Graduate Research Assistants
Md Hamza Mostafa
Md Hamza Kamal Mostafa is a graduate student and teaching assistant in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. He previously taught in the dept. of Media and Communication at Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) and worked for Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) as a sub-editor at MRDI, a Dhaka-based media development organization. He holds a Master's in Sociology from South Asian University (an inter-governmental collaboration among SAARC nations) with a Merit Scholarship for 2018-2020. He accomplished another Master's and Bachelor in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Dhaka. With his outstanding performance in extracurricular activities across the academic journey, he attained the Gold level at the Duke of Edinburgh International Award Program in 2015. In addition, he presented papers on media, politics, and gender at international conferences in India, Turkey, and Bangladesh. His main areas of interest span media, communication, cultural studies, and political economy.
Zhenyang Luo is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication at North Dakota State University. Zhenyang’s research primarily focuses on communication and technology, media psychology, and human-robot interaction. Currently, Zhenyang is exploring how people build mental models of social robots, and how the mental models influence following interactions.