Meet 2020-2021 APSA Congressional Fellow Melinda Sebastian of Drexel University

Meet Melinda Sebastian, PhD, Drexel University

Melinda Sebastian’s research focuses on emergent media technology, language, law, and policy from an intersectional feminist perspective. She received her PhD in Communication, Culture, & Media from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and her BA in Anthropology from New York University. She is currently a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow for Syracuse University, where she teaches Information Policy, a Masters level course, in the School of Information Studies.

She is especially interested in information and internet governance policy on topics such as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, platform content moderation, Intellectual Property, and Network Neutrality, and recently published a book on the policy of Net Neutrality, with my co-author Dr. Alison Novak of Rowan University. The book is titled, ‘Network Neutrality and Digital Dialogic Communication: How Public, Private and Government Forces Shape Internet Policy’ with Routledge Press. She is currently writing a policy paper on Section 230 and platform content moderation.

The American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellowship Program is a highly selective, nonpartisan program devoted to expanding knowledge and awareness of Congress. Since 1953, it has brought select political scientists, journalists, federal employees, health specialists, and other professionals to Capitol Hill to experience Congress at work through fellowship placements on congressional staffs.