Silvio R. Waisbord

Silvio R. Waisbord

Professor of Media and Public Affairs, Associate Director
419 (Office Hours: Fall: Mon 2:00pm – 4:00pm)
Address: School of Media and Public Affairs
805 21st Street, NW
Washington D.C., 20052
Phone: 202-994-1464
Fax: 202-994-5806

Areas of Expertise

Global media; press and politics; health communication, development, and social change


See his full CV here.

Silvio Waisbord is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics. His most recent books are Reinventing Professionalism: News and Journalism in Global Perspective (Polity), Vox Populista (Gedisa), and the edited volume Media Sociology: A Reappraisal (Polity).  He is also the author of Watchdog Journalism in South America (Columbia University Press, 2000), and El Gran Desfile (The Great Parade, Sudamericana, 1995), and co-editor of Global Health Communication (Wiley, forthcoming 2012), Media and Globalization: Why the State Matters (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001) and Latin Politics, Global Media (University of Texas Press, 2002). He also wrote the novel Duelo (Biblos Argentina 2009). His areas of interest are journalism and politics, and media and communication in aid, development and social change. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology (University of California, San Diego) and a Licenciatura in Sociology (Universidad de Buenos Aires).


Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, San Diego, 1993
M.A., Sociology, University of California, San Diego, 1990
Licenciatura, Sociology, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1985


Selected books 

Media Sociology: A ReappraisalPolity, 2014.

Vox Populista: Medios, Periodismo, Populismo. Buenos Aires: GEDISA, 2013.

Reinventing Professionalism: Journalism and News in Global Perspective, Polity, 2012.
 (edited with R. Obregon) Handbook of Global Health Communication, Wiley, 2012.
 (edited with E. Fox) Local Politics, Global Media: Latin American Broadcasting and Policy. University of Texas Press, 2002.  
(edited with N. Morris) Media and Globalization: Why the State Matters. Rowman & Littlefield, 2001. 

Watchdog Journalism in South America: News, Accountability and Democracy. Columbia University Press, 2000.


Classes Taught

SMPA 6101 Journalism: Theory and Practice

SMPA 6205 Media and Globalization     

Faculty Soundbite

"I ask students to think strategically about how communication can be used to achieve a number of social goals."

Professor Silvio Waisbord talks about how journalism and communication are changing rapidly all over the world.

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