The School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) professors represent the top academics and professionals in their respective fields, from political communication to investigative journalism and beyond. They are frequent contributors to academic literature and debate, sought-after experts for news organizations, and award-winning media professionals.

Inside the classroom, our faculty members offer expert insight into the essential skills and theory for a career in media or public affairs. Their dedication to students extends beyond classroom walls with SMPA faculty support for student research opportunities, mentorship, and scholarship funds.






Faculty Highlights



National Journalism Tour_Janet Steele

Frank Sesno leads bold, University-wide Alliance for Sustainable Future 

Reporting to the Office of the Provost, the alliance will enhance GW’s many existing strong examples of climate and sustainability work by identifying and amplifying areas of collaboration, further leveraging GW’s location in the nation’s capital and increasing the community’s global impact.

Frank Sesno