Reynolds School hires new faculty
The Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism has hired four new faculty members. All new faculty members joined the Reynolds School in August 2015.
Patrick File was hired to serve as an assistant professor of media law. File’s research, public engagement, and teaching focus on helping foster a better understanding how journalism is defined and regulated at the intersection of law, technology, and professional practices. In the classroom, File strives to help his students develop a critical curiosity about the evolving and dynamic legal, social, and historical background of today’s media environment. He holds a doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Sheila Peuchaud was hired to serve as an assistant professor of strategic communication. Peuchaud brings expertise in strategic communication and health communication, particularly as it relates to gender and ethnic identity in the international context to the Reynolds School. She has lived and taught in Egypt, pursued research as a Fulbright Fellow in Japan, studied and worked in France and Russia, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan. This broad range of international exposure has made Peuchaud especially sensitive to the ways that cultural practice informs health behavior, an awareness that she brings to her research and teaching. She earned her doctorate degree at the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication, her master’s degree at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and her bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan in Asian Studies and Creative Writing.
Benjamin Birkinbine was hired to serve as an assistant professor of media studies. Birkinbine previously served as a visiting assistant professor at the Reynolds School teaching media in modern life and first amendment and society courses at the Reynolds School during the 2014-2015 academic year. Birkinbine came to the Reynolds School from the University of Oregon where he earned a doctorate degree from the School of Journalism and Communication. His research focuses mainly on the politics and economics of media industries and technological change. His teaching interests are much broader and include communication theory, political economy of communication, communication law, open source technologies, media history and introductory courses to communication and media.
Laura Crosswell was hired to serve as an assistant professor of health communication. She holds a joint appointment between the Reynolds School and the Nevada School of Medicine. Prior to joining the Reynolds School Crosswell served on the communication faculty at Arizona State University Colleges. She also taught a variety of courses at Louisiana State University and the College of Charleston. Crosswell’s research focuses on the cultural implications of consumerism and persuasive texts. She often uses advanced eye-tracking technology to examine the physiological and psychosocial influences of media content. Her work specifically concentrates on the politicized and commercialized mechanisms of public health messaging. Crosswell earned her doctorate degree in Media and Public Affairs from the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University.