CMRT Graduate Student Profiles


Josh Potter

Area of Research / Interest: Platform Studies, Hybrid Reality, Immersive Systems, Embodiment, Affect Theory, Presence, Phenomenology, Yoga Studies

Undergraduate Education Institution: St. Lawrence University

Undergraduate Major: English

Biography: Josh Potter is a doctoral candidate in Media and Communication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A former journalist, music critic, and editor at Metroland, an Upstate NY alternative newsweekly, he managed communications for EMPAC / The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at RPI before pursuing his current academic work. He is co-editor of the book Programming EMPAC Vol.2, and authored a recent chapter for the anthology Intimate Relations: Communicating (in) the Anthropocene. His dissertation "Practicing on the Platform: An Ethnography of Presence in the Zoom-Mediated Ashtanga Yoga 'Mysore Room'" tracks the efforts of one major transnational yoga lineage to migrate group practice onto the videoconferencing platform during the Covid-19 pandemic. A pilot study of this work was presented at the Presence 2020 conference. Email:


Meg Von Seggern

Area of Research / Interest: Data Driven Journalism/Storytelling/Data Visualizations and Content as it specifically relates to underserved and underrepresented populations * The NYS Medicaid and Foster Care Systems and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Delays * Inclusion, Diversity and Accessibility

Undergraduate Education Institution: SUNY New Paltz

Undergraduate Major: Visual Art & Art History

Biography: Meg’s professional experience includes administration, development, communications, education, marketing, advertising, public and digital media relations, facility infrastructure, programming, operations, finance, database management, case management and teaching for camp and conference centers, museums, YMCA, Head Start, private schools, public schools and transitional housing organizations, as well as other 501c3 organizations. Email:


Cliff Watson

Area of Research / Interest: Narratives told in hybrid forms

Undergraduate Education Institution: Brown University

Undergraduate Major: Applied Mathematics

Biography: Cliff holds a BS and MS in applied mathematics and recently completed an MFA in creative writing and poetics. His current research interests involve narratives told in mixed-genre environments and media, including prose, poetry, games, XR, and live performance. Professionally, Cliff spent over two decades as a software engineer, test lead, and product manager. He has also worked in career services, been a writing consult for electronic literature, occasionally sings professionally, and dabbles in creative writing and digital media. Before coming to Troy, NY, Cliff lived in Hong Kong and Washington State. Email:


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