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Joel Gershon Adjunct Professorial Lecturer School of Communication

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SOC - School of Communication
McKinley - T-19
M.S. Journalism, Columbia University, 2003;

B.A. Comparative Politics, Wesleyan University, 1994

Joel Gershon is a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and professor in media studies, currently teaching at the School of Communication at American University in Washington D.C. In 2017, he returned to the U.S. after 12 years in Bangkok, where he worked as a TV reporter and producer, magazine and newspaper writer, communications consultant, and a lecturer at three of Thailand’s leading universities. His work has been published and broadcast in a wide variety of outlets including CNN, Lonely Planet, Wired, and Monocle. In 2020, his first feature-length documentary film, “Cirque du Cambodia,” premiered at the United nations Association Film Festival, which won the jury award at the 2021 Circus International Film Festival.
For the Media
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Spring 2021

  • COMM-100 Understanding Media

  • COMM-194 Comm Service Learning Project: Understanding Media

Summer 2021

  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture

Fall 2021

  • COMM-100 Understanding Media

  • COMM-365 Digital Media and Culture