Research members of the Pacific Northwest Media Research Consortium are researchers who have been working on issues related to Pacific Northwest media. These members are dedicated to making a positive contribution to the landscape of media in the region.

Executive Committee

Mary Erickson, Founder & Director

Mary Erickson’s research focuses on regional audiovisual media production, global film industries, independent media and cultural policy. Her research has been published in Film History, International Journal of Cultural Policy, The Journal of Intercultural Communication Research and The YouTube Reader, among other publications. She is also co-editor of Independent Filmmaking Around the Globe (with Doris Baltruschat, University of Toronto Press, forthcoming in 2014) and Cross-Border Cultural Production: Economic Runaway or Globalization? (with Janet Wasko, Cambria Press, 2008). Mary is also a publicity and research consultant for filmmakers and film festival jurist; a former member of the Media Arts Commmittee of Downtown Initiative for Visual Arts (Eugene, OR); and former Director of Publicity/Promotions, Northwest Film Forum in Seattle.

Mary can be reached at mali_bing [at] hotmail [dot] com, or visit

Doris Baltruschat, Founding Member

Doris Baltruschat’s research foci include globalization and culture, co-productions, media ecologies, digital/interactive and alternative media, and social movements. Her research has been featured in academic journals and books published in Canada, the U.S., England, Australia and China, as well as in her books titled ‘Global Media Ecologies: Networked Production in Film and Television’ (Routledge, 2010), and ‘Independent Filmmaking around the Globe’ (University of Toronto Press, 2014), co-edited with M. Erickson. A former juror for the Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund, she has extensive professional experience in the film and television sectors. She has also taught courses on new media, film and television at Simon Fraser University, Carlton University and the University of British Columbia. She has a Ph.D. in Communication from Simon Fraser University, and conducted research as a SSHRC post-doctorial fellow in the Department of Theatre and Film/Centre for Cinema Studies at the University of British Columbia.

Doris can be reached at baltruschat [at] shaw [dot] ca, or visit

Cary Greenwood, Founding Member

Cary A. Greenwood, APR, Fellow PRSA, (Ph.D., University of Oregon), is assistant professor and public relations sequence head at Middle Tennessee State University, where she teaches public relations campaigns and crisis communication. She has more than 30 years’ experience in public relations, including eight years in corporate communications management for a Fortune 500 utility, seven years as public affairs director for a state natural resource agency, and two years in transportation management. She is an experienced public relations strategist, speechwriter, and public speaker. Her research interests are whistleblowing, environmental activism, evolutionary theory, corporate social responsibility, and relationship management.

Kristin L. Gustafson, Founding Member

Kristin L. Gustafson is a Lecturer at the University of Washington Bothell. Her research focuses on the political and journalistic voice of US marginalized communities; journalism history of grassroots, activist newspapers; and digital media archiving practices. She has published in American Journalism and Journalism History. She holds a Ph.D in Communication from the University of Washington and a M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Matthew Holtmeier, Founding Member

Matthew Holtmeier is a postdoctoral researcher at Ithaca College. His research interests include the production of political subjects in global film, film and TV in the Pacific Northwest, and the role of belief in science fiction media. He extends his interest in the production of political subjectivities to the Pacific Northwest by looking at the development of a Cascadian identity.

Helen Morgan-Parmett, Founding Member

Helen Morgan Parmett is an Assistant Professor at Western Washington University in the Communication Studies Department. Her research and teaching focus on critical media studies, media and urban space, production studies, and cultural policy.

Stephen Rust, Founding Member

Stephen Rust is an adjunct instructor in film and media studies and composition at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Linn Benton Community College. He has called the Pacific Northwest home his entire life.

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