Fardin Alikhah is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Guilan in Iran. He holds a PH.D in sociology from Allameh Tabatabaei University, Tehran. His research interests are social media, celebrity, city, gender, everyday life, lifestyle changes, consumer culture, dance, fashion, music, car culture, and public spaces. Parallel to teaching at the university, he has been trying to bring sociology beyond the university and share it with non-sociologists and non-academic audiences. His public writings are widely followed on Persian social media. Geographically, his studies focus on Iranian society. He is interested in studying Iranian everyday life with an interdisciplinary approach. He has published various articles in academic journals and translated several books into Persian. He is hosted by CMDS through CEU’s Visiting Research Fellowship. His research topic is Media Consumption and Acculturation Among Immigrant Iranians. He was a Fellow at the center in 2014 and his research “A Brief History of the Development of Satellite Channels in Iran” was published in Global Media and Communication Journal.Attila Bátorfy is a journalist working for the investigative journalism site Átlátszó.hu, and former editor of Kreatív magazine and Vs.hu. He is also the founder of Databánya, a blog and community on data journalism and visualization. As the editor of Kreatív, Attila investigated and analyzed media ownership, the state capture of the media market, state advertising and governmental influence on the sector. Recently, he has been working on media-related and data-based projects with organizations such as Transparency International, the Association of Hungarian Content Providers, Mérték Media Monitor, and the investigative journalism site Átlátszó.hu and the Center for Independent Journalism. Attila teaches courses on data journalism and freelancing at the Department of Media and Communication of Eötvös Loránd University has also taught at the Department of Communication Studies of Budapest Metropolitan University.
Ian M. Cook is currently a research fellow within the project Sound Relations: Transgressions, Disruptions, Transformations. He is an anthropologist whose work spans urban studies, south Asian studies and sound studies; he is obsessed with thinking the world through rhythms and making academic podcasts (though not at the same time); he has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Mangaluru (India) and Budapest (Hungary). He loves writing academic texts, but also loves producing academic knowledge with sounds and film. Topics of interest include: urban change, morality, learning, informal economies, housing, land, development, migration and infrastructure. At CEU he is the he is the co-founder and manager of CEU’s podcast library; a research fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society; a proud member of The Open Learning Initiative (OLIve) aimed at opening access to higher education for refugees and asylum seekers; once a student at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology; and part of the core team within the Visual Studies Platform. He loves teaching. Outside CEU he is the co-host of the media anthropology series Online Gods; hosts the South Asia Studies and Sound Studies podcast series within the New Books Network; and is Master of Podcasts at Allegra.
Dean Starkman is a resident fellow at Center for Media, Data and Society and a visiting lecturer at the School of Public Policy at Central European University, Budapest. He is the author of The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism (Columbia University Press, 2014), an acclaimed analysis of business-press failures prior to the 2008 financial crisis. A longtime journalist, media critic and scholar, Starkman has won many awards for his writing on finance, media, and the business of news in an age of digital disruption. Most recently, he was the Wall Street correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, reporting on the intersection of finance and society from New York. An investigative reporter for more than two decades, Starkman covered white-collar crime and real estate for The Wall Street Journal and helped lead the Providence Journal's investigative team to a Pulitzer Prize in 1994.