Department of Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations

Wilson Hall, Room 316
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
(location map)
(248) 370-4120

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Adina Schneeweis

Adina Schneeweis

Associate Professor of Journalism
Area of Specialty: Mass Communication, Visual Journalism and International Journalism
Office: 109 East Vandenberg Hall
Phone: (248) 370-2776
Email: schneewe@oakland.edu

Adina Schneeweis is an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism. She teaches visual journalism and storytelling courses, with a focus on social justice, along with introductory journalism classes. She offers special topics courses in international journalism, international communication and comparative research. She is a past Faculty Fellow for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, has led several Learning Communities focused on listening and storytelling, and has served as Special Advisor to the Provost’s Office on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. She is the founder and editor of the interdisciplinary project Storytelling Diversity for the OU and surrounding communities.
 
Schneeweis received her Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Minnesota in 2009. A native of Romania, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Before coming to the United States to begin her graduate studies, she worked as a filmmaker and created more than 50 documentaries on Romanian culture for a national public television station. She also freelanced and wrote feature stories for the largest daily newspaper in her home town.
 
Her research focuses on the construction and translation of race and ethnicity across a variety of platforms, from media and journalism, to advocacy and health communication. Starting from the case study of the Roma in Europe, her current scholarship contextualizes news and activism among institutional platforms implicated in politicized and hierarchical acts of minority construction. She earned two competitive faculty research fellowships and has published her work in the Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Communication, Culture & Critique, Popular Communication, Women’s Studies in Communication, International Communication Gazette, and Critical Public Health, to name a few. She has presented numerous articles at international and national conferences. She is a past chair of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Cultural and Critical Studies Division. She is an Embark Program mentor through OU’s William Beaumont School of Medicine.
 
Schneeweis and her family live near Oakland University and like to spend time outdoors, camping, hiking, biking and swimming. See her  online portfolio  for more information about her interests, qualifications and a complete list of publications and conference presentations.