Online Programs

MA in Strategic Communication: Faculty

Faculty teaching in the online program will be drawn from the highly regarded on-campus faculty. Get to know our faculty and learn more about their expertise.

American University professors bring more than just academics to the classroom—they bring years of experience as respected practitioners, resulting in valuable and applicable insights for students.


Dario Bernardini
Professorial Lecturer

Dario Bernardini has taught courses in public relations as well as public, corporate and interpersonal communication at public and private universities.

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Caty Borum Chattoo
Executive in Residence

Caty Borum Chattoo is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She has multifaceted expertise in social change communication, integrated media campaigns, and documentary film...

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Priya Doshi
Professorial Lecturer

Priya Lothe Doshi has more than 15 years of experience as a public relations practitioner creating and implementing strategic communications plans, conducting media relations...

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Joseph Graf
Assistant Professor

Joseph Graf is a full-time professor of Public Communication. He is former research director for the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet, which worked...

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Corinne Hoare
Professorial Lecturer

Corinne Hoare is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She has nearly a decade of high-level experience in the public relations and strategic communication field in...>>Read Full Bio<<


Pallavi Kumar
Assistant Professor, Division Director

Pallavi Damani Kumar is a full-time professor in American University’s School of Communication and the Division Director for the Public Communication. Prior to teaching full time...

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Dina Martinez
Professorial Lecturer

Dina Martinez is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She joined the Public Communications Division in 2011 as professor and Director for the Professional Public Communication Graduate Program.

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Wendy Melillo
Associate Professor

Wendy Melillo is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She teaches in the School of Communication's Strategic Communication division. Her research is focused on...

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Molly O'Rourke
Executive in Residence

Molly O’Rourke is an Executive in Residence in the School of Communication. She has more than 15 years’ experience in the field of public opinion research, most recently as a partner at Peter Hart...

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Christie Parell
Instructor

Christie Parell is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She brings more than 15 years of experience working in the communications field at the highest levels of both the public and private sectors...

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Scott Talan
Assistant Professor

Scott Talan, MPA, is a full-time professor of Public & Strategic Communication. Scott is an expert in social media and personal branding honed through communications experience...>>Read Full Bio<<


Anya Karavanov
Professorial Lecturer

Anya Karavanov is a professor of Public Communication. She is a seasoned marketing communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience creating and implementing social change campaigns for government agencies, nonprofits, and private foundations.

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Paula Weissman
Professorial Lecturer

Paula Weissman is a full-time professor of Public Communication and the Program Director for the School of Communication’s Online M.A. in Strategic Communication.

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Dr. R.S. Zaharna
Associate Professor

Rhonda Zaharna is a Fulbright Scholar specializing in public diplomacy and intercultural and international strategic public communication, with an emphasis on culture and...

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Rajul Mistry Bhaskar
Adjunct Instructor

Rajul Mistry Bhaskar is a communications consultant and American University professor in the School of Communication.

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Katherine Broendel
Adjunct Instructor

Katherine Broendel works as the media and public relations manager for the American Association of University Women. She earned her M.A. in Public Communication from...

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Curtis Carey
Adjunct Instructor

Dr. Curtis Carey is an adjunct professor of Public and Strategic Communication at American University.

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Matt Charles
Adjunct Instructor

For over a decade, Matt Charles has provided a suite of public and community relations services for a number of nonprofits, government organizations and small businesses and startups.

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Christine Cotter
Adjunct Instructor

Christine is a social media strategist, avid tweeter and pop culture enthusiast working and playing in The Windy City. With an agency background in traditional public relations and...

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Brenda Foster
Adjunct Instructor

Brenda K. Foster is an Adjunct Instructor in the School of Communication with more than 20 years’ experience directing strategic communications for government, university, foundation and non-profit organizations.

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Jamie Corbett Higdon
Adjunct Instructor

Jamie Higdon has taught at American University since 2010 and worked for the Department of Homeland Security in various communication roles for five years. She joined the...

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Adam Konowe
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Adam Konowe is an adjunct professor of Public Communication. He is also vice president of client strategy at TMP Government, where he specializes in business-to-business and...

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Mame Croze McCully
Adjunct Instructor

Mame Croze McCully specializes in public relations and marketing in the non-profit field. Due to her personal and professional interests, she has extensive experience working with...

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Pilar McKay
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Pilar McKay, Ph.D. is a full-time professor of Public Communication. Trained as a social research methodologist, she worked in advertising and public opinion polling prior to teaching at SOC at American University.

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Bianca Prade
Adjunct Instructor

Bianca Prade is a Vice President in SKDKnickerbocker’s public affairs and strategic communications practice. Bianca’s work has led to several awards, including PR Newswire's...

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