Core PhD Faculty

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. She founded the School's Center for Media & Social Impac

  paufder@american.edu

  (202) 885-2069

Caty Borum Chattoo Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Caty Borum Chattoo is Executive in Residence in the School of Communication and Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact. She is an award-winning communication strategist and documentary film/

  chattoo@american.edu

  (202) 885-6485

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. Assig

  wjc@american.edu

  (202) 885-2071

Laura DeNardis Professor SOC - School of Communication

Dr. Laura DeNardis is a globally recognized Internet governance scholar and a Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. She also serves as Faculty Director of

  denardis@american.edu

  (202) 885-2675

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, Erick

  menchent@american.edu

  (202) 885-2065

Kathryn Montgomery Professor SOC - School of Communication

Kathryn Montgomery is the 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, addressing a variety o

  kcm@american.edu

  (202) 885-2680

Saif Shahin Assistant Professor

Saif Shahin is an assistant professor in communication studies. His scholarship focuses on critical data studies, social media studies, global media and politics, and media sociology, and is underpinn

  shahin@american.edu

Aram Sinnreich Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

Dr. Aram Sinnreich is an Associate Professor and chair of the Communication Studies division at American University’s School of Communication. Sinnreich’s work focuses on the intersection of culture,

  aram@american.edu

  (202) 885-6518

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 movemen

  bstokes@american.edu

  (202) 885-2066

Margot Susca Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Margot Susca (Ph.D., Florida State University) is a professorial lecturer in SOC's journalism division who also heads the weekend M.A. program in Journalism and Digital Storytelling. She teaches c

  susca@american.edu

  (202) 885-3345

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

  trevisan@american.edu

  (202) 885-6930

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

  jwatson@american.edu

  (202) 885-2083

Sherri Williams Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

At the intersection of social media, social justice, reality television, mass media and how people of color use and are represented by these mediums is where you'll find Dr. Sherri Williams. Williams

  sherriw@american.edu

Rhonda Zaharna Professor SOC - School of Communication

R.S. (Rhonda) Zaharna is Professor of Public Communication and Director of the Global Media program. She is a Faculty Fellow with the Center on Public Diplomacy. She specializes in public diplomacy

  zaharna@american.edu

  (202) 885-3995

Affiliate PhD Faculty

Derrick L. Cogburn Professor SIS-School of Intl Service

Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn is Professor at American University in Washington, DC. He has a joint appointment in the School of International Service where he serves in the International Communication and I

  dcogburn@american.edu

  (202) 885-2400

Celine-Marie Pascale Professor CAS - Sociology

As a sociologist who studies language, Dr. Pascale's research concerns culture, knowledge and power. She is currently studying the lived experience of poverty in rural and urban communities in the U.S

  pascale@american.edu

  (202) 885-2524

Diane Singerman Associate Professor SPA - Government

Dr. Singerman is an Associate Professor and comparativist whose research interests focus on political change from below, particularly in the Middle East, and more specifically Egypt. Her work examines

  dsinger@american.edu

  (202) 885-2362

Michael Treanor Assistant Professor CAS - Computer Science

Assistant Professor Mike Treanor is a game developer and theorist whose research is aimed at finding new approaches for interpretation and expression of meaning within videogames and computational med

  treanor@american.edu

  (202) 885-2749