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 Asst Professor SOC - School of Communication

Caty Borum Chattoo is Executive Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI), an innovation lab and research center at American University that creates, showcases and studies media designed

  chattoo@american.edu

  (202) 885-6485

W. Joseph Campbell Professor SOC - School of Communication

Dr. 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. A

  wjc@american.edu

  (202) 885-2071

Laura DeNardis Professor Communication Studies

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

  denardis@american.edu

  (202) 885-2675

Ericka Menchen-Trevino Asst Professor SOC - School of Communication

Ericka earned her Ph.D. at Northwestern University in 2012, and she previously worked as an Assistant Professor at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands from 2012-2015. Her research interes

  menchent@american.edu

  (202) 885-2065

Andrew Phelps Professor SOC - Game Lab

Phelps is a Professor in the Film & Media Arts division of the School of Communication at American University, and the Director of the AU Game Center, a multidisciplinary effort that engages faculty,

  phelps@american.edu

Krzysztof Pietroszek Asst Professor SOC - School of Communication

Dr. Pietroszek is a tenure-track professor in the Film and Media Arts Division of the School of Communication. He is the Founding Director of the Institute for Immersive Designs, Experiences, Applicat

  pietrosz@american.edu

Margot Susca Asst Professor SOC - School of Communication

Margot Susca's work operates at the intersection of investigative journalism and critical communications research, focused on corporate media ownership and democracy and guided by the principles of th

  (202) 885-6462

Filippo Trevisan Assoc Professor SOC - School of Communication

Filippo Trevisan is Associate Professor of Public Communication at American University's School of Communication and Deputy Director of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy. After working as

  trevisan@american.edu

  (202) 885-6930

John Watson Assoc Professor SOC - School of Communication

John C. Watson is an associate professor tenured in the Journalism Division. He brings a combination of professional experience and scholarly credentials to the classroom. A journalist for 21 years, h

  jwatson@american.edu

  (202) 885-2083

Sherri Williams Asst 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

Dr. R.S. (Rhonda) Zaharna is a full professor and Director of the Global Media program in the School of Communication, American University, Washington, D.C. Dr. Zaharna is a former Fulbright Senior Sc

  zaharna@american.edu

  (202) 885-3995

Affiliate PhD Faculty

Derrick L. Cogburn Professor SIS - School of International 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

Celine-Marie Pascale Professor CAS - Sociology

As a sociologist who studies language, Dr. Pascale's research concerns culture, knowledge and power. Her most recent book, Living on the Edge: When Hard Times Become A Way of Life was released in 2021

  pascale@american.edu

  (202) 885-2524

Diane Singerman Assoc 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 Assoc Professor CAS - Computer Science

Associate 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