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

Kurt Braddock Assistant Professor SOC | Public 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

Chelsea Butkowski Assistant Professor SOC | General Academics & Research

Dr. Chelsea Butkowski is an Assistant Professor of Data, Media & Identity in American University's School of Communication. Their research examines the relationship between media technologies and iden

  butkowsk@american.edu

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. A

  wjc@american.edu

  (202) 885-2071

Aras Coskuntuncel Professorial Lecturer SOC | General Academics & Research

Aras Coskuntuncel completed his PhD at American University in communication in 2020, studying the struggle to control the flow of information in the digital era in the case of Turkey. His research exp

  arasct@american.edu

Rosalind Donald Assistant Professor SOC | Public Communication

I study how we talk about climate change, examining how environmental injustices shape today's climate debate. I'm currently writing a book, "Greenlining", which digs into the battle for environmental

  rdonald@american.edu

Megan Finn Associate Professor SOC | General Academics & Research

Hello! You can learn more about my work and find links to my publications at meganfinn.comI have a number of research projects which are historical and contemporary empirical studies of responsible co

  finn@american.edu

Natalie Hopkinson Associate Professor SOC | Journalism

Dr. Natalie Hopkinson is Associate Professor of Media, Democracy & Society. She is the author of three books, and a former staff writer, editor and columnist at the Washington Post, The Root and Huffi

  natalieh@american.edu

Maya Livio Assistant Professor SOC | Film & Media Arts

Dr. Maya Livio is assistant professor of climate, environmental justice, media and communication and an associate director of the center for environmental filmmaking. Her work probes at the contact zo

  livio@american.edu

Adrienne Massanari Associate Professor SOC | General Academics & Research

Dr. Adrienne L. Massanari is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at American University. Prior to joining AU she was Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and affili

  adrienne@american.edu

Andy Phelps Professor SOC | Film & Media Arts

Dr. Andrew "Andy" Phelps is a Professor in the Film & Media Arts division of the School of Communication at American University, and as Director of the AU Game Center, a multidisciplinary effort that

  phelps@american.edu

Krzysztof Pietroszek Associate Professor SOC | Film & Media Arts

Dr. Pietroszek is an Associate Professor in the Film and Media Arts Division of the School of Communication.

  pietrosz@american.edu

Margot Susca Assistant Professor SOC | Journalism

Margot Susca is the School of Communication’s inaugural assistant professor of Journalism, Accountability, and Democracy. Both her academic and professional experiences inform her work as a mentor, sc

  susca@american.edu

  (202) 885-6462

Filippo Trevisan Associate Professor SOC | Public Communication

Filippo Trevisan is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor of Public Communication at American University's School of Communication. He also serves as Deputy Director of AU's Insti

  trevisan@american.edu

  (202) 885-6930

John Watson Associate Professor SOC | Journalism

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 | Journalism

Dr. Sherri Williams is a race and representation researcher who teaches about how media images are connected to and uphold oppression and inequality. Williams, who was a journalist for a decade before

  sherriw@american.edu

Rhonda Zaharna Professor SOC - School of Communication

Dr. R.S. (Rhonda) Zaharna is a full professor in the School of Communication, American University, Washington, D.C. Dr. Zaharna is a former Fulbright Senior Scholar and current Faculty Fellow, Center

  zaharna@american.edu

  (202) 885-3995

Affiliate PhD Faculty

Derrick Cogburn Professor SIS | Environment, Development & Health

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 Department of Environment, Develo

  dcogburn@american.edu

Celine-Marie Pascale Prof Emerita

As a sociologist who studies language, Dr. Pascale's research concerns culture, knowledge and power. Her most recent book, Living on the Edge: When Hard Times Become A Way of Life was released in 2021

  (202) 885-2524

Diane Singerman Associate Prof Emeritus

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

  (202) 885-2362

Mike 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