Spring 2013 Tow-Knight Center Research Fellows

 In News, Research

External Faculty Research Fellows

Carrie Brown (University of Memphis) is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Memphis, where she teaches and does research on changing newsrooms, social media, and entrepreneurial and digital journalism. She has recently launched a new entrepreneurial journalism certificate program in partnership with local accelerator Launch Your City, developed new courses in social media, and conducted ongoing studies at newsrooms around the country looking at how they grapple with the changing media environment.

Before returning to academia, Brown managed the traveling curriculum program of the Committee of Concerned Journalists for three years, going to newspapers of all sizes across the United States to discuss how journalists could do a better job of upholding their values in their daily work. She also has worked as a reporter for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram in Wisconsin, an intern at the Philadelphia Inquirer, an associate newsletter editor covering policy developments on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and as an assistant city editor at the Columbia Missourian.

Brown received her PhD from the University of Missouri, her MA in communication from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania, and her BA in journalism and biological aspects of conservation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the state where she was born and raised.


Doctoral Research Fellows

Katie McCollough (Rutgers University) is a PhD Candidate in Media Studies at Rutgers University. Her research project with the Tow-Knight Research Center traces the ecosystem for news in New Jersey in order to ask what remains of the news infrastructure there, what is emerging and where may opportunities lie. Her dissertation looks at how gendered forms of labor and the self are mediated through texts and practices around scrapbooks. Both projects offer situated starting points for interrogating the interactions between labor, identity, and technology within print and digital cultures.



Caitlin Petre (New York University) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at New York University, where she studies how technological change — in particular, the rise of ‘big data’ — is shaping social processes of knowledge production. Before coming to NYU, she was an account executive at Fenton Communications, the largest public interest communications firm in the country, where she worked on a wide range of social issues such as prison overcrowding, maternal health, and the security of electronic voting machines. She has written for the Albuquerque Journal on felon disenfranchisement and for Newsday on women’s reproductive rights. Caitlin’s writing has also appeared on the blog for Eli Pariser’s New York Times bestselling book The Filter Bubble, which she helped research. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where she earned her BA in philosophy.


Max Besbris (New York University) is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at New York University. Max writes on many topics related to the intersection of urban processes, knowledge, and culture, including the brokerage techniques of real estate agents and the effects of discrimination in the rental market. His dissertation examines pricing mechanisms in housing sales. He has received multiple fellowships from NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as well as the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship. His work has received awards from the Eastern Sociological Society and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Prior to joining NYU, Max worked as a researcher at the Memory and Aging Center at UCSF. He received a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Linguistics from UC Berkeley.

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