Faculty Experts

If you would like to reach Dean Steve Coll, please email his assistant Iris Lee or call her at 212-854-3845.

The Central Communications Department at Columbia University handles media requests for long­-range stories and news about the journalism industry.

Sabina Lee
Public Affairs Officer
212­-854­-5579

For website, social media and media requests for quotes and spot news specifically about the Journalism School, contact:

Ernest Sotomayor
Dean of Student Affairs & Director, Latin American Initiatives
212­-854­-4922

 

Arts, Music & Culture

Helen Benedict: arts & culture, ethics, human rights, international affairs, politics, social issues
Prof. Benedict is the author of several books, fiction and nonfiction, about women's rights, the military, war, women soldiers, sexual violence, race, class and poverty, as well as about literature and the arts.
Office: 212-854-3622 | hb22@columbia.edu

David Hajdu: music, film, popular culture
Prof. Hajdu can speak about music and film criticism, comic books, and issues and trends in popular culture.
Office: 212-854-0340 | dh2154@columbia.edu

Alisa Solomon: arts & culture, arts policy and politics, theater, ethics
Prof. Solomon directs the Arts & Culture concentration in the M.A. Program. She can speak about arts reporting, criticism, issues of gender, religion, ethics and social change.
Office: 212-854-1996 | as646@columbia.edu

Audio Journalism

Ann Cooper: radio journalism, international media, press freedom
Prof. Cooper's areas of expertise include radio journalism, the former Soviet Union, international press freedom issues and international media training. She is the international director at the Journalism School and former executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Office: 212-854-9696 | Cell: 917-370-7044 | akc24@columbia.edu

Broadcast Journalism

John Dinges: radio journalism, investigative journalism, the Americas
Prof. Dinges is an investigative journalist with expertise in U.S.-­Latin American relations (specifically Chile, Argentina, Panama, Venezuela and Guatemala), human rights, international terrorism and prosecutions of human rights crimes of the 1970s.
Office: 212-854-8774 | Cell: 202-222-8476 | jcd35@columbia.edu

Betsy West: broadcast journalism; online video news; documentaries

Prof. West is a former senior vice president for CBS News who can speak about news production, women’s issues and documentary film.
Office: 212­-854-­9684 | Cell: 347­-323-­6636 | ebw2112@columbia.edu

Business & Economics

Bill Grueskin: online/print and new media business models, the Internet economy
Office: 212-854-6550 | wg2183@columbia.edu

James Stewart: business journalism, the markets, corporate leadership
Prof. Stewart won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Wall Street Journal articles about the 1987 stock market crash and insider trading scandals. He is knowledgeable about all aspects of business reporting, the markets, and is the author of "Disney War."
Office: 212-854-1613 ­| jbs32@columbia.edu

Data Journalism

Susan McGregor: data journalism, digital media, digital security, ethics, trends in journalismProf. McGregor is the assistant director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. She can provide insight on topics relating to data journalism, visualization, information security and ethical issues around data, privacy and information technology.
Office: 212-854-9523 | sem2196@columbia.edu

Digital Media

Emily Bell: digital media, social media and technology
Prof. Bell is the director of Columbia Journalism School's Tow Center for Digital Journalism. She has been a leading media commentator in the U.K., writing about broadcasting, media policy issues, media business, marketing and technology.
eb2740@columbia.edu

Duy Linh Tu: digital media
Prof. Tu is the digital media coordinator for the school. He is a writer, videographer, photographer and multimedia consultant who has traveled to newsrooms internationally to provide consulting and training to multimedia journalists.
Office: 212-851-0791 | dnt3@columbia.edu

Susan McGregor: data journalism, digital media, digital security, ethics, trends in journalism
Prof. McGregor is the assistant director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. She can provide insight on topics relating to data journalism, visualization, information security and ethical issues around data, privacy and information technology.
Office: 212-854-9523 | sem2196@columbia.edu

Digital Security

Susan McGregor: data journalism, digital media, digital security, ethics, trends in journalism
Prof. McGregor is the assistant director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. She can provide insight on topics relating to data journalism, visualization, information security and ethical issues around data, privacy and information technology.
Office: 212-854-9523 | sem2196@columbia.edu

Documentary

Nina Berman: documentary, ethics, photojournalism
Prof. Berman directs the photojournalism program at the Journalism School. Contact her regarding issues relating to photojournalism, documentary photography and ethical questions relating to image making and distribution.
Office: 212-851-0139 | njb22@columbia.edu

June Cross: documentary, ethics, immigration, religion, social issues
Prof. Cross is the director of the Documentary Program. Contact her on issues relating to race relations, documentary, ethics and immigration.
Office: 212-854-7221 | Cell: 917-805-6958 | jc1339@columbia.edu

Andie Tucher: documentary, ethics, history of communications, photojournalism, trends in journalism
Prof. Tucher is a historian and journalist who writes about the history of U.S. journalism, especially the evolution of truth-telling conventions and ethical standards in print, documentary and photojournalism.
Office: 212-854-6495 | ajt21@columbia.edu

Education

LynNell Hancock: education, child and family policy, newspaper and magazine
Prof. Hancock’s areas of expertise include education, poverty and welfare, juvenile justice and child welfare.
Office: 212-854-8765­ | Home: 973-783-8519 | lh50@columbia.edu

Nicholas Lemann: journalism history; education; magazine and long-form journalism
Dean Emeritus Lemann is a faculty member and staff writer at the New Yorker. He has written extensively about politics, education, business, and social policy. Lemann has published five books, most recently "Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War" (2006). His book about high-­stakes testing,"The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy" (1999), helped lead to a major reform of the SAT.
Email: lemann@columbia.edu

Entrepreneurship

Michael Shapiro: issues in journalism
Prof. Shapiro is the founder of The Big Roundtable, a digital longform publishing venture. Contact him to discuss longform journalism and media startups.
Office: 212-854-3851 | ms106@columbia.edu

Ethics

Nina Berman: documentary, ethics, photojournalism
Prof. Berman directs the photojournalism program at the Journalism School. Contact her regarding issues relating to photojournalism, documentary photography and ethical questions relating to image making and distribution.
Office: 212-851-0139 | njb22@columbia.edu

Helen Benedict: arts & culture, ethics, human rights, international affairs, politics, social issues
Prof. Benedict is the author of several books, fiction and nonfiction, about women's rights, the military, war, women soldiers, sexual violence, race, class and poverty, as well as about literature and the arts.
Office: 212-854-3622 | hb22@columbia.edu

June Cross: documentary, ethics, immigration, religion, social issues
Prof. Cross is the director of the Documentary Program. Contact her on issues relating to race relations, documentary, ethics and immigration.
Office: 212-854-7221 | Cell: 917-805-6958 | jc1339@columbia.edu

Samuel Freedman: media ethics, education, religion
Prof. Freedman, a long­-time professor of journalism and prolific author and writer, is an expert on ethics in journalism, education and Jewish culture. He conducts a book writing seminar that teaches students to write successful book proposals, often leading to publication.
Office: 212-854-1829 | sgf1@columbia.edu

Susan McGregor: data journalism, digital media, digital security, ethics, trends in journalism
Prof. McGregor is the assistant director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. She can provide insight on topics relating to data journalism, visualization, information security and ethical issues around data, privacy and information technology.
Office: 212-854-9523 | sem2196@columbia.edu

Bruce Shapiro: human rights, reporting on violence, criminal justice, politics, ethics.
Shapiro is the executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma based at the Journalism School.
Office: 212-854-8056 | bruce.shapiro@dartcenter.org

Alisa Solomon: arts & culture, arts policy and politics, theater, ethics
Prof. Solomon directs the Arts & Culture concentration in the M.A. Program. She can speak about arts reporting, criticism, issues of gender, religion, ethics and social change.
Office: 212-854-1996 | as646@columbia.edu

Andie Tucher: documentary, ethics, history of communications, photojournalism, trends in journalism
Prof. Tucher is a historian and journalist who writes about the history of U.S. journalism, especially the evolution of truth-telling conventions and ethical standards in print, documentary and photojournalism.
Office: 212-854-6495 | ajt21@columbia.edu

History

Richard R. John: history of communications since 1600; communications policy; history of American public life
Prof. John specializes in the political economy of communications, American politics and telecommunications.
Office: 212-854-0547 | rrj2115@columbia.edu

Nicholas Lemann: journalism history; education; magazine and long-form journalism
Dean Emeritus Lemann is a faculty member and staff writer at the New Yorker. He has written extensively about politics, education, business, and social policy. Lemann has published five books, most recently "Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War" (2006). His book about high-­stakes testing,"The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy" (1999), helped lead to a major reform of the SAT.
Email: lemann@columbia.edu

Michael Schudson: history of American newspapers; history and sociology of news reporting; history of U.S. civic and political participation
Prof. Schudson is the author of several books concerning the history and sociology of the American news media, advertising, popular culture, and cultural memory.
Office: 212-854-8277 | ms3035@columbia.edu

Alexander Stille: Italian history, Italian mafia, contemporary Europe
Prof. Stille can speak about Italian politics, culture and history, European politics and cultural politics in general.
Office: 212-854-1611 | as786@columbia.edu

Andie Tucher: documentary, ethics, history of communications, photojournalism, trends in journalism
Prof. Tucher is a historian and journalist who writes about the history of U.S. journalism, especially the evolution of truth-telling conventions and ethical standards in print, documentary and photojournalism.
Office: 212-854-6495 | ajt21@columbia.edu

Human Rights & Social Issues

June Cross: documentary, ethics, immigration, religion, social issues
Prof. Cross is the director of the Documentary Program. Contact her on issues relating to race relations, documentary, ethics and immigration.
Office: 212-854-7221 | Cell: 917-805-6958 | jc1339@columbia.edu

Helen Benedict: arts & culture, ethics, human rights, international affairs, politics, social issues
Prof. Benedict is the author of several books, fiction and nonfiction, about women's rights, the military, war, women soldiers, sexual violence, race, class and poverty, as well as about literature and the arts.
Office: 212-854-3622 | hb22@columbia.edu

Dale Maharidge: immigration, working­-class Americans
Prof. Maharidge can speak about topics relating to working class Americans, immigration, nationalism and civil rights.
Office: 212-854-3854 | dm2021@columbia.edu

Bruce Shapiro: human rights, reporting on violence, criminal justice, politics, ethics.
Shapiro is the executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma based at the Journalism School.
Office: 212-854-8056 | bruce.shapiro@dartcenter.org

Immigration

June Cross: documentary, ethics, immigration, religion, social issues
Prof. Cross is the director of the Documentary Program. Contact her on issues relating to race relations, documentary, ethics and immigration.
Office: 212-854-7221 | Cell: 917-805-6958 | jc1339@columbia.edu

International Affairs

Helen Benedict: arts & culture, ethics, human rights, international affairs, politics, social issues
Prof. Benedict is the author of several books, fiction and nonfiction, about women's rights, the military, war, women soldiers, sexual violence, race, class and poverty, as well as about literature and the arts.
Office: 212-854-3622 | hb22@columbia.edu

Steve Coll: is the Dean of the School and a staff writer for The New Yorker. His area of expertise is investigative journalism, the oil industry, the Bin Ladens, national security and politics in the Middle East. Contact his assistant, Iris Lee, at 212-854-3845 or il2170@columbia.edu

Ann Cooper: radio journalism, international media, press freedom
Prof. Cooper's areas of expertise include radio journalism, the former Soviet Union, international press freedom issues and international media training. She is the international director at the Journalism School and former executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Office: 212-854-9696 | Cell: 917-370-7044 | akc24@columbia.edu

Howard W. French: Chinese culture, West Africa, Japan, the Koreas
Prof. French specializes in the culture and politics of China and West Africa, and in addition to books and articles, has published several photographic essays on the people and culture of China.
Office: 212-854-0163 | hf2205@columbia.edu

Alexander Stille: Italian history, Italian mafia, contemporary Europe
Prof. Stille can speak about Italian politics, culture and history, European politics and politics in general.
Office: 212­854­1611 | as786@columbia.edu

Investigative Journalism

Steve Coll: is the Dean of the School and a staff writer for The New Yorker. His area of expertise is investigative journalism, the oil industry, the Bin Ladens, national security and politics in the Middle East. Contact his assistant, Iris Lee, at 212-854-3845 or il2170@columbia.edu

Sheila Coronel: investigative journalism, issues related to Southeast Asia, press freedom
Coronel is Dean of Academic Affairs and director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism. She can speak about investigative journalism, human rights reporting, access to information, and the media and politics in Southeast Asia. She is also on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Office: 212-854-5748 | ssc2136@columbia.edu

Law

George Freeman: media law
Prof. Freeman is a former counsel for the New York Times.
gf2240@columbia.edu

Stuart Karle: media law
Prof. Karle is a specialist in media law who advises various online publications on content issues.
sdk22@columbia.edu

John Zucker: media law
Prof. Zucker is a senior vice president of Law & Regulation at NBC News. He can speak about issues of news content, news-gathering, intellectual property and FCC regulations.
jz216@columbia.edu

Photojournalism

Nina Berman: documentary, ethics, photojournalism
Prof. Berman directs the photojournalism program at the Journalism School. Contact her regarding issues relating to photojournalism, documentary photography and ethical questions relating to image making and distribution.
Office: 212-851-0139 | Cell: 917-488-5552 | njb22@columbia.edu

Andie Tucher: documentary, ethics, history of communications, photojournalism, trends in journalism
Prof. Tucher is a historian and journalist who writes about the history of U.S. journalism, especially the evolution of truth-telling conventions and ethical standards in print, documentary and photojournalism.
Office: 212-854-6495 | ajt21@columbia.edu

Politics

Helen Benedict: arts & culture, ethics, human rights, international affairs, politics, social issues
Prof. Benedict is the author of several books, fiction and nonfiction, about women's rights, the military, war, women soldiers, sexual violence, race, class and poverty, as well as about literature and the arts.
Office: 212-854-3622 | hb22@columbia.edu

Steve Coll: is the Dean of the School and a staff writer for The New Yorker. His area of expertise is investigative journalism, the oil industry, the Bin Ladens, national security and politics in the Middle East. Contact his assistant, Iris Lee, at 212­-854-­3845 or il2170@columbia.edu.

Tom Edsall: American politics
Prof. Edsall can speak about most issues relating to American politics, individual Senate and House races, the balance of power, political parties, immigration, gender, and same sex marriage.
Office: 212­-854-­6042 ­| Cell: 202­-631-­2611 | Home: 212­-665-0661
­ thomas.edsall@gmail.com

Todd Gitlin: media, ethics in journalism, American politics, issues in sociology
Prof. Gitlin is an expert on the media landscape, social movements, and national politics. A 1960’s political activist, he is the author of more than a dozen books. He is a professor of journalism and sociology, and the chair of the journalism Ph.D. program.
Office: 212-854-8124 | tg2058@columbia.edu

Nicholas Lemann: journalism history; education; magazine and long-form journalism
Dean Emeritus Lemann is a faculty member and staff writer at the New Yorker. He has written extensively about politics, education, business, and social policy. Lemann has published five books, most recently "Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War" (2006). His book about high­-stakes testing,"The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy" (1999), helped lead to a major reform of the SAT.
Email: lemann@columbia.edu

Michael Schudson: history of American newspapers; history and sociology of news reporting; history of U.S. civic and political participation
Prof. Schudson is the author of several books concerning the history and sociology of the American news media, advertising, popular culture, and cultural memory.
Office: 212­-854-­8277 | ms3035@columbia.edu

Alexander Stille: Italian history, Italian mafia, contemporary Europe
Prof. Stille can speak about Italian politics, culture and history, European politics and politics in general.
Office: 212­-854-1611 | as786@columbia.edu

Press Freedom

Ann Cooper: radio journalism, international media, press freedom
Prof. Cooper's areas of expertise include radio journalism, the former Soviet Union, international press freedom issues and international media training. She is the international director at the Journalism School and former executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Office: 212-854-9696 | Cell: 917-370-7044 | akc24@columbia.edu

Sheila Coronel: investigative journalism, issues related to Southeast Asia, press freedom
Coronel is Dean of Academic Affairs and director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism. She can speak about investigative journalism, human rights reporting, access to information, and the media and politics in Southeast Asia. She is also on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Office: 212-854-5748 | ssc2136@columbia.edu

Religion

June Cross: documentary, ethics, immigration, religion, social issues
Prof. Cross is the director of the Documentary Program. Contact her on issues relating to race relations, documentary, ethics and immigration.
Office: 212-854-7221 | Cell: 917-805-6958 | jc1339@columbia.edu

Samuel Freedman: media ethics, education, religion
Prof. Freedman, a long­-time professor of journalism and prolific author and writer, is an expert on ethics in journalism, education and Jewish culture. He conducts a book writing seminar that teaches students to write successful book proposals, often leading to publication.
Office: 212-854-1829 | sgf1@columbia.edu

Ari Goldman: religion and the media
Prof. Goldman is the director of Columbia's Scripps Howard Program in Religion and Journalism, and has led Columbia study­-tours to Israel, Russia and India. He can comment on issues of faith and media.
Office: 212-854-3878 | alg18@columbia.edu

Science

Marguerite Holloway: science journalism
Prof. Holloway is a contributing editor at Scientific American, and is knowledgeable about such topics as public health, environmental issues, conservation, neuroscience, and women in science and physics.
Office: 212-854-9149 | myh7@columbia.edu

Jonathan Weiner: science issues, narrative journalism
Prof. Weiner won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1994 book "The Beak of The Finch," about evolutionary biology. He can speak with precision about developments in science.
Office: 212-854-4099 | jw2345@columbia.edu

Trends in Journalism

Bill Grueskin: online/print and new media business models, the Internet economy
Office: 212-854-6550 | wg2183@columbia.edu

Nicholas Lemann: journalism history; education; magazine and long-form journalism
Dean Emeritus Lemann is a faculty member and staff writer at the New Yorker. He has written extensively about politics, education, business, and social policy. Lemann has published five books, most recently "Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War" (2006). His book about high-­stakes testing,"The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy" (1999), helped lead to a major reform of the SAT.
Email: lemann@columbia.edu

Susan McGregor: data journalism, digital media, digital security, ethics, trends in journalism
Prof. McGregor is the assistant director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. She can provide insight on topics relating to data journalism, visualization, information security and ethical issues around data, privacy and information technology.
Office: 212-854-9523 | sem2196@columbia.edu

Andie Tucher: documentary, ethics, history of communications, photojournalism, trends in journalism
Prof. Tucher is a historian and journalist who writes about the history of U.S. journalism, especially the evolution of truth-telling conventions and ethical standards in print, documentary and photojournalism.
Office: 212-854-6495 | ajt21@columbia.edu