Rhonda Zaharna is a Fulbright Scholar specializing in public diplomacy and intercultural and international strategic public communication, with an emphasis on culture and communication in the Arab and Islamic regions. In addition to teaching strategic communication for more than 25 years, she has advised on communication projects for multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions and international organizations, including the United Nations, World Bank and NATO. She has repeatedly testified before the U.S. Congress and has addressed diplomatic audiences and military personnel in the United States and Europe on cross-cultural communication and public diplomacy. Her books include Battles to Bridges: US Strategic Communication and Public Diplomacy after 9/11 (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010) and The Connective Mindshift: Relational Networked and Collaborative Approaches to Public Diplomacy (Routledge, 2013). She is currently working on a book on the "Cultural Underbelly of Public Diplomacy."
Rhonda received her undergraduate degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and M.Ed. and an Ed.D. Communication from Columbia University.
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