Background: Jenifer Sunrise Winter is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communications. She received the AB from Occidental College and the MLIS and Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii (Interdisciplinary Program in Communication and Information Sciences). Dr Winter’s research focuses on communication policy and planning in the context of emerging information and communications technologies (ICTs), including the role of the public in forming technology policy. She teaches courses related to information and communication policies and technologies, emphasizing wireless communication and the Internet in Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining the School of Communications, she worked in commercial radio and for the Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. She serves as Secretary of the Right to Communicate Group.
Interest(s): Research: mobile communication and social media | policy and planning (Asia-Pacific) | emerging technologies | future of the Internet | ubiquitous/pervasive computing and communications | privacy | right to communicate | cybersecurity | Social Informatics | futures studies | e-democracy | ICT literacies and civic engagement
Personal: rights of indigenous peoples | DNA-based anthropology | civil rights and liberties | digital identities and aesthetics | robotics
Teaching: I am honored to be an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP), Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support.
I teach a variety of courses at the BA, MA, and Ph.D. level. In addition to the courses below, I am preparing an undergraduate seminar on Online Gaming Culture and Theory (summer 2014, tentative, COM 480) and a graduate seminar addressing Surveillance in the Network Society (2014, tentative, COM 691). Courses:
CIS 701, Information/Communication Theories of Society COM 691, Seminar: Networked Policy and Convergence COM 660, Information and Communication Technology Planning COM 644, Global Communication COM 634, Social Media COM 633, Telecommunication Architectures; now Information and Communication Technologies COM 611, Communication Theories COM 490W, Senior Thesis Project COM 480, Seminar: ICTs in Hawaii: Emerging Trends and Future Opportunities COM 479W, Capstone in Information and Communication Technologies and Policy COM 442W, Communication in the Pacific Hemisphere COM 438E, Telecommunication in the Pacific Hemisphere COM 432, Information and Communication Technology Services COM 330, Telecom Concepts & Technology
Advising: I am the Graduate Chair for the School of Communications. I advise approximately 60 Communication undergraduates and serve on numerous MA and Ph.D. committees related to ICTs and policy. I also serve as chair of two CIS doctoral examinations: Communication Policy & Planning and Communication Theory.
Mobile communication and social media | policy and planning (Asia-Pacific) | emerging technologies | future of the Internet | ubiquitous/pervasive computing and communications | privacy | right to communicate | cybersecurity | Social Informatics | futures studies | e-democracy | ICT literacies and civic engagement
Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching, University of Hawaii at Manoa (2011)
Fellow, National Science Foundation, Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST) (2011)
Fellow, National Science Foundation, Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST) (2012)