USC Annenberg School For Communication and Journalism

Associate Professor

François Bar is Associate Professor of Communication and Spatial Sciences at the University of Southern California. He serves on the Annenberg Innovation Lab research council and is a steering committee member of the Annenberg Research Network on International Communication.

Assistant Professor

Daren C. Brabham is an assistant professor at USC Annenberg, and the founding editor of Case Studies in Strategic Communication. He teaches public relations and new media courses and conducts research into online communities and the role of new media in society.

Associate Professor of Professional Practice

Prof. Peggy Bustamante is a longtime journalist and web developer who recently joined the faculty at USC Annenberg. Previously, she worked as a news applications and interactives developer at Digital First Media, where she created data-driven and interactive projects for the company’s 76 daily newspapers.

Digital Journalist

Award-winning journalist and author Marc Cooper has written about politics and culture from across the country and around the world for more than three decades.  He has covered rebellion, revolution and war from venues ranging from Egypt, Lebanon, and South Africa, to South and Central America, to Western and Eastern Europe. Cooper has also done extensive writing about American politics and has reported on several presidential campaigns.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Professor Craig teaches in the Master of Communication Management (MCM) program.  His course topics and research interests include traditional and digital, global and national, professional and amateur, media and entertainment industries, production studies and culture, transmedia and cross-media production and management, and LGBT media, advocacy, and activism. 

Professor; Director, Master of Public Diplomacy program

Nicholas J. Cull is Professor of Public Diplomacy and is the founding director of the Master of Public Diplomacy program at USC. He took both his BA and PhD at the University of Leeds. While a graduate student, he studied at Princeton as a Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York. 

Walter H. Annenberg Dean; Professor of Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Michael X. Delli Carpini is Professor of Communication and the Walter H. Annenberg Dean of The Annenberg School for Communication. 

“Michael Delli Carpini has helped to advance and re-orient the study of public opinion and democracy. As a respected and prolific authority on the changing media landscape, he continues to have a profound impact on political communication research.” – the American Political Science Association.

Director, USC U.S.-China Institute

Clayton Dube (杜克雷) has headed the USC U.S.-China Institute, a program of USC Annenberg, since it was established by USC President C.L. Max Nikias in 2006 to focus on the multidimensional U.S.-China relationship. USCI enhances understanding of complex and evolving U.S.-China ties through cutting-edge social science research, innovative graduate and undergraduate training, extensive and influential public events, and professional development efforts.

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Eric M. Eisenberg is Professor of Communication and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida. Dr. Eisenberg received his doctorate in Organizational Communication from Michigan State University in 1982. He is recipient of the Burlington Foundation award for excellence in teaching and the Ohio University Elizabeth Andersch Award for lifetime contributions to the field of Communication.


Thomas Hollihan is a professor of communication at the USC Annenberg School. Professor Hollihan publishes in the areas of argumentation, political communication, media diplomacy, contemporary rhetorical criticism, and the impact of globalization on public deliberation. 

Professor of Professional Practice of Journalism

Gabriel Kahn has worked as a newspaper correspondent and editor for two decades, including 10 years at The Wall Street Journal, where he served as Los Angeles bureau chief, deputy Hong Kong bureau chief and deputy Southern Europe bureau chief, based in Rome. He has reported from more than a dozen countries on three continents.

Adjunct Professor

David LaFontaine is an author, journalist, digital media consultant, and adjunct professor at the University of Southern California. David specializes in content strategy, UX/UI design, and digital media production.

Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Public Relations

Matthew Le Veque is a public relations veteran with experience in integrated communication campaigns, public affairs and community relations. He was senior vice president at Rogers/Ruder Finn, where he founded and directed the firm’s internal Digital Strategies Group and played a key communication role in California’s anti-tobacco education campaign.

Executive Producer, Bending Borders; Adjunct Instructor, Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism

Karen Lowe is a multi-lingual, award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience writing, reporting, and editing news stories from around the world. She teaches the creative audio podcast, Detours, at Annenberg Media Center and is an editor on the ARN radio show.


The primary focus of Sheila Murphy's research has been investigating how message factors (such as framing, channel, affective versus noneffective information), individual level factors (such as ethnicity, gender, self-efficacy, identification, and involvement) and cultural level factors (e.g., social norms and beliefs) impact decision-making. For the past 10 years, her work has primarily focused on health-related decisions and on the role of narrative or storytelling in shaping the public's knowledge, attitudes and practices. 

Senior Communication Officer

Sina Odugbemi is a Senior Communication Officer (Policy) in the Operations Communication Department, External and Corporate Relations Vice- Presidency of the World Bank Group.


Ceren Ozer is a World Bank economist specialized in operationalizing political economy through multi-stakeholder engagement and coalition building approaches; and, assisting client counterparts on the “how” of advancing complex projects and reforms collectively. 

Professor, Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity

Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.  Founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Pastor currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC and USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII).  He holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Director, Center for Global Communication Studies

Monroe E. Price is director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the Annenberg School for Communication, where he works with a wide transnational network of regulators, scholars, and practitioners in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia, as well as in the United States.

Managing Director & Research Fellow

Erin Reilly is Managing Director & Research Fellow for Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC's Annenberg School for Communications & Journalism and Executive Director of Blackstone LaunchPad USC. In her role, she oversees all aspects of lab programming, product design and mentoring students in developing applications and business ideas using digital media and how it impacts society. Her research focuses on new media literacies, transmedia play and learning, social entrepreneurialism, audience engagement and the future of media and entertainment.

Associate Professor; Director, Global Communication master's degree program

Dr. Riley is a specialist in organizational communication and internationally known for her work on institutional politics and organizational culture change. Her most recent research focuses on the role of communication infrastructure in knowledge management processes and on the role of communication and information technologies in organizational change and transformation. 

Clinical Professor of Communication

Jonathan Taplin's areas of specialization are in International Communication Management and the field of digital media entertainment. He is director of the Annenberg Innovation Lab based at USC. 

Clinical Professor; Director, Master of Communication Management

Rebecca Weintraub has spent more than 20 years in the field of communication, facilitation, change management and organizational behavior. Dr. Weintraub is a clinical professor at USC in the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. She teaches strategic communication classes in the Communication Management program and provides communication and facilitation consulting services to organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Dean Emeritus of USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Founder of Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking

Dr. Ernest J. Wilson III, Ph.D., professor of communication and political science, is founder and director of the USC Center for Third Space Thinking. He is also a faculty fellow at USC Annenberg's Center on Public Diplomacy, a member of the board of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the National Academies' Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served as dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism from 2007 to 2017.  Lastly, he was on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting from 2010, the last year as chairman.