Children, Media and Conflict Zones Lab

People

Initiative Conveners

Yael Warshel (convener), Bellisario College of Communications and Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State

Idan Shalev (co-convener), Biobehavioral Health and Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, Penn State

Oana Albu, (co-convener), Department of Management, Communication and Society, Copenhagen Business School

Founding Director of the Lab

Yael Warshel HeadshotYael Warshel, Bellisario College of Communications and Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State
Dr. Warshel works at the intersection between international media, child, and conflict zones analysis, practice and policy specializing in peace communication.

Faculty Collaborators

Idan Shalev HeadshotIdan Shalev, Biobehavioral Health and Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, Penn State
Dr. Shalev’s research leverages behavioral, physiological and molecular methods as it relates to stress and aging across the life span.

Oana Albu headshotOana Albu, Department of Management, Communication and Society, Copenhagen Business School
Dr. Albu's expertise is at the intersection of communication, digital technologies and organization. Her research focuses on ethnographic studies of human rights organizations in the MENA region (Tunisia, Morocco and Lebanon).

Graduate Research Assistants

Current Lab Members

Erin McCracken headshotErin Condo McCracken, a second-year Master of International Affairs student with a minor in Information, Communication, and Technology for Development (ICT4D). She also holds a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Administration.

Former Lab Members

Kara Miheretu headshotKara Roop Miheretu
A third year Ph.D. dual title candidate in early childood education and comparative international education development

Aya Al Khatib HeadshotAya Al Khatib
Aya recently earned her master’s degree in media studies from Penn State, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in political science. In between her undergraduate and graduate years, she worked for the Communications division of UNICEF Jordan.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Current Lab Members

Luisina Kemanian-Leites headshotLuisina Kemanian-Leites, Children, Media and Conflict Zones Lab Head Research Assistant, third-year Schreyer Honors student, Paterno Fellow, and former Rock Ethics Fellow majoring in international politics and minoring in Spanish, Latin American Studies, Arabic, and Middle Eastern Studies.

Lillian Aronson headshotLillian Aronson, a Rock Ethics Institute Fellow and Paterno Fellow pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics and a Master of International Affairs simultaneously through an integrated undergraduate-graduate program.

Catherine Ackerman headshotCatherine Ackerman, a second-year Rock Ethics Institute and Paterno Fellow majoring in criminology and English.

Former Lab Members

Kristen Miller headshotKristen Miller, a Rock Ethics Institute and Paterno Fellow majoring in global and international studies, labor and human resources, Latin American studies and Spanish, with a minor in Portuguese

Kelsey Bell headshotKelsey Bell, a Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholar majoring in advertising/public relations, history, and international politics with a minor in Latin American studies, also completing a Master of International Affairs degree through an integrated undergraduate-graduate program.

Pablo Gutierrez HeadshotPablo Gutierrez, a senior Rock Ethics Institute and Paterno Fellow majoring in anthropology, French language and literature, and history

Kathryn Lewis HeadshotKathryn Lewis, a junior Rock Ethics Institute Fellow majoring in global and international studies, and Spanish

Josie Krieger headshotJosie Krieger, a junior Paterno Fellow majoring in history and economics with minors in Jewish studies and Middle Eastern studies

Erin Brown HeadshotErin Brown, a Rock Ethics Institute and Paterno Fellow double majoring in communication arts and sciences and women's studies with a minor in rhetoric and a certificate in Holocaust and genocide studies