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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

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Dario Bernardini Sr Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Dario Bernardini has taught courses in public relations, reputation management, and interpersonal communication at public and private universities. He has more than 20 years of experience creating and

  dariob@american.edu

Rajul Bhaskar Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Rajul Mistry Bhaskar is a Professorial Lecturer in the School of Communication. She has more than a decade of public relations experience in consumer, entertainment and corporate communications. As a

  bhaskar@american.edu

Randall Blair Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

Randall Blair is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He is a professional filmmaker who teaches courses in producing, directing, script writing and film production. He has created award-winn

  rblair@american.edu

  (202) 885-2044

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

Kurt Braddock Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Kurt Braddock is an Assistant Professor of Public Communication in the School of Communication at American University. Kurt also holds faculty fellow positions at the SOC's Center for Media and Social

  braddock@american.edu

Kyle Brannon Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

For over a decade Kyle “Kylos” Brannon has performed as a VJ, or live video artist, at clubs, crafting live video mash ups for DJs including Moby, MSTRKRFT, Nadastrom, Jesse Tittsworth and Will Eastma

  kbrannon@american.edu

  (202) 885-2162

Terence Bryant Sr Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

I am the associate division director for journalism and a senior professorial lecturer in the AU School of Communication. I returned to American University full-time in the 2017 fall semester. I spent

  bryant@american.edu

  (202) 885-2062

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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

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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

Priya Doshi Sr Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Priya Lothe Doshi is a professorial lecturer in strategic communications and Inclusion Officer for AU's School of Communication. She has 20 years of experience as a public relations practitioner creat

  doshi@american.edu

  (202) 885-2780

John Douglass Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

John Douglass is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He has been at American for more than 30 years and through most of this time has served as director of the film and media arts division.

  John.Stephen.Douglass@american.edu

  (202) 885-2045

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Amy Eisman Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Amy Eisman is the Director of the Journalism Division. She has overseen several programs at SOC as well as teaches journalism, digital content and entrepreneurship. From 2015-2017 she facilitated the

  aeisman@american.edu

  (202) 885-2106

Larry Engel Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

With nearly 40 years of teaching and filmmaking, and 250 projects, his documentaries appear on PBS, the Discovery Channels, and National Geographic, among many other outlets. Awards include a Daytime

  engel@american.edu

  (202) 885-2688

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William Gentile Journalist in Residence SOC - School of Communication

Bill Gentile is an independent, national Emmy Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker teaching at American University (AU) in Washington, DC. His career spans four decades, five continents

  gentile@american.edu

  (202) 885-2663

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 promoted Internet politics to improve ci

  graf@american.edu

  (202) 885-2147

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Jane Hall Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

Jane Hall is a professor in journalism and media studies in the School of Communication. She specializes in media and politics, particularly issues of special interest to young people, the depicti

  jhall@american.edu

  (202) 885-2024

Christopher Halsne IR Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

AU’s first Investigative Broadcaster in Residence, Chris Halsne has been on television for 30+ years. He’s managed special-projects units in Seattle, Denver, and Oklahoma City. In the past two years a

  halsne@american.edu

Laura Hinson Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Laura Waters Hinson is an award-winning filmmaker and Assistant Professor in the Film and Media Arts Division of the School of Communication. Laura serves as the division’s social impact coordinator a

  hinson@american.edu

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Leena Jayaswal Professor SOC - School of Communication

Leena Jayaswal is a documentary filmmaker, award-winning photographer and Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington DC, where she is the director of the new BA in P

  ljayasw@american.edu

  (202) 885-2662

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Anna Karavanov Sr 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

  karavano@american.edu

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 th

  kumar@american.edu

  (202) 885-2047

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Jennifer LaFleur IR Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Jennifer LaFleur joined AU in Fall 2017 as data journalist in residence and data editor for The Investigative Reporting Workshop. Previously, she was a senior editor at Reveal from The Center for Inve

  lafleur@american.edu

Charles Lewis Professor SOC - School of Communication

Charles Lewis is a national investigative journalist, a former ABC News and CBS News 60 Minutes producer, a best-selling author or co-author of six books and the founder of two Pulitzer Prize-winning

  charlesl@american.edu

  (202) 885-1997

Kimberly Llerena Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Kim Llerena is a photographic artist based in Washington, D.C. She holds an MFA in Photographic & Electronic Media from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Journalism from New York Unive

  llerena@american.edu

  (202) 885-2073

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Brigid Maher Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

Brigid Maher is the Director of the Film and Media Arts Division and a tenured, associate professor in the School of Communication. She is the Director of the Community Voice Project and Senior Fellow

  bmaher@american.edu

  (202) 885-2664

Dina Martinez Sr 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 Progr

  dmartine@american.edu

  (202) 885-6464

Wendy Melillo Farrill Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

Wendy Melillo is a full-time professor of Journalism. She teaches in the School of Communication's Journalism division. Her research is focused on how strategic communication influences society and th

  melillo@american.edu

  (202) 885-1753

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

Sarah Menke-Fish Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning SOC - School of Communication

Sarah Menke-Fish is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. She serves as Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning and Associate Director for the Center for Environmental Filmmaking. Menke-Fish l

  smenke@american.edu

  (202) 885-2098

Jason Mollica Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Jason Mollica is a seasoned strategic communication professional with 20 years of experience as a journalist, news producer and PR professional. Jason started his career as a journalist working for WC

  jmollica@american.edu

  (202) 885-6680

Claudia Myers Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

Claudia Myers was named one of "10 Filmmakers to Watch" by Independent Magazine in 2015. Most recently Claudia wrote and directed ABOVE THE SHADOWS, a supernatural drama starring Olivia Thirlby, Alan

  myers.claudia@american.edu

  (202) 885-2152

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Jill Olmsted Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

Jill Olmsted is a full-time professor of Journalism and the former Journalism Division Director. She is the author of Tools for Podcasting (2019), teaches podcasting and advised the AU law school on c

  jolmste@american.edu

  (202) 885-2010

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 20 years’ experience in the

  morourke@american.edu

  (202) 885-2968

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Christie Parell Sr Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Christie Parell is a full-time professor in the School of Communication and the Associate Division Director for the Public Communication division. She brings 20 years of experience working in the comm

  parell@american.edu

Jeremiah Patterson Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Jeremiah teaches a variety of digital, multimedia and broadcast courses in the Journalism Division at American University’s School of Communication. He is the division's lead faculty member on digital

  jnpatter@american.edu

Lynne Perri Journalist in Residence SOC - School of Communication

Lynne Perri is a journalist-in-residence and senior professorial lecturer at American University, and also managing editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop. IRW is an independent, nonprofit ne

  perri@american.edu

  (202) 885-6380

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 Lab, a multidisciplinary effort that engages faculty, sta

  phelps@american.edu

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

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 broadca

  puglisi@american.edu

  (202) 885-2153

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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

Lara Shane Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Lara Shane is an executive and strategist with 20 years of communication and management experience in both the public and private sector. She most recently served as Vice President for Research and C

  shane@american.edu

  (202) 885-6519

Victoria Simon Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Dr. Victoria Simon joined American University in August 2020. Simon examines the history and cultural politics of technological interfaces and software industries, drawing lines between the practices

  vsimon@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

Richard Stack Associate Prof Emeritus

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 sys

Leonard Steinhorn Professor SOC - School of Communication

Leonard Steinhorn is a professor of Communication and an affiliate professor of History. His expertise includes American politics, culture and media; the presidency and presidential elections; politic

  lsteinh@american.edu

  (202) 885-2031

Maggie Burnette Stogner Professor SOC - School of Communication

Maggie Burnette Stogner is the Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking (www.environmentalfilm.org) and a professor of Film and Media Arts. She brings over 30 years of filmmaking

  stogner@american.edu

  (202) 885-2160

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

Rodger Streitmatter Professor SOC - School of Communication

Rodger Streitmatter is a full-time professor of Journalism. A cultural historian, he is a leader in exploring how the media have helped to shape the way Americans think and act. The most recent of his

  rstreit@american.edu

  (202) 885-2057

John Sullivan Journalist in Residence SOC - School of Communication

John Sullivan is an Investigative Reporter-in-Residence at American University's School of Communication, an investigative reporter at The Washington Post and a Senior Editor at The Investigative Repo

  jsulliva@american.edu

  (202) 885-2075

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

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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

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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

Paula Weissman Sr Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Paula Weissman is a full-time faculty member in the Public Communication Division. She has more than 20 years of experience as a research consultant, university instructor, and curriculum developer. H

  paulaw@american.edu

  (202) 885-6597

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

Russell Williams Distinguished Artist in Residence SOC - School of Communication

Russell Williams is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He joined SOC after an illustrious career in Hollywood, where he won two Academy Awards for his sound work on Glory and Dances with Wo

  rwill@american.edu

  (202) 885-2115

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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