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 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

  wjc@american.edu

  (202) 885-2071

Laura DeNardis Interim Dean, School of Communication Communication Studies

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

  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

Krzysztof Pietroszek Assistant 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, Applica

  pietrosz@american.edu

Saif Shahin Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Saif Shahin joined the American University in August 2018. His scholarship focuses on critical data studies, social media studies, and global media and politics, and is underpinned by a normative comm

  shahin@american.edu

Aram Sinnreich Professor SOC - School of Communication

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

  aram@american.edu

  (202) 885-6518

Benjamin Stokes Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Benjamin Stokes is a civic media scholar, game designer, and director of The Playful City Lab. He is also an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication, and at the AU Game Lab. Previously, he

  bstokes@american.edu

  (202) 885-2066

Margot Susca Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Margot Susca (Ph.D., Florida State University) is an assistant professor in the Journalism division whose work operates at the intersection of investigative reporting and critical communications resea

  susca@american.edu

  (202) 885-6462

Filippo Trevisan Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Filippo Trevisan is Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Deputy Director of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy at American University in Washington, D.C. After working as

  trevisan@american.edu

  (202) 885-6930

John Watson Associate 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 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

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. 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 Associate 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