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Dahlia Bazzaz, Research Fellow

dahliaDahlia is a Crossings Institute Research Fellow and Editor in Chief of the Emerald, the campus newspaper at the University of Oregon where she currently studies journalism and computer information technology. She enjoys reporting on oddities, politics, international affairs, and tech. She has also served as an assistant multimedia producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting, the largest NPR affiliate station in Oregon.

Christopher Chávez, Senior Research Fellow

Christopher Chávez is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. He is the author of Reinventing the Latino Television Viewer: Language Ideology and Practice and co-editor of Identity: Beyond Tradition and McWorld Neoliberalism. Through his research, teaching and service, Chris aims to promote cross-cultural understanding. In addition to teaching classes on media and culture, Chris has organized several public forums including “Charlie Hebdo, tolerance and the freedom of expression,” and “(Mis) representing the migrant: Beyond the tropes of anchor babies, refugees and criminals.” Chris also helps to organize a recurring conference on journalism and communications in Madrid and works closely with the SOJC’s Media and Ghana program.

Emerson Malone, Research Fellow

Emerson Malone is a journalism student at the University of Oregon. He currently produces podcasts for the Daily Emerald. He served as a UNESCO Crossings Institute representative and delegate for World Press Freedom Day 2015 in Riga, Latvia. He’s previously worked for The Santa Barbara Independent, Oregon Quarterly, and Lake Oswego Review. You can reach him at

Gabriela Martínez, Research Fellow

Gabriela MartinezGabriela Martínez is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a professor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. She directs the master’s program in journalism at the School of Journalism and Communication. Martínez is a research fellow with the University of Oregon-UNESCO Crossings Institute.

Levi Gittleman, Research Fellow
levi-gittlemanCrossings Radio Native American issues reporter.

Casey Minter, Research Fellow

caseyCasey Minter has worked for the UNESCO Crossings Institute in the US, Cuba, and Latvia. He is also currently a news assistant at Oregon Public Broadcasting pursuing a childhood love of public radio and reporting. He has worked as a reporter for The Capital Press in Salem, Oregon as well as written for several magazines. Casey received a degree in journalism with minors in geology and environmental studies from the University of Oregon; he hopes to utilize this costly slip of paper to help people better understand the environment through writing, photography and radio. Casey has received several awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists for his work in college. He currently lives in Portland, loves the outdoors and is constantly seeking the best, cheapest, greasiest food in the world.

Franziska Monahan, Research Fellow

IMG_2591Franziska Monahan is a third year student at the University of Oregon where she is currently studying journalism and German. She is the podcast editor for the Emerald, the university’s campus newspaper, and is a reporter and producer for KWVA, the campus radio station. She has also reported from Accra, Ghana as an intern at Citi FM, one of Ghana’s most popular English-speaking stations. Outside of school and journalism, Franziska enjoys playing cello and working on her parents’ organic goat dairy.

Thomas Schmidt, Graduate Research Fellow

HeadshotThomasRSchmidtThomas R. Schmidt is a doctoral candidate in media studies at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. He holds degrees from the University of Vienna (philosophy) and the University of Oregon (literary nonfiction). In 2005, Thomas received a Fulbright scholarship and studied at the New School in New York City. Prior to his academic career, Thomas was a reporter for Kleine Zeitung, Austria’s second largest daily newspaper, the monthly narrative magazine Datum, and ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation). He is a Graduate Research Fellow with the University of Oregon-UNESCO Crossings Institute.

Reuben Unrau, Research Fellow

Ruben Unrau, research fellowReuben Unrau is a UNESCO Crossings Institute Research Fellow and recent graduate of the University of Oregon. He has done reporting from Argentina, Cuba, Latvia, and the U.S. and was a writer for the award-winning campus magazine, FLUX. His emphasis is on stories about social justice, politics, race, and culture. He lives in his hometown Portland, Oregon where works as a production assistant for the Oregon Public Broadcasting  arts and culture radio program, “State of Wonder.” Outside of journalism, Reuben enjoys playing and watching soccer and collecting records.

Steven Shankman, Co-Director of the Institute for Intercultural Dialogue and Conflict-Sensitive Reporting

temp3UNESCO Chair in Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue, and Peace Distinguished Professor of English and Classics
Participating Faculty Member, Comparative Literature

Peter Laufer, Co-Director of the Institute for Intercultural Dialogue and Conflict-Sensitive Reporting

Peter Laufer is the James Wallace Chair Professor in Journalism, School of Journalism and Communication. He is the co-director of the Crossings Institute.

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