Jeffrey Duncan is a third-year Ph.D. student focusing on entertainment media law. His research examines the social and physical effects of entertainment media using mixed methods, including traditional legal analysis, cultural studies in entertainment media, and psychophysiological experiments of media use and exposure. Current studies investigate consumer attention, cognition, attitudes, and behaviors on topics including advertising disclosures on social media, contracts in mobile applications and games, and video game loot boxes.

Prior to attending Grady, Jeff practiced law for 5 years in Chicago. His experience includes intellectual property and social media management and litigation, entertainment contracts, and landlord-tenant disputes. He currently teaches an undergraduate course on multiplatform writing and prior served as a teaching assistant in public opinion.

Educational Background

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
M.A., Mass Media Studies, University of Georgia
B.A., Communication Studies, University of North Carolina Wilmington


Sara Ervin is a third-year PhD student in Grady College at the University of Georgia, concentrating in crisis communication. Her research interests are in emergency preparedness and disaster management. Specifically, how to mitigate communication issues during crisis and examining the role social media has on disasters. Sara has worked for UGA’s College of Public Health for four years. She received a master’s degree in Mass Communication from Valdosta State University.

Conceptualization of a Health Care Coalition Framework in Georgia Based on the Existing Regional Coordinating Hospital Infrastructure Authors: C. Harris, T. Waltz, J. Patrick O’Neal, K. Nadeau, M. Crumpton, S. Ervin | Journal: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness December 2015

Educational Background
M.A. in Mass Communications, Valdosta State University
B.S. in Rural Studies, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College


Marilyn Primovic seeks to understand the ways media influences consumer decision making.

Completing both her B.A. in journalism and M.A. in advertising and public relations from the Grady College in four years, Primovic was named Deborah Norville Journalism Scholar, Peyton T. Anderson Journalism Scholar and M. Tyus Butler Journalism Scholar. While a student, she worked as an investigative reporting intern at America’s largest major market news station, WSB-TV Atlanta. She has worked as a marketing assistant for UGA Recreational Sports since 2016, receiving the highest honor in the department, the Michael G. Warren Award, in 2017.

Primovic looks forward to using these experiences to inform persuasive communication research that can be applied to the field.


Matt Binford is a first year PhD student specializing in journalism and political communications. His research interests typically focus around knowledge gain and retention from nontraditional news sources. Matt’s secondary research interests include looking at how aspects of production impact audience perceptions of media content.

Prior to attending Grady, Matt worked in the music industry doing video for award shows and popular musicians including Twenty One Pilots, Weird Al Yankovic, and Sara Bareilles. Additionally, he worked for a year teaching basic journalism classes at Middle Tennessee State University.

Educational Background

M.S. in Mass Communications, Middle Tennessee State University

B.A. in Electronic Media Communications, Middle Tennessee State University


Shuoya Sun is a first year PhD student at Grady College. Her research interests mainly focus on how information presented in digital ads and its relation to the context would affect consumers’ attitudes and memory.

Educational Background
M.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Georgia
B.A., English / Journalism, Communication University of China, Beijing China


Sarah Grizzle is a specialist in environmental communication, media and cultural studies, as well as television and film production. Her research focuses on the protection of the environment using mass communication as a platform for sustainable and positive change for both humanity and the planet.

Sarah is a former wilderness guide, fly fishing instructor, and television producer. After decades of working in the woods, she decided that the stories she was producing did not equal the stories she was seeing. These first-hand experiences with the realities of climate change are what brought her to Grady. Sarah is currently working on a documentary series in conjunction with her dissertation as well as other environmentally based research projects. If you have questions about research details, film and television production, or potential projects, she requests that you email her directly.


M.Ed., Outdoor Education and Administration, Georgia College and State University
B.A., Political Science, Berry College


Biographical Statement

Nandita Sridhar is a PhD student at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Department of Entertainment and Media Studies. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Nandita spent more than five years working as a journalist in India. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s in Communication. Her research looks to explore the intersections of media, communication technologies and discursive formations of health.

Conference Publications

Nandita Sridhar. “Body Unbounded: Media Technologies and the Perpetuation of the Healthy Individual Body.” Accepted for presentation at the “What is Media?” conference, Portland, Oregon, April 14-16 2016.

Wojdynski, B.W., Espina, C., Northup, T., Bang, H., Lee, Y., & Sridhar, N. (2015, August). “Exemplification in Online Slideshows: The Role of Visual Attention on Availability Effects.” Accepted for presentation at the 2015 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Courses Taught

EMST 3110: Writing for Entertainment Media (instructor of record)


Biographical Statement

Brittany is a first year PhD student in journalism. She specializes in examining how audiences use digital media to discuss, react to and create news content in online spaces. Topically, she focuses on race and racism, extremism and other high-profile social issues. Brittany also has secondary research interest in health and risk communication, especially as it related to resistant or difficult to reach audiences.

Educational Background

M.A. in Media Studies, Wayne State University
B.A. in Public Relations, Wayne State University