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Nelson Granados

Executive Director

Nelson's CV

Nelson Granados

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 graduate courses on digital innovation and strategic transformation and digital media and entertainment.


Joi Carr

Academic Director for Film Studies, Seaver College Humanities and Teacher Education Division

Joi's CV

Joi CarrJoi 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 a 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 focus. 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's CV

Theresa de los SantosTheresa de los Santos ('01, MA '08) is an associate 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 from the 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, wildfires, and the immigrations protests of 2006. Covering these events 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 television news co-curricular program.

Alicia Jessop

Academic Director for Sport Administration

Alicia JessopAlicia Jessop is an assistant professor at Pepperdine University, where she teaches sport law and sport marketing. Alicia joined the Sport Administration program faculty at Pepperdine University after spending four years as a member of the faculty at the University of Miami. An attorney licensed to practice in California and Colorado, Alicia's research focuses primarily on the application of law to matters of athlete and sport consumer welfare. In this regard, Alicia has consulted with the National Basketball Players Association to build a holistic program for NBA players transitioning out of the league. Alicia serves on the board of directors of the Sport and Recreation Law Association, the editorial board of the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport and the executive board of NFL player Melvin Gordon's foundation. Alicia's research appears in the Journal for Legal Aspects of Sport and Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law, and she has authored a textbook chapter in Introduction to Sport Law (2nd Edition). She currently serves as a sport business contributing writer to The Huffington Post and The Washington Post. Through her media career, Alicia has been credentialed for events including the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, NBA All-Star Game, Final Four, and more.

John Mooney

Academic Director for Graziadio Business School

John's CV

John Mooney.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 the University of California, Irvine.


Maureen Weston

Academic Director for School of Law

Maureen's CV

Maureen WestonProfessor Maureen Weston received her JD from the University of Colorado and BA in economics/political science at the University of Denver. She teaches courses on arbitration, mediation, negotiation, international dispute resolution, legal ethics, and US and international sports law. She serves as faculty advisor to the Sports & Entertainment Law Society and Dispute Resolution Journal, and as a coach for ICC Mediation Advocacy and Sports & Entertainment Law Negotiation competitions. Her committee service includes the ABA, Law School Division, Arbitration Competition, AALS Sports Law Executive Committee, and former chair of the ABA Dispute Resolution Education Committee and Representation in Mediation Competition. She is a member on the boards of directors at the University of Colorado School of Law Alumni Board, the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette School of Law, Malibu Little League, and the editorial board of LawInSport. A frequent speaker at conferences, Professor Weston is a coauthor of casebooks on sports law and arbitration and has written numerous articles in the area of Olympic and International Sports Arbitration, disability law, sports law, and dispute resolution.


Jeremy Evans

Project Manager

Jeremy EvansJeremy brings to the institute extensive experience in entertainment, media, and sports law, and a strong industry network. He holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Entertainment, Media, and Sports Law from Pepperdine University School of Law, a juris doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science with an emphasis in American politics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the founder and managing attorney at California Sports Lawyer®, representing entertainment, media, and sports clientele. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to athletes, entertainers, models, television and film producers, studios, entertainment, media, and sports businesses. He worked as a graduate law clerk at the Superior Court of California advising judicial officers in civil and criminal law and motion matters. Prior to law school, he worked in accounting and finance for Quinn Emanuel Uquhart & Sullivan LLP in Los Angeles. He has also worked as a legislative aide and field representative in the California State Legislature and continues to work on local and national campaigns.