Kerric Harvey

Kerric Harvey

Title:
Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs and Associate Director, Center for Innovative Media
Faculty: Associate
Office:
MPA 517, Office Hours T 2:30pm - 3:30pm & W 1:00 - 3:00pm
Address: School of Media and Public Affairs
805 21st Street NW
Washington, DC, 20052
Phone: 202-994-4962
Fax: 202-994-5806
Email:
kharvey@gwu.edu

Areas of Expertise

New Media Storytelling, Interactive Documentary, Cell Phone Filmmaking, Cultural Aspects of Communication Technology, Media and Society, Online and Virtual Drama for Conflict Transformation, Social Media, Politics

Background

An associate professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) at George Washington University (GWU), Dr. Kerric Harvey is also a working playwright and multimedia producer who explores intercultural conflict in a wide variety of periods and places, including real-world, online and social media landscapes. Dr. Harvey writes about the media arts and cultural archetype in the public imagination, the anthropological effects of new media technologies, digital storytelling, and the relationship between new media narratives and political identity. She was an early researcher on writing and producing for mobile phone cinema (Very Small Screen cinema), spearheading GW's collaborative in a cell phone filmmaking experiment by noted actor and film director Spike Lee that brought global recognition to an SMPA undergraduate participating in that project. Active in Canada's Center for Imaginative Ethnography, the U.S. National Press Club, and the Dramatists Guild of America, Dr. Harvey is also a Visiting Researcher at Oxford University under the sponsorship of the Oxford Internet Institute and a Fellow of London’s Royal Anthropological Institute. An award winning professor at GW since 1990, she is also the General Editor of sage Publications celebrated three volume "Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics," published in 2014.

Education

Ph.D., Communications, University of Washington, 1990
M.P.S., Communications, Cornell University, 1983
B.A., English: Film and Communication, First Class Honours, McGill University, 1979  

Publications

Peer-reviewed Articles:

Quantifying Culture: New Methods for Measuring Media Content as a Social Mapping Technique. Scholarly article published in the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5 Issue 4, pp.361-382. Common Ground Publishers: Melbourne, Australia.

Art and Archetype in the Political Imagination: Heroes and Villains. Scholarly article published in the juried academic journal, International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.277-290. Common Ground Publishers: Melbourne, Australia.

Performing the Political Self: Dramaturgical Techniques for Exploring Identity-Driven Conflict. International Journal of the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vol. 3, Issue 11, pp. 121 – 128. Common Ground Publishers: Melbourne, Australia: Spring 2009

Cinema for the Very Small Screen: Design Elements for the Cell Phone Film-maker. International Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 6, Issue 11, pp. 71 -84. Common Ground Publishers, Melbourne, Australia: Winter 2008.

A New Media Approach to Old Problems: Phone Flicks and Cease Fires. Published in the International Journal of the Humanities, Common Ground Publishing, Melbourne, Australia, Volume 5, No. 5, pp. 61 – 68. Winter 2007, and online at: www.humanities-journal.com.

Dialogic Theatre and Cultural Geography: A New Theory in Drama for Conflict Transformation. Published in the International Journal of the Arts in Society, Common Ground Publishing, Melbourne, Australia. Volume 1, Number 2, pp. 7 – 16, Winter 2006, and online at: http://www.Arts.Journal.com.

Books:

The Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. (Editor). SAGE Publications, 2014.

Stolen Thunder: The Cultural Roots of Political Communication. Peter Lang: New York and Berlin, 1994.

Eden Online: Re-Inventing Humanity in a Technological Universe. Hampton Press, Cresskill, NJ, 2000.

The Electronic Grapevine: Rumor, Reputation, and Reporting in the New Online Environment. (with Diane Borden), Erlbaum, Mahwah, NJ 1998.

Telecommunications and Space Journal: Special Issue on Universal Service. (with Lucian Rapp), SERDI Press, Paris, France, 1999.



Film and Theatrical Writing and Production:

A Broken Moon at Midnight: On the eve of his historic voyage across the Atlantic, Christopher Columbus must choose between fear and hope as he struggles with the political implications and the personal dangers of the Spanish Inquisition. Produced by Selkies Theater, Galway Island. Two acts: 1:45.

Gormlaith: Pincess of Ireland. Vikings and Celts clash in a battle for control of ancient Ireland, meeting on Good Friday morning to slaughter each other on the green fields surrounding Dublin. Brian Boru, the Irish King Arthur, unites the Ireland’s clans for the first time ever, against Sitric Silkbeard, last of the Viking kings of Dublin, who stands defiant on the embattled city walls. At his side is his mother Gormlaith, an Irish princess of legendary fire and beauty -- and Brian Boru’s ex-wife. A SMPA/WRGW production.

Driving in Ireland: Two American tourists stop to ask directions of a wandering shepherd in rural Ireland. A hilarious exchange ensues, as each tries to slog through the other’s hidden cultural assumptions. One act; 18 minutes. Named "Play of the Week" for RTE-1, Ireland's national public radio network. 

Classes Taught

SMPA 2151 Research Methods
SMPA 3195 Cultural Theory of Mass Media
SMPA 3195 Special Topics: Advanced Radio Production
SMPA 3195 Images of America: Representations of the US in Hollywood and International Film
SMPA 3195 War and Resistence in American Film: How the Movies Define Terrorism
SMPA 3195 Journalism, Politics, and Film
SMPA 3195 Adventure Video: Cellphone Filmmaking
SMPA 3476.10 Changing Media Technologies
Graduate Qualitative Research Methods
Technology, Communication, and Culture
Documentary Center, Visual Literacy   

SMPA Faculty Soundbite: Kerric Harvey

"The Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics is a great group portrait of what it means to be human."

Professor Kerric Harvey talks about "The Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics". The 1,632-page, three-volume encyclopedia contains nearly 600 entries on how technology has revamped politics in the modern era, and it took Dr. Harvey more than two years to produce.

Part of the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs Faculty Soundbite Series. The Series reveals the most captivating and rewarding aspects of SMPA professors' work in the field and in the classroom.

Kerric Harvey Edits First Social Media Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics, Kerric Harvey

In December 2011, Professor Kerric Harvey was preparing for a semester-long sabbatical. She had a research appointment at Oxford and a visiting professorship at Simon Fraser University, and she wanted to work out details of two book proposals. Just moments before she packed away her computer, she decided to check her university email one last time.