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International Media Faculty

SIS and SOC Faculty Profiles

The International Media Program faculty members are among the leaders in the field, emphasizing the importance of research, teaching, and public dialogue. Faculty work closely with students to advance research and promote professional development through publications, professional associations, and skills-based course work.

SIS Faculty

Christine B. N. Chin

Christine B. N. Chin

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Professor

Dr. Chin’s research and teaching interests are in the political economy of transnational migration, Southeast Asian studies and intercultural relations. She is the author of In Service and Servitude: Foreign Female Domestic Workers and the Malaysian ... [More]

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202-885-6365
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Derrick L. Cogburn

Derrick L. Cogburn

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Associate Professor

Derrick Cogburn is Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service at American University. His research and teaching includes: global information and communication technology and socio-economic development; insti... [More]

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202-885-2400
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Maria De Jesus

Maria De Jesus

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Maria De Jesus brings to AU a wealth of research and teaching experiences in the area of health disparities, a critical area of focus in interstate and transnational relations. Her research examines the role of cross-cultural health communication... [More]

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202-885-6392
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Craig Hayden

Craig Hayden

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Craig Hayden is an assistant professor in the International Communication Program at American University’s School of International Service. His current research focuses on the discourse of public diplomacy, the rhetoric of foreign policy related ... [More]

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202-885-1497
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Nanette Levinson

Nanette Levinson

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Associate Professor

Nanette S. Levinson is Academic Director of the SIS/Sciences-Po Exchange and Editor of the International Communication Section, The International Studies Compendium Project. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. She served as Associate Dean from 1988-2005. ... [More]

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202-885-1480
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Kyoung-Ah Nam

Kyoung-Ah Nam

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Nam’s research and teaching interests include intercultural communication, maximizing study/work abroad, interaction between international faculty and U.S. students, expatriate intercultural training, and global leadership development. Dr. Nam ha... [More]

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202-885-1678
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Shalini Venturelli

Shalini Venturelli

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Associate Professor

Dr. Shalini Venturelli is Associate Professor of International Communication and International Relations, in the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC.  Professor Venturelli is Director of the Global Public Media Resear... [More]

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202-885-1635
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Gary Weaver

Gary Weaver

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Professor

For forty-five years Gary Weaver has been a member of the faculty of the School of International Service at American University. He was a member of the University’s Board of Trustees (2006-09) and served as the Chair of the University Faculty Senate ... [More]

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202-885-1637
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SOC Faculty

Kyle Brannon

Kyle Brannon

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Assistant Professor

Kyle "Kylos" Brannon is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He is a filmmaker, motion graphic designer, and VJ. His work with exhibit media has appeared in the Brown v Board National Historic Site, the US Botanical Gardens, Historic Jamesto... [More]

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202-885-2162
SOC - School of Communication


Declan Fahy

Declan Fahy

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Assistant Professor

Declan Fahy has been a full-time faculty member in SOC’s journalism division since 2010. His research examines scientists as celebrities and public intellectuals, and new methods and models of science journalism. He is the author of The New Celebrit... [More]

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202-885-6486
SOC - School of Communication


William Gentile

William Gentile

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Journalist in Residence

Bill Gentile is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He is an independent journalist and documentary filmmaker at American University, where he brings 30 years of field experience and professional contacts to the next generation of communica... [More]

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202-885-2663
SOC - School of Communication


Maria Ivancin

Maria Ivancin

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Adjunct Associate Professor

Maria Ivancin is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Communication. Prior to this current position, Ivancin served for ten years as a full-time faculty member of the School of Communication teaching courses in strategic communication, ... [More]

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202-885-2780
SOC - School of Communication


Leena Jayaswal

Leena Jayaswal

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Associate Professor

Leena Jayaswal is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. She is head of the photography concentration. Her photography has been nationally recognized in galleries around the country. She has worked with famed photographer, Mary Ellen Mark. Her... [More]

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202-885-2662
SOC - School of Communication


Christopher Palmer

Christopher Palmer

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Distinguished Film Producer in Residence

Chris Palmer is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He is also a speaker, author, and environmental and wildlife film producer. He has swum with dolphins and whales, come face-to-face with sharks and Kodiak bears, camped with wolf packs, an... [More]

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202-885-3408
SOC - School of Communication


Rick Rockwell

Rick Rockwell

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Associate Professor

Rick Rockwell is the interim Director of Journalism Programs and the School of Communication's Director of the International Media Program. Also, he is a professor of journalism. He teaches broadcast journalism, communication and multimedia courses. ... [More]

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202-885-2067
SOC - School of Communication


Christopher Simpson

Christopher Simpson

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Professor

Chris Simpson is a full-time professor of Journalism. He is a respected scholar and author known internationally for his expertise in propaganda, democracy and media theory and practice. He has won national awards for investigative reporting, histori... [More]

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202-885-2037
SOC - School of Communication


Rhonda Zaharna

Rhonda Zaharna

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Associate Professor

Rhonda Zaharna is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She specializes in public diplomacy, intercultural and international strategic communication, with an emphasis on culture and communication in the Arab and Islamic regions. In addition ... [More]

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202-885-3995
SOC - School of Communication


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