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Nelson Granados, PhD

Executive Director

Nelson's CV

Nelson Granados

Dr. Nelson Granados is a 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 / Teacher Education Division

Joi's CV

Joi CarrJoi Carr, professor of English and film studies, is 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. This trans-disciplinary, arts-based, critical pedagogy is a high impact practice and a central aspect of her research and teaching, which is the subject of her first monograph, Encountering Texts: The Multicultural Theatre Project and "Minority" Literature (2015). She is also known for her publication Boyz N the Hood: Shifting Hollywood Terrain (2018), which is a seminal monograph in John Singleton and his history-making film. With her recent award as an endowed professor, Carr is focused on completing two forthcoming books on African American women and vocation and cinematic arts. 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 cinematic arts with African American studies as the focus. She earned her PhD in American literature and film 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, Seaver College Communication Division

Alicia's CV

Alicia JessopAlicia Jessop is an attorney licensed to practice in California and Colorado and an Associate Professor at Pepperdine University, where she teaches Sport Law, Sport Sponsorship and Sport Finance and is an Academic Director for the Institute for Entertainment, Media, Sports and Culture. 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. Alicia's research focuses on the application of law to matters of athlete and sport consumer welfare. Alicia has consulted with the National Basketball Players Association to build a holistic program for NBA players transitioning out of the league and the Alliance of American Football to build a player career and education model. She recently completed research through a grant with Women in Film to identify the drivers and inhibitors of funding to women-led projects in the screen industries. Since 2011, Alicia has been a sportswriter after launching the widely read sport business website, RulingSports.com. Alicia currently is a writer for The Athletic and contributes to The Washington Post, after previously writing for Forbes, CNBC, The Huffington Post and SI.com. Through her media career, Alicia has been credentialed for events including the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, NBA All-Star Game, Final Four and more. Presently, Alicia is the President of the Sport and Recreation Law Association, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport and the Sports Innovation Journal, and advisory board of OpenlyHQ. Alicia's research has been published in the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, Journal for Legal Aspects of Sport and Texas Review of Entertainment. She has authored textbook chapters in Introduction to Sport Law (2nd Edition) and Sport Law: A Managerial Approach (4th Edition, 2021).

John Mooney, PhD

Academic Director for Graziadio Business School

John's CV

John MooneyDr. John G. Mooney is Associate Professor of Information Systems and Technology Management and Academic Director of the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. He also serves as the Graziadio School Academic Director to Pepperdine University's Institute for Entertainment, Media, Sports and Culture. Dr. Mooney holds a BS in Computer Science and a Master of Management Science both from University College Dublin, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from UC Irvine. He was named a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems in December 2018. He received the 2018 George L. Graziadio "Outstanding Faculty" award, the 2019 Graziadio Business School John Nicks Memorial Service Award, and a 2020 Pepperdine University Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence. He currently serves as Chair of the Association for Information Systems Leader Excellence Award Committee and as a member of the External Advisory Board for Lero – Ireland's National Software Research Centre. His current research interests include management of digital innovation and business executive responsibilities for managing digital platforms and information resources.


Maureen Weston

Academic Director for Caruso 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.


Amy Zwagerman

Program Manager

Amy Zwagerman is an entertainment industry insider with extensive experience overseeing the home entertainment marketing and distribution of top tier film and television properties at global media companies such as 20th Century Fox, ESPN and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. With expertise in national and retail marketing, advertising, promotions and communications and a passion for sports and entertainment, pop culture, and technology, Amy is a brand champion for the new millennium. Amy received her MBA from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and MS in marketing from the University of Arizona and has been leading her own marketing services firm, The Launch Box, for the past several years. She considers it a privilege to help students access valuable real world experiences and learning opportunities through the IEMSC and is an active mentor in the PeppConnect and University of Arizona Alumni networks, co-author of The MEDIA Report: Media & Entertainment Data in America with Dr. Granados, and regularly serves as a startup advisor through CoFoundersLab.