Student Award Winners 2017

The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication is pleased to announce the winners of its undergraduate and graduate departmental awards. To feature this talented group, we updated the classic Proust Questionnaire and collected their candid responses.

Bizaa Ali, MA | MCC Academic Achievement Award

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? 
Pierre Bourdieu, Antonio Gramsci, Raymond Williams, Stuart Hall among others
What news source could you not live without? 
I can live without all of them!
"
Globalization incites my curiosity the most." 
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? 
thecrookedcourtyard.com
"I procrastinate by reading, when I really should be writing."
"I'd love a job as an academic researcher, with a lot of learning opportunities."
"My best day at NYU was when I was told by a great scholar, that my work will make a very meaningful contribution to the field of media studies in South Asia."
"Living in NYC is a fascinating experience."
"My MCC degree is going to help me to critically engage with and to facilitate a useful conversation about media, culture and communication in the Global South."
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was that 'the imagination as a social fact is central to all forms of agency and resistance in the new global order' (from Arjun Appadurai)."

Yalong Chen, BS | MCC Academic Achievement Award

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? Capital by Karl Marx
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be?
Michel Foucault
What news source could you not live without? The New York Times is the most frequently used, but actually no one is necessary. When a single source of news is necessary, objectivity is at stake.
"XXX-ism
incites my curiosity the most." I always want to find out why something deserve the -ism suffix."
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? utopia.com (to prevent it from being used).
"I procrastinate by Wikipedia. I could browse article by article until it exhausts me (or I exhaust the links)."
"I'd love a job as a librarian if not a scholar, but I prefer to be called 'curator of books.'"
"My best day at NYU was when I was presenting my work at a conference."
"Living in NYC is great for appetite, but terrible for sleeping."
"My MCC degree is going to help me keep my eyes open when becoming more sophisticated in one profession. It prepares me with a broad foundation in social science, and some preparation to Anthropology for my graduate studies."
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was psychoanalysis! I am very impressed by how social problems could be explained by looking into the nuance of individual behaviors. It is amazing to see the world with microscope, when we are so used to see from the telescope. This is my first microscope."

Ashley Chicola, BS | Award for Outstanding Service to the Department

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? Why Love Hurts by Eva Illouz
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Roland Barthes (though he feels like an old friend at this point considering all the times I've encountered his work in my classes)
What news source could you not live without? The New York Times
"The ways in which language shapes our perceptions of self and others incites my curiosity the most."
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? askashley.com
"I procrastinate by doing crossword puzzles and scrolling through pictures of food on Instagram."
"I'd love a job as a travel writer or food critic."
"My best day at NYU was when my Advanced College Essay professor suggested that I submit a piece to Mercer Street."
"Living in NYC is overwhelming and loud and sometimes enchanting."
"My MCC degree is going to help me think critically and avoid taking what I see in the media at face value (plus landing a job also wouldn't hurt)."
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was that even cliche love songs can reveal a lot about our understanding of relationships in the modern world (and basically everything else on Roger Friedland's Mediating Love, Sex, and God syllabus)."

Matthew Hockenberry, PhD | MCC Outstanding Teaching Award; MCC Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? Bruno Latour's Les Microbes: Guerre et Paix
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Marx
What news source could you not live without? irrelevant gossip
"A curious incident incites my curiosity the most."
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? https://supplystudies.com/
"I procrastinate by working on the wrong thing."
"I'd love a job as a media archaeologist."
"My best day at NYU was when I finished the first year."
"Living in NYC is claustrophobic."
"My MCC degree is going to help me stay in the academy."
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was how to be comfortable with silence."

Alycia Karlovich, BS | Award for Outstanding Service to the Department

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Erving Goffman
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Aldous Huxley (or maybe Michel Foucault, this is a hard question).
What news source could you not live without? Facebook, because the comments are usually more telling than the articles themselves.
"SciFi incites my curiosity the most."
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? alltheoddities.com
"I procrastinate by watching Twin Peaks (again and again)."
"I'd love a job as a professional circus aerialist."
"My best day at NYU was the day I first arrived and everything was still so new and exciting."
"Living in NYC is full of unique, and sometimes wonderfully bizarre experiences."
"My MCC degree is going to help me change the way other people think about and interact with their own selves."
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was that maps aren't even close to being geographically accurate."

Ernest Pujol Leon, MA | MCC Academic Achievement Award; Award for Outstanding Service to the Department

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? The Great Transformation by Karl Polanyi
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Too many to list them all, but Karl Marx and Michel Foucault would probably be at the top of the list.
What news source could you not live without? La Directa, Publico, Liberation, Democracy Now! and Jacobin, among many others
"Critical Theory incites my curiosity the most."
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? www.queercommie.com
"I procrastinate by color coding my bookshelves."
"I'd love a job as a professor."
"My best day at NYU was when I taught my first class as a TA."
"Living in NYC is economically challenging."
"My MCC degree is going to help me grow as a scholar and prepare for my doctoral studies at Duke University."
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was current debates on labor, technology, and global capitalism."

Fengmei Li, MA | MCC Academic Achievement Award; MCC Distinguished MA Dissertation Award

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? The Nature of Symbolic Interactionism by Herbert Blumer
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? I've already met and in close contact with my dear thesis adviser Deborah Borisoff.
What news source could you not live without? WeChat
"Human relationships incite my curiosity the most."
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? www.youneverknow.com
"I procrastinate by anything except writing."
"I'd love a job as an actor or therapist."
"My best day at NYU was when I successfully transferred to MCC!"
"Living in NYC is never dull."
"My MCC degree is going to help me sound really smart and sophisticated (which may not necessarily be true)..."
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was Social Exchange Theory in Interpersonal Communication."

Alissa Medina, MA | Award for Outstanding Service to the Department

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? Leslie Feinberg's Stone Butch Blues
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Donna Haraway or Judith Butler
What news source could you not live without? Broadly by Vice
"Gender identity incites my curiosity the most."
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? thehappyfeminist.com
"I procrastinate by downloading new apps."
"I'd love a job as a feminist scholar and writer."
"My best day at NYU was when I studied with my closest friends on the weekend for MASA's study sessions"
"Living in NYC is curiously stressful."
"My MCC degree is going to help me become better at theorizing media—which has been a dream!"
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was you don't always need to be the first to speak! Listening to others is a great way to learn."

Karla Reyes, MA | Award for Outstanding Service to the Department

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? Race After the Internet by Lisa Nakamura and Peter Chow-White
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Subcomandante Marcos and Gramsci
What news source could you not live without? I love me some NPR
"At the moment, Populism incites my curiosity the most."
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? your name here dot com
"I procrastinate by reading about astrology and responding to emails."
"I'd love a job as a cooking show host, where I get to try new recipes and interview current scholars and woke celebrities like J Cole."
"My best day at NYU was when Paula Chakravartty agreed to be my thesis adviser."
"Living in NYC is good for your legs!"
"My MCC degree is going to help me bore people at cocktails parties by equipping me with more information about the internet and to think critically."
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was how the internet was as military funded project, and how we are all engaging in "playbor" when we like, share, and tweet."

Danielle Resto, BS | Award for Outstanding Service to the Department

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? Michel Foucault's Discipline & Punish, Panopticism
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Daniel Boorstin
What news source could you not live without? Reuters or AP are what I consider the most reliable, so I check it most!
"Creative technology (coding, production, innovation) incites my curiosity the most."
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? google.com —imagine how many hits I would get!
"I procrastinate by falling into the weird side of YouTube, reading Wikipedia pages that are relevant to what I should be doing by the 4th degree, or catching up on sleep."
"I'd love a job as a music supervisor for the film industry."
"My best day at NYU was when I sat in my first class and realized I made it—NYU was my dream school since I was 5 years old!"
"Living in NYC is exciting!"
"My MCC degree is going to help me understand the world better."
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was that media influences EVERYTHING we do and can relate to ANYTHING we talk about—I once was able to draw a parallel between ideology and Pokemon!"

Kiran Samuel, MA | Scholarship in Memory of Barbara Rose Haum

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? Langdon Winner's Do Artifacts Have Politics?
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Stuart Hall
What news source could you not live without? My boyfriend. He finds out about things at least a week after they've happened and runs to tell me like it's fresh news. It's delightful.
"People's browsing history incites my curiosity the most."
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? www.gooogle.com (note the extra o - I'm not evil, ok)
"I procrastinate by reading young adult novels. Keeps my brain busy, but still lets me zone out."
"I'd love a job as a researcher and professor. Professional napper, if the whole academic thing doesn't work out."
"My best day at NYU was each time students, faculty, and staff joined in protest against fascist ideologies and policies. The silver lining to the current political situation is that I am constantly inspired and motivated by those organizing and fighting alongside me —especially students."
"Living in NYC is home! I grew up in Jersey, and have been in and around the city my whole life."
"My MCC degree is going to help me foreground my future work as a sociologist in media theory."
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was how to ruin people's blind optimism with critical theory!

Jeremy Smith, MA | MCC Academic Achievement Award; MCC Distinguished MA Dissertation Award

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? The Next American Revolution by Grace Lee Boggs
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Karl Marx
What news source could you not live without? Unfortunately, my Facebook feed
"Living in suspense incites my curiosity the most."
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? non.org
"I procrastinate by being productive on other things."
"I'd love a job as a Professor."
"My best day at NYU was when I met my professor and thesis adviser, Nicholas Mirzoeff."
"Living in NYC is a drag."
"My MCC degree is going to help me practice theory and theorize practice."
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was organically collaborating with other students in mapping intersecting relations to demand a future."

Qi Wu, MA | Award for Distinction in the MA Culminating Exam; Award for Outstanding Service to the Department

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? The Precession of Simulacra by Jean Baudrillard
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Michel Foucault
"Traveling incites my curiosity the most."
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? livelaughfilmandtravel.com
"I procrastinate by well, how do you define procrastination?"
"I'd love a job as a film professional."
"My best day at NYU was when I watched a Hitchcock movie in class."
"Living in NYC is surreal."
"My MCC degree is going to help me live a meaningful life."
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was that studying is fun!"