Dr. Lustyik completed her M.A and Ph.D. in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. Prior to coming to Ithaca College, she completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in New Zealand, at the Centre for Communication Research, Auckland University of Technology between January 2004 and December 2005. During her fellowship she researched the uptake in New Zealand of globalized children's television media such as Nickelodeon and Disney. She was also part of an interdisciplinary team that studied bro’Town, a groundbreaking prime-time animated production, that represents a unique case study in the broadcasting history of the South Pacific region with international implications.
She has been at Ithaca College since fall 2006 teaching in the Department of Television Radio where she has taught the following courses: Introduction to the Mass Media, Global Flow of Information, European Mass Media, Senior Seminar-Special Topics, and Seminar in Geomedia. She had also supervised independent study projects (e.g. bro’Town’s international success; US politics and the international versions of Sesame Street).
Dr. Lustyik's current research projects include: Children's television channels around the world (from Disney, Nickelodeon to Minimax and Al Jazeera Children's Channel); Al Jazeera English in the United States; and Popular Television in Eastern Europe.
Pecora, Norma & Lustyik, Katalin. (2011). Media Regulation and the International Expansion of Nickelodeon. Journal of Children and the Media 5(1).
Flowers, Arhlene, Lustyik, Katalin & Gulyas, Emese. (2010). Virtual junk food playgrounds in Europe: Advergames in the UK and Hungary. Journal of Virtual Words Research 3(2).
Lustyik, Katalin & Smith, Philippa. (2010). From The Simpsons of The Simpsons of the South Pacific”: New Zealand’s First Primetime Animation, bro’Town.” Television & New Media, 11(5).
Lustyik, K. (2010). “Transnational Children’s Television: The case of Nickelodeon in the South Pacific. International Communication Gazette 72(2).