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Margot Susca Professorial Lecturer School of Communication

Send email to Margot Susca
(202) 885-6462 (Office)
SOC - School of Communication
McKinley - 325
Mondays 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Additional Positions at AU
Associate Editor, Investigative Reporting Workshop
Ph.D. (Mass Communication), Florida State University

M.S. (Journalism), Columbia University

B.A. (Journalism and Political Science), University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Favorite Spot on Campus
Woods-Brown Amphitheatre
Book Currently Reading
"No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us" by Rachel Louise Snyder
Margot Susca (Ph.D., Florida State University) is an assistant professor in SOC's journalism division. She teaches courses in reporting, journalism ethics, children's media culture, and mass media and society. Her academic work and research focus on journalism and society, corporate media ownership and democracy, lobbying and its effect on media policy, and U.S. military recruitment video games. Dr. Susca has published articles on these subjects in The New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Salon through her work with The Conversation. First Amendment Studies, Global Media Journal, and the ICA journal Communication, Culture & Critique have published her peer-reviewed research. She also has presented work in these areas at conferences in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Dr. Susca is a frequent guest and expert for radio, TV, and online news outlets around the world, discussing media ownership, media mergers and consolidation, journalism and democracy, and journalism ethics. Dr. Susca is a 2002 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she studied the fundamentals of urban reporting, feature writing, and breaking news in the months after the September 11 terrorist attacks, which she covered from Lower Manhattan. She has worked as a reporter in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida, where the Society of Professional Journalists recognized her investigative reporting on high school graduation rates and the GED.


Spring 2020

  • COMM-409 Journalism Ethics

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Fight Club: U.S. War and Peace

Summer 2020

  • COMM-755 Research Design in Comm

Fall 2020

  • COMM-320 Reporting