Christoph Mergerson is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Media Studies Program, at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. His research interests focus on the information needs of local news audiences, particularly down South, and the consequences for democracy of the gap between information needs and news coverage. He is also interested in virtual reality ethics. His advisor is Dr. Susan Keith.
Christoph was a 2018 Consortium on Media Policy Studies (COMPASS) Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, where he researched federal broadband policy, and also learned about data policy regulations in the European Union and California. He was also selected to participate in the 2018 PhDigital Bootcamp program in digital journalism pedagogy at Texas State University, funded by the Knight Foundation.
Christoph graduated with a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School in Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science, with additional coursework in journalism, from California State University, Northridge.
Prior to his doctoral studies, he was a public affairs manager for an emergency preparedness partner agency of the City of New Orleans, and a marketing manager for a music festival in New Orleans. As an undergraduate, he was also a strategic planning and policy intern for National Weather Service headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Born and raised in the Washington, DC suburbs, Christoph has considerable family roots in Texas and Louisiana, where he has also lived.