SMPA Welcomes New Terker Distinguished Fellow

Jason Rezaian, Terker Distinguished Fellow
Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian joins the School of Media and Public Affairs as the 2016-2017 Terker Distinguished Fellow in Media and Public Affairs. In this role, he will participate in class discussions, student and faculty gatherings and public events throughout the academic year. In 2014, Rezaian, a U.S.-born Iranian-American, was arrested and held in Evin—an Iranian prison—for more than 18 months on charges related to espionage, which he denied. He was released by Iran on January 17, 2016.

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Hanna Cunningham

Intern Diary: Hanna Cunningham with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

As I searched for an internship for this past summer, I knew I wanted to work in a museum communications department. GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs is within walking distance of many of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., but I had another museum in mind. I found myself looking to Cooper Hewitt, a Smithsonian museum located along Museum Mile in New York and an institution that stood out to me for its incredible design exhibitions that challenge audiences and raise important questions. Cooper Hewitt’s Peter A. Krueger program offered me the opportunity to work with their communications and marketing department and visit other arts organizations in the city throughout my time in New York.


New Faculty

Debbie Cenziper and Ethan Porter Join SMPA Faculty

Two new faculty members who will enhance teaching and research in both journalism and political communication are joining the School of Media and Public Affairs this semester: investigative reporter for the Washington Post and author Debbie Cenziper and emerging scholar in political science from the University of Chicago Ethan Porter.
“We pride ourselves on the caliber of our faculty at SMPA,” said Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs. “Our deep commitment to interdisciplinary education and harboring an environment of theory and practice are reflected in our choices for new faculty. Debbie is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has just published a new book; and Ethan comes to SMPA with an exciting research agenda focused on political psychology, public opinion, and experimental design. They will bring that insight, enthusiasm and expertise to our students.”


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