Ingrid Sturgis is chair of the Department of Media, Journalism and Film at Howard University. She strives to empower students through social media. Her academic research interests are social networking, multimedia entrepreneurship, the black press, the digital divide and online education. An educator, author, editor and digital media consultant, she holds a B.A. in fine arts from City College Of New York and an M.A. in journalism from New York University. She is working on her Ph.D. at Howard.
Ingrid began working in interactive media in 1985 as a member of the New York Time’s videotext project. She has worked online since 2001, most recently as a content consultant for heartandsoul.com and soulofamerica.com She also worked as a senior programming manager for AOL’s Black Voices and as editor at Essence.com. Previously, she worked as a managing editor for the startups BET Weekend and Savoy.
In addition, Ingrid has worked for several newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Times-Herald Record and the Poughkeepsie Journal. She is the author of the critically acclaimed “The Nubian Wedding Book: Words and Rituals to Celebrate and Plan an African-American Wedding,” the anthologies “Are Traditional Media Dead,” and “Aunties: 35 Writers Celebrate Their Other Mother.”