Debbie James holds a Ph.D. in Communication with a focus on new media, the intersection between public memory and transnational lived experience, human rights, and women’s production practices. She serves as Assistant Professor of Media Studies and is affiliated with Gender and Sexuality Studies at Governors State University. Her research interests include social networking in the former Yugoslavia and women’s production practices in the cultural underground.
Her transmedia and installation documentary work is influenced by her research on the diasporic use of social media in the production of post conflict public memory in the context of displacement and systemic change.
Geist Creative2010 - Current
Multimedia copy writing, script writing, and web design
Designed and conducted study: surveys and interviews with international media literacy experts. Analyzed survey results, prepared report, launched site live at mediachannel.org. Co-authored Topic Guides and Why Teach Media Literacy?
Governors State University2011 - Current
Faculty and Program Coordinator of Media Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Media Communication and Gender & Sexuality Studies
The Container Project2010 - 2011
Developed and delivered digital storytelling workshop at an award-winning non-profit community media center and social enterprise providing creative production and new media training in Windsor, Jamaica.
New School for Social Research2003 - 2006
Dept. of Communication, New School for Social Research, New York
Production Thesis: Private Lives, Public Consumption and Interstitial Stories.
Area of Study: Digitally mediated personal narratives and social media convergence
Wayne State University2006 - 2011
Specialization: Media Studies (documentary, new media). Cognate: Political Science (human rights)
Dissertation: The Creative Content Programme and Audiovisual E-Platform: An institutional analysis of UNESCO’s influence on the development of independent documentary content and production practice
University of Guelph1987 - 1991
Art History Concentration: 20th Century art and architecture.
Funding: GSU Research Grant
developed for The Matrix Project, UAW Detroit
debbie.james @ live dot ca