Melina Sherman


Melina Sherman is a communication scholar and researcher at Knology. Her research interests center on the relationship between health, culture, and media. Specifically, Melina's work has focused on examining the social and cultural construction of disasters, namely public health crises such as the ongoing U.S. opioid epidemic and COVID-19, and the ways in which these crises are constructed online. Melina is currently working on a book about the cultural and institutional politics of pain in the opioid crisis, titled, How it Hurts: Culture, Markets, and Pain in the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. Her work has appeared in a number of communication and social science journals, including Public Culture, Communication, Culture & Critique, and the International Journal of Communication. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California and received her postdoctoral training from the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University.

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