Silvio R. Waisbord

Silvio R. Waisbord

Associate Director, Professor of Media and Public Affairs
419; Office Hours: Mon 12:00pm – 2:00pm and by appointment
Address: School of Media and Public Affairs
805 21st Street, NW
Washington D.C., 20052
Phone: 202-994-1464
Fax: 202-994-5806

Areas of Expertise

Global media; press and politics; health communication, development, and social change


See his full CV here.

Silvio Waisbord is Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. His books include Media Sociology: A Reappraisal (editor, Polity, 2014), Reinventing Professionalism: Journalism and News in Global Perspective (Polity, 2013) and the co-edited compilation Global Health Communication (Wiley, 2012). He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Communication and former editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics. Dr. Waisbord has published articles on news and politics, journalism, global health communication, communication and social change, and media policy. He has lectured and worked in more than 30 countries, has written or edited 10 books, and published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and newspaper columns. He holds a Licenciatura in sociology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego.



Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, San Diego, 1993
M.A., Sociology, University of California, San Diego, 1990
Licenciatura, Sociology, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1985


Selected books 

Media Sociology: A ReappraisalPolity, 2014.

Vox Populista: Medios, Periodismo, Populismo. Buenos Aires: GEDISA, 2013.

Reinventing Professionalism: Journalism and News in Global Perspective, Polity, 2012.
 (edited with R. Obregon) Handbook of Global Health Communication, Wiley, 2012.
 (edited with E. Fox) Local Politics, Global Media: Latin American Broadcasting and Policy. University of Texas Press, 2002.  
(edited with N. Morris) Media and Globalization: Why the State Matters. Rowman & Littlefield, 2001. 

Watchdog Journalism in South America: News, Accountability and Democracy. Columbia University Press, 2000.


Classes Taught

SMPA 6101 Journalism: Theory and Practice

SMPA 6205 Media and Globalization     

Faculty Soundbite

"I ask students to think strategically about how communication can be used to achieve a number of social goals."

Professor Silvio Waisbord talks about how journalism and communication are changing rapidly all over the world.

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