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Stephanie Brown
Graduate Fellow

Stephanie Brown is a graduate student in the American University School of Communication's International Media program. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. While there, she joined the Carnegie Mellon Human-Computer Interaction Institute as a research assistant, collaborating on projects exploring user perspectives on online anonymity. Prior to that, Stephanie interned at Three Rivers Community Foundation, where she wrote about human rights issues and current events. Stephanie enjoys reading, writing, and experiencing other cultures.

Stephanie can be reached at sb9279a [at] american [dot] edu

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Anedra Edwards
Graduate Fellow

Anedra Edwards is a full-time graduate student at American University studying for a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film and Electronic Media. As a native Washingtonian, she attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania receiving her undergraduate degree in 2010 for a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Management and a minor in Film Studies. She is a production professional specializing in producing, screenwriting, video shooting and editing. Throughout her college and post college career, she has served multiple positions for NBC Universal, BET Networks, VH1 Network, Viacom International, Comcast Television and several other television and production companies. She has been recognized for her design expertise, creativity and technical experience. Her recent professional media awards for cinematography and editing include a 2012 Bronze PromaxBDA Local Award for her work with NBC4 News in Washington DC and a 2013 Visions Media Festival Award for her short documentary "I Am Jahlion".

Anedra can be reached at ae1203a [at] american [dot] edu

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Emily O'Connor
Media That Matters Coordinator

Emily O’Connor is an undergraduate Film and Media Arts student in American University’s School of Communication. She is minoring in marine biology, and is interested in the relationships between science, media and society. An active volunteer in the anti-human-trafficking movement, she is also exploring the power of visual media for social justice causes.

Emily can be reached at eo0455a [at] american [dot] edu.

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Elizabeth Schwartz
Graduate Fellow

Beth Schwartz is a Strategic Communication graduate student in American University's School of Communication. She comes to AU from her hometown of Syracuse, New York where she previously worked as as Master Control Operator at a local television station. Beth graduated from the University of Maryland in 2011 with her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. She hopes to do communication work either for a news outlet or non-profit upon graduating. In her spare time, Beth enjoys traveling, reading and watching films.

Beth can be reached at: es9071a [at] american [dot] edu

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Echo Xie
Graduate Fellow

Echo Xie joins the Center for Social Media as a graduate fellow. She is currently a graduate student in the International Media program at American University's School of Communication. Growing up in Beijing, Echo developed a deep interest in music, film and literature. In 2008, she graduated from University of International Business and Economics with a B.A. in business. Prior to coming to the US, Echo worked as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in media and entertainment industry for two years. Witnessing rapidly changing social structures and communication, she began exploring participatory and social change tools. In media, she believes, lies the key to a better world.

Echo can be reached at xx9761a [at] american [dot] edu