Resume

Education

PhD Candidate in Communication, American University (AU), Washington D.C., expected June 2017

                 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship 2016-2017 

                 Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute 2015

M.A. in Film and Media, AU, Washington D.C. August 2013 

                Fulbright Student Grant to Ethiopia 2012-2013

B.A. in Art Semiotics, with Honors, Brown University, Providence, RI, May 2006 

                Brown in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa University, 2004-2005

United World College of the Adriatic, Duino, Italy International Baccalaureate Diploma, score of 41, May 2002

Professional Teaching & Consulting

Consultant:  DreamAfrica interactive digital platform providing African content for children

Teaching Assistant: Understanding Media, undergraduate course at AU …… Aug. 2014-Present

Consultant: BFA film curriculum for Sandscribe Institute, Ethiopia ……………… July-Aug. 2014

Consultant: Fundraising Pitch Document, Sandscribe Institute, Ethiopia …….. Jan.-March 2014

Teacher: Digital filmmaking workshops w/Ethiopian youth ………………… Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013

Teacher: Filmmaking & Animation, Fairfax Collegiate Summer Program ………. June-July 2011

Teacher: Lectures on Semiotics to undergrads/grads at AU…Nov. 2010, Feb. 2011, March 2012

Teacher: High school Art, English, and Math, Southern Colorado ………… Aug. 2006-July 2010

Research & Scholarly Writing

Humanitarian Images: Towards an Understanding of their Visual Economy and a New Methodological Approach to Evaluating their Ethical Dimensions ………………………… July 2014

Kenya and Angola Pavilions in the 2013 Venice Biennale: African Contemporary Art and Cultural Diplomacy in the “Olympics of Art, co-authored with Emi Nishimura, published in the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, June 2015.  Presented at Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts Conference 2014.  Assigned as required reading in AU’s Cultural Management course.

The UPO and Social Media: Harnessing Web 2.0 on the “Journey to Opportunity”… May 2014

Addis Ababa-D.C. Sister Cities: A Case Study in Public Diplomacy ……………………… May 2014

The Implications of Humanitarian Campaigns and Crisis Media Coverage for the Nation Brands of Developing Countries: A Literature Review ………………………………………… Dec. 2013

KONY2012 and Brand Uganda: A mixed-methods investigation into the impacts of humanitarian campaigns on the nation brands of developing countries …………………. Dec. 2013

Dark Continent or Vibrant Emerging Economy? Framing and the Global Image of African Countries, published on climateshiftproject.org ………………………………………………….. Nov. 2013

Research Assistantships

Research: youth & social media use for Prof. Kathryn Montgomery …….. Aug. 2013-May 2014

Curriculum Design: wrote curriculum for Veiled Voices, a documentary about Muslim women leaders in North Africa and the Middle East ……………………………………….. Aug. 2010-May 2011

White Paper: on filmmaking, for workshops w/Egyptian citizen journalists ……………. May 2011

White Paper & Presentation Design: on animation for FIFE conference, Morocco…..March 2011

Presentation Design: history of U.S. broadcasting, for Iraqi State Dept. visitors …….. May 2011

Research: background for films Fort Bliss and Women on the Wing ……………… Aug.-Dec. 2011

Film and Media Production (Select)

Creative Director: promotional video about Alle School of Fine Arts & Design, Addis Ababa, including documentary interviews with approx. 20 Ethiopian artists ………. Jan. 2013-Aug. 2013

Creative Director: Season 3 of Involve Me, a program of my Ethiopian students’ 1-minute films. Played on Ethiopian TV to an audience of 7+ million ……………….. Aug. 2012-May 2013

Fundraising, Writer, Director, Editor: thesis film The Strong Force ……….. Jan. 2012-May 2013

Writer: short fiction screenplays and feature screenplay, Lessons from a Lady’s Man (second- generation Ethiopian immigrant struggles to reconcile two cultures) …….. Aug. 2010-May 2012

Writer, Director, Editor: short documentaries including Diaspora Mother (Ethiopian immigrant in D.C.) and BF Superstars (joys and trials of breastfeeding) ……………….. Aug. 2010-May 2012

Writer: anti-bullying PSA’s, Step Up, Center for Restorative Programs, CO ………….. Nov. 2010

Writer, Director, Editor: At Home in the Valley, feature documentary …… Sept. 2005-May 2006

Public Presentations & Event Planning

Dissertation Research Presentation at Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute……….July 2015

Conference Presentation: Kenya and Angola Pavilions in the 2013 Venice Biennale: African Contemporary Art and Cultural Diplomacy in the “Olympics of Art” at Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts, Ottawa, Canada ………………………………………………………………………. October 2014

Panelist: Invited alumnus at Fulbright pre-departure orientation for Africa ………… August 2014

Promotion: Abel Tilahun’s Interface Effect art show, Ethiopia…………………May 2013-May 2014

Guest speaker: Twice invited to speak at university about Fulbright ………….. Sept. & Nov. 2014

Conference Presentation: “Initiatives that Empower Youth” panel regarding digital video workshops in Ethiopia, eLearning Africa conference, Windhoek, Namibia …………….. May 2013

Planning & M.C.: Public screenings of student films, Ethiopia …. Oct. & Dec. 2012, Aug. 2013

Event Coordinator: American Univ. Visions Media Award Ceremony …………………… May 2011

Planning & Promotion: Abel Tilahun’s A Generation Projected exhibition, CO ……. April 2010

Planning & Presentation: Brown Univ. thesis film, At Home in the Valley ……………… May 2006

Planning & Promotion: What You Can See Through My Eyes exhibition, Ethiopia …. May 2005

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