

Biography
: Anna grew up in Appleton, WI. After taking some time for herself, studying abroad in both India and Italy, she returned to the United States passionate about her future education at UW-Milwaukee. While in school, she worked in field marketing with Red Bull and for UW-Milwaukee's Event Planning service in the Union. In December of 2010, she graduated Magna Cum Laude and received dual Bachelor's degrees in Journalism (concentrating in Ad/PR and Media Studies) and Italian Studies. After graduating, Anna spent some time in Salem, Massachusetts. There, she explored the east coast and her future career options. She also worked at a boutique hotel. Her interests in celebrity culture, consumerism, and advertising are three things that brought her back to the Midwest and to UWM's Media Studies program. When she is not on campus, Anna is probably cooking, baking, reading, or reciting lines from Friends with her cousin.

 

Justin Engelbart

Office: Johnston 328
Email: justine5@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 142 (Television and Radio in American Society)
Education: B.S., Comparative Literature (UWM)

Biography:  Justin returns to UWM this year after graduating with a B.S. in Comparative Literature in Spring 2011.  In his time away from school he has participated in many local writing groups, completed a novel for NANOWRIMO.com, and studied Aristotle’s Poetics and the works of Joseph Campbell extensively.  Aside from his interest in writing, he enjoys music, movies, podcasts, web videos, and practically all forms of media.

 

Shawn Glinis

Office: Johnston 332
Email: smglinis@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 101 (Introduction to Mass Media)
Education: B.A., Film, Video, and Media Studies (Western Michigan University)

Biography:  Shawn is from Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he obtained his bachelors degree at Western Michigan University in Film, Video, & Media Studies. He now resides in the Upper East Side of Milwaukee while working on his masters in Media Studies at UWM. His interests include film and television theory based around gender, class, and sexuality.


Erika Hanson

Office: Johnston 337
Email: elhanson@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 207 (Introduction to Advertising and Public Relations)
Education: B.A., JAMS and Communications (UWM)

Biography: Erika was born and raised in Bloomington-Normal down in Central Illinois. She came to UWM for her undergrad on a track and field scholarship and now holds degrees in both JAMS (focused on advertising and public relations) and Communications. She holds a Digital Arts and Culture Certificate, as well. A good professor friend helped pave the way toward continuing her education through the UWM Media Studies program. Her interests within the program range across the spectrum: from gender in sports media to copyright law. The next year will be dedicated to narrowing her interests and stepping closer toward a well-developed thesis.


Kate Kallenberger

Office: Johnston 334
Email: kallenb4@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 201 (Media Writing)
Education: B.A., Media Studies (UWM)

Biography
; Kate graduated from UWM with a degree in Media Studies and a minor in English.  As an undergraduate she worked as a writer and copyeditor at a campus marketing service. Her interests include surveillance culture, spirituality in the media, politics, media law, and the interactions between knowledge, hegemony and social order. Kate also enjoys cooking, playing tennis and reading fiction. She hopes to someday compete on Jeopardy.


Stephen Kolhmann

Office: Johnston 332
E-mail: kohlman6@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 101 (Introduction to Mass Media)
Education: B.A., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Communication Studies (Media Studies emphasis)

Biography: Stephen graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a bachelors degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Media Studies. As an undergrad, Stephen worked on many student film and television productions and interned at the Australian Film Television & Radio School in Sydney. After graduating, Stephen spent a few years exploring “the real world,” including teaching high school literature and public speaking, cubicle-dwelling for a major corporation, and, most recently, managing the marketing/advertising for his family’s Mexican restaurant (Stephen’s family is German, French, and Irish). An intense interest in the media arts has brought Stephen back to academia and he is very excited to share his experience, as well as learn new things.


Leslie Peckham

Office: Johnston 324
E-mail: lpeckham@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 101 (Introduction to Mass Media)
Education: B.A., UWM, Film and Creative Writing

Biography: Leslie has lived in the Milwaukee area for the past eight years. While here, she obtained a degree in film, another in creative writing, and was on her way to completing a DAC certificate when she decided to move forward with grad school. She’s an intern for the Milwaukee AV Club chapter of The Onion, a member of the Urban Ecology Center, and an occasional contributor to the Green Living page of The Examiner. This year, in addition to becoming a TA for the JAMS 101 class, she plans to try out adventure cycling. She enjoys biking, reading, food, music, and movies.

Caitlin PenzeyMoog

Office: Johnston 334
E-mail: penzeym2@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 201 (Media Writing)
Education: B.A., Journalism (Print/Online, Broadcast), Digital Arts and Culture Certificate with Honors (UWM)

Biography: Caity received a B.A. in Journalism with Honors from UW-Milwaukee in May 2011. She completed the print/online and broadcast tracks and a Digital Arts and Culture Certificate. During her time at UWM she wrote and copy edited for the UWM Post and completed several internships, including ThirdCoast Digest, Franklin NOW and Milwaukee Public Radio WUWM. Caity was involved in UWM’s SPJ chapter and served as President her senior year. She also worked on undergraduate research with JAMS Professor Jeffery Smith on Civil War era newspaper suppression. She is a recipient of the Northwest Broadcast News Association’s Student Award for Best Newscast and SPJ’s Best Series Coverage for her work in PantherVision.

After graduation Caity wound up a sous-chef at Watt’s Tea Shop. After a year working in a kitchen she realized the restaurant industry was not for her and returned to UWM to pursue an M.A. in Media Studies. Caity is also the News Editor at the UWM Post. Her research interests include open meetings and records laws, online comments, and undercover investigations.


Katrina Schwarz

Office: Johnston 317
Email: schwarzk@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 101 (Introduction to Mass Media)
Education: B.A., Journalism and Media Communication (UWM)

Biography
: Katrina graduated in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a double minor in Global Studies and German.  During her time as an undergrad, she became a member of numerous honors societies, tutored foreign students in conversational English, and studied abroad for a semester in Frankfurt an der Oder, which is city on the German-Polish border that often gets confused with Germany’s financial capital, Frankfurt am Main.  Trust her when she says they aren’t the same.  Her interests include languages (she is proficient in German and Spanish, intermediate in Japanese and Polish, and is learning Swedish), international media, writing, travel and international relations.  She has been writing creatively off and on since she was 16 and had a film premiere at the 2007 Milwaukee International Film Festival after winning a screenwriting contest.  Her long-term goals include working for the UN and/or becoming a professor, although she’d also be happy to work for an NGO or non-profit.

Paromita Sengupta

Office: Johnston 324
Email: paromita@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 113 (Internet Culture)
Education:  M.A., English (Jadavpur University)

Biography: Paromita graduated from Jadavpur University, India, with a Master's degree in English Literature. However, her interest in media psychology and pop culture eventually steered her towards the Media Studies program at UWM. She is deeply passionate about high fantasy and science fiction and since arriving in the US, she has begun to amass a respectable collection of sci-fi memorabilia! She wants to research fictional revisionism and examine the way F&SF novels translate into other media. When she's not delving into the latest installment of yet another fantasy series, she can be found catching up on quests in online role-playing games, indulging in her love for street photography or trying to deconstruct Hobbit drinking songs!


Simone Smith

Office: Johnston 334
Email: smith992@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 201 (Media Writing)
Education: B.A., Journalism (Marquette)

Biography: Simone is a Milwaukee-bred wallflower with affinities for the elderly, bad jokes and animals. Her favorite times table is 7x8. She graduated from Milwaukee High School of the Arts in 2008 and Marquette University in May 2012 with a major in journalism and a minor in history. She has had internships at Milwaukee Magazine, The Milwaukee Business Journal and worked for a year as a reporter for the Marquette Tribune newspaper where she honed her reporting skills. This is Simone's first time teaching and she is looking forward to all of the experiences that await. Her research interests include media law and media influences on consumerism.

Cole Stratton

Office: Johnston 332
Email: stratt22@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 101 (Introduction to Media Studies)
Education: B.A., Film Studies (University of Colorado at Boulder)

Biography: Cole grew up in Mequon, Wisconsin and attended Homestead High School. He moved to Colorado for college and fell in love with the mountains. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, he lived and worked throughout the state, finding employment in a diverse range of professions, but always reading, always thinking, always learning. After working in customer service, photography, solar installation, and snowshoe manufacturing, he finally decided his worldly experiences were sufficient to provide interesting perspective to academic inquiry. He has since returned to school and is currently enrolled in the Media Studies masters program at UW-Milwaukee. His academic interests are broad, reflecting the diversity of his experiences and the interdisciplinary nature of Media Studies. If forced to narrow his interests, he will tell you that the experience of democracy in mass mediated societies is of particular interest, especially when considered in the context of class and power. You can find him in the library studying hard for his next research paper, or in his office daydreaming about the Colorado Rocky mountains.

Robin Turnblom

Office: Johnston 334
Email: turnblom@uwm.edu
Course: JAMS 201 (Media Writing)
Education: B.A., Journalism (Western Washington University)

Biography: Robin is from Seattle, Washington and is excited to call Milwaukee her new home. She has a background in newswriting and editing, and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Washington University. At Western, she worked as a reporter, copy editor and opinion editor for the student newspaper, The Western Front. She also dabbled in theatre, appearing in a few plays and obtaining a minor in theatre arts. She hopes to apply the knowledge she gained through journalism and the analytical side of theatre to her research interests in media studies, which include gender, sexual equality, and sexual health in entertainment and possibly the news media. Outside of studying and prepping for class, Robin is probably catching up on Breaking Bad or downloading more than she could ever possibly read onto her Kindle and chipping away at that list book by book.