Entertainment and Media Studies

Aldridge, Emuel

Emuel Aldridge
Lecturer, New Media Institute

Teach undergraduate students how to acquire and implement multiple forms of media into interactive environments such as games, educational exercises, and websites.



Alexander, Alison

Alison Alexander
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor, Entertainment & Media Studies

Alison Alexander teaches writing, research and theory, and family and media. She works in the area of children and media, as well as industry economics.



Biddle, James

James Biddle
Senior Lecturer, Entertainment and Media Studies

James Biddle is an award winning filmmaker and editor who specializes in the teaching of post production workflow and management, audio design, Steadicam operation, visual efx, and the artistic and technical aspects of video/film editing. Professor Biddle is a certified professional instructor of Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, and Final Cut Pro X. Professor Biddle runs the Grady College Authorized Training Center for Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere.



Chess, Shira

Shira Chess
Assistant Professor, Entertainment and Media Studies

Shira Chess teaches courses in media studies and media writing. Her research focuses on digital media studies with an emphasis on gender and gaming.



Kate Fortmueller
Assistant Professor, Department of Entertainment and Media Studies

Kate Fortmueller teaches courses in media studies and media writing. Her research focuses on media industry studies with an emphasis on labor.



Hamilton, Jay

Jay Hamilton
Department Head, Entertainment and Media Studies

Dr. Hamilton teaches cultural, critical, and historical approaches to media studies. His research addresses alternative media and democratic communication.



Jones, Jeffrey P.

Jeffrey P.  Jones
Lambdin Kay Professor & Executive Director of the Peabody Awards

Dr. Jones directs the George Foster Peabody Awards, and is Lambdin Kay Professor in the Entertainment and Media Studies Department.  His research specialty is television studies, with a focus on popular politics, satire and parody.  He is the author and editor of five books, including Entertaining Politics: Satiric Television and Civic Engagement (2nd ed.), Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era, and The Essential HBO Reader.



Kavoori, Anandam (Andy)

Anandam (Andy) Kavoori
Professor, Entertainment and Media Studies

Anandam Kavoori is currently working on several place-based essays, focused on sonic, performative and visual culture in an international context. He also serves as the Coordinator of the “Environmental Communication Initiative” at Grady envtjour.uga.edu.



Kohn, Nathaniel H.

Nathaniel Kohn
Professor, Entertainment & Media Studies
Associate Academic Director Peabody Awards

Dr. Kohn teaches screenwriting, producing for film/television, and qualitative methods; directs the Cannes Film Festival Study Abroad Program; associate directs The Peabody Awards; and produces film/television programs.



John Weatherford
Lecturer, New Media Institute

John Weatherford serves on the faculty of the New Media Institute in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. His courses cover topics including iOS app development, emerging photographic technologies, and digital product design. He serves on the steering committee for TEDxUGA as Director of Production and Photography and has been awarded fellowships focused on technology and teaching. Prior to joining the NMI, John taught in the English Department at UGA, where he developed courses such as Documentary Filmmaking and Writing for Nonprofits. He co-founded and serves as CFO of the Calliope Initiative, a non-profit open-source software project that designs web applications for writing courses.