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Ingrid Sturgis, M.A.

Degrees and background: 

Master’s in journalism from New York University, B.A. in art from City College of New York. Ingrid Sturgis is an Assistant Professor, specializing in new media, in the Department of Journalism. She has exceptional knowledge of Web technologies and social media and has developed multimedia content and curriculum for world-class interactive experiences. Sturgis has worked online since 2001, most recently as a Web strategist for She also worked as a senior programming manager for AOL and as editor in chief at Previously, she worked as a managing editor for magazine startups BET Weekend and Savoy. Sturgis also has worked for several newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Times-Herald Record and the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Personal statement: 

Despite the promise of the Internet as a medium that presents diverse voices, the rise of hyperlocal news and information sites belies that notion as most of those sites seem to primarily focus on covering traditional mainstream communities. The digital divide is alive and well — and growing. My research addresses the disparity in broadband adoption and how mobile adoption will impact minority communities in the U.S. It aims to increase how Blacks and other unrepresented groups can utilize social media to empower their communities, which is critical for a healthy democratic society. My research interests also include mobile money, black media entrepreneurship, the digital divide, digital literacy and analytics.