Yonatan Tewelde, Ph.D.

Yonatan Tewelde, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor of Communication, School of Humanities
Office Phone
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
Olmsted W005
Middletown, PA 17057
    Biography

    Dr. Yonatan Tewelde is a media and communication scholar, educator as well as a videographer and photographer. His areas of research interest lie on visual culture, intersectionality of transnationalism, diaspora, peace and new media. He earned a Ph.D. in Media Arts and Studies from the School of Media Arts and studies at Ohio University (2020), after completing his MA in Communication and Development from Ohio University (2017) and an M.A. of Communication from Yasar University in Turkey and Koblenz, RheinAhr University in Germany (2015), and a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Asmara, Eritrea (2005).

    Dr. Tewelde has contributed publications in peer reviewed journals in the fields of visual culture, film, and journalism and has presented his work at several national and internationals conferences. He was awarded the Broadcast Education Association (BEA’s) 2021 "Keneth Harwood Award" for best doctoral dissertation in the field of broadcasting and electronic media for his study “Chatroom Nation: an Eritrean Case Study of a Diaspora Public” exploring creative uses of new media by diaspora communities for political activism and mobilization.

    Dr. Tewelde also has industry experience as a cinematographer and editor producing several feature films, documentaries, music videos and commercials. In 2011, he was Awarded Eritrea’s national "Raimoc" award for best music video directing and videography.

    Research Interests
    • Visual Cultures
    • Semiotics
    • Participatory Media
    • Diaspora Communication Networks
    Publications

    Peer Reviewed:

    Tewelde, Y. (2019). The Impact of European Christian Imagery on Contemporary Orthodox Tewahedo Iconography in Eritrea. Northeast African Studies, 19(2), 91-110.

    Twelde, Y (2015). White Hotel. Journal of African Media Studies, 7 (3), 363–365.

    Tewelde, Y (2014). Seeing the image of an Eritrean Hero. Journal of African Cultural Studies, 27(2), 172-180.

    Tewelde, Y (2014). Foreign News Coverage in Eritrean Newspaper- Eritrea Profile. Journal of Yasar University, 9(35), 6099-6260.

    Dissertation & Thesis:

    Tewelde, Y. (2020). Chatroom Nation: an Eritrean Case Study of a Diaspora PalTalk Public. Ohio University.

    Tewelde, Y. (2015). Skin whitening in contemporary Tewahdo Iconography. Yasar University.

    Other Publications:

    Tewelde, Y. (2016). Life itself. Living in Eritrea. Arteidolia.

    Zere, A. and Tewelde, Y. (2016). "Not Necessarily Battered Reflection on Eritrean Children’s Photographs." Swifts & Slows: a quarterly of Crisscrossings, Arteidolia.

    Tewelde, Y. (2016). " Music Video Production in Eritrea" , "Women in Eritrean Music", and "The live music scene in Eritrea." Music in Africa Magazine.

    Education
    • Ph.D. in Media Arts & Studies, Ohio University
    • M.A. in Communication and Development Studies, Ohio University
    • M.A. in Communication, Yasar University
    • B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, Asmara University
    Course Schedule
    COMM 215 Basic Photography for Communications
    COMM 251 The Nature of Media
    COMM 242 Basic Video / Filmmaking