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Graduate Student Council Representatives

Meet the Graduate Student Council Representatives

By department: Communication Studies | Film and Media Arts | Journalism | Public Communication


Communication Studies

SOC Jan Lauren Boyles PhD student

Jan Lauren Boyles 

Jan joined American University's School of Communication as a doctoral fellow in 2011, after spending the last five years as a faculty member at West Virginia University's P.I. Reed School of Journalism. Her current research at AU centers upon how crowdsourcing changes internal routines within newsrooms, while also shifting the external business model undergirding journalism. A native of Fairmont, W.Va., Jan graduated summa cum laude with undergraduate and master's degrees in journalism from WVU. She is also a former newspaper reporter for The Dominion Post (Morgantown, W.Va.), Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette and Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail, and the author of "Cancer Stories: Lessons in Life, Loss and Love," published by the WVU Press. As part of the SOC GSC, Jan looks forwards to representing the SOC's first and second year PhD students.

SOC Eva Harder

Eva Harder

Eva is a first-year graduate student in the International Media program. A native of Texas, she was first exposed to life in the district as a junior in college, when she interned for her representative in Congress. After graduating with a BA in Communication with a minor in English, Eva took a year to travel, work, write, and figure out how to live. She still likes to do all of the above.

SOC Ibukun (IBK) Jaiyeola

Ibukun (IBK) Jaiyeola

IBK is a first year master’s student in the International Media program, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Pepperdine University. She has an interest in cross-cultural communication and media advocacy. She is a traveler and loves to explore world cultures through the arts. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, watching foreign movies and TV shows, reading blogs, and singing. As a member of the council, IBK would like to see the council well represented on campus, and more engaged with the student body. You can contact her at

Film and Media Arts

SOC Prashanth Bhat

Prashanth Bhat

Prashanth is pursuing his MA in Film and Media Arts with a focus on documentary filmmaking at American University. He is currently a broadcast intern at the Voice of America and also a Hindi language instructor at the Global Language Network. He has a post-graduate diploma in Journalism and mass communications from Osmania University, India. A practicing vegetarian, a trained Carnatic music singer and a huge Bollywood fan, Prashanth loves Hindustani classical music and Mario Puzo's novels. You can contact him

SOC Michael Jee

Michael Jee

Michael is a first-year masterʼs student in Film and Media Arts. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 with a bachelorʼs degree in Communication Studies and Political Science. As an avid enthusiast of politics, sports, and books, he hopes to combine his interests to showcase compelling stories as both narrative features and documentaries. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, watching movies, working out, traveling, and watching Tar Heel basketball. As a member of the GLC, he hopes to connect graduate students across schools and help with professional networking.

SOC Jake Morgan

Jake Morgan

Jake is in his first year as a Master's student in the Film & Media Arts program. Coming to us all the way from Nashville, he graduated from Lipscomb University in 2010 with a degree in Law, Justice & Society. In DC, he is pursuing writing for television and comedy, while aiming to make films that inspire social change. When not at school, Jake enjoys playing sports and taking photographs, along with improvisational acting. You can contact him at

SOC Lexy Ruperti

Lexy Ruperti

Lexy is in her second year as a MFA student in Film and Electronic Media. She graduated form The College of William & Mary in 2007 with a BA in theatre arts and spent the time before graduate school working at a variety of different jobs – taking her form the restaurant floor to an office desk. She will be spending part of this school year away from AU working on an independent film in West Virginia and Louisiana. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with loved ones. You can contact her at


SOC Anna Miller

Anna Miller

Anna is in her first year of the weekend Interactive Journalism program, which means she's sacrificing football Saturdays to learn computer coding, video editing and other techy skills she lacks. Anna graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 and is now -- believe it or not -- using her liberal arts degree in her day job as an associate editor for the Monitor on Psychology and gradPSYCH magazines. She also dabbles in freelance health reporting and writes a women's health column for Anna is a beer- and cheese-loving Wisconsin native, a former a-cappella president and an amateur triathlete here to remind the council that weekend students are people too.

SOC Natalie Plumb Grad Student Council

Natalie Plumb

Natalie Plumb is a graduate student in American University's School of Communication's M.A. program in Broadcast Journalism. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2012 with a B.A. in Print Journalism and minors in French, Spanish and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is now an intern at WTOP Radio. Natalie has gained experience as a columnist, reporter, photographer, videographer and critic. Natalie loves all facets of journalism and also does competitive dancing, sings and writes music and novels in her spare time. You can contact her at

Public Communication

SOC Dongyu Li

Dongyu Li

Starting this year, Dongyu is pursuing her master degree in Public Communication. Originally from Beijing, China, she graduated Cum Laude from Marietta College in Ohio with a bachelor degree in Advertising and Public Relations and minor in Psychology. As an international student, Dongyu enjoys taking the advantage of her domestic and international backgrounds. In her free time, she loves music, films and room decoration. Being a part of SOC Graduate Student Council, Dongyu looks forward to engaging in different events and representing the need of the student body. You can contact her at

SOC Amanda Liverpool-Cummins

Amanda Liverpool-Cummins

Amanda is in her first and final year as a master’s student in Public Communication. She graduated cum laude and with honors in the major from George Mason University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, concentration Public Relations and two minors in Tourism and Events Management and Music. Because of her love of the arts Amanda can’t wait to put her hard work to use in a career in entertainment communications. She is looking forward to being an active voice for the student’s in her major who, like her, want to be involved in the short time they have at American. You can contact her at

SOC Allison Green

Allison Green

Allison is in her second year as a master’s student in the Political Communication Program. She is originally from Kansas, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from the University of Kansas. As a member of the GSC, Allison would like to help build a vibrant student community within SOC. You can contact her at

SOC Gabrielle McCaffrey

Gabrielle McCaffrey

Gabrielle is a first year Political Communication master’s student in the School of Communication. In 2011 she graduate from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in English with minors in political science, communication, and pre-law. In her free time she moonlights as a social media addict, budding ukulele pop star, and intellectual property nerd. She looks forward to helping both SOC students and the GSC work together to build a stronger community, both on and off American University’s campus.

SOC Tiffany McGuffee

Tiffany McGuffee

Tiffany is in her first year as a weekend master’s student in Public Communication. In 2008, she graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. Tiffany stays busy doing both communications and policy work on Capitol Hill for Congressman Phil Roe. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends, working with the Junior League of Washington and shopping. As a representative, she hopes to get more weekend students involved with campus activities and help working professional students balance their careers and graduate school workload. She can be reached at

SOC Tangela Richardson

Tangela Richardson

Tangela is in her second year as a master’s student in Public Communication in the School of Communication. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University having graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. She is originally from Atlanta, GA and is currently a resident of the Baltimore, MD, Washington, D.C. area. As the AU SOC Representative on the Graduate Student Council, Tangela will work with the SOC graduate students to continue to enhance their graduate school experiences with support from the council and the AU administration. You can contact her at

SOC Jenny Wang

Jenny Wang

Jenny is currently pursuing her MA in Public Communication in AU's School of Communication. In May of 2012, she graduated as a Communication undergrad with a minor in Management from Juniata College, a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. She has had invaluable experience interning at Raptor Strategies and the American Health Care Association the past couple summers in DC, and she hopes to take the DC public relations world by storm in the future. In her free time, she enjoys tennis, traveling, and happy hours. As a representative, she hopes to increase the presence of the SOC Grad Council on campus. You can contact her at