Coleman A. Tharpe

  • Communications Coordinator, Webber Energy Group, University of Texas at Austin

Coleman Tharpe is an undergraduate student working with the Webber Energy Group as coordinator of digital communications and public relations.  He also served as marketing and communications manager for Energy 101, Dr. Webber’s first Massive Open Online Course and the world's first course app.  In addition to his B.A. in Anthropology, and B.S. in Radio-Television-Film, he is pursuing undergraduate minors in Information Studies, with expected graduation in May 2015.

With one foot in information and another in cultural theory, Coleman’s interests lie in the significance of cultural practice and agency to the automated analytics of big data.  His research includes globalization and New Media and their implications in the changing world of higher education.  In the past, he has worked in media archiving with Austin Film Festival and the Harry Ransom Center for Humanities Research, broadcast journalism with Texas Student Television, and small business incubation with his own firm, Comprehensive Multimedia Consulting.

Research Topics
  • Influence of television sponsorship on the American television landscape
    • Mobil Media: Big Oil in Public Television
  • Representation of energy resources and industries in mainstream American cinema
    • Energy at the Movies: The History of Hollywood's Love Affair with Energy
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B.A. Candidate, Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts Honors Program
The University of Texas at Austin

B.S. Candidate, Radio-Television-Film
Moody College of Communication, Departmental Honors
The University of Texas at Austin

  • Dedman Distinguished Scholar, College of Liberal Arts
  • Finalist, 40 Acres Scholarship, Texas Exes
  • Moody College of Communications, Communication Dean's List, Spring 2013, Fall 2013
  • College of Liberal Arts, Dean’s Honors
    • Summa Cum Laude, Spring 2012,
    • Cum Laude Ampla et Magna, Fall 2012
    • Magna Cum Laude, Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Fall 2013
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