CV

LAUREN KOGEN
Assistant Professor
Temple University, Klein College of Media & Communication
Department of Media Studies and Production
Philadelphia, PA, 19122

LaurenKogen.com
Lauren.Kogen@temple.edu
Office phone : 215-204-6306
updated February 2018

EDUCATION

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication, Philadelphia, PA, 2012

M.A., New York University, New York City, NY, 2007

Fulbright Scholar, University of Barcelona, Spain, 2003-2004

B.A., Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, 2001

RESEARCH

Research interests

Communication for development / Communication for social change
Communication about development
Project evaluation
Media coverage of crises and conflicts
Use of media to promote peacebuilding and state-building in fragile and conflict-affected regions
U.S. public opinion on development, foreign aid, and charitable giving
Journalism norms and practices

Peer-reviewed journal publications

Kogen, L. (2019). News you can use or news that moves? Journalists’ rationales for coverage of distant suffering. Journalism Practice 13(1), 1-15. Repository PDF  DOI

Kogen, L. and Dilliplane, S. (2019). How media portrayals of suffering influence willingness to help: The role of solvability frames. Journal of Media Psychology 31(2), 92-102. Repository PDF  DOI

Kogen, L. (2018). What have we learned here? Questioning accountability in aid policy and practice. Evaluation 24(1), 98-112. Repository PDF  DOI

Kogen, L. (2018). Small group discussion to promote reflection and social change: A case study of a Half the Sky intervention in India. Community Development Journal. Advance online publication. Repository PDF DOI

Kogen, L. and Dilliplane, S. (2017). How media portrayals of suffering influence helping behavior: The role of solvability frames. Journal of Media Psychology. Advance online publication.

Galiardone, I., Kalemera, A., Kogen, L., Nalwoga, L., Stremlau, N. & Wairagala, W. (2015). In search of local knowledge on ICTs in Africa. Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 4(1), 1-15. Repository PDF   DOI

Kogen, L. (2015). For the public good or just good publicity? Celebrities and humanitarianism. Mass Communication and Society 18(1), 37-57. Repository PDF   DOI

Kogen, L. (2015). Not up for debate: U.S. news coverage of hunger in Africa. International Communication Gazette, 77(1), 3-23. Repository PDF   DOI

Kogen, L. and Price, M.E. (2014). Scholar-practitioner collaboration in media-related interventions: A case study of Radio La Benevolencija in Rwanda. International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, 10(3), 301-312. Repository PDF   DOI

Kogen, L. and Gottfried, J.A. (2012). I knew it all along! Evaluating time-of-decision measures in the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign. Political Behavior, 34(4), 719-736. Repository PDF   DOI

Kogen, L. and Price, M.E. (2011). Deflecting the CNN Effect: Public opinion polling and Livingstonian outcomes. Media, War & Conflict, 4(2), 109-123. Repository PDF   DOI

Kogen, L. (2010). Savage deregulation in Thailand: Expanding Hallin & Mancini’s European model. Media, Culture, and Society, 32(2), 335-345. Repository PDF   DOI

Kogen, L. (2009). Why the message should matter: Genocide and the ethics of global journalism in the ‘mediapolis’. Journal of International Communication, 15(2), 62-78. Repository PDF   DOI

Kogen, L. (2005). The Spanish film industry: New technologies, new opportunities. Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. 11(1), 68-86. Repository PDF   DOI

Other journal publications

Kogen, L. (2008). The confusion over culture: Film trade politics and economic rhetoric. Tisch Film Review. 1(2), p. 36-47.

Kogen, L. (2006). Once or twice upon a time: Temporal simultaneity and the ‘Lost’ phenomenon. Film International. 4(2), 44-55. Repository PDF   DOI

Book chapters

Kogen, L. (2019). Marketplace of ideas or little shop of horrors? Comparing US news coverage of local and distant suffering. In A. Thompson (Ed.) Media and mass atrocity: The Rwanda genocide and beyond. CIGI Press.

Kogen, L. (2018). Evaluations and impact assessments in communication for development. In J. Servaes (Ed.) Handbook of communication for development and social change. Springer. DOI

Kogen, L. (2018). For celebrity communication about development to do good: Reframing purpose and discourses. In F. Enghel and J. Noske-Turner (Eds.) Communication in international development: Doing good or looking good? Routledge. DOI

Research reports

Kogen, L. and Smith, B. (2016, Summer). The use of IVR to support monitoring and evaluation of media interventions: A case study of the VOTO system in Rwanda. Philadelphia, PA: Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication. Report URL   DOI

Kogen, L. and Esenler, A. (2016). Half the Sky Movement global engagement initiative: Final M&E report. Philadelphia, PA: Center for Global Communication Studies. Report URL

Kogen, L. (2013). Assessing Impact, Evaluating Adaptability: A Decade of Radio La Benevolencija in Rwanda, Burundi, and the DRC. Philadelphia, PA: Center for Global Communication Studies. Report URL   DOI

Kogen, L. (2013). Testing a Media Intervention in Kenya: Vioja Mahakamani, Dangerous Speech, and the Benesch Guidelines. Philadelphia, PA: Center for Global Communication Studies. Report URL   DOI

Kogen, L. & Sheth, N. (2012). United States Institute of Peace Communication for Peacebuilding Priority Grant Program Learning Group Report. Report written for USIP, facilitated by Internews, Washington, D.C. Report URL   DOI

Kogen, L., Arsenault, A., Gagliardone, I., Winneg, K., & Buttenheim, A. (2012). Evaluating media and communication in development: Does evidence matter? Philadelphia, PA: Center for Global Communication Studies. Report URL   DOI

Taylor, M., Kogen, L., & Mbulo, L. (2010). Assessing attitudes and public opinion in Darfur: Frameworks for moving forward and advancing dialogue. Report written for the Center for Global Communication Studies and presented to the U.S. State Department, University of Pennsylvania.

Horner, J. & Kogen, L. (2010). Google Fast Forward Project: Content analysis of marketing professionals’ views on the future of media and advertising. Report written for Google, July – October 2010.

Conference presentations

Kogen, L. (2018, October). The proof is in the participants: Using participatory evaluation to improve CDSC theory. Presentation at the annual Global Fusion Conference, Charlottesville.

Kogen, L. (2017, May). Experiments or experience? Questioning ‘rigor’ in communication for social change evaluations. Presentation at the Congreso Internacional EvalComDev, Cadiz, Spain.

Kogen, L. (2016, October). Communicating about development: Examining the impact of development discourse. Presentation at the annual Global Fusion Conference, Philadelphia. Powerpoint

Kogen, L. (2015, November). The use of media in post-conflict reconciliation and healing: Building theory through evidence from Rwanda. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Las Vegas.

Kogen, L. (2013, October). Incorporating Media Theory into Project Design and Evaluation: Two Case Studies. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Washington, D.C.

Kogen, L. (2012, November). Defining the geographic boundaries of the U.S. public sphere: Can we go global? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Orlando.

Kogen, L. (2011, October). Apathy, or just confusion?: Presentations of domestic and global suffering in the news. Poster presented at the Global Fusion Conference, Philadelphia.

Kogen, L. (2011, July). Celebrities as journalists: Or, what happens when Angelina tries to teach us about Darfur. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association of Media and Communication Research, Istanbul.

Roundtable Participant (2011, March). Beyond the CNN effect: New approaches to understanding media communications and global politics. Annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal.

Kogen, L. (2010, June). Defined and delivered: social networks, homophily theory, and the risks of online targeted advertising. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Singapore.

Kogen, L. (2010, June). I Knew It All Along! Evaluating Time-of-Decision Measures in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign. Presentation at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Singapore.

Kogen, L., Gagliardone, I., & Abbott, S. (2010, February). Policy research and practice in the face of conflict: A case study of public opinion research in Darfur. Presentation at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA.

Roundtable Participant (2010, February). Scholars and practitioners communicating across borders: The challenges of international engagement in communication and journalism studies. Annual meeting of the International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA.

Kogen, L. (2009,  July). Global media ethics and the representation of genocide: The contrasting roles of journalists and audiences. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Mexico City, Mexico.

Kogen, L. (2009, May). Savage deregulation in Thailand: Expanding Hallin & Mancini’s European Model. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Kogen, L. (2008, June). Patronage, the Ford Foundation, and Media Reform Research. Paper presented at the National Conference on Media Reform, Minneapolis, MN.

Price, M., Abbott, S., Morgan, L., Gagliardone, I., & Kogen, L. (2008, May). Closing the Gap Between Research and Policy Making: Case Studies of Jordan and Sudan. Presentation delivered with Libby Morgan at the International Communication Association pre-conference on “Bridging Scholar/Activist Divides in the Field of Communication.” Montreal, Canada.

Research management and development experience

Research Manager and Lead Evaluator, “Half the Sky Movement Media & Technology Engagement Initiative for Women and Girls.” 2013-2015. Evaluation of multi-million dollar USAID-funded project in India and Kenya using film, video, social media, and mobile games to promote positive shifts in gender attitudes. Traveled to India and Kenya to work with implementing organization and NGOs to develop project intervention design; led development of evaluation design.

Discussion Series Organizer, “Monitoring and Evaluation in International Development.” 2012-2013. Series sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s Provost’s Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund. This series exposes students and faculty to the ways that different disciplines apply and think about M&E.

Conference Organizer, “Monitoring and Evaluation of Media Programs in Conflict-Affected Regions.” March 2013. This one-day conference, organized together with the U.S. Institute of Peace, brought together staff and evaluators from a variety of media organizations to discuss theories of change, indicators, research methods, and frameworks appropriate for studying media in conflict-affected environments.

Principal Investigator and Lead Evaluator, “Assessing Impact, Evaluating Adaptability: A Decade of Radio La Benevolencija in Rwanda, Burundi, and the DRC.” 2013. Evaluation funded by Radio La Benevolencija. This project evaluated the impact of RLB’s past ten years of peacebuilding work on the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of audiences regarding reconciliation and trauma healing. Conducted through secondary analysis of evaluations, project reports, proposals, and interviews with staff and others.

Principal Investigator and Lead Evaluator, “Testing a Media Intervention in Kenya: Vioja Mahakamani, Dangerous Speech, and the Benesch Guidelines.” 2013. Evaluation funded by Susan Benesch / the Fetzer Institute. Conducted a focus group experiment in Nairobi, Kenya to test the effects of a television program designed to inoculate audiences against incitement to violence.

Research Manager, “Reframing Local Knowledge: ICTs, Statebuilding, and Peacebuilding in Eastern Africa.” Project funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Center for Global Communication Studies, 2012-2014. Currently managing project aimed at increasing collaboration between scholars in the Global North and in Africa in order to better understand the role of ICTs in statebuilding, peacebuilding, and governance, with a particular focus on Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Somaliland. Traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to organize workshop with project partners.

Co-Principal Investigator and Lead Evaluator, “Measuring the Uptake of Research Evidence in Media Development”. Project funded by BBC Media Action. Center for Global Communication Studies, October – November, 2012. Managed research project, which included survey design, creation of semi-structured interview guide, training of doctoral students to conduct interviews, content analysis of interviews, and final write-up of report on state of the field with regard to the use of media in development.

Learning Group Discussion Leader, “Media & Peacebuilding: A discussion of three projects.” United States Institute of Peace, Washington D.C., September 2012. Led a two-day workshop, funded by USIP and run by Internews, designed to discuss three USIP projects that used media to promote peacebuilding in fragile regions. Workshop was conducted to assess lessons learned about the role of media in peacebuilding for the three projects and for future USIP projects.

Role Play Exercise Leader, “Fixing Frelaria’s dysfunctional land tenure system: A case study on the politics of change.” World Bank-Annenberg Summer Institute in Communication and Governance Reform, June 2012.

Research Assistant, Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, Spring 2008 – Spring 2011. Working under the supervision of Professor Monroe Price, Director of Penn’s Center for Global Communication Studies. assisted on the project: “Researching Attitudes towards Peace and Conflict in Darfur”, which was funded by the U.S. State Department to conduct a public opinion survey of Darfuri citizens regarding the conflict in that region.

Assisted with grant proposal submissions
Traveled twice to Darfur, Sudan to coordinate survey logistics
Co-wrote final project report for the U.S. State Department
Developed sampling strategy for survey
Created codebook for survey data entry
Handled IRB communication and requirements
Assisted in content analysis of U.S. and British news coverage of the war in Darfur

IN THE MEDIA

Mentioned in the following articles:

Jacobson, T. (2014). “Reaching Out from the Academic Grove.” World Bank Blog: People, Spaces, Deliberation.
ReliefWeb (2013). “Communication for peacebuilding.” ReliefWeb.int.
Thomas, B. (19 Dec 2011). “Playing God on Twitter: Finding religion in 140 characters or less.” Philadelphia Magazine.
Issenberg, S. (30 Dec 2011). “The 12 kinds of undecided voters.” Slate.com.

TEACHING 

Instructor

Communication & Development, Temple University
Public Information Media Campaigns, Temple University
Development Communication Project Design and Management, Temple University
Global Media, Temple University
Media & Popular Culture, Temple University
Mass Media & Society, University of Pennsylvania

Invited talks

“Marketplace of ideas or little shop of horrors? Comparing US news coverage of local and distant suffering.” Presentation at roundtable: Media and Mass Atrocity: The Rwanda Genocide and Beyond, Carleton University, December 2017.

“The role of public opinion polls in altering public attitudes” and “Monitoring and evaluation metrics in media interventions.” World Bank-Annenberg Summer Institute in Communication and Governance Reform, University of Southern California, June 2012.

“The CNN Effect and Media Coverage of the ‘Arab Spring’”. Media and Public Opinion, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, July 2011.

“Humanitarianism and Celebrity”. Communication and Popular Culture, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, July 2011.

Teaching fellow

Mass Communication and Society, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2011, Dr. Joseph Turow

Advertising and Society, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2010, Dr. Joseph Turow

Mass Media and Society, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2010, Dr. Norman Felsenthal

Communication and Popular Culture, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2009, Dr. Felicity Paxton

Communication Behavior, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2009, Dr. Bruce Hardy

Visual Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2007, Dr. Paul Messaris

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

Membership
International Association of Media and Communication Research

Affiliations
Senior Research Fellow, Center for Global Communication Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2011-2016

Professional Service

Manuscript referee for the following journals:

International Communication Gazette (2017)
Cogent Social Sciences (2017)
Mass Communication & Society (2013, 2015, 2016)
Journal of Information Technology (2016)
Public Opinion Quarterly (2013, 2015)
Journal of Communication (2015)
International Journal of Communication (2015)
Critical Studies in Media Communication (2014)
American Political Science Review (2013)
Media, War & Conflict (2012)
Canadian Journal of Political Science (2012)
International Interactions (2010)

Conference panel moderator, Global Fusion conference, October 2011

HONORS & AWARDS

Temple University Summer Research Award, 2017
Annenberg Summer Research Fellowship, 2008-2012
ICA Top Paper Award in Mass Communication for paper, “Defined and delivered: Social networks, homophily theory, and the risks of online targeted advertising”, 2010
ICA Top Paper Award in Global Communication for paper, “Savage deregulation in Thailand: Expanding Hallin & Mancini’s European Model”, 2009
Full tuition and research stipend, Annenberg School for Communication, 2007-2012
Fulbright Scholarship, Barcelona, Spain, 2003. Conducted original research on Spanish film policy and the effect of new digital technologies on Spain’s film industry

SKILLS

Grant proposal writing; monitoring & evaluation; IRB applications; content analysis; in-depth interviews; focus groups; survey design; Spanish

PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE

Heart and Skull. Documentary produced through NYU’s Culture & Media Certificate Program.
Freelance video production and post-production work, 2001 – 2007. Credits include:
Post-Production Supervisor, film, “The World Was Ours: The Last Jews of Vilna,” aired on WNYC – The Vilna Project
Assoc. Producer, DVD, “Until the Violence Stops: World VDay” – Netflix
Assoc. Producer, film, “Unknown Soldier,” aired on HBO – CL Productions
Production Assistant, “Biography: The Bronte Sisters,” aired on A&E – Working Dog Productions
Animation Supervisor, “Biography: Sylvia Plath,” aired on A&E – Working Dog Productions
Animation Supervisor, “Biography: Leo Tolstoy,” aired on A&E – Working Dog Productions
Editor, film, “Uncertain Hours” – Produced by Shailly Agnihotri
Asst. Editor, “Migration,” aired on the Birdsite Channel – Pangolin Pictures
Asst. Editor, “Tall Blondes,” aired on the Nature Channel – Pangolin Pictures
Asst. Editor, Spanish translation, Pitch tape: “The Business of Being Born” – Produced by Ricki Lake