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Caty Borum Chattoo

Caty Borum Chattoo

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Executive in Residence

Caty Borum Chattoo is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She has multifaceted expertise in social change communication, integrated media campaigns, and documentary film and television production. Most recently, she worked as a senior vice... [More]

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202-885-6485
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Joseph Graf

Joseph Graf

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Assistant Professor

Joseph Graf is a full-time professor of Public Communication. He is former research director for the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet, which promotes Internet politics to improve civic engagement. He has published extensively in pol... [More]

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202-885-2147
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Corinne Hoare

Corinne Hoare

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Professorial Lecturer

Corinne Hoare is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She has nearly a decade of high-level experience in the public relations and strategic communication field in both the private and public sectors. Her experience includes stints at the W... [More]

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202-885-6683
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Pallavi Kumar

Pallavi Kumar

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Assistant Professor

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 ... [More]

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202-885-2047
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Dina Martinez

Dina Martinez

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Professorial Lecturer

Dina Martinez is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She joined the Public Communications Division in 2011 as professor and Director for the Professional Public Communication Graduate Program. Dina has 15 years of experience in the private... [More]

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202-885-6464
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Pilar McKay

Pilar McKay

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Professorial Lecturer

Pilar McKay, Ph.D. is a full-time professor of Public Communication. Trained as a social research methodologist, she worked in advertising and public opinion polling prior to teaching at SOC at American University. She has worked in communication res... [More]

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Wendy Melillo Farrill

Wendy Melillo Farrill

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Associate Professor

Wendy Melillo is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She teaches in the School of Communication's Strategic Communication division. Her research is focused on public service advertising. Melillo was a reporter for The Washington Post, earn... [More]

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202-885-1753
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Gemma Puglisi

Gemma Puglisi

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Assistant Professor

Gemma Puglisi is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She is an award-winning media strategist and producer with more than 25 years of experience. During her career she has worked in broadcast news, public relations, entertainment and the f... [More]

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202-885-2153
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Richard Stack

Richard Stack

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Associate Professor

Richard Stack is a full-time professor of Public Communication. He began researching the interaction of courts and media after his work in the Public Defenders Office revealed the criminal justice system’s frequent mistakes. His first books pioneered... [More]

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202-885-2856
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Leonard Steinhorn

Leonard Steinhorn

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Professor

Leonard Steinhorn is a professor of Public Communication and an affiliate professor of History. His expertise includes American politics, culture and media, strategic communication, the presidency, race relations, the 1960s, and recent American histo... [More]

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202-885-2031
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Scott Talan

Scott Talan

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Assistant Professor

Scott Talan, MPA, is a full-time professor of Public Communication. He has worked in media, PR, and communications in four distinct fields: TV News, Politics, Nonprofits and Higher Education. Scott worked at the United Nations, Harvard University and... [More]

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202-885-6461
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Paula Weissman

Paula Weissman

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Professorial Lecturer

Paula Weissman is a full-time professor of Public Communication. Weissman joins the faculty from Johns Hopkins University’s M.A. in Communication program, where she served as a faculty member and administrator since 2005. At Johns Hopkins, she develo... [More]

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202-885-6930
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Rhonda Zaharna

Rhonda Zaharna

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Associate Professor

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

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202-885-3995
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