John Wihbey

John WhibeyJohn Wihbey 
Assistant Professor; Faculty Graduate Programs Advisor
Twitter: @wihbey

John Wihbey is an assistant professor of journalism and new media at Northeastern University, where he serves as the faculty graduate programs advisor, an instructor in the Media Innovation program, and a faculty affiliate with the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. He is currently writing a book (MIT Press) about the future of news in a networked world. He is on the advisory board of Project Information Literacy.

Previously, he was a lecturer at Boston University and an assistant director at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, where he helped found and oversee the Journalist’s Resource project. Supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Knight Foundation, that project has played a leading role in bridging the worlds of social science and news media. Under a Stanton Foundation grant, he recently co-led a project investigating patterns of state-level financial disclosure and government transparency issues. Currently, he is working on research relating to the reinvention of local television for the digital age, and a project examining patterns of foundation funding for the nonprofit news sector.

John has published commentaries and articles in media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, USA Today, Pacific Standard, National Geographic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nieman Journalism Lab and Yale Climate Connections. His research has been published in Journalism Practice, Journal of the International Symposium on Online Journalism, and Oxford Research Encyclopedias. His professional media background includes stints as a reporter for the Star-Ledger (New Jersey) and as a producer and digital editor for the NPR-syndicated show “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” from WBUR-Boston.

John taught at the Roxbury Latin School in Boston after college. He is a graduate, magna cum laude, of Bowdoin College; he studied abroad at Lady Margaret Hall College, Oxford University, and holds master’s degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. He lives with his family in Arlington, Mass.

Sarah Jackson

Sarah JacksonSarah Jackson
Assistant Professor
Twitter: @sjjphd 
Tel: (617) 373-7874

Sarah Jackson’s interests revolve around how social and political identities are constructed and debated in U.S. culture. A scholar of the public sphere, she studies how media, journalism and technology are used by and represent marginalized publics, with a focus on communication by and about Black and feminist activists. Her first book, Black Celebrity, Racial Politics, and the Press (2014) examines the relationship between Black celebrity activism, journalism and American politics. Her current book project (under contract with MIT Press) focuses on the use of Twitter in contemporary racial justice and gender justice movements. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Communication, The International Journal of Press Politics, and Feminist Media Studies. Dr. Jackson is frequently called on as an expert by local and national media outlets including NPR, PBS, the Associated Press and WCVB-Boston (ABC).

At Northeastern University, Dr. Jackson teaches Social Movement Communication and Communication and Inclusion. She has also taught Introduction to Communication Studies, Media, Culture and Society, and Media and Identity. She serves on the executive committee of Northeastern’s Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, and is a faculty affiliate of the Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies. She advises Northeastern’s multicultural student organization NUMIX along with Northeastern’s sexual health, advocacy, and education organization NU-SHARE. Prior to teaching at Northeastern, Dr. Jackson taught at the University of Minnesota and University of Michigan where she earned her PhD and MA respectively.

Matthew Nisbet

NisbetMatthew Nisbet
Professor of Communications Studies and Affiliate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Twitter: @MCNisbet ‏

Matthew Nisbet is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Environmental Communication; a Senior Editor at ORE Climate Science; and a consulting communication researcher to the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion. Nisbet holds a PhD and MS in Communication from Cornell University and a BA in Government from Dartmouth College.

Nisbet studies the role of communication, journalism, and advocacy in shaping debates over complex policy issues such as climate change, income inequality, or gene editing. He is the author or co-author of more than 75 peer-reviewed studies, scholarly book chapters, and reports including the recent U.S. National Academies consensus study on Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda.

With his co-author Declan Fahy, he is currently writing a book with Harvard University Press that examines the influence of a special generation of public intellectuals who have helped define the major scientific and social issues of our time. By evaluating the careers of writers like Bill McKibben, David Brooks, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Susan Faludi, Michael Pollan, Fareed Zakaria, Malcolm Gladwell, and Naomi Klein, the book explores the power of ideas and narratives to influence public opinion, inspire social movements, and alter political decisions.

In other current projects, Nisbet is analyzing the role of strategic philanthropy in supporting actions to address climate change; evaluating sources of financial support for non-profit journalism; studying the impact of income inequality on public reservations about science and technology; and evaluating strategies for promoting thoughtful dialogue about science and religion.

Among awards and recognition, he has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Google Science Communication Fellow. Nisbet serves on the editorial boards for Public Understanding of Science and the International Journal of Press/Politics, and on the Board of Directors for the International Environmental Communication Association. He is an affiliated researcher with the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine and the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University.

The editors at the journal Nature have recommended Nisbet’s research as “essential reading for anyone with a passing interest in the climate change debate,” and the New Republic highlighted his work as a “fascinating dissection of the shortcomings of climate activism.” According to Reuters Web of Knowledge, Nisbet’s research has been cited in the peer-reviewed literature more than 2200 times, and according to Google Scholar more than 7,000 times. In terms of scholarly impact, these metrics rank him among the most influential communication researchers of his generation.

Nisbet’s research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Barr Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, and Nathan Cummings Foundation. His consulting experience includes analysis on behalf of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Academies, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Centers for Disease Control, ecoAmerica, and other public and private sector clients. As an invited speaker, he has given lectures on more than four dozen university and college campuses worldwide and at many other scholarly and professional meetings.

Matthew Carroll

Matthew CarrollMatthew Carroll
Professor of the Practice
Tel: (617) 462.0631

Matt Carroll is a journalism professor of the practice at Northeastern University. Previously he ran the Knight Foundation-funded Future of News initiative at the MIT Media Lab, where he ran conferences on thorny issues confronting journalism and worked with students to help create tools for newsrooms. Before that, he worked for 26 years at the Boston Globe, specializing in data storytelling. He was a member of the Spotlight team, the newsroom’s investigative unit, when it won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 for its coverage of the Catholic priest sexual abuse scandal. That story was turned into the movie “Spotlight,” which won the Oscar for Best Picture.

Dietmar Offenhuber

OffenhuberDietmar Offenhuber
Assistant Professor, Graduate Coordinator - Design
Twitter: @dietoff ‏
Tel: (617) 373-3378

Dietmar Offenhuber is an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in the departments of Art + Design and Public Policy. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning from MIT, a MS in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab, and a Dipl. Ing. in Architecture from the Technical University Vienna. Dietmar was Key Researcher at the Austrian Ludwig Boltzmann Institute and the Ars Electronica Futurelab, and professor in the Interface Culture program of the Art University Linz, Austria.

His research focuses on the role of new technologies and representation in urban governance and civic discourse. Dietmar led a number of research projects investigating formal and informal waste systems and has published books on the subjects of Urban Data, Accountability Technologies, and Urban Informatics. His PhD dissertation received the Outstanding Dissertation Award 2014 from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and his research received the Best Paper Award 2012 from the Journal of the American Planning Association.

In his artistic practice, Dietmar frequently collaborates with sound artist Markus Decker and composers Sam Auinger and Hannes Strobl under the name “stadtmusik.” His artistic work has been exhibited internationally in venues including the Centre Pompidou, Sundance, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, ZKM Karlsruhe, Secession Vienna, and the Seoul International Media Art Biennale. His awards include the first prize in the NSF Visualization Challenge, the Jury Award at the Melbourne International Animation Festival, the Art Directors Club Silver Award, a Special Mention at the 12th International Media Art Biennale WRO07, and Honorary Mentions from File Festival, Ars Electronica, and Transmediale, Berlin.

Woodrow Hartzog

Woodrow HartzogWoodrow Hartzog
Professor of Law
Twitter: @Hartzog
Tel: (617) 373-5550

Professor Hartzog holds a joint appointment with the College of Computer and Information Science, where he teaches privacy and data protection issues. He will teach Torts to the first year law class this fall. His recent work focuses on the complex problems that arise when personal information is collected by powerful new technologies, stored, and disclosed online.

Professor Hartzog’s work has been published in numerous scholarly publications such as the Yale Law JournalColumbia Law ReviewCalifornia Law Review, and Michigan Law Review and popular national publications such as The GuardianWiredBBCCNNBloombergNew ScientistSlateThe Atlantic, and The Nation. He has testified twice before Congress on data protection issues. His book, Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies, is under contract with Harvard University Press.

Prior to joining Northeastern in 2017, Professor Hartzog was the Starnes Professor of Law at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. He has also served as a Visiting Professor at Notre Dame Law School and the University of Maine School of Law. Professor Hartzog previously worked as an attorney in private practice and as a trademark attorney for the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He also served as a clerk for the Electronic Privacy Information Center. He holds a PhD in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an LLM in intellectual property from the George Washington University Law School, and a JD from Samford University.