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PhD in Communication Core Faculty

  1. Patricia Aufderheide

    Patricia Aufderheide, University Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., and founder of the Center for Media & Social Impact, where she continues as Senior Research Fellow. She i… More

    Send email to Patricia Aufderheide

    (202) 885-2069

  2. W. Joseph Campbell

    W. Joseph Campbell, Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    W. Joseph Campbell is a tenured full professor in the School of Communication's Communication Studies program. He joined the AU faculty in 1997, after some 20 years as a professional journalist. Assignments in his award-winning journalism career took… More

    Send email to W. Joseph Campbell

    (202) 885-2071

  3. Laura DeNardis

    Laura DeNardis, Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Dr. Laura DeNardis is a globally recognized Internet governance scholar and a Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. Her books include The Global War for Internet Governance (Yale Univers… More

    Send email to Laura DeNardis

    (202) 885-2675

  4. Deen Freelon

    Deen Freelon, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Deen Freelon is an associate professor in the Communication Studies division. He has two major areas of expertise: 1) political expression through digital media, and 2) the use of code and computational methods to extract, preprocess, and analyze ver… More

    Send email to Deen Freelon

    (202) 885-6462

  5. Lindsay Grace

    Lindsay Grace, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Lindsay is a professor, game designer and researcher. He is the founding director of the American University Game Lab and Studio. He has published more than 40 papers, articles and book chapters on games since 2009. His game designs have received awa… More

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    (202) 885-6933

  6. Ericka Menchen-Trevino

    Ericka Menchen-Trevino, Assistant Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Ericka Menchen-Trevino's research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of political communication and digital media studies, with a focus on methodology. Over the course of her career, Ericka has worked as a research lab manager, an ethnogr… More

    Send email to Ericka Menchen-Trevino

    (202) 885-2065

  7. Kathryn Montgomery

    Kathryn Montgomery, Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Kathryn Montgomery is Professor and Director of the Communication Studies Division. She is also founding Director of AU’s 3-year PhD program in Communication. Dr. Montgomery has written and published extensively about the role of media in society, a… More

    Send email to Kathryn Montgomery

    (202) 885-2680

  8. Aram Sinnreich

    Aram Sinnreich, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Dr. Aram Sinnreich is an Associate Professor at American University’s School of Communication, in the Communication Studies division. Sinnreich’s work focuses on the intersection of culture, law and technology, with an emphasis on subjects such as em… More

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    (202) 885-6518

  9. Benjamin Stokes

    Benjamin Stokes, Assistant Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Benjamin Stokes is a civic media scholar and game designer. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication, and at the AU Game Lab. Previously, he co-founded Games for Change, the movement hub for advancing social change with games. At… More

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  10. Rodger Streitmatter

    Rodger Streitmatter, Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Rodger Streitmatter is a full-time professor of Journalism. A cultural historian, he is a leader in exploring how the media have helped to shape the way Americans think and act. The most recent of his nine books is A Force for Good ~ How the American… More

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    (202) 885-2057

  11. Filippo Trevisan

    Filippo Trevisan, Assistant Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Filippo Trevisan joined American University's School of Communication in August 2015. After working as a reporter for Italy's largest private news agency in Rome, he completed his PhD and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Glas… More

    Send email to Filippo Trevisan

    (202) 885-6930

  12. John Watson

    John Watson, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    John C. Watson is a full-time professor of Journalism. He brings a combination of professional experience and scholarly credentials to the classroom. A journalist for 21 years, he has a law degree and a Ph.D. His research on media law and journalism … More

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    (202) 885-2083

  13. Rhonda Zaharna

    Rhonda Zaharna, Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    R.S. (Rhonda) Zaharna is a full professor and Director of the International Media program in the School of Communication, American University, Washington, D.C. She specializes in public diplomacy, and intercultural and international strategic communi… More

    Send email to Rhonda Zaharna

    (202) 885-3995