School of Communication
Ph.D. History, International Relations
M.A. Security Studies
B.A. English, Political Science
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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 Iran at the University of Virginia.
Blout earned a Ph.D. in History and Iranian Studies from the University of St. Andrews under the tutelage of Ali M Ansari. Entitled “Mass Communication in the Construction of Power in Iran,” her dissertation is comprised of a number of historical case studies of the political-economy of mass media in pre and post-Revolutionary Iran (1958 to 2014).
Blout is serving as co-editor, along with Bruce Williams (UVA), of a special edition of The Communication Review. Entitled “History and Myth in Hypermedia Space: Global Case Studies,” it will explore issues relating to changing standards of objectivity, political news, and historical record in contemporary war and conflict.
Before beginning her doctoral degree, Blout was a researcher at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. She conducted research on non-proliferation and counter-terrorism policy at the U.S. National Security Council.
She also served as Press Secretary in the US Congress. She worked on a number of high profile defense, environment, and foreign policy issues for a senior member of the Appropriations Committee. Prior to her time on Capitol Hill, Blout was Legislative Director for the National Iranian American Council, a non-profit organization representing Americans of Iranian decent.
Dr. Blout’s scholarship can be found in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, the SAIS Review of International Affairs, and the Iranian American Bar Association’s Legal Review. She has published commentary in Politico, The Hill, and Huffington Post. She has been quoted in articles appearing in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Hollywood Reporter. Her guest interviews include Democracy Now radio and CBS Evening News.
Blout earned a M.A. in Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. and a double B.A. in Political Science and English from Union College in New York.
Follow her on Twitter @emilyblout