Bologna Faculty

Mary D'Amborsio

Mary D’Ambrosio is the founding editor of Big World Magazine, and an assistant professor of practice at Rutgers University. She previously taught at New York University, Columbia University and Central Connecticut State University. A dual-U.S. Italian citizen, and a writer specializing in international issues, she has reported widely in Europe and Latin America, and in the summer of 2015 covered the European migration crisis in Italy and Turkey, as part of a project that argues for more humanizing coverage. The first part of the project was published in the Huffington Post. Before becoming a full time journalism professor, D’Ambrosio served as an editor at Global Finance magazine in New York, a reporter for the Associated Press in Venezuela and a correspondent and book reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Anthropology Now, Islands, Working Woman, Worldpress, Newsday and the Miami Herald, among others. She holds a B.S. in magazine journalism from Syracuse University, and an M.Sc. in economic history from the London School of Economics. She edited ieiMedia’s Urbino Now magazine in 2010. She was also the founding director of ieiMedia’s Istanbul global reporting program, and led it from 2011-2015.


Kurt Lancaster
Kurt Lancaster

Kurt Lancaster is a professor of creative media and film at Northern Arizona University. He is the author of DSLR Cinema (Focal Press), Video Journalism for the Web (Routeldge), Production House Cinema (Focal Press), among other works. His students have gone on to create their own video production houses, worked as producers and cinematographers, as well as earning national and regional award winning films. Some of his clients have included: the Grand Canyon National Park, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management; The Christian Science Monitor; Timpanogos Caves National Monument for the National Park Service; the American Community School in Amman, Jordan; Ha:san Preparatory and Leadership School in Tucson, Arizona for the National Institute of Health; the Pedras Mesa Demonstration Ranch in Arizona; Altez Ecofarm at Hasta Gard in Stockholm, Sweden; the Law of the Desert Born graphic novel promo for Louis L’Amour Enterprises, Inc; the Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University. Kurt previously taught for ieiMedia in Istanbul, Turkey. He earned his PhD from NYU.

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