DirectorSiva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor of the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He also teaches in the University of Virginia School of Law. Vaidhyanathan is the author of The Googlization of Everything And Why We Should Worry (University of California Press, 2011), Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (New York University Press, 2001) and The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System (Basic Books, 2004). He also co-edited (with Carolyn de la Pena) the collection, Rewiring the Nation: The Place of Technology in American Studies (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).
Vaidhyanathan has written for many periodicals, including American Scholar, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times Magazine, MSNBC.COM, Salon.com, openDemocracy.net, Columbia Journalism Review, BookForum, Slate.com, the Washington Post, and The Nation. He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio and to MSNBC.COM and has appeared in a segment of “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.
In March 2002, Library Journal cited Vaidhyanathan among its “Movers & Shakers” in the library field. In the feature story, Vaidhyanathan lauded librarians for being “on the front lines of copyright battles” and for being “the custodians of our information and cultural commons.” In November 2004 the Chronicle of Higher Education called Vaidhyanathan “one of academe’s best-known scholars of intellectual property and its role in contemporary culture.” He has testified as an expert before the U.S. Copyright Office on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
After five years as a professional journalist, Vaidhyanathan earned a PhD in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught previously at Wesleyan University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Columbia University, New York University, and Universiteit van Amsterdam.
Contact: siva AT mediaandcitizenship DOT org.
Executive Producer, Editor, and HostCoy Barefoot is an award-winning and best-selling author, journalist, historian, and media personality. His books include Thomas Jefferson on Leadership and The Corner: A History of Student Life at the University of Virginia, which won the 2003 Nalle Prize for Outstanding History. He has written and reported for magazines and newspapers around the country, as well as a long list of online publications. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News, and was a Special Correspondent for CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer in 2014, reporting on the disappearance and search for University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.
Coy is the Host and Co-Executive Producer of The Coy Barefoot Program, a project of the Center for Media and Citizenship, which is broadcast each Sunday morning at 10am on ABC16 in Charlottesville and Thursday evenings at 9pm on WVPT-PBS. The program showcases exclusive, long-form interviews that explore the latest news, issues and ideas in Charlottesville and beyond. Coy also Hosts and Produces the Center’s flagship podcast, Citizen’s Band Radio, which is also broadcast on area radio stations. All programs produced by the Center are archived online in the Media Section of our website.
Coy is the former Host and Executive Producer of the award-winning Inside Charlottesville, a news-talk radio program that was broadcast each weekday afternoon on Cville 1075 FM and 1260 AM WCHV. In 2015 the Virginia Association of Broadcasters honored Coy’s nationally recognized reporting “The Truth Behind the Rolling Stone Scandal,” as the Most Outstanding News Series of the Year.
He teaches the history of UVA and of Virginia, and the early American Republic in the University of Virginia’s School for Continuing Studies, as well as courses on media, journalism and citizenship in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences. He is the Founder and President of the Virginia History Lab, which is currently engaged in an unprecedented, multi-year project to record 300 videotaped oral history interviews with people in Charlottesville. Coy is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Corks and Curls Museum (currently in production), an online museum exploring the history of the University of Virginia and Charlottesville. He is a sought-after speaker, and has spoken to corporations, civic groups, schools, and to UVA Alumni Clubs throughout the country. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Coy earned his Master’s Degree in Anthropology at the University of Virginia specializing in the study of media and journalism. You can learn more at his website, coybarefoot.com.
Contact: barefoot AT virginia DOT edu.
Research DirectorClaire Maiers is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Virginia focusing on the sociology of knowledge and culture. Her dissertation work examines how data science shapes the social world. Through a case study of predictive medical analytics and interviews with data scientists, her research explores the kinds of problems that are rendered solvable by data analytics, the role that such analytics play in decision-making, and the epistemological and moral orientation of data scientists. Bringing attention to the kinds of knowledge that become dominant through data analysis, this work contributes to a broader project aimed at comprehending how knowledge and culture are constituted in modernity. In a social landscape in which data and algorithms are increasingly ubiquitous, Maiers is committed to using her research to author and inform data-related policy recommendations. Maiers is also a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. She was previously a UVa Presidential Fellow in Data Science and junior fellow with UVa’s Society of Fellows. During her work as a Praxis fellow at the UVa Scholar’s Lab, she and her team launched the PRISM tool that enables collaborative text interpretation online. Maiers is a recipient of the UVa Sociology Colleague of the Year Award and a university-wide Departmental Graduate Teaching Award.
Contact: cdm6zf AT virginia DOT edu.
Intern, Second-Year Student
Tim Dodson is a Charlottesville native and a second-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences. He hopes to major in Media Studies and go into journalism. He currently serves as the News Editor of the Cavalier Daily and as co-chair of the TEDx UVA marketing committee. Tim also works as a board operator and radio news anchor at Monticello Media Radio in Charlottesville and was a reporter for Charlottesville Tomorrow in the summer of 2016. He is a graduate of Western Albemarle High School and the Albemarle Leadership Academy.
Intern, Fourth-Year Student
A student in the Frank Batten School for Leadership & Public Policy, Emily is double-majoring in Media Studies with a concentration in Media Policy and Ethics. She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Advocate, writes for The Odyssey, and has been published by USA Today. She also serves on the University’s American Enterprise Institute Executive Council and volunteers as a tutor at Walker Upper Elementary School through Charlottesville’s Abundant Life Ministries.
Intern, Fourth-Year Student
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