2023 Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) cohort

Cronkite School welcomes 18 journalists, scholars for SUSI program

Monday, June 12, 2023


The Walter Cronkite School for Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is hosting 18 international scholars, journalists and media educators from across the world.

The scholars are taking part in the Journalism, Technology and Democracy program, part of the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI). SUSI programs expose global professionals and youth to cultural activities, workshops and service projects that provide insight into U.S. media law, entrepreneurship, media literacy and journalism education in the U.S. 

The program includes a two-week study tour where the scholars will travel to Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., along with independent research projects, and discussions on community journalism, new trends in media, media literacy, and journalism education with an introduction to the Cronkite School’s teaching hospital model. 

The program started on June 4 and continues through July 13. It is funded through a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State. 

“It is an immense privilege to continue to host the SUSI program, which offers professional and cultural enrichment not only for the visiting scholars but also all of the Cronkite School and ASU faculty, students, and community members who interact with them,” said Cronkite School Assistant Dean and Associate Professor Dawn Gilpin. 

ASU is one of six institutions hosting international scholars this summer through the SUSI Scholars program. The others are New York University, University of Delaware, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the Institute for Training and Development and University of Montana, which is the lead institution among the schools.

This is the fourth year that the Cronkite School has hosted the program.

“Media education is key to democracy, thus, we couldn’t be prouder to host an international forum to exchange best practices for training the next generation of media practitioners,” said Director of Global Initiatives and Associate Professor Juan Mundel.

List of SUSI Scholars + Countries:

  • Alejandro Vargas Johansson, broadcast journalist, Costa Rica
  • Angela van der Kooye, senior communications professional, Suriname
  • Anida Sokol, media researcher and trainer, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Aye Myat Mon, journalist, ecopreneur and media professional, Myanmar
  • Carmem Petit, Ph.D, journalist and researcher, Brazil
  • Elastus Mambwe, lecturer and researcher in digital journalism and media production, Zambia
  • Elira Turdubaeva, Ph.D, Kyrgyz Republic
  • Eman M. Soliman Amin, Ph.D, assistant professor, Egypt
  • Shang-Fang (Felicity) Hsu, broadcast journalist and author, Taiwan
  • Firly Annisa, Ph.D, professor, Indonesia
  • Hassan Fakih, Ph.D, Lebanon
  • Mariana Kitsa, Ph.D, associate professor, Ukraine
  • Peter Kravčák, Ph.D, lecturer and researcher, Slovak Republic
  • Rachna Sharma, Ph.D, associate professor and course director, India
  • Rakib Ahammed, Ph.D, researcher, Bangladesh
  • Sun Sokhen, journalist and educator, Cambodia
  • Tamanda Masambuka, lecturer, Malawi
  • Tirse Filibeli, Ph.D, associate professor, Turkey