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Craig Hayden

Craig Hayden is Director of the Public and Cultural Diplomacy Forum and is an Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University. Craig’s research focuses on the policy discourse of public diplomacy, the rhetoric of foreign policy related to media technologies, and the role of media representation in international relations. He is a Research Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and is the author of The Rhetoric of Soft Power: Public Diplomacy in Global Contexts (Lexington Books, 2011).

Ambassador Quainton

Amb. Anthony Quainton, US Foreign Policy Program. Quainton is currently Distinguished Diplomat in Residence and serves as program coordinator for the American Academy of Diplomacy.  He served for 38 years in the Foreign Service of the United States with posts on every continent. He also held senior positions in the Department of State including Coordinator for Counter-terrorism, Deputy Inspector General, Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security, and Director General of the Foreign Service. He is Vice President of the Public Diplomacy Council.

Rob Kelly

John Robert Kelley is Director of the Intercultural Management Institute at the School of International Service. Kelley’s research examines intersections of politics and communications with specific concentrations on public and cultural diplomacy.   He was selected Haywood R. Alker Postdoctoral Fellow in the subject of public diplomacy at the Center for International Studies, University of Southern California. His forthcoming book, Agency Change, examines the coexistence of state and nonstate actors in public diplomacy. Publications have appeared in The Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy (edited by Nancy Snow and Philip M. Taylor), and in Diplomacy & Statecraft, Orbis and The Hague Journal of Diplomacy.

RS Zaharna

R. S. Zaharna is Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Affiliate Associate Professor in the School of International Service at American University. She is a former Fulbright Scholar and a research fellow at USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy.  Her works include, Battles to Bridges: US Strategic Communication and Public Diplomacy after 9/11 (2010); The Cultural Awakening in Public Diplomacy (2012), and Relational, Networking and Collaborative Approaches to Public Diplomacy(2013) co-edited with Amelia Arsenault and Ali Fisher. Dr. Zaharna holds an undergraduate degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and graduate degrees in Communication from Columbia University.

Sherry Mueller


Derrick Cogburn

Derrick Cogburn

Derrick Cogburn is Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service at American University. In addition, he is Senior Scientist and Chief Research Director at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. His research and teaching includes: global information and communication technology and socio-economic development; institutional mechanisms for global governance of ICTs; transnational policy networks and epistemic communities; and the socio-technical infrastructure for geographically distributed collaboration in knowledge work. Dr. Cogburn directs the Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (Cotelco), an award-winning social science research collaboratory investigating the social and technical factors that influence geographically distributed collaborative knowledge work, particularly between developed and developing countries. Cotelco is an affiliated center of the Burton Blatt Institute, Centers of Innovation on Disability. Cogburn is the immediate past president of the Information Technology and Politics section of APSA, and of the International Communication section of the ISA.

Daniel Whitman

Dan Whitman teaches Foreign Policy at the Washington Semester Program, with the School of Professional and Extended Studies at American University.

Whitman began his public diplomacy work in 1969, when he was the assigned French interpreter for an African visitor under the International Visitors Program of the U.S. Information Agency. Since then he has accompanied African and French visitors in the IV program for a thirteen year period, then planned programs for IVs at Delphi Research Associates. He was a Fulbright scholar in 1980-81 in Brazzaville, after earning his PhD at Brown University in 1979. He served as PD officer in Europe, Africa, and Haiti, from 1985 to 2009.

Whitman is author of eight books and 45 journal articles. His oral history of PD programs in apartheid South Africa will be published in summer of 2013.

Robert Albro

Robert Albro received his Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Chicago. He has conducted research on indigenous political participation in Bolivia, work summarized in Roosters at Midnight: Indigenous Signs and Stigma in Local Bolivian Politics (2010). His present research, as represented in his edited volume Anthropologists in the Securityscape (2011), addresses frontiers in national and global cultural policy. Dr. Albro was a Fulbright scholar, and awarded fellowships at the John W. Kluge Center, Carnegie Council, and Smithsonian Institution. He was given the American Anthropological Association’s President’s Award in 2009, and is on the Board of Directors of the Public Diplomacy Council.