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Digital Media Learning Competition 2 Judges

Initial Judges :: Finalist Judges

HASTAC and the MacArthur Foundation would like to thank the following initial judges for their expertise, time, and dedication in selecting our 2009 Competition finalists. This crucial work was an enormous undertaking, accomplishing the difficult task of establishing the finalist pool from approximately 700 applications.


Emer Beamer, Director of Research & Development, Butterfly Works
Beamer leads the experiential learning programs, Learning about Living in Nigeria and Words over Weapons in South Africa, at Butterfly Works, a do-tank which combines design with finding sustainable answers to international social issues.

Pim Betist, Founder, SellaBand
Betist is the founder of SellaBand, an online movement that enables unsigned artists to record a professional album funded by fans.

Tom Boellstorff, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
Boellstorff is Editor-in-Chief of American Anthropologist, the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association and also author of Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human (Princeton University Press, 2008).

Geoffrey Bowker, Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor, Santa Clara University
Bowker works on the generation, deployment and sharing of knowledge in information infrastructures, notably scientific cyberinfrastructure.

John Briggs, Kiva Fellow,
Briggs was assistant managing editor at Yahoo! News, where he worked for over 10 years, and was a 2007 Knight Fellow at Stanford University; he is now a Kiva Fellow doing volunteer field work for, a website that enables person-to-person microfinance.

Laura Brown, Senior Advisor, Ithaka
Brown is the former President of Oxford University Press, USA, and is currently serving as the Acting Director of Strategic Services at Ithaka, as well as a senior advisor to Ithaka and JSTOR.

Susan Brown, Associate Professor, University of Guelph
Brown is the Director of the Orlando Project, an experiment in digital literary history.

Simone Brown, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin
Browne's teaching and research interests include race, technology, and cultural studies.

Ingrid Bruynse, Educational Media Specialist, Bright Media
Bruynse runs Bright Media, an educational media and training company, and has many years of experience in using media for learning.

Dennis Burke, Associate Dean of Curriculum, Emily Carr University
Along with developing curriculum in Digital And Interactive Arts, Burke is an award winning film composer and sound designer with over 100 films to his credit.

Michael Carter, Director of Special Projects, Monterey Institute for Technology & Education (MITE)
Carter has been doing research and development in technology and learning for over thirty years for such entities as Stanford University, Apple Computer, Digital Pictures,, and MITE.

Wendy Chun, Associate Professor, Brown University
Chun is author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (MIT 2006) and co-editor of New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader (Routledge, 2006).

Daniel Churchill, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Hong Kong
Churchill has over 15 years of experience in design of interactive digital media for education and his multimedia designs have received awards from educational institutions and industry such as the Macromedia award for best multimedia on the Web.

Kyle Cleveland, Associate Professor of Sociology & Director of Office of International Students, Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ)
Cleveland is the founding Director of TUJ's Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies, Supervisor of the university's Wakai Project, and Associate Professor of Sociology, whose work addresses Japanese youth and pop culture, ethnicity and political sociology.

Noshir Contractor, Professor, Northwestern University
Contractor is the Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the School of Engineering, School of Communication and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and is also the Director of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group at Northwestern University.

Paul Conway, Associate Professor in the School of Information, University of Michigan
Conway's research focuses on the social aspects of building and using digital archives.

Elizabeth Dorland, Academic Coordinator, Washington University
Dorland is a former NSF program officer and college chemistry faculty member who promotes information and visual literacy in the context of Web 2.0 at Washington University in St. Louis.

Maureen Engel, E-learning Manager for the Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta
Engel manages E-Learning for the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta and teaches in the MA program in Humanities Computing.

Mindy Faber, Academic Manager, Columbia College
Faber is a media artist, activist, curator and educator; she is the founder of Open Youth Networks, co-curator of the video program YouTube-sized: Youth Personas, Protests, Paranoias and Pleasures, the creator of the Fair Use Remix Institute and the Academic Manager of the Department of Interactive Arts and Media at Columbia College.

Rafael Fajardo, Associate Professor of Digital Media Studies & Electronic Media Arts Design, University of Denver
Fajardo is the founder of SWEAT, a loose collaborative that makes socially conscious video games, and is an associate professor of Digital Media Studies and Electronic Media Arts Design at the University of Denver.

Diane Favro, Professor of Architecture & Urban Design, University of California, Los Angeles
Favro is Director of the UCLA Experiential Technologies Center, which promotes research and teaching using digital technologies with an emphasis on geotemporal and experiential explorations in the arts and humanities.

Bill Gannon, Director of Online Operations, Lucasfilm Ltd.
Gannon heads up digital strategy and operations for Lucasfilm Ltd.

Sue Gollifer, Principal Lecturer in Digital Media Arts, University of Brighton
Gollifer has been a professional artist, academic and researcher for over 30 years, exhibiting her work regularly throughout the world.

Laurie A. Henry, Assistant Professor of Early Adolescent Literacy, University of Kentucky
Henry researches the development of new literacies for reading and writing among middle school students and their teachers in online environments.

Kenneth Hite, Game developer & designer, Contributor to IPR & Weird Tales
Hite has designed, written, or co-written over 70 roleplaying games and supplements, including four Origins Award-winning games.

Larissa Hjorth, Senior Lecturer & ARC Discovery research fellow, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Hjorth is an artist and researcher specializing in mobile media, gaming and online communities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Adrian Hon, Chief Creative and Co-Founder, Six to Start
Hon is Co-Founder of Six to Start, Europe's leading alternate reality game company.

Dan Hon, CEO, Six to Start
Hon is Co-Founder and CEO of Six to Start, a leading cross-media entertainment and alternate reality game producer.

Andrew Jakubowicz, Professor of Sociology, University of Technology Sydney
Jakubowicz researches cultural diversity and social change and directs the website Making Multicultural Australia (

Paul Jay, Professor of English, Loyola University Chicago
Jay teaches literary and critical theory at Loyola University Chicago.

Paul Jones, Director of, University of North Carolina
Jones is a poet, journalist, librarian, and technologist.

Joseph Kahne, Dean, School of Education, Mills College
Kahne studies the impact of schools and participation with digital media on young people's civic development.

Shin Dong Kim, Professor, Sciences Po Paris
Kim teaches media and information culture at Sciences Po Paris.

Kevin Leander, Associate Professor of Teaching & Learning, Vanderbilt University
Leander is Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University, where his research interests are literacy and technology, literacy and space-time and learning in and out of school.

Wan-Ying Lin, Assistant Professor of Media & Communications, City University of Hong Kong
Lin's works have appeared, among other journals, in Journal of Communication, Journalism, New Media & Society, and Social Science Computer Review.

Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
Lynch's work at the Coalition for Networked Information focuses on digital content and advanced technology in support of scholarship.

Paolo Mangiafico, Director of Digital Information Strategy, Duke University
Mangiafico is the Director of Digital Information Strategy in the Provost's office at Duke University, where he leads strategic planning for broader and longer term access to and more effective use of the university's digital information resources.

Jackie Marsh, Professor of Education, University of Sheffield
Marsh is involved in research relating to the role and nature of popular culture, media and new technologies in young children's literacy practices both in- and out-of-school.

Marilyn Gell Mason, Recently retired Founder & Executive Director, WebJunction
Mason was the Founder and Executive Director of WebJunction, a division of OCLC and an online community that provides training and technical support for library staff.

John McGowan, Director of Institute for the Arts & Humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
McGowan is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature, specializing in intellectual history.

Colleen Monahan, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Distance Education (CADE), University of Illinois at Chicago
Monahan has pioneered the incorporation of advanced Internet technologies in the field of public health as the director of CADE at the UIC School of Public Health.

Leonard Mware, Projects Manager, Computer Aid International
Mware was the former Director of International Conferences, Workshops, and Exhibitions (ICWE) Africa.

Lisa Nakamura, Professor in the Institute of Communication Research & Director of the Asian American Studies Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Nakamura is the author of Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity on the Internet (Routledge, 2002) and Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet (U. of Minnesota, 2008).

Frederick Noronha, Independent Journalist
Noronha is a professional journalist, co-founder of BytesForAll, and is active in promoting ICTs-for-development for almost a decade, through various innovative networks in South Asia.

Ugochukwu Nwosu, Program Manager,, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria
Nwosu is an Information Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) enthusiast and advocate.

Martin Oliver, Reader in the Institute of Education, University of London
Oliver is a Reader in ICT in Education at the London Knowledge Lab, University of London.

Susanna Paasonen, Research Fellow in the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Paasonen studies and teaches media culture with specific interest in affect and Internet research.

Lanita Pace-Hinton, Director of Multimedia & Technology Training, Knight Digital Media Center
Pace-Hinton is the director of Multimedia Training Programs for the Knight Digital Media Center at University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Lisa Parks, Chair & Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
Parks is Chair and Associate Professor of the Film and Media Studies Department at UC Santa Barbara.

Vincent Quah, Programs Director, Microsoft Operations
Quah is an Education and Life Science industries consultant.

Diana Rhoten, Program Director, Knowledge Institutions & Research Director, Digital Media and Learning, Social Science Research Council
Rhoten researches the social and technical conditions as well as the individual and organizational implications of different approaches to knowledge production and dissemination.

Sundar Sarukkai, Professor & Dean of Humanities, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India
Sarukkai is the Head of the Centre for Philosophy at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore, India.

'Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria
Sesan is an Ashoka Fellow, Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, member of the UN Committee on Youth & ICTs, and was Nigeria's first Information Technology Youth Ambassador.

Abby Smith, Senior Advisor, Scholarly Communications Institute at the University of Virginia
Smith is a historian, Senior Adviser to the Scholarly Communication Institute (, and consultant to the Library of Congress on its digital preservation program, NDIIPP.

Oreoluwa Somolu, Executive Director, The Women's Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC)
Somolu is Executive Director of the Women's Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC), a non-profit based in Nigeria working to encourage Nigerian women to use technology to empower themselves socially and economically.

Steve Vosloo, Fellow, 21st Century Learning, Shuttleworth Foundation
Vosloo is interested in the learning affordances of digital media for youth in developing countries.

X. Christine Wang, Assistant Professor of Literacy, State University of New York at Buffalo
Wang is interested in young children's learning and collaboration in technology-rich contexts.

Floyd Webb, Creative Director/Producer, e22.creative
Webb is the Creative Director of e22.creative, a multimedia company working in digital creative production for commercials, music videos and spot news for web and mobile applications.

Michele White, Assistant Professor of Communication, Tulane University
White is an Internet and new media studies scholar and author of The Body and the Screen: Theories of Internet Spectatorship (MIT Press, 2006).

Sophia Wu, Associate Professor of Communication, National Chengchi University
Wu is Director of the Center for Media Literacy and Education at National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan.

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