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Student Association for the Master's in Media

The Student Association for the Master's in Media (SAMM) is a student organization that represents the MA graduate student community in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. It acts as a liaison between graduate students, the department and greater Steinhardt administration, and also creates opportunities for professional and academic development.

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MA Cohort at a Glance

Hadiqa looks at the camera with hands in her pocket.

"My interest lies in tech policy — particularly in the context of ethics, online safety and privacy."

— Hadiqa Shahid (MA '24)

"From the analysis of global media to algorithmic cultures and abolitionist aesthetics: Name it, and we're thinking through it." — Mary A.
Mary is in a brown blazer and has her long dreads pulled back from her face.

"I am researching media produced by racialized and gendered migrant workers in the East African region."

— Mary Ainomugisha (MA '24)

"This program has been a catalyst for personal growth, offering invaluable insights from professors whose skills and backgrounds are unparalleled." — Hadiqa S.
Ashley wears a blue and white blouse and smiles at the camera. Her red hair is parted in the middle.

"I’m writing my thesis on TikTok as a complicated but invaluable space for people in recovery from eating disorders.

— Ashley Chenery (MA '24)


"MCC feels like limitless possibility. There’s a tremendous range of research interests and professional aspirations among the students. You can develop in any direction you’d like." — Ashley C.
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"The options for study are diverse and the opportunity to study media in one of the biggest media capitals in the world has been profoundly rewarding."

— Nick Harvey-Doyle (MA '24)

"Everyone here has unique research ideas but are brought together by a common desire to think critically about those ideas and how they are situated in the world." — Kelly S.
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"My research centers upon queerness and different layers of visibility, with an emphasis on contemporary queer Asian art."

— Junlin Zhu (MA '24)

Applications Received in 2023 Admissions Cycle
Our MA Acceptance Rate in 2023
Average Undergraduate GPA of MA Cohort
Students enrolled in the first year cohort


  • International 63%
  • Domestic 37%
Age range in the incoming cohort

Undergraduate Major

  • Journalism/Communications 37%
  • Humanities 35%
  • Social Sciences 18%
  • Other 10%

Domestic Ethnicity

  • White 38%
  • Black 29%
  • Hispanic 21%
  • Asian 8%
  • Two or more races 4%

International Citizenship

  • China 77%
  • South Korea 5%
  • Indonesia 5%
  • Canada 2%
  • Germany 2%
  • India 2%
  • Japan 2%
  • Taiwan 2%


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Meet Recent Alumni

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Jess Moore Matthews (MA 2014)
Jess is the founder of Backbone Digital. Jess previously served as Director of Strategic Communications for the State of North Carolina; as the Mobilization Director for the Elizabeth Warren presidential campaign; as the Chief Content Officer for the City of New York; and as a Social Media Strategist for The New York Times.

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Lorena Kanzki (MA 2021)
A Miami native, Lorena graduated from Syracuse University with a double major in Television, Radio, and Film and Gender Studies. As an MA student, her research interests lay at the intersection of social justice, education, and digital and emerging technology.

Lorena lists the Surveillance and Sousveillance course she took abroad at NYU Madrid as one of the most exciting experiences in her MA career. Another highlight was Professor Stephen Duncombe's Media Activism course, for which her team created a multimedia advocacy project, DeVOTE NY, to pass New York Bill S4844/A6512 which would mandate comprehensive and inclusive sex education across New York State.

While in the program, Lorena worked at Weber Shandwick, researching diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) media initiatives, and presenting best practices in DEI communications to agency staff across the nation to inform internal and client work.

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Fernanda Soria (MA 2021)
Fernanda was a recipient of a 2020/21 International Fellowship from the American Association of University Women, which supported her research at NYU examining the intersections between gender and space politics, borders and violence. Previously, Fernanda worked for the Mexican NGO Red INTEGRA, which focuses on racism, xenophobia, and migration. Fernanda is currently enrolled in a PhD program at USC Annenberg.

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Dennis Golin (MA 2019)
Dennis is a video editor for MSNBC, cutting footage for much of their primetime programming. His master's thesis was on the subject of Public Access television in New York City and its intertwining with the local arts community. He is a native New Yorker and ridiculously proud of it.

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Stephanie Llamas (MA 2013)
Stephanie is Chief Data Storyteller at VoxPop Insights. Her MA thesis examined alternative media, video games, and community cohesion. Previous roles include working at the World Economic Forum on its metaverse initiative and serving as SuperData's head of the XR and games research verticals. In this capacity, Stephanie led group strategy for 30 analysts, heading operations, and functioning as Nielsen's in-house XR expert.

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Ronnie Deng (MA 2018)
Ronnie works in business development and strategy at NBC Universal, having previously worked in programming at BritBox, BBC Studios, where she acquired content for the British streaming service. 

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Daniel Soto Morfín (MA 2014)
Daniel is the Public Relations Manager for Netflix Mexico. After graduating from the MA program, Daniel was named Head of Regional Clients for Latin America at Edelman, where he advised regional and global clients on corporate reputation, executive positioning, crisis, and thought leadership. His thesis examined the changing relationship between media and public officials. Daniel continues to follow these changes and how they impact his clients.

Recent Industry & Academic Placements

MCC MA to PhD Placements

  • University of California (Berkeley, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara)
  • Brown University
  • Cornell University
  • Columbia University
  • McGill University
  • New York University
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • London School of Economics
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Common Program Areas for PhD Study

  • Media & Communications Studies
  • Sociology & Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies; African American, Latin & Latino American, and American Studies
  • Film & Media and Visual Arts
  • MBA & Business Management

Job Placements after Graduation

  • sparks & honey, Director of Cultural Strategy 
  • Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, Digital Accessibility Fellow 
  • Amazon Music, Global Marketing Manager
  • Nickelodeon, Senior Digital Analyst for User Experience
  • Stanford Arts Institute, Grants Administrator and Programs Assistant
  • United Nations, International External Relations Specialist
  • CNN, Manager, Program and Content Strategy
  • New York Magazine, News Writer
  • NBCUniversal, National Sales Planner for Telemundo
  • Simon & Schuster, Online Marketing Manager
  • Tribeca Film Festival, Associate Programmer, Feature Films
  • Vox Media, Director, IP Development & Marketing
  • Edelman Mexico, Vice President
  • Nielsen, Head of Games and XR Research
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