Faculty & Staff

Communications

Maria Siano, Ph.D.
Online Adjunct Faculty
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Education:
Ph.D. in Communications and Media Studies, Rutgers University

M.A. in Communication Arts, William Paterson University

B.S. in Business Management, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Biography:
Maria Siano joined Waldorf College in July of 2014. She teaches communications, writing and new media courses.

Her research interests in media studies focus on popular culture. Maria is the author of a non fiction book, The People Are Represented: A Discourse Analysis of Contemporary Programs in the Television Crime Genre, published by Teneo Press (October, 2008). This research, originally conducted for her Ph.D. dissertation, analyzed crime dramas and documentaries airing between 1998 and 2004, a significant time in the genre when the definition of "us" and "them" previously established in the genre was blurred: Criminals were not clearly portrayed as "others" and legal authorities were not clearly representing "us," or society. Using a critical-cultural studies approach, she combined genre theory, ideological analysis, and discourse analysis to explore the implicit messages about criminals in fictional, reality, and documentary television programs. Other academic publications include the "Media" entry in the Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society, published in 2007 by Sage Publications, the reviews of the books Tabloid Valley and God and the Editor for JHistory on H-Net.org.

Since 1998 she has been an adjunct professor, teaching at a variety of institutions, including Rutgers University, New England College, and William Paterson University. She worked for North Jersey Media Group between 1997 and 2003, and held several positions, including Editor of the weekly newspapers Suburban Life, Suburban Trends, and the lifestyle magazine 201.

She is a Garden State Scholar, FDU President Scholar, and Phi Theta Kappa, and earned several journalism awards, from the New Jersey Press Association (2002, Special Section: 9/11 Commemorative Issue) and the PICA club (1999, Headline Writing, Column Writing, Feature Writing). She is also a member of Delta Mu Delta National Business Honor Society. Maria has volunteered with the American Democracy Project at Ramapo College of New Jersey, as a Reviewer for several communication journals and the National Communication Association 2009 Conference. She has also judged numerous journalism contests offered by the North Carolina Press Association, Catholic Press Association, Hoosiers Press Association, and the Virginia Press Association.