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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 Senior Professorial Lecturer SOC | Public 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 Mistry Bhaskar Senior Professorial Lecturer SOC | Public Communication

Rajul Mistry Bhaskar is a Senior Professorial Lecturer in the School of Communication. She has more than 15 years of public relations experience in consumer, entertainment and corporate communications

  mistry@american.edu

Randall Blair Program Director, Producing Film, TV, Video SOC | Film & Media Arts

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

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

Kyle Brannon Associate Division Director, Film and Media Arts SOC | Film & Media Arts

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

  kbrannon77@american.edu

  (202) 885-2162

Terry Bryant Associate Division Director, Journalism SOC | Journalism

I am the 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 two years

  tbryantku@american.edu

  (202) 885-2062

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

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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. 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

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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

Priya Doshi Associate Dean for Faculty and Inclusive Excellence DOF | Deputy Provost & Dean of Faculty Office

Priya Lothe Doshi is Associate Dean of Faculty and Inclusive Excellence in American University's Office of the Provost. Working with the Dean of Faculty, Professor Doshi supports faculty affairs polic

  doshi@american.edu

  (202) 885-2017

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Amy Eisman Assistant Professor SOC | Journalism

Amy Eisman is an Assistant Professor in the Journalism Division and the former division director (2018-2023). She has run several programs at SOC as well as teaches ethics, writing, journalism, digita

  aeisman@american.edu

  (202) 885-2106

Larry Engel Film Media Arts Division Director SOC | Film & Media Arts

With more than 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 Dayti

  engel@american.edu

  (202) 885-2688

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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

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Bill Gentile Journalist in Residence SOC | Film & Media Arts

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

  billgentile@american.edu

  (202) 885-2663

Joseph Graf Program Director, MA Strategic Communication SOC | Public Communication

Joseph Graf is a professorial lecturer in the public communication division. He is former research director for the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet, which promoted Internet politics

  jdgraf@american.edu

  (202) 885-2147

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Jane Hall Associate Professor SOC | Journalism

Jane Hall is an associate professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., specializing in researching, writing and teaching about the intersection of media and pol

  jhall@american.edu

  (202) 885-2024

Chris Halsne Program Director, MA Journalism & Digital Stor SOC | Journalism

An expert in public records acquisition and Freedom of Information Act requests. AU’s first Investigative Broadcaster in Residence, Chris Halsne has been on television for 30+ years. He’s managed spec

  halsne@american.edu

  (202) 885-3345

Whitney Harris Professorial Lecturer SOC | Journalism

Whitney Harris Christopher (she/her) is an award-winning multimedia journalist, researcher, and voiceover artist. She currently serves as a Professorial Lecturer in the School of Communication at Amer

  wharris@american.edu

Laura Hinson Assistant Professor SOC | Film & Media Arts

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 director of the Community Voice Lab an

  hinson@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

Chung-Wei Huang Professorial Lecturer SOC | Film & Media Arts

Chung-Wei Huang is an award-winning film director who grew up in a small town in Taiwan. She is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland. Her creative work focuses primarily on narrative films and dance

  chungweh@american.edu

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Dina Inverso Sr Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Dina Inverso is a full-time professor in the School of Communication and the Director of the Public Communication Division. She brings more than 20 years of professional experience working at and with

  dmartine@american.edu

  (202) 885-6464

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Leena Jayaswal Interim Dean, School of Communication SOC | General Academics & Research

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

  ljayaswal@american.edu

  (202) 885-2662

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Anya Karavanov Senior Professorial Lecturer SOC | Public 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 Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer SOC | Public Communication

Pallavi Damani Kumar is a full-time professor in American University’s School of Communication and the faculty director of SOC3, an integrated creative agency within the school. Prior to teaching full

  pkamerican@american.edu

  (202) 885-2047

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Maya Livio Assistant Professor SOC | Film & Media Arts

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 zones

  livio@american.edu

Wesley Lowery Associate Professor SOC | Journalism

Wesley Lowery is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, and one of the nation's leading reporters on issues of race and justice. He is the executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, an in

  lowery@american.edu

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Brigid Maher Professor SOC | Film & Media Arts

Brigid Maher is a tenured full professor in the School of Communication. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Community Voice Lab at American University and Founder and Creative Director of the Anacosti

  bmaher@american.edu

  (202) 885-2664

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

Wendy Melillo Associate Professor SOC | Journalism

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

Sarah Menke-Fish Assistant Professor and Senior Director of Experiential Learning SOC | Film & Media Arts

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

  menkefish@american.edu

  (202) 885-2026

Jason Mollica Professorial Lecturer SOC | Public Communication

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

  jmollica@american.edu

  (202) 885-2078

Claudia Myers Associate Professor SOC | Film & Media Arts

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@american.edu

  (202) 885-2152

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Jill Olmsted Associate Professor SOC | Journalism

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 | Public Communication

Molly O’Rourke is an Executive in Residence in the School of Communication where she also serves as Director of the Master of Arts (MA) program in Political Communication. She has more than 25 years’

  morourke@american.edu

  (202) 885-2968

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Christie Parell Associate Division Director, Public Communication SOC | Public 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

Lynne Perri Journalist in Residence SOC | Journalism

Lynne Perri is a journalist-in-residence and senior professorial lecturer at American University, and she is also managing editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, our independent newsroom at S

  perri@american.edu

  (202) 885-6380

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

Gemma Puglisi Assistant Professor SOC | Public 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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Aarushi Sahejpal Professorial Lecturer SOC | Journalism

Hi! I do a couple things at American University.In short -- I am a mathematician, data scientist, and journalism professor. I study how to better hold institutions accountable by bringing science, med

Jamie Sisley Assistant Professor SOC | Film & Media Arts

Jamie Sisley is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker who recently wrote and directed "Stay Awake," a narrative feature film that premiered at the 2022 Berlin Film Festival, where it won the AG Kino Gilde A

  sisley@american.edu

Leonard Steinhorn Professor SOC | Public 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 Stogner Professor SOC | Film & Media Arts

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

John Sullivan Journalist in Residence SOC | Journalism

John Sullivan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Investigative Reporter, who serves as The Investigative Reporter-in-Residence at American University's School of Communication, an associate investigative

  jsulliva@american.edu

  (202) 885-2075

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

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Filippo Trevisan Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, SOC 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

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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

Paula Weissman Senior Professorial Lecturer SOC | Public Communication

Paula Lazili Weissman is a senior professorial lecturer in the Public Communication Division with more than 20 years of experience as a research consultant, university instructor, and curriculum devel

  paulaw@american.edu

  (202) 885-6597

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

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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