Media Experts

Faculty in the School of Media and Public Affairs are world-renowned scholars and experts in all facets of how people communicate and the effects of that communication. They are cited in and appear daily in newspaper articles, national news programs, scholarly journals, and are invited to lecture on relevant topics of research by institutions and organizations around the world.

Sean Aday, Associate Professor, Director of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, and Director of Graduate Studies  (Ph.D., The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 1999) Political Communication; Media Coverage of War, Politics, and Foreign Policy; Media Effects and Public Opinion, including Political and International Trust

Catie Bailard, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., UCLA, 2009) Comparative Studies of Information and Communication Technologies in Developing Countries; Political Effects of New Media at Home and Abroad

Imani Cheers, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Howard University, 2010) Multimedia Production, International/Field Reporting, Photojournalism, Media Literacy Education

Robert Entman, J.B. and M.C. Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs and Professor of International Affairs (Ph.D., Yale University) Political Communication; Race Relations and the Media; Media Bias; Framing; Public Opinion

Kim Gross, Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2001) Public Opinion; Race and Media; Media Framing

Kerric Harvey, Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Washington, 1990) Cultural Studies, especially as relate to past, present, and future media technologies (including robotics, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality); Religion, Science, and Media; Risk Assessment and Communication Strategies; the Internet and other New Media as Cultural Systems; Best and Worst Uses of E-Mail; Privacy and Security Issues in New Technologies; Anthropology and the Arts; Communications Social History of the 11-18th Centuries

Matthew Hindman, Associate Professor (Ph.D., Princeton University, 2005) Internet politics; political communication; online campaigning;  the politics of search engines

Lee Huebner, Professor (Ph.D., Harvard University) Globalization and the Media; International Communication

David Karpf, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2009) Internet politics; political communication; political blogs; online organizing; qualitative methods

Steven Livingston, Professor (Ph.D., University of Washington, 1990) Media and Political Processes; Advanced Media and Information Technology's Role in Foreign and Military Policy Making and Operations; Media and Terrorism

Albert May, Associate Professor (M.A., University of Missouri at Columbia, 1974) News Coverage of Government and Politics on the Local, State and National Level

Jason Osder, Assistant Professor (M.A., University of Florida, 2001) Creative media technologies; Final Cut Pro; Documentary; Information Architecture; Effective media use in the not-for-profit sector

Patricia Phalen, Associate Professor (Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1996) Politics and Popular Culture; Hollywood Television Production; Women in Media; Audience Research

Steven Roberts, Professor (B.A., Harvard University, 1964) Journalism; Political Communication; Media, Society, and Politics

Roxanne Russell, Associate Professor and Studio Manager (M.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1970) Studio Production; Women in Media; Broadcast News

Nina Seavey, Associate Research Professor and Director of GWU Documentary Center (M.A., George Washington University) Documentary Filmmaking and Critical Analysis, Trends in the production and exhibition of non-fiction films

Frank Sesno, Professor and Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs (B.A., Middlebury College, 1977) Journalism Ethics; Documentary Genre; Issues of Fairness in Media; Media and Public Policy; News and Communication in the Digital Age

Janet Steele, Associate Professor (Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1986) History, Ideology and Professional Journalism Practices; Journalism in Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, East Timor); Narrative Journalism; Media in the Developing World

Cheryl W. Thompson, Associate Professor (M.S. Journalism, University of Illinois, 1984) Investigative journalism, criminal justice and guns.

Nikki Usher, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2011) Future of Journalism; Social Media. Journalism and New Media; Newsrooms and Digital Change; New Business Models for News; Citizen Journalism; Field and Ethnographic Research

Silvio Waisbord, Associate Professor and Associate Director (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1993) International News and Politics; Communication and Development of Global Health

William Youmans, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2012) Global news and communication; media law; social movements; Middle Eastern politics and society