Assistant Professor of Mass Communications
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Aimee-Marie Dorsten earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Communication, with an interest in Political Economy of Media. While at Pittsburgh, Aimee cultivated an eclectic set of academic interests related to political economy.
Her most ambitious project focuses on the introduction of communication technologies, like satellite, cell phone, and Internet, in socialist and quasi-Communist countries like Vietnam, China, and Poland, as well as the impact globalization has as these nations try to develop the latest technologies and cope with the changes they foster. Through this research, Aimee has become fascinated by the politics, economics, and history surrounding all technological development and innovation and enthusiastically brings this research to bear in the classroom. She is currently publishing her most recent work on Vietnam. In 2009 Aimee published an article, “Ethical Perspectives on Emerging Assistive Technologies: Insights from Focus Groups with Stakeholders in Long-term Care Facilities” in Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. (March 2009 (4)1: 25-36). This work aimed at improving the lives of dementia patients through audio and video environmental monitoring technology with CareMedia, a collaborative project between the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. In the spirit of her wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, Aimee also plans to publish an article exploring the history of women working in the field of mass communications during its early moments at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Aimee also enjoys teaching courses on Mass Communication Theory, Media and Society, Advertising, Television, Consumer Culture, Women and Mass Media, Public Speaking, and more recently, the Adobe Creative Suite, among other courses. During her academic tenure, Aimee has been the proud recipient of several awards for her research and writing. In 2010, she was nominated for a Faculty Excellence Award at Wilson College, and 2003, she earned the International Communication Association Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has enjoyed working with the Wilson community of faculty, students, and staff members since the fall of 2007. She is adviser Wilson’s student newspaper, The Billboard, as well as its online edition WilsonBillboard.com. In her spare time, Aimee likes to squeeze in swing dancing, biking, backpacking, making original clothing, traveling, volunteering, and listening to music.