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Meet Your Program Director

Your Graduate Program Director, Paul Mihailidis, serves as your primary faculty advisor, advising you on academic matters to ensure that you achieve your learning objectives and satisfy the program's requirements. You will also receive program and department news from your program director along with any on- and off-campus opportunities that might be of interest.

  • Paul Mihailidis
    Pronouns: (He/Him/His)
    Professor, Assistant Dean and Director, Graduate Program

    Paul Mihailidis is an associate professor of civic media and journalism in the school of communication at Emerson College in Boston, MA, where he teaches media literacy, civic media, and community activism. 

    He is founding program director of the MA in Media Design program, Principle Investigator of the Emerson Engagement Lab, and faculty chair and director of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. His research focuses on the nexus of media, education, and civic voices. His newest books, Civic Media Literacies (Routledge 2018), Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice (2016, MIT Press, with Eric Gordon), outline effective practices for engagement and action taking in daily civic life. 

    His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate Magazine, the Nieman Foundation, USA Today, CNN, and others. Mihailidis holds a visiting professorship at Bournemouth University in England. He co-edits the Journal of Media Literacy Education and sits on the advisory board for iCivics. He earned his Ph.D. from the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park.