John Mooney, Executive Director
John Mooney serves as an associate professor of information systems and technology management at the Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School as well as a Research Affiliate at the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research. Mooney's expertise is in digital innovation and business analytics. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's degree in management science both from University College Dublin, Ireland. He also holds a doctoral degree in information systems and business strategy from University of California, Irvine.
Joi Carr, Academic Director for Film Studies, Seaver College Humanities and Teacher Education Division
Joi Carr is an associate professor of English and film studies and the director of the film studies program at Seaver College. As creative/program director of the Multicultural Theatre Project (MTP), Carr frames literature and history as theatrical experiences to provide a creative space for students to explore the multidimensionality of diversity: intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. Her 2015 book, Encountering Texts: The Multicultural Theatre Project and "Minority" Literature, explores her trans-disciplinary, arts-based, critical pedagogy, and is central aspect of her research and teaching. Carr is a singer-songwriter, actress, and playwright actively engaged with SAG-AFTRA as a National Convention Delegate, an alternate of the SAG-AFTRA National and Los Angeles Boards, and as a member of the National and Local EEOC and Women's Committees. Her research interests are interdisciplinary and explore faith and the arts, black masculinity, women and film, and women and vocation, primarily in literature and cinema arts with African American studies as the locus. She earned her PhD in American literature and film studies from Claremont Graduate University.
Theresa de los Santos, Academic Director for Journalism, Seaver College Communication Division
Theresa de los Santos ('08, MA '11) is an assistant professor of communication in the Communication Division at Pepperdine. She obtained a bachelor of arts degree in broadcast journalism and a master of arts degree in media communication from Pepperdine. She earned her PhD in media communication at University of California, Santa Barbara. She is an Emmy award-winning television news producer, formerly working at FOX 6 in San Diego and on the FOX 11 Morning News and Good Day L.A. at KTTV in Los Angeles. As a news producer, de los Santos covered Hurricane Katrina, the Malibu wildfires, and the immigrations protests of 2006, which made her step back and question the impact of the language used in news messages on audiences. As a result, her research focuses on the effect of discrete emotions, like anger and hope, in news coverage on attitude, opinion, and behavior change. She is published in the Handbook of Media Effects and Psychology. At Pepperdine, de los Santos teaches in the areas of journalism, media, and research methods and leads the broadcast cocurricular program.
Nelson Granados, Academic Director for Graziadio Business School
Nelson Granados is the Julian Virtue Professor of Information Systems and Technology Management at the Graziadio Business School. He actively combines academia with practice, as a member of the Board of Advisors for technology start-ups. His broad research interests are related to the strategic and economic consequences of digital innovation, and his current focus is on the impact of digital technologies on the travel, media, and entertainment industries. His research has been published in top journals like Management Science and Information Systems Research, and has won numerous academic awards (finalist 2012-2014 best paper in Management Science, best conference paper, and best IS paper of the year). He is a frequent contributor to the Media & Entertainment section of Forbes, and he teaches a graduate courses on digital innovation and strategic transformation, and digital media and entertainment.
Victoria Schwartz, Academic Director for School of Law
Victoria Schwartz is a tenured associate professor of law and the codirector of the LLM and certificate programs in entertainment, media, and sports law at Pepperdine University School of Law. Her area of expertise is in the fields of entertainment law, intellectual property, and privacy law, and her scholarship has received recognition in a wide variety of fields. Most recently, she has presented her paper "The Celebrity Stock Market" at conferences all over the world. She joined the Pepperdine faculty from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law. Prior to her academic career, Schwartz served as part of the business trial and litigation practice at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where she focused on entertainment law, intellectual property, contract law, and complex and appellate litigation. Schwartz holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science with departmental honors and distinction, a bachelor of arts degree in Slavic languages and literatures with distinction, and a bachelor of science degree in mathematics with distinction from Stanford University. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and following graduation clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the Honorable Jay S. Bybee.
Kathryn Linehan, Assistant Director
Kathryn Linehan ('14) is a catalyst for creativity and social entrepreneurship with expertise in strategic partnerships. In her role at Pepperdine, she helps build awareness of projects and initiatives within the entertainment community. As a filmmaker, Linehan produces and contributes to documentaries for the global good. As a health and fitness innovator, she teaches FORM, a class she created to bring forth whole body health through movement meditation. Linehan's business training was with Mellon Bank in Wealth Management and Wells Fargo's Commercial Bank, where she earned their highest ranking for cross-selling throughout the nation. She holds a master of arts degree in media production from Pepperdine and a communication studies degree from University of California, Santa Barbara.