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 research interests include the information needs of local news audiences, local news in the Southern United States, political economy of media, and media law and policy. Christoph has worked with the Brookings Institution in Washington as a research assistant for telecommunications policy, and data privacy regulations in the European Union and California.
Christoph earned his Master of Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied domestic and global policymaking institutions and processes. He also graduated from California State University, Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in political science, with additional coursework in journalism. Prior to pursuing an academic career, he was a public affairs manager for an emergency preparedness partner agency of the City of New Orleans, and a producer with a community radio station 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 in Louisiana. He has visited or lived in 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, and 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 — an early form of social media — in American politics in Bitter Southerner; and a story about the lack of racial diversity in the enjoyment of hiking and camping in Southerly.
Christoph lives in Philadelphia, one of his favorite cities.