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Graduate Assistants

Brandon Boatwright (School of Advertising & Public Relations)

Social Studio Sessions: Mondays 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Brandon is a third-year CCI Ph.D. student. Originally from South Carolina, Brandon graduated from Clemson University with a BA in Communication Studies in 2010, and again in 2013 with an MA in Communication, Technology, and Society. He worked at Clemson as a Lecturer and Associate Director of the university’s Social Media Listening Center for four years. Brandon’s primary research focus rests at the intersection of social media and crisis/strategic communication.

Alex Carter (School of Advertising & Public Relations)

Social Studio Sessions: Mondays 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Alex is a second-year Ph.D. student from Johnson City, Tennessee. Alex graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s in Advertising/Public Relations and a Master’s in Strategic Communication. He has worked for the advertising agency Creative Energy where he was a Junior Account Executive on the Coca-Cola account and a Junior Digital Media Strategist working for accounts including Texas Pete Hot Sauce, Pal’s Sudden Service, and House-Autry Mills. Alex’s primary research focus is on advertising’s role in influencing new media and emerging technologies and the privacy issues stemming from that influence.

Monique Freemon (School of Journalism & Electronic Media)

Social Studio Sessions: Tuesdays 1 to 3 p.m.

Monique is a fourth-year CCI Ph.D. student from Clarksville, Tennessee. She earned her B.S. in Communication from Austin Peay State University in 2013; and then her M.S. in Communication and Information from UTK in 2015. Monique’s research focuses on Black/African American undergraduate journalism students at predominantly White institutions, critical race theory, and phenomenology.

Jason Stamm (School of Journalism & Electronic Media)

Social Studio Sessions: Wednesdays 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Joseph Winberry (School of Information Sciences)

Social Studio Sessions: Thursdays 1 to 3 p.m.

Joseph Winberry is a first year Ph.D. student in the College of Communication and Information. His emphasis is on information sciences, particularly information behavior, community informatics, and social justice in an information context. He is interested in writing ABSMCC blog posts related to politics, social justice, and viral content.