RMIG Officers for 2018-19

Attendees at the 2018 Religion and Media Interest Group elected officers for the 2018-2019 academic year. Officers lead the program planning, research competition, teaching programming, PF&F programming, newsletter, website and all other RMIG efforts. Our new officers are:

Head: Mariam Alkazemi, Virginia Commonwealth University

Vice head: Greg Perreault, Appalachian State University

Teaching co-chairs: Rick Moore, Boise State University, and Rebecca Frazer, Ohio State University

Newsletter co-editors: Paul Glader, The King’s College in New York City and Joe Grimm, Michigan State University

Research chair: Brian J. Bowe, Western Washington University

Professional freedom & responsibility chair: Bellarmine Ezumah, Murray State University

Membership chair: Ceri Hughes, University of South Carolina


Head: Mariam Alkazemi, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of public relations at Virginia Commonwealth University. She served as an assistant professor of mass communications at Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait between 2015 and 2018. She has also served as a Carnegie fellow in support of the Arab social sciences and a research fellow at both the London School of Economics and the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Her research appears in International Communication Gazette, Communication Law & Policy, Journal of Media and Religion and Health Environments Research & Design Journal. Alkazemi has received several awards for teaching and research. She has taught a wide range of courses dealing with international communication, public speaking, public relations and advertising.

Vice-head: Greg Perreault is a multimedia journalism professor at Appalachian State University. He’s a media sociologist interested in lifestyle journalism and its role in minority representations. He serves as a sports analyst for AppTV’s “A Game.” and he has blogged for Gnovis Journal and The Huffington Post.

His papers have won awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. His research appears in Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, Howard Journal of Communication, Journal of Media & Religion, Journalism Studies, Games & Culture, and Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies. Prior to entering academia, he worked as a journalist for seven years. He’s worked as a sports reporter for the Palm Beach Post (circ. 145,000), managing editor of the hyperlocal multimedia website Columbia Faith & Values, and had work published at USA Today, the Miami Herald, and The Los Angeles Times.

Greg holds a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and an M.A. in Communication, Culture, Technology from Georgetown University.

Teaching co-chair: Rick Clifton Moore is a professor of media arts at Boise State University. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oregon.

He has published in more than a dozen peer-reviewed journals, including The Journal of Media and Religion, The Journal of Communication, Mass Communication and Society, the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Journalism Studies, and the Journal of Communication and Religion.

His teaching and research interests cover a wide range of topics in regard to media, ideology and religion.

Teaching co-chair: Rebecca Frazer is a Ph.D. student in communication at The Ohio State University, where she is also pursuing a joint master’s in public administration in the John Glenn College.

Rebecca’s research focuses on the impact of entertainment media on people’s political and moral views. Prior to starting her Ph.D., Rebecca worked briefly in public relations, and she taught high school debate and communication classes for several years.

Research chair: Brian J. Bowe is an associate professor at Western Washington University and 2019 Fulbright scholar to the University of Jordan. Bowe is a veteran journalist, author, and educator whose work examines the interplay of journalism and culture in multiple settings. Bowe earned his Ph.D. in Michigan State University’s Media and Information Studies program, where he was named the 2013 Outstanding Ph.D. student. His research interests include media framing, news coverage of Muslims, and journalism curriculum design. His research has appeared in top-tier journals such as Journalism, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Media, Culture & Society, and Public Understanding of Science. In 2010, he co-produced the award-winning short documentary The Death of an Imam.

Professional freedom & responsibility chair: Dr. Bellarmine (Bella) Ezumah is an associate professor and director of graduate programs in the Journalism and Mass Communications Department of Murray State University, Kentucky. She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in mass media theory, international communications, mass media effects, media in contemporary society, and new technologies. She has directed over 40 theses and other empirical research with undergraduate and graduate students. Bella has published more than 22 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings and has presented her work at several national and international conferences. She has received six best-paper awards. The Murray State Alumni Association named her its 2014 Emerging Scholar. Her research interest is multi-disciplinary incorporating mass media effects, international communication, religion and media, and the impact of emergent technologies on education, business, and interpersonal realms. Bella’s research is informed by a wealth of experiences — having lived, studied, visited, and conducted research in several countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Jamaica, Greece, Austria, Germany, Canada and the United States. Bella has received several grants and awards including a National Science Foundation grant to study educational technology adoption in Nigeria and Ghana and a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program grant to research and develop a new journalism and mass communication curriculum/program in Uganda.

Newsletter co-editor: Paul Glader is associate professor of journalism at The King’s College in New York City, where he co-advises the student news outlets and directs the McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute. He spent 10 years as a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, covering a variety of beats including technology, health/science, travel, metals/mining and finance. He’s written for countless publications including The Washington Post, The Associated Press, Der Spiegel, The Indianapolis Star, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Christianity Today and Forbes.com.

Glader received a M.S. from Columbia University as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at the graduate schools of business and journalism. He is a media scholar and EMBA participant at The Berlin School of Creative Leadership at Steinbeis University in Germany. He lived in Germany from 2011-2013 as a Robert Bosch Foundation fellow and as a European Journalism Fellow at Freie Universität in Berlin. He has a B.A. in political science from the University of South Dakota, where he was a Neuharth Scholar and edited the USD Volante.

His research and writing interests include the startup economy/technology innovation; journalism ethics and history/the new journalists; urban planning/transportation; Religion and media; Europe/Germany/Scandinavia; parenthood/fatherhood; creativity in leadership and media entrepreneurship. He enjoys surfing, reading and traveling with his wife and two daughters.

Newsletter co-editor: Joe Grimm is visiting editor in residence at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. He teaches and is course coordinator for the first real reporting class most students take and teaches editing for print and digital, professional branding and a course in cultural competence. The cultural competence course is called Bias Busters. It has published 15 guides about cultural groups. Guides cover Muslim Americans, American Jews, Chaldean Americans, African Americans, Hispanics and Latinos, East Asian cultures, Native Americans, gender identity, veterans, police officers, Indian Americans and more. Grimm plans to spend the next few years exploring religious groups. The guides are available through online booksellers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Google Play and Kobo in print and digital editions. He has published seven other books on his own. Grimm has a B.A. and M.A. in journalism from the University of Michigan and worked for more than 25 years at the Detroit Free Press, most as recruiting and staff development editor.

Membership chair: Ceri Hughes is a Ph.D. student who hails from Wales. He earned both his B.A. in journalism and broadcasting and his M.A. in political communication from Cardiff University. He has worked as a research analyst and union officer for the Welsh government. He studies minor/alternative political voices and the role the media play in relaying them (or not). His other area of interest is the role of religious discourse in the political arena. Current work examines the strategic use of religious rhetoric in presidential addresses.

He has been published in the European Journal of Communication, and his papers have been awarded at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has taught courses in journalism and strategic communication at UW-Madison.

He has been a project assistant for the Civic Culture and Contentious Politics research group from participating in the study, “Communication Ecologies, Political Contention, and Democratic Crisis.” He was previously a project assistant for “Project DATA: Digital Ad Tracking and Analysis.”

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