MPA, The University of texas at AUSTIN
BA, California state university, northridge
Christoph Mergerson is a doctoral candidate at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. His interests include the information needs of local news audiences, local and regional news media in the Southern United States, and media policy. He has worked with the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. as a research assistant for telecommunications policy, through a Consortium on Media Policy Studies fellowship.
Christoph graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a master’s degree in public affairs, with a focus in domestic and global institutions and policymaking; and from California State University, Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in political science, with additional coursework in journalism. Prior to commencing an academic career, he worked in nonprofit public relations and radio production in New Orleans.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, Christoph has deep family roots in East Texas, where he spent summers as a child, and throughout Louisiana. He has lived in or visited each of the Southern states, both traditional and border. He is a weather buff who has watched dozens of hours of weather documentaries and archived news coverage of Southern hurricanes and tornado outbreaks. He also enjoys reading long-form journalism that focuses on the South. Some of his favorite articles include a piece in the Oxford American about the early ‘90s indie rock scene in Atlanta; a brief history of the use of CB radio in American politics in the Bitter Southerner; and a story about the lack of racial diversity in the enjoyment of hiking and camping in Southerly.
Christoph lives in Philadelphia.