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Graduate Assistants

Alex Carter (School of Advertising & Public Relations)

Social Studio Sessions: Tuedays 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. via
Alex is a third-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.

Jason Stamm (School of Journalism & Electronic Media)

Social Studio Sessions: Wednesdays 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. via

Jason Stamm is a Ph.D candidate in his fourth year in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media. He is in his second year as the liaison to JEM for the Adam Brown Social Media Command Center. Jason’s research centers around college sports recruiting, sports journalism practice, and sports audiences. His dissertation, titled Homers or journalists? A uses & gratifications approach to who follows college sports recruiting websites and their perceptions of credibility, connects industry practices and work routines with audience expectations.

Jessica Barfield (School of Information Sciences)

Social Studio Sessions: Thursdays 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. via

Jessica is a first-year Ph.D. student from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She holds her Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in Economics and Environmental Earth Sciences and an M.S. in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin – Masdison. Jessica’s research focuses on human-computer-interaction and understanding trust in smart devices.