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Joseph Graf Asst Professor School of Communication

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(202) 885-2147 (Office)
SOC - School of Communication
McKinley - 247
Additional Positions at AU
Graduate Admissions Director, Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
BA Journalism, University of Wisconsin - Madison; MA Journalism and Mass Communication, The Ohio State University; Ph.D., George Mason University

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 civic engagement. He has published extensively in political communication and online politics and is focused on the intersection of civic involvement and new media technology. Graf has taught as a visiting professor at The George Washington University. He began his career as a newspaper reporter in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
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Spring 2022

  • COMM-735 Communication Theory

  • COMM-738 Research for Strategic Comm

  • COMM-744 Strategic Comm Capstone

Summer 2022

  • COMM-738 Research for Strategic Comm

Fall 2022

  • COMM-380 Public Communication Research

  • COMM-439 Political Communication

  • COMM-735 Communication Theory

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Graf, Joseph. “Image, Issues and Advocacy in White House E-mail Newsletters.” Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, San Francisco, August 2015.

Graf, Joseph, Joseph Erba and Ren-Whei Harn (2017). The Role of Civility and Anonymity on Perceptions of Online Comments. Mass Communication and Society, 20(4), 526-549.