About The Authors
Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. She founded the School’s Center for Media & Social Impact, where she continues as Senior Research Fellow. Her books include The Daily Planet (University of Minnesota Press) and Communications Policy in the Public Interest (Guilford Press). She has been a Fulbright Research Fellow twice, and was also a John Simon Guggenheim fellow. Aufderheide’s research on PEG was included in the Supreme Court case, Denver Area Educational Tele Communications Consortium (1996). In this case, 1992 law threatening the existence of PEG channels was struck down for First Amendment reasons. She received numerous journalism and scholarly awards, including the International Communication Association’s 2010 for Communication Research as an Agent of Change Award.
Antoine Haywood is a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. His ethnographic, practitioner inquiry research focuses on understanding virtuous effects of commons-based media-making and PEG access media organizational culture. Prior to Annenberg, Antoine worked as a community engagement director at People TV, Atlanta (2005-2010) and PhillyCAM, Philadelphia (2010-2018). He has served on boards of community media organizations, including Radio Free Georgia and the Alliance for Community Media. Antoine holds a BA in English from Morehouse College, an MA in Media Studies from The New School, and he is a proud native of West Palm Beach, FL.
Mariana Sánchez Santos
Currently a PhD student in the School of Communication at American University, Mariana holds a BA in International Relations from ITAM in Mexico City and a Master of Arts in Political Communication from the University of Leeds, UK. She has also taken courses in City University of Hong Kong, Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires, Stanford University and Oxford University. Her doctoral research focuses in political communication, elections and technology in Latin America.