Charlotte Ryan's Curriculum Vitae

Formal Education

Harvard University (History, A.B. cum laude, 1971)
Awards: Rockefeller Traveling Fellowship - Santiago de Chile
Projects: New Song movement in Popular Unity Chile

Boston University (M.Ed. Bilingual Education, 1981)
Master’s Project: Adult Education and Organizing in Immigrant Communities

Boston College (Ph.D. Sociology, 1992)
Dissertation Advisor: William A. Gamson
Dissertation: Prime Time Activism: Media Strategies for Grassroots Organizing
Related area: Social movements, particularly environmental justice, community and workers’ health movements

Post-doctorate (Harvard School of Public Health, Health and Social Behavior)
Project: Freirian models of public health education and communication

Sample Community-University Partnerships involving undergraduates

These projects were designed as two-semester undergraduate translational research seminars.  Students learned to review literature, design and execute a research project to answer an unresolved question posed by a community or regional organization.  Students helped translate the research into accessible formats.

Immigration and the Internet

We partnered with a national adult education initiative in 27 Mexican states.  Our Mexican partners presented a series of dilemmas regarding the options facing potential Mexican immigrants.  Students reviewed academic literature on immigration, then conducted a web-search to document whether the Internet provides potential Mexican immigrants with the information needed to make informed decisions. The undergraduates then developed a CD re immigration for adult education classes in Mexico.  (A collaboration with Dr. Gabriel Camera, Postprimaria).

Drive-by shooting: Portrayals of communities of color in local TV news.  1997 - 2002

Supervised undergraduate and graduate students who analyzed local TV news coverage of Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan as one component of a collaborative campaign with Project RIGHT, Inc (Grove Hall, Roxbury), Roxbury Multi-Service Center, and the Boston Association of Black Journalists. This participatory action research project initiated dialogues between television news programs and communities of color in order to challenge news practices and norms that perpetuate institutional racism in the greater-Boston media market.  We produced a slide show and presented at a public hearing regarding the accountability of local TV news stations to community groups.

“A Model Family: Newspaper Portrayals of Domestic Violence.”

Commissioned by the Rhode Island Coalition against Domestic Violence,  students undertook a content analysis of all print media coverage of domestic violence murders in Rhode Island between 1996 – 2002.  In additional to academic publications,  we are publishing results in multiple formats accessible to the nation’s domestic violence networks, including manuals, curriculum, popular articles.

Community-based Teaching Experience

Rhode Island Coalition against Domestic Violence 1997 - present

With federal funding, designed and piloted successful framing and communications workshops for the Rhode Island Coalition against Domestic Violence.  Program has been replicated in  37 states and we are currently designing a regional “train the trainers” program to be established in five regions.

Media Fellows Program 1996 - 2000

With funding from Boston Foundation, Hyams Foundation, New World Foundation and Bauman Foundation, designed and piloted successful Media Fellows training program for ten Boston organizations.   Designed and conducted workshops for immigrant leaders from the Irish Immigration Center,  ISAA (Immigrant Solidarity Action Alliance), CIRCLE (Center for Immigrant and Refugee Community Leadership and Empowerment and CEW (Cooperative Economics for Women).

PLAN  1996-1998

With Hispanic Office of Planning and Evaluation’s PLAN program, designed and conducted media trainings in Spanish for emerging Latino leaders.

Relevant Translational Research

Obstacles to participatory action research. 1997

I was the evaluator of Praxis, a multi-university project funded by Poverty Race Research Action Council (PRRAC). [UMASS CPCS was lead organization].

No home in the media; Welfare as we know it. 1996

An analysis of media coverage of Massachusetts human services cuts, and a review of advocates efforts to launch counter-frames.

Tilting center - 1993

I analyzed 8 months of Morning Edition and All Things Considered to test whether National Public Radio (NPR) has a liberal bias. Results: NPR has a centrist bias. Study also raised the limitations of bias as a construct.

Professional Affiliations

  • Board of Directors: Grassroots International


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