Tito Vagni | Social Sciences | Social Sciences Excellence Award

Tito Vagni | Social Sciences | Social Sciences Excellence Award

Prof Tito Vagni, Universitas Mercatorum, Italy

Prof Tito Vagni ha una laurea in Scienze della Comunicazione dall’Università La Sapienza di Roma e due dottorati, uno in Sociologia alla Sorbonne e uno in Comunicazione e Nuove Tecnologie allo IULM. Attualmente insegna Sociologia dei Media presso Universitas Mercatorum, Università di Macerata e Università della Tuscia. Ha ottenuto l’Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale come Professore di Seconda Fascia. È stato consulente della Commissione Segre e ha insegnato in prestigiose università internazionali. I suoi interessi di ricerca includono media, discorsi d’odio digitali, estetica e gastronomia. Dirige la collana editoriale “Culturologica” e collabora con diverse pubblicazioni. 📚🎓🌍

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Qualification

Nel 2022, ha ottenuto l’Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale (ASN) per le funzioni di professore universitario di Seconda Fascia, valida dal 3 ottobre 2022 al 3 ottobre 2032. Questo riconoscimento è stato conseguito nel Settore Concorsuale 14/C2, che riguarda la Sociologia dei Processi Culturali e Comunicativi. 🎓📚 Questo prestigioso titolo riflette la competenza e la preparazione nel campo della sociologia, specialmente in ambiti legati alla cultura e alla comunicazione, e rappresenta un’importante tappa nella carriera accademica. 🌟

Research focus

Tomas Vagni’s research focuses on the interplay between media, communication, and culture, with a particular emphasis on how digital platforms and media influence social practices and perceptions. His work explores the theoretical and practical dimensions of media consumption, political branding, and the representation of food in media. Vagni’s studies often investigate the implications of media on public imagination and consumption patterns, particularly within the contexts of reality TV, digital activism, and cultural policies. His research includes topics such as “lo-fi politics,” digital influence, and the aesthetics of media representation. 📺🌐🍽️

Publication top notes

Abitare la tv. Teorie, immaginari, reality show

Lo-fi politics. Il brand del politico e lo stile amatoriale in «bassa fedeltà»

L’influenza digitale

Food (is not) porn. Le immagini del cibo e l’orizzonte della scomparsa

La teoria dei media e l’immaginario. Uno studio a partire da Edgar Morin

EXPO 2015: la decrescita da utopia a stile di vita

Servizio pubblico televisivo e politiche culturali della disabilità: modelli di un immaginario consolatorio

Dall’esposizione all’algoritmo. Forme di organizzazione del consumo nelle piattaforme digitali

Comunicazione come consumo. Teorie, modelli e pratiche nello studio dei media

 

Gizachew Jekamo | Social Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Gizachew Jekamo | Social Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Mrs Gizachew Jekamo, university, Ethiopia

🎓 With a robust educational background, this individual began at Berkuncho Junior School and advanced through Wachamo Comprehensive High School, Awassa Teachers Education College, and Hawassa University, earning a BA in Business Management (2008), an MA in Development Management (2015), and an MBA (2012). Currently pursuing a PhD in Community Development at Hawassa University, focusing on youth participation. 📚 With over 8 years of experience, they have held various roles, including Director at SNNPR’s Bureau of Youth and Sport and BoWCYA. 🏢 Their responsibilities span youth development, training, and project coordination, demonstrating a commitment to empowering youth and community development. 💼

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Education

🌟 Starting at Berkuncho Junior School, progressing to Wachamo Comprehensive High School, and then Awassa Teachers Education College, I built a solid educational foundation. 📚 I earned a Diploma in Physics from Hawassa College of Teachers Education and a BA in Business Management from Hawassa University in March 2008. 🎓 I advanced with an MA in Development Management in March 2015 and an MBA from the Institutes of International Church Management in September 2012. 📈 Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in Community Development at Hawassa University since 2022, focusing on youth participation in community development. 🌱💼

Experience

With 8 years of extensive experience in youth development, I have served as the Director of the Youth Personality Development Directorate at SNNPR. My roles at SNNPR’s Youth and Sport Bureau and Women, Children, and Youth Bureau involved coordinating UNFPA-assisted programs, providing technical support, improving youth centers, and organizing various training and networking events. Additionally, I facilitated sports events, managed sports facilities, and mobilized community resources at SNNPR’s Bureau of Youth and Children. My expertise also extends to monitoring and evaluation in transport and road projects, and human resource management in security and administration. 🌟📊👥🏅

Research focus

Gizachew B. Jekamo’s research focuses on exploring the intricate relationship between youth participation in community development and their positive development outcomes in the Hadiya Zone, Ethiopia. Using a CB-SEM analysis, the study highlights the significant impact of community engagement on youth empowerment, skills acquisition, and overall well-being. The research emphasizes the importance of active youth involvement in fostering sustainable development and social change. This study provides valuable insights for policymakers and practitioners aiming to enhance youth development programs. 🌍👩‍🎓🔬📈

Publication top notes

Exploring the Relationship Between Youth Participation in Community Development and Positive Youth Development in Hadiya Zone, Ethiopia: A CB-SEM Analysis

 

Marc-Andreas Muendler | Social Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Marc-Andreas Muendler | Social Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Prof Marc-Andreas Muendler, University of California, San Diego, United States

Prof. Marc-Andreas Muendler is a distinguished professor at the University of California, San Diego, specializing in economics since July 2017 and serving as the Department Chair since July 2023. He is the founding director of the Globalization and Prosperity Lab (GP-lab). With extensive affiliations, he is a research professor at the ifo Institute, a research associate at NBER, and a research fellow at CESifo. His work focuses on international trade, economic growth, and labor economics. His research has been published in top-tier journals, highlighting his influential contributions to the field 🌍📚👨‍🏫.

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Education

🎓 Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, with a dissertation titled “Essays on International Trade, Growth, and Finance” (May 2002). 📚 Spent 2000-01 as a visiting doctoral student at Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 🌍 Holds a Diplom-Volkswirt in Economics from Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, with a thesis on “The Impact of Government on Family Planning” (May 1998). 🎓 Earned an M.A. in Economics from Boston University (September 1997) and a Baccalaureat in Economics from Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (September 1996). 🌟

awards

Marc-Andreas Muendler is a distinguished Revelle College Faculty Fellow at UC San Diego (2023-2024). He has collaborated with Reto Follmi and Hartmut Egger on projects funded by SNF and DFG (2021-2024). Muendler’s article on offshoring was among the top five most cited in the Journal of International Economics (2014-2016). He has co-investigated research for CEPR, PEDL, and Weiss Family Program Fund. He received numerous grants from NSF and the World Bank. Muendler’s work earned him the UCSD Faculty Teaching Award (2013-14) and the Journal of Development Economics Prize (2001). 🏆📊🌍

Research focus

Dr. Marc-Andreas Muendler’s research focuses on international trade and its economic impacts. His work explores firm-level export behaviors, market learning in employee spinoffs, and the relationship between trade and inequality. His studies often analyze data from various countries, examining how trade policies influence labor markets, wage inequality, and the allocation of tasks and skills both onshore and offshore. Key themes in his research include export dynamics, firm productivity, and multinational labor substitution. Dr. Muendler’s comprehensive approach bridges theoretical models with empirical evidence to better understand global economic patterns and their implications. 🌍📈💼👩‍🔬

Publication top notes

Do employee spinoffs learn markets from their parents? Evidence from international trade

Trade and inequality: From theory to estimation

Trade and tasks: An exploration over three decades in Germany

Export or merge? Proximity vs. concentration in product space

Exporters and their products: A collection of empirical regularities

Sources of wage inequality

Offshoring and the onshore composition of tasks and skills

Employee spinoffs and other entrants: Stylized facts from Brazil

Margins of multinational labor substitution

 

MBOHOU Sylvain | Social Sciences | Best Researcher Award

MBOHOU Sylvain | Social Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Dr MBOHOU Sylvain, Universidade Estadual do Maranhão, UEMA, Brazil

Dr MBOHOU Sylvain is an Assistant Professor specializing in the History of Contemporary Africa and The Global South in International Relations. Currently a postdoctoral researcher at Universidade Estadual do Maranhão, Brazil, they also serve on the editorial committees of Nouvelle Afrique Editions and the International Journal of Business Diplomacy and Economy. With a Ph.D. in African History and International Relations from the University of Dschang, their research focuses on slavery, international relations, and heritage management. They have extensive teaching experience in Cameroon and have authored several impactful theses and reports. 🌟✍️

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Experience

Dr. Dr MBOHOU Sylvain is an Assistant Professor teaching courses like “History of Contemporary Africa” and “The Global South in International Relations” since April 2024. Currently a postdoctoral researcher at Universidade Estadual do Maranhão, Brazil, since June 2023, he also serves on the editorial committees of Nouvelle Afrique Editions and the International Journal of Business Diplomacy and Economy. An expert for AFFADA in Cameroon since 2015, he has been an associate researcher at CERPETA since 2014. He previously taught history at various institutions in Cameroon from 2009 to 2023. 🌍📚✍️✨

Academic Training and Certifications

Dr. MBOHOU Sylvain earned a Ph.D. in African History and International Relations from the University of Dschang, Cameroon, in 2021, graduating with the distinction “Very Honorable.” Prior to this, he completed a Master II in History of International Relations (2010-2012) and a Master I in the same field (2009-2010) at the same university. His academic journey began with a Bachelor’s Degree in History of International Relations, focusing on Political Science (2008-2009). He also obtained a Baccalaureate A4 in Spanish at the Government Classical High School of Malantouen in 2006. 📚🌍🎓

Awards

In 2024, I received a grant from the University of Virginia’s Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation (CGII). In 2023, I was awarded the Scientific Mobility Grant for the International Conference on “Slavery and Post-Slavery in Modern African History” and a scholarship from FAPEMA in collaboration with UEMA, Brazil. Additionally, I received an international scientific mobility grant from the Fondation pour la Mémoire de l’Esclavage (FME) and was a finalist for their best thesis competition on slavery. I also look forward to the Sue Peabody Award to support my attendance at the FCHS annual meeting. 🌍📚✨

Research focus

Sylvain Mbohou’s research focuses on the historical dynamics of slavery and post-slavery societies, particularly the experiences of enslaved children in the Bamum Kingdom of West Cameroon. His work explores the intersections of vulnerability, dependence, and social structures within these contexts. Through a detailed examination of the Bamum’s involvement in transatlantic and Arab-Muslim slave trades, Mbohou provides insights into the socio-cultural impacts on enslaved communities. His studies contribute to a deeper understanding of historical injustices and their lasting effects on contemporary societies. 📜🔍👶🏽✨

Publication top notes

Vulnerability and Dependence in Slavery and Post-Slavery Societies: A Historicisation of the Enslaved Children (<i>Pon Pekpen)</i> from the Bamum Kingdom West Cameroon)

 

Chuma Maxwele | Social Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Chuma Maxwele | Social Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Dr Chuma Maxwele, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Dr. Chuma Maxwele is an accomplished economist with a PhD from Nelson Mandela University 🏫. He holds a Master’s in Commerce in Economics 🎓, along with a Bachelor’s in Education (Economics and Business Management) from the University of Fort Hare 📘. His expertise spans international trade, applied microeconomics, and econometrics 📈. Dr. Maxwele has taught at various educational institutions and conducted significant research, focusing on economic complexity and governance in Sub-Saharan Africa 🌍. He is proficient in Xhosa and English 🌐 and has published multiple papers in renowned journals 📑.

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Education

🎓 Dr. Chuma Maxwele’s academic journey began at Qokolweni S.S.S., Mthatha, where he completed Grade 12 with top marks in IsiXhosa, English, Mathematics, and more. He earned a Bachelor of Education in Economics and Business Management from the University of Fort Hare (2012-2015), excelling in modules like Basic Classroom Research and Community Development. At Nelson Mandela University, he achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Economics (2017) and later, a Master’s in Commerce in Economics, specializing in Advanced Macroeconomics and Economic Impact Assessment. Dr. Maxwele culminated his studies with a PhD in Economics, producing an impactful thesis. 📚🌟

Research Skills

Conducted basic classroom research at UFH, and a research treatise at NMU. Completed a research paper on “Developing content knowledge in Economics” and “Effect of the exchange rate on economic growth in South Africa” over two months (August-September 2015) at UFH, and 11 months at NMU.

Research focus

Chuma Maxwele’s research focuses on the intersection of economic complexity and governance in Sub-Saharan Africa. His work explores how intricate economic activities and structures impact the quality of governance across different countries. By analyzing cross-country data, he aims to uncover patterns and relationships that can inform policy and drive sustainable development. This research is crucial for understanding how economic diversity and sophistication contribute to better governance outcomes, ultimately fostering growth and stability in the region. 🌍📊🔍📈

Publication top notes

Economic Complexity and Good Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Cross Country Analysis

 

Daniel Montez | Social Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Daniel Montez | Social Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Mr Daniel Montez, University of Arizona, United States

Daniel Montez is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication at the University of Arizona, focusing on intellectual humility in digital political environments under advisor Kate Kenski. He holds an M.A. in Mass Communication from Brigham Young University, where he researched social aggression in U.S. election debates. His B.A. in Communication is from Arizona State University. Montez has published on topics such as argument strength, Russian troll social media attacks, and trolling behaviors. His work has appeared in journals like Western Journal of Communication and Social Media + Society. 📚🗣️🗳️ #PhD #Communication #Research

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Education

Pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Arizona, expected December 2024, with a dissertation on “Communicating Intellectual Humility in Digital Political Environments” advised by Kate Kenski 📚. Holds an M.A. in Mass Communication from Brigham Young University (2017) with a thesis on “Social Aggression in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary and General Election Debates” 🗣️. Completed a B.A. in Communication with a minor in Spanish at Arizona State University (2014) 🎓. Engages with American Politics as a minor at the School of Government and Public Policy 🇺🇸.

Awards

The recipient of numerous awards, including the University of Arizona SBSRI Dissertation Research Grant (March 2024, $1,290) and the GPSC Research and Project Grant (February 2024, $1,022.50). Earned the Department of Communication Special Research Funding (December 2023, $1,000) and was a keynote speaker at BYU’s Master’s Alumni Networking Event (March 2023). Awarded the Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship (March 2023, $42,000) and multiple Ed Donnerstein Media Research Scholarships (August 2022, $700; August 2021, $700). Received professional development funding (August 2020, $576), an international measurement certificate (August 2018), and accolades for academic excellence and research contributions 🏆🎓📚.

Presentation

Daniel Montez has contributed significantly to the field of communication through various papers presented at esteemed conferences. In April 2024, he co-authored a paper on trolling moderation for the NCA Conference. In November 2023, he co-authored research on online engagement dynamics, presented at the NCA Political Communication Division. His work on Russian troll attacks during the 2016 election was presented in 2022. Montez also explored uncivil discourse on Reddit, presented at the 2018 AEJMC conference. In 2017, he presented a paper analyzing Donald Trump’s campaign aesthetics at the WSCA convention. 📚🌐🗣️

Experience

From May 2019 to August 2020, worked as a Business Analyst at Zignal Labs, creating media analyses for clients like ExxonMobil and CVS Health, and analyzing the impact of automated activity on social discussions 💻📊. As Social Media Director at Stand Up Republic (December 2018 – August 2020), managed local event postings and attended strategic meetings 📅📱. Assisted the Utah Operations Director for the Evan McMullin presidential campaign (September – November 2016), organizing rallies and calling lawmakers 📞🗳️. As a Research Assistant at BYU (August 2015 – August 2017), collaborated with professors on various projects 📚🔬.

Research focus

Daniel Montez’s research primarily focuses on political communication, social media dynamics, and media effects. His work explores how social media platforms, like Twitter and Reddit, influence political campaigns and voter behavior. He examines the impact of trolling and aggressive communication on political discourse and debates. Montez also delves into the appeal of reality TV and its effects on viewers. His interdisciplinary approach spans various aspects of media and communication, contributing to understanding how digital and traditional media shape public opinion and political processes. 📱🗳️📺

Publication top notes

Russian Troll Social Media Attacks on Presidential Candidates during the 2016 U.S. Election: The Role of Frontrunner Status, Political Party, and Candidate Gender

Political Party Tweets during the 2020 Presidential Campaign

The Power of Schadenfreude: Predicting Behaviors and Perceptions of Trolling Among Reddit Users

Savvy viewers and (simulated) reality TV: An analysis of the Bachelor’s appeal to viewers

Making debating great again: U.S. Presidential candidates’ use of aggressive communication for winning presidential debates