J. Michael Lyons

Assistant Professor
Office: Bronstein Hall 302
Email: jlyons@sju.edu
Website: website @jmikelyons

My work focuses on storytelling and civic media, particulaly related to incarceration. In 2015, I co-founded The Redemption Project with Aaron "Abdul Lateef" Phillips, John Pace and Kempis Songster, three men serving sentences of life without parole for crimes they committed as juveniles.

I was a journalist with the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and newspapers in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean and the United States before entering academia.

Julija Kulneva and I founded West Philly Local, which covers West Philadelphia - where we live.



  • B.A., Temple University
  • Ph.D., Indiana University

Professional Experience


  • Media and civic engagement
  • Social movements
  • Multimedia storytelling
  • International communication

Courses Taught

  • Civic Media
  • Communication Ethics
  • Communication Theory and Practice
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Community Publishing


The Civic Web, Community Storytelling, Oral History