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Meet our Faculty: Bryce J. Renninger, PhD, JD

Bryce Renninger

What do you do at Jefferson?

I come to Jefferson after a career in film, documentary, and journalism in New York. I also come with training in public interest law. My academic research focuses on the strategic media use of those organizing around or advocating political positions that lay outside of the mainstream.

How long have you been at Jefferson?

I’ve just joined Jefferson in the Fall of 2021.

What is the best part of your job?

I’m lucky in that I get to teach a few different kinds of courses. I love working with students to demystify the workings of the government and the law, to make them better advocates and more agile media makers. I also value working with students on making media, and I hope that I can provide the thoughtful and supportive support that helps students tell the stories their curiosity brings them to.

What’s one piece of advice you give students?

If something – like starting a video project or understanding a legal doctrine - seems daunting, break it down into steps or smaller pieces. If it’s unclear how to do that, don’t hesitate to ask those around you – including your professors – where to start.

What’s something people would be surprised to find out about you?

I spend much of my free time in the kitchen – or deciding what to cook or bake.