University of Southern California
Annenberg School for Communication

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Andrea Wenzel

Andrea Wenzel, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Klein College of Media and Communication,Temple University. She is also a Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

While she was at Annenberg, Andrea’s research interests focused on storytelling and intergroup relations regarding intersections of race, class, culture and politics ---including storytelling about and through food. She is particularly interested in spaces and interventions that attempt to create opportunities for intercultural bridging in changing communities. Andrea joined Metamorphosis as a doctoral student at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2013. She has been working with colleagues on projects that aim to strengthen local storytelling networks in order to forge a sense of shared community, improve intergroup relations, and foster engagement in Alhambra and South Los Angeles.

Prior to Annenberg, she spent nearly 15 years as a public radio producer, editor, and media development consultant. She has managed media projects and trained media makers in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, and India for media development organizations such as BBC Media Action and Internews. She has also taught journalism as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana and as a guest lecturer for US and Canadian universities. Andrea has previously produced global affairs series including WAMU’s Latitudes and WBEZ’s Worldview. Her features and documentaries have been heard on US and international outlets including The World, the Australian Broadcast Corporation, Canadian Broadcast Corporation, Radio Netherlands, Radio Television Hong Kong, and in the Christian Science Monitor. She was awarded a 2011 International Reporting Project Fellowship. Andrea holds an interdisciplinary B.A. and an M.A. in Social Science from the University of Chicago.