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Hans Ibold :: Faculty

Hans Ibold

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Central Eurasian Studies
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Russian and East European Institute

Office: Ernie Pyle Hall 155
Phone: (812) 856-1931


Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2008
M.S., Shippensburg University, 1998
B.A., Evergreen State College, 1993

Research Interests

Networked media and citizenship; media and cultural globalization; internationalization of higher education; identity and social media; global journalism; global citizenship; Central Asian youth culture.

Personal Statement

I am a former news reporter with experience covering technology and the arts for both print and Web publications. I came to Central Asian studies late in my career, when I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan from 2003 to 2005. I taught English in a rural village in the southern oblast of Osh, wedged between Uzbekistan to the west and China to the east. Witnessing the spread and influence of networked media in Kyrgyzstan’s post-Soviet and—at the time—revolutionary context sparked an interest in media globalization in Central Asia.

My projects have examined the ways Kyrgyz people use media to understand and shape the past, present, and future. This research focuses primarily on identity and citizenship, which are changing in unprecedented ways in Central Asia’s new media landscape, especially for youth. With this line of research, I hope to add knowledge from the Central Asian context to emerging scholarship on mediated global citizenship. Understanding globally oriented citizenship has important practical implications for Central Asians, who are increasingly entangled in a new great game for natural resources.

Other ongoing research examines the internationalization of journalism education. These projects support my ongoing efforts to use Central Asia as a case study in courses I teach on international reporting and media globalization.

Recent Projects

“Identity Capital in the News: A Strategy for Citizenship-Building in the Digital Age.” Beyond East and West Conference, 2009.

“Channeling Youth Identities: Future Directions for Media Development in Central Asia.” Central Eurasian Studies Society Conference, 2009.

“Philosophy at Work: Journalism’s Early Professionalization and the Ideas that Made a Difference” (with Lee Wilkins). In Journalism, 1908: Birth of a Profession. Ed. Betty Winfield. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press.

“Doing Citizenship the Digital Way? Youth and the Internet in Kyrgyzstan.” Central Eurasian Studies Society Conference, 2008.

Honors and Awards

Office of the Vice President for International Affairs (OVPIA) Overseas Conference Fund Grant, Indiana University, 2009.
John Bies International Research Scholarship, University of Missouri, 2007.
Top Student Paper, AEJMC, Scholastic Division, 2007.
eResearch Grant & Fellowship, Internet Research, University of Missouri, 2006.