Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center Announces Fellows for Spring 2005

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: (617) 495-1115
Date: January 31, 2005

Cambridge, MA — A foreign correspondent, an opinion editor, and a political communications scholar are among the Fellows at the John F. Kennedy School’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy for the spring 2005 semester.

"The range of Shorenstein Fellows this semester goes from a celebrated war correspondent and distinguished political columnists to experts in emerging media technology, voting behavior, and telecommunications policy. It is, as usual, a very rich brew," said Alex S. Jones, the Center’s director.

The 2005 Spring Fellows are:
Doug Ahlers is the co-founder of Modem Media, an interactive advertising and marketing agency. He has been involved in the development and deployment of online services from the first experiments with interactive technology through the explosion of the Internet as a mass medium. Mr. Ahlers built the first commercial website on the Internet and created the first banner ad to appear on the Internet. Through his work at Modem Media, Ahlers created comprehensive Internet strategies for Fortune 500 companies. Modem Media subsidiary Poppe Tyson created the first website for the White House. He received his master’s degree in journalism at Louisiana State University in 1983. He is currently working on a book that examines the societal and political impact of new technologies.

Julia Baird is the opinion editor at the Sydney Morning Herald. She writes a weekly column on a range of topics including politics, religion, celebrity, pop culture, and feminism. She earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of Sydney in 2001. The subject of her research was “Housewife Superstars: Female politicians and the Australian Print Media 1970-1990.” Her book on this subject was published in 2004. She has also worked in radio and has produced documentaries on subjects as diverse as Satanism, heavy metal, and being brought up by nuns in the 1950s. Her research at the Shorenstein Center will focus on the globalization of American opinion in the lead up to the Iraq war, particularly in the major cities of allies such as Britain and Australia.
Hans Mathias Kepplinger is professor in communications at the University of Maine. He earned his Ph. D. in political science in 1970. His most recent book, “Farewell to the Rational Voter,” looks at the effects of television on the images of politicians and their impact upon voting behavior. In “Mechanisms Steering Scandals” he analyzes the role of the media in political and environmental scandals. He is author or co-author of 26 books and of articles that have appeared in Public Opinion Quarterly, Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Political Communication, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. Professor Kepplinger’s research will focus on the reciprocal effect of mass media on politicians.

David Rohde is a foreign correspondent for The New York Times. For the last two and a half years, he has covered Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as the newspaper's South Asia Bureau Co-Chief. He has also reported on war in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, fraud in the 2000 Florida presidential election, and New York City's criminal court system. In 1994 and 1995, he covered the war in Bosnia for The Christian Science Monitor and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his stories on the massacre of 7,000 Bosnian Muslims in the town of Srebrenica. Rohde is the author of the book “Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica.” He is a graduate of Brown University. While at the Shorenstein Center, Rohde will examine American efforts to introduce free media in Muslim countries to help counter the spread of Islamic fundamentalism.
Richard Schultz is James McGill professor of political science and former director of the Center for the Study of Regulated Industries at McGill University. He was educated at York University, Toronto (B.A. and Ph.D.) and the University of Manchester, England (M.A.). He is the author or co-editor of eight books, the most recent “Changing the Rules: Canadian Regulatory Regimes and Institutions” and more than fifty articles and book chapters. He is currently writing a book entitled “Contested Networks: The Politics of Canadian Telecommunications 1976-1993.” Schultz’s work at the Shorenstein Center will focus on the policy issues arising from the linkages between media concentration and cross-ownership and possible public policy responses.

Walter Shapiro has covered the last seven presidential campaigns as a newspaper columnist and a news magazine writer. He is the author of “One-Car Caravan: On the Road with the 2004 Democrats Before America Tunes In.” Shapiro just completed a nine-year stint as the twice-weekly political columnist for USA Today. From 1993-96, he wrote a monthly column on the Clinton administration for Esquire magazine. He covered the 1988 and 1992 elections as a senior writer for Time and the 1984 race for Newsweek. He was on the staff of the Washington Post from 1979-83. During the Carter administration, Mr. Shapiro was a White House speechwriter and a special assistant to the Secretary of Labor. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in history. While at the Shorenstein Center, Mr. Shapiro will examine the changing role of the newspaper column in the public debate.

The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy is a Harvard research center, based at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, dedicated to exploring the intersection of press, politics and public policy in theory and practice. The Center strives to bridge the gap between journalists and scholars and, increasingly, between them and the public.

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