Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., a tenured associate professor and graduate studies director in MSU’s School of Journalism, has seven best paper awards from international communication associations and more than two dozen honors for her documentary films and other creative scholarship that include an RTDNA Unity award, two Broadcast Education Association Best of Festival Awards, Top 25 Public Vote in ArtPrize, an AAJA award, a Telly, two regional Emmys ®, two SPJ and MAB awards. Zeldes won grants from the Michigan Humanities Council, Ruth Mott Foundation and others, and was invited to speak at two Tedx events. In spring 2015, for her social justice work, she was one of 50 faculty featured on an MSU billboard for the “Spartans Will” campaign.
JRN 108 Honors section
JRN 815 Media, Society & Theory
Key Research Interest
News coverage of race, ethnicity and religion; documentary filmmaking
“Imported from China,” a half-hour film that follows several Chinese international students on MSU’s campus as they grapple with academic and cultural issues. “That Strange Summer,” an hour-long version of “U.S. v. Narciso, Perez & the Press.” “Tailgating: Where Michiganders Love to Gather,” a film led by Professors Sue Carter and Lucinda Davenport
Project Title & Source
“That Strange Summer,” an hour-long version of “U.S. v. Narciso, Perez & the Press.” “Tailgating: Where Michiganders Love to Gather,” a film led by Professors Sue Carter and Lucinda Davenport”
What are three things you want your students to know about you?
1. I was born in the Philippines. 2. I grew up in Flint. 3. I play (depending on the season) on a basketball team primarily made up of Filipino women over age 40.
“You need to paddle your own canoe.” Tommy Alumit (my dad)
Describe in one sentence what you hope your students learn from you, your scholarly work or teaching
Race, gender and religion as separate variables slightly to profoundly impact our selective processes.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
Mama of four, wife, teacher
Faculty Voice: Geri Zeldes: Documenting “Newness”