The School of Communication is delighted to announce the Distinguished Graduate Fellows in Global Communication for the 2022 spring semester. The four fellows will receive a supplemental stipend and release time to work on their individual research projects, which were selected to support the School’s emerging global initiatives.

The fellows were chosen by a committee of four faculty members from three SoC departments based on the academic merit of their proposed projects, as well as the project’s potential contributions to the School’s global social justice initiatives.

Hannah Artman, “Desinformación en Español: The proliferation and oversight of fake news on Spanish-language public airwaves in Miami.”

Hannah Artman is a second year Ph.D. student at the University of Miami, where she was awarded the Graduate School’s Dean’s Fellowship. Her research interests focus on mass media, news production and consumption, communication for development, and intercultural communication. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Latin American Studies at UM, focusing on linguistics, production, and Spanish-language mass media in the United States. Before returning for her Ph.D., Artman’s previous positions include: senior account executive at a public opinion polling firm, executive producer of a national current events podcast, and freelance digital marketing associate for a South Florida hospitality group. She hopes to combine the rigor of scholarly research with her media production experience to contribute work to the field of communication that is academically relevant and widely accessible.

Fernanda Da Silva, “Digital Latinidad on Instagram: Exploring encoded messages of Latinx cultural identity by social media influencers.”

Fernanda Da Silva is a Brazilian-American Ph.D. candidate in the School of Communication at the University of Miami. She received her M.S. in Global Strategic Communication from Florida International University and her B.A. in Social Communication from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. She is also a graduate from Miami Ad School’s art direction program and has won several advertising awards. She teaches in UM’s Department of Strategic Communication and will offer her first special topics course on diversity and social media in spring 2022. Her research interests include transnational culture, intercultural communication, social media influencers, cultural mediation, pan-ethnicity, and Latinx and immigrant communities. She is currently researching her Ph.D. dissertation on Latinx social media influencers, and actively participates in multiple interdisciplinary research teams exploring race, ethnicity, immigrant communities, health, media literacy, and culture.

Michael Kim, “Mediating the new public face of development: Development organizations and social control of visibility.”

Michael Dokyum Kim is a doctoral student in the School of Communication at the University of Miami. He is continuing his doctoral studies after transferring from the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin (UT). Kim earned an MSc in Media, Communication and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and has recently won top student paper awards at the International Communication Association 2020 and 2021 conferences. He is also the recipient of the Best MSc Dissertation Prize at LSE and the Graduate School Meritorious Fellowship at UT-Austin. His research interests primarily lie in the fields of development communication, global media, and communication for social change. Some of his current research examines the relationship between ICTs and participatory development; social media and international development discourse; humanitarian communication in the digital age; and development journalism.

Yang Yi, “‘Take the world by storm’: Does #MeToo Hashtag Activism Arouse Memories of Trauma or Contribute to Transnational Women’s Empowerment?”

Yang Yi (she/her/hers) is a second year Ph.D. student in the School of Communication at the University of Miami. Her current research, first, lies in health communication, mainly focusing on daily health information seeking behaviors among lay people, and how to conduct effective health promotions to increase their awareness to become active health information consumers. In addition, she pays attention to global health disparity issues, placing an emphasis on the need to improve individual and community well-being, as well as to further eliminate systematic and structural barriers to health equity. Moreover, she is also interested in social media activism and online transnational movements, as well as their potential in promoting health justice and social change. She has been committed to interdisciplinary and intercultural academic collaborations throughout her academic life.