Pallavi Kumar

Assistant Professor
School of Communication

  • Pallavi Damani Kumar is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She's the senior associate division director for the Public Communication Division in the School of Communication. Kumar teaches four of the five core public relations courses at AU as well as graduate writing and graduate seminar. She also created Social Media Strategies and Tactics, which is now part of the permanent curriculum. Prior to teaching full time, Kumar has more than 15 years experience in the public relations industry having worked as a vice president in Fleishman Hillard's social marketing practice in Washington, DC, a vice president/account supervisor in Ketchum's healthcare practice in New York as well as associate director of international public relations at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Philadelphia. She began her career in environmental communication at Ruder-Finn in Washington, DC. Kumar co-authored the ninth edition of Public Relations Case Studies published by Cengage in December 2011. Her articles and commentary have appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today and PRWeek.
  • Degrees

    B.A., CLEG and Public Communication, American University (magna cum laude); Master's, Public Relations/Corporate Communications, Georgetown University

  • SOC - School of Communication
  • McKinley - 246

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  • Spring 2014

  • Fall 2014

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Area of Expertise: Public relations, social media, digital strategic communications, crisis communications, health communications, social marketing, popular culture, public communication education

Additional Information: An AU alumna, Pallavi Damani Kumar has more than 15 years' experience in public relations. She has worked at Fleishman Hillard as a vice president in the firm's social marketing practice. While there, she worked on a social marketing campaign for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. Before that, Kumar was an associate director of international public relations at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, where she led international public relations activities for several products. Before joining Wyeth, she was a vice president and account supervisor in Ketchum Public Relations's healthcare practice, where she was responsible for developing strategic communication plans, implementing consumer media campaigns, coordinating media events, serving as client contact, and managing an account team. She has been published in the Washington Post and USA Today.

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