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Graduate Assistants

Brandon Boatwright (School of Advertising & Public Relations)

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

Brandon is a second-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

bboatwr1@vols.utk.edu


Jie Chen (School of Advertising and Public Relations)

Social Studio Sessions: Mondays 10 a.m. to noon

Jie Chen is a first-year Master’s student in CCI with a concentration in advertising. Jie graduated from South China Normal University with an MA in Russian Language and Literature in 2019. She got an internship in the Editorial Department of Xinjiang Electronic Audio & Video Publishing. She is interested in media market analysis, media resource integration and media operations maintenance.

jchen109@vols.utk.edu


Monique Freemon (School of Journalism & Electronic Media)

Social Studio Sessions: Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 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.

mfreemo1@vols.utk.edu


Jason Stamm (School of Journalism & Electronic Media)

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

jstamm1@vols.utk.edu


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.

jwinber1@vols.utk.edu