University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism (estimated graduation: May 2018)
Ph.D. in Communication
Dissertation project: “Driving Change: The Legal and Cultural Battles Clashes Over Copyright and Car Software”
Dissertation committee: Manuel Castells (chair), Christina Dunbar-Hester, Aram Sinnreich
New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (May 2013)
M.A. in Media, Culture, and Communication
Boston University, College of Communication (December 2007)
B.S. in Film & Television
Refereed journal articles
Sinnreich, A., Forelle, M. C., & Aufderheide, P. (2018) Copyright givers and takers: Mutuality, altruism and instrumentalism in open licensing. Communication Law and Policy, 23(3), 197-220.
Forelle, M. C. (2017) ‘Then you are making riskless money’: A critical discourse analysis of credit default swap coverage in the financial trade press. Journal of Cultural Economy, 1-13.
Forelle, M. C. (2015) The FCC and the Problem of Diversity. International Journal of Communication, 9, 3432-3439.
Foxman, M., & Forelle, M. (2014) Electing to Play: MTV’s Fantasy Election and Changes in Political Engagement Through Gameplay. Games and Culture, 9(6), 454-467.
Wilson III, E. J., Constanza-Chock, S., & Forelle, M. C. (2016) A Provocation on Behalf of the Excluded. In Mark Lloyd and Lew Friedland (Eds.), The Communication Crisis in America and How to Fix it. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Forelle, M. C., Howard, P. N., Monroy-Hernandez, A., & Savage, S. (2015) Political Bots and the Manipulation of Public Opinion in Venezuela. Unpublished manuscript, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2635800
Forelle, M. C. (2014) Review of The Political Web: Media, Participation and Alternative Democracy, by Peter Dahlgren. International Journal of Communication, 8
Forelle, M. C. (2014) Guidebooks to Media Issues, Present and Future - review of Legal and Ethical Issues in the Media, by Tim Dwyer, and A Companion to New Media Dynamics, edited by John Hartley, Jean Burgess, and Axel Bruns. International Journal of Communication, 8
2018-2019 Final Year Fellowship, University of Southern California Graduate School
Funding for final year of dissertation writing and research ($32,000)
Summer 2017 Summer Research Fellowship, University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication
Funding for independent research project over the summer ($2,100)
Summer 2014 COMPASS Media Policy Research Fellow
Summer fellowship for research at media advocacy organization Common Cause in Washington, D.C. ($,3000)
Awards and Honors
Top Student Paper Award for “Technological Exceptions to the Legal Rule: Property Rights in the Fight Over Ownership of Vehicle Software," Communication and Technology Division, International Communication Association (2017)
Summer Research Fellowship, University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism (2017)
- Funded to conduct interviews and car hobbyists and digital rights activists throughout California
ASC Favorite TA, University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism (2015)
Balzan Prize Young Scholar, International Balzan Prize Foundation (2014)
- Prize attributed to Manuel Castells
Dean's Opportunity Scholarship, New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (2011-2012)
Hispanic National Scholar, Boston University (2004-2007)
“Technological Exceptions to the Legal Rule: Property Rights in the Fight Over Ownership of Vehicle Software” International Communication Association, San Diego, CA. May 2017.
“The Wilderness Online: How Interactivity is Changing Music Videos” Internet Research 16, Phoenix, AZ. October 2015.
“Charisma Consumption: Internet Animal Celebrities as Identity and Commodity” International Communication Association Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico. May 2015.
“Exploring the Cultures of Financial Innovation” Intersections of Cultural Studies and Finance, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. April 2015.
“MTV’S ‘Fantasy Election’ and the Pros and Cons of Turning Political Engagement into a Game” with Maxwell Foxman. Digital Media and Learning Conference, Boston, MA. March 2014.
“On Tweets, Lies, and Hacked Accounts” with Patrick Davison. New York University Neil Postman Graduate Conference, New York, NY. March 2014.
“MTV’s Power of 12 and Changes in Political Engagement Following Election-themed Gameplay” with Maxwell Foxman. Rutgers Media Studies Conference: Extending Play, Piscataway, NJ. April 2013.
“Distributed Denial of Statute: How the Internet Killed SOPA/PIPA” New York University Neil Postman Graduate Conference, New York, NY. Feb 2013.
“Crossing into Crosswords: Experiencing the Ludic Turn and the Gamification of Everyday Life” with Holly Robbins, James Hodges, Maxwell Foxman and Stephanie Llamas. Media Ecology Association Convention, Riverdale, NY. June 2012.
“Panel Discussion: THE GAME” with Maxwell Foxman, Paige MacGregor and Stephanie Llamas. New York University Re:Play Conference, New York, NY. April 2012.
“’A Body That Shows Me Death’: Body Dysmorphia in Banned Music Videos” Pop Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference, Boston, MA. April 2012.
“Men and Women Merely Players: Life in the Ludic Space” Forces at Play: Bodies, Power, and Spaces. University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA. March 2012.
University of Southern California
Innovation, Entertainment, and the Arts -- Spring 2016
Culture and Communication (teaching assistant) -- Fall 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Rhetoric and the Public Sphere (teaching assistant) -- Fall 2015
Sound Clash (grader) -- Fall 2014
New York University
Digital Literacy (grader) -- Spring 2013
Copyright, Commerce, and Culture (grader) -- Fall 2012
Summer research assistant/intern, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society -- Summer 2016
Research assistant to Dean Ernest Wilson III, University of Southern California -- Fall 2014 - Fall 2015
Media policy research fellow, Common Cause D.C. -- Summer 2014
Information Futures Initiatives research assistant, New York University -- Spring 2012
Internet and Network Cultures Initiative research assistant, New York University -- Spring 2012 - Fall 2012
Service to Profession
Reviewer for Communication and the Public, 2017
Reviewer for Games and Culture, 2015
Reviewer for Association of Internet Researchers annual conference, 2015 & 2016
Reviewer for International Communication Association, 2015
Writing consultant, USC Writing Center, Fall 2014 - present