Meet the Director


Silvio Waisbord

Silvio Waisbord, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs

Silvio Waisbord is Director and Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University (GW). Since joining GW in 2007, he has served the School as Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Director.  

Dr. Waisbord is the author/editor of eighteen books. His classic book Watchdog Journalism in South America is taught in universities across the world. His most recent books are Communication: A Post-Discipline and The Communication Manifesto. He has published close to 200 articles on investigative journalism, media scandals, communication studies, media policy, and global social change in academic journals in several languages. Between 2015 and 2018, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Communication, the flagship journal in the field of communication, and he was also the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics between 2008 and 2014. Dr. Waisbord is a Fellow of the International Communication Association and is on the editorial boards of several media and communication journals.

He has lectured in universities in more than forty countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. He has provided guidance to international multilateral agencies, such as the Inter-American Development Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, and the World Bank in development projects related to communication, journalism, and health programs. He has collaborated with non-government organizations in conducting studies and training journalists. He regularly appears in radio and television to provide commentary on the news industry as well as media and politics. He has given numerous keynote addresses at scholarly conferences, and won awards for teaching, research, and publication.

Born and raised in Argentina, Dr. Waisbord received a Licenciatura in Sociology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He moved to the United States in 1987 to start his doctoral studies. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego. He has held visiting appointments in universities in Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

When not working, Dr. Waisbord is playing an instrument - electric/acoustic guitar, charango, and piano, or taking long walks with the family dog Bodhi.