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.
Professor Porter was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that shows fact-checking is an effective tool to combat misinformation across countries, cultures and political environments.
Professor Livingston has received a Seeking Solutions for Global Challenges Award from the Fulbright Finland Foundation. The award has sent Dr. Livingston to work with the Centre for Law, Identity and the European Narrative (EuroStorie CoE) at the University of Helsinki through the 2021 fall semester.
Professor Kerric Harvey wrote a new audio drama about the January 6 violence in the U.S. Capitol. SMPA alumna Olivia Osborne is the chief recording engineer and a sound designer for the production and rising senior Jess Makler wrote and performed original music as well as helping with the sound design and editing for the piece.
GW Magazine tapped professors from across the university to get their forecasts for the future in their discipline, from transportation to pandemics to education, health equity and criminal law reform.
Imani M. Cheers, associate professor of digital storytelling and associate director, talked about the future of social justice in America. Rebekah Tromble, director of the institute for data, democracy and politics, and associate professor, talked about the future of social media and disinformation.
Keith Harriston and five Black journalists explore how racism and the fight for racial justice have shaped America’s past and present. In his new book he explores how the Black Lives Movement emerged and trace the roots of policing in America.