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Public Communication Full-Time Faculty

  1. Dario Bernardini

    Dario Bernardini, Professorial Lecturer

    SOC - School of Communication

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  2. Emily Blout

    Emily Blout, Professorial Lecturer

    SOC - School of Communication

    Dr. Emily Blout joined American University in 2016. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in strategic and global communication at the School of Communication (SOC). Blout previously taught undergraduate courses on media and politics in Ir… More

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  3. Caty Borum Chattoo

    Caty Borum Chattoo, Executive in Residence

    SOC - School of Communication

    Caty Borum Chattoo is Executive in Residence in the School of Communication. As a social-change communication specialist and media producer, she has been engaged as a senior campaign strategist, documentary producer and social-impact research directo… More

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    (202) 885-6485

  4. Priya Doshi

    Priya Doshi, Professorial Lecturer

    SOC - School of Communication

    Priya Lothe Doshi has more than 15 years of experience as a public relations practitioner creating and implementing strategic communications plans, conducting media relations, training spokespeople, and planning high profile events. She has spent mos… More

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  5. Joseph Graf

    Joseph Graf, Assistant Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Joseph Graf is an assistant 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 po… More

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    (202) 885-2147

  6. Corinne Hoare

    Corinne Hoare, Professorial Lecturer

    SOC - School of Communication

    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

  7. Anya Karavanov

    Anya Karavanov, Professorial Lecturer

    SOC - School of Communication

    Anya Karavanov is a professor of Public Communication. She is a seasoned marketing communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience creating and implementing social change campaigns for government agencies, nonprofits, and private found… More

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  8. Pallavi Kumar

    Pallavi Kumar, Assistant Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Pallavi Damani Kumar is a full-time professor in American University’s School of Communication and the Division Director for the Public Communication. Prior to teaching full time, Kumar gained more than 20 years experience in the public relations ind… More

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    (202) 885-2047

  9. Dina Martinez

    Dina Martinez, Professorial Lecturer

    SOC - School of Communication

    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

  10. Wendy Melillo Farrill

    Wendy Melillo Farrill, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    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

  11. 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

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    (202) 885-2065

  12. Molly O'Rourke

    Molly O'Rourke, Executive in Residence

    SOC - School of Communication

    Molly O’Rourke is an Executive in Residence in the School of Communication where she also serves as director of the MA program in Political Communication. She has more than 15 years’ experience in the field of public opinion research, most recently … More

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    (202) 885-2968

  13. Christie Parell

    Christie Parell, Professorial Lecturer

    SOC - School of Communication

    Christie Parell is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She brings more than 15 years of experience working in the communications field at the highest levels of both the public and private sectors. Her classes focus on the intersection of m… More

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  14. Gemma Puglisi

    Gemma Puglisi, Assistant Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    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

  15. Richard Stack

    Richard Stack, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    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

  16. Leonard Steinhorn

    Leonard Steinhorn, Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    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

  17. Scott Talan

    Scott Talan, Assistant Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Scott Talan, MPA, is an assistant professor of Public & Strategic Communication. Talan is an expert in social media and personal branding honed through communications experience in four distinct fields: TV News, Politics, Nonprofits/NGO's and Higher … More

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    (202) 885-6461

  18. 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

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    (202) 885-6930

  19. Paula Weissman

    Paula Weissman, Professorial Lecturer

    SOC - School of Communication

    Paula Weissman is a full-time professor of Public Communication and the Program Director for the School of Communication’s Online M.A. in Strategic Communication. Previously, she helped launch the M.P.S. program in Integrated Marketing Communications… More

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    (202) 885-6597

  20. 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

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    (202) 885-3995