2020 Colloquium

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

3:30 - 3:50 p.m.
Welcome and Strategic Priorities
Dean Marwan M. Kraidy

4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Academic Research During a Pandemic: Writing, Publishing, Evaluation
Keynote panel: Mary Francis, Director of Penn Press; Zizi Papacharissi, Department Chair and journal editor; Dean Kraidy, moderator

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

3:00 - 3:50 p.m.
Working in a Safe Environment
Title IX, Building, Return to campus
Michael McDonough, Ray Corcoran; Pim Thukral, moderator

4:00 - 4:50 p.m.
Highlighting Northwestern Qatar Faculty Research and Creative Activities
Rana Kazkaz, Zachary Wright, Eddy Borges-Rey; Kathleen Hewett-Smith, moderator


Mary C. Francis, a national leader in the university press community, is the director of the University of Pennsylvania Press. She has been the editorial director at the University of Michigan Press/Michigan Publishing and executive editor and team leader for the humanities at the University of California Press, where she started in 1999 as an editorial assistant. Ms. Francis also worked in the editorial and production departments at Oxford University Press, Yale University Press, and Mayfield Publishing. She is on the board of directors of the Association of University Presses and has served AUPresses in various capacities, including chair of the 2019 Annual Meeting Program Committee, and chair of the Acquisitions Committee. She has conducted numerous presentations and workshops on scholarly communication for the Society for Scholarly Publishing, the Social Science Research Council, the American Historical Association, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the American Musicological Society, as well as various library and campus groups. She has spoken on a variety of topics, including peer review, digital publishing, Open Access, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) issues. Ms. Francis holds a BA in music from Brandeis University and completed graduate work in musicology at Yale University.

Zizi Papacharissi is professor and head of the Communication Department, professor of political science at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and university scholar at the University of Illinois System. Her work focuses on the social and political consequences of online media. She has published nine books, over 70 journal articles and book chapters, and serves on the editorial board of fifteen journals. Zizi is the founding and current editor of the open-access journal Social Media & Society. She is presently working on her 10th book, titled After Democracy, with Yale University Press. Zizi was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece, and graduated from Anatolia College in 1991. She received a full scholarship to Mount Holyoke College, where she completed a double BA in Economics and Media Studies, and to Kent State University, where she received a Masters degree in Communication Studies. Her studies were fully funded by fellowships and scholarships from both the Onassis Foundation and the University of Texas of Austin, where she received her PhD in New Media Technologies and Political Communication. She was recognized by her alma mater, UT-Austin, as a high-impact scholar, an honor bestowed to a handful of the School's most productive and impactful doctoral graduates.