PD Programs

I Academic programs in public diplomacy and related fields

With the kind help of our members and colleagues, the Council has compiled what we deem to be an exhaustive list of programs in public diplomacy and related fields. However, the list is never comprehensive and should you know any programs that should be listed here and are not on our list, we encourage you to contact us via PDC@publicdiplomacycouncil.org or 202-660-8391.


Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA

Dual Degree Program in International Relations and Public Relations

Apart from combining the coursework from S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the program also has a practical component: off-campus experience in Washington DC, Geneva, Vienna or Strasbourg. PDC member Michael Schneider teaches here. Find more on the program here.


Institute of World Politics (IWP), Washington DC, USA

The Institute offers three MA degrees, all professional ones designed for students who intend to pursue a career in intelligence, national security or the field of international relations.

MA degrees:

  • MA in Statecraft and World Politics
  • MA in Statecraft and National Security Affairs
  • MA in Strategic Intelligence Studies

For more information, click here.

The Institute also offers a Certificate in Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare. For more information, see here.

Two professors at IWP teach public diplomacy:

The George Washington University, Washington DC, USA

School of Media and Public Affairs
MA in Media and Public Affairs

The SMPA M.A. curriculum builds on four core courses that provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the interaction among media, communication and political processes, as well as research and media production skills. Beyond the core courses, students work closely with faculty advisors to develop expertise on specific issues in the field of media and politics.


MA in Global Communication (in cooperation with the Elliott School of International Affairs)

Offered jointly by GW's Elliott School of International Affairs and Columbian College of Arts and Sciences' School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA), the M.A. in Global Communication combines the Elliott School's globally recognized academic excellence in international affairs with SMPA's strengths as a leading school of communication and journalism.

Three professors who teach public diplomacy and/or public diplomacy related courses are on the Council:

  • Professor Steven Livingston: Professor Livingston founded the Public Diplomacy Institute (PDI) at GWU in 2000 and served as the chairman of the Board of Directors until 2008. PDI is now called the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication. Livingston's research and teaching focus on media/information technology, national security and global politics. He is particularly interested in the role of information technologies and media on global governance and international security concerns.
  • Professor Sean Aday: Professor Sean Aday currently serves as the director of GW's Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication and directs the Global Communication Master's Program. He has expertise in Political Communication; media coverage of war, politics, and foreign policy; media effects and public opinion, including political and international trust.
  • Professor Bruce Gregory: Professor Bruce Gregory teaches courses on public diplomacy, media, and foreign affairs. He was director of the University's Public Diplomacy Institute from 2005-2008. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches a seminar on public diplomacy in the Master of Foreign Service Program. He also teaches a course on strategic communication at the U.S. Naval War College. He holds expertise in public diplomacy, strategic communication, media and national security, national security strategy and process, U.S. international broadcasting. Professor Gregory compiles a public diplomacy review, an authoritative bibliographic selection of public diplomacy/ public diplomacy-related readings. Link to his latest and all previous issues can be found here. [provide a link to PDC page with Professor Gregory’s issues).


University of Kent, UK

Master in Media War and Modernity

This new program explores how conflict occurs across a variety of countries and landscapes in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and how such conflict is managed and presented through media and propaganda up to the present day. Click here for the full program description.


University of Leeds, UK

MA in International Communications

International Communications postgraduate course is recognised in the UK and across the world as one of the most comprehensive and cutting edge programmes of its kind. It provides an interdisciplinary perspective on international communications focussing on issues of public diplomacy, international broadcasting and journalism, communications policy and industry, and the political and cultural aspects of international communications, especially as expressed in transnational practices. For the full program description, click here.

Professor Robin Brown also teaches in this program and his current research is focused on public diplomacy: the implications of social network thought for both the theory and practice of public diplomacy. For more information on Robin Brown, please see here.


Diplo Foundation

Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy

The Master / Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy offers working diplomats and international relations professionals an opportunity for accredited postgraduate level education. The program includes a 10-day residential workshop in Malta followed by 16 to 20 months of online study. To learn more about the program, click here.


University of Southern California

MA in Public Diplomacy

For students who already have at least five years' experience working in public diplomacy, USC Annenberg offers a professional master's degree in public diplomacy. The degree is suited to those engaged in international advocacy, international public relations, international broadcasting, cultural and/or exchange work or other work involving international communication. For the full description click here.

PDC member Adam Clayton Powell III is the Vice Provost for Globalization at the University of Southern California, helping to advance the university's globalization initiatives; PDC members Nicholas Cull, Geoffrey Cowan and Philip Seib are all affiliated to USC.

Selected professors/fellows:


American University, Washington DC

School of International Service

MA in International Communication (IC)

Expanded curriculum in new areas of specialization ranging from culture and communication, information technology and development, to the global knowledge economy, geopolitics of information, and public diplomacy and foreign policy.

PDC members teaching at SIS at American University:

  • PDC member Ambassador Anthony Quainton is the Diplomat in Residence. For more information on his courses at AU, click here.
  • PDC member Craig Hayden also teaches at AU. For more information, click here.
  • PDC member Robert Albro teaches at AU as well. Learn more about him here.

Other Professors teaching coursework in public diplomacy at AU include Rhonda Zaharna and John Robert Kelly.


II Schools and Institutes offering certificates and courses

Clingendael (Netherlands Institute of International Relations)

Find a list of programs here and its diplomatic studies program here.

Clingendael professors include:


Edward R. Murrow Center of Public Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Learn more about the academic courses related to Public Diplomacy here.

  • PDC member, Ambassador Bill Rugh is the Edward R. Murrow Visiting Professor of Public Diplomacy, and Visiting Scholar at the Fares Center on Eastern Mediterranean Studies. For more information on Ambassador Rugh’s activities, click here.
  • Professor Alan K. Henrikson also teaches in the Murrow Center program.

Public Diplomacy Collaborative at the Harvard Kennedy School

Founded in September 2009, the Collaborative seeks to help deepen the interaction between thought leaders across all sectors and disciplines, and public diplomacy officers at U.S. embassies around the world. For more info click here.

Professor Joseph Nye is affiliated to the Collaborative.


Arizona State University

Consortium for Strategic Communication within Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

The Consortium is composed of an interdisciplinary group of scholars at ASU and partner institutions who are interested in applying knowledge of human communication to issues of countering ideological support for terrorism (CIST), diplomacy and public diplomacy. The team of experts on communication networks, new media, narrative and rhetorical analyses of messages, persuasion, intercultural communication, organizational studies, and religious studies heads a research program featuring public lectures, undergraduate and graduate courses. For more info, click here.

Professor Steven Corman offers strategic communication courses as part of the Consortium. 


Florida Atlantic University

Department of History

Professor Kenneth Osgood teaches courses related to public diplomacy


Hudson Institute

Research area: public diplomacy

For a list of public diplomacy publications, click here.

PDC member Professor Judith Siegel teaches at the Hudson Institute.



List of Professors (in and outside of PDC) who teach public diplomacy and related courses


Eckerd College

PDC member Professor Donna Oglesby


Georgetown University


National Defense University

School of Information Warfare and Strategy

  • PDC member Dan Kuehl
  • PDC member John Matheny
  • Jim Dickmeyer


New York University


Quinnipiac University


University of Minnesota, Duluth


University of Navarre


University of Ottawa


University of Southern California

  • Nicholas Cull (Director, Master of Public Diplomacy Program)
  • Geoffrey Cowan (University Professor and holder of the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership)
  • Mai'a Davis Cross (Assistant Professor of International Relations)
  • Eytan Gilboa (Professor of Communication and Government, Bar-Ilan University)
  • G. Thomas Goodnight (Professor, Annenberg School for Communication)
  • Michael Parks (Professor, School of Journalism)
  • Philip Seib (Professor of Journalism; Center on Public Diplomacy Director)
  • Gordon Stables (Director of Debate and Assistant Professor, School for Communication)
  • Pamela Starr (Senior Lecturer in International Relations)
  • Jian (Jay) Wang (Associate Professor of Public Relations)
  • Geoffrey Wiseman (Professor, Interntational Relations and Public Diplomacy)
  • Carola Weil (Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, USC Annenberg)
  • Ernest J. Wilson III (USC Annenberg dean)
  • Jonathan Aronson (Professor, Annenberg School for Communication and School of International Relations)
  • Sarah Banet-Weiser (Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication)
  • Gerald Bender (Associate Professor of International Relations)
  • Laurie Brand (Director and Professor, School of International Relations)
  • Manuel Castells (Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society)
  • Jeffrey Cole (Director, Center for a Digital Future)
  • Mary L. Dudziak (Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Professor of Law and History)
  • Robert English (Associate Professor of International Relations)
  • Janet Fulk (Professor, Annenberg School for Communication and Marshall School of Business)
  • Larry Gross (Director and Professor, Annenberg School for Communication)
  • Thomas Hollihan (Professor of Communication)
  • Jacques Hymans (Assistant Professor of International Relations)
  • Patrick James (Professor of International Relations)
  • Martin Kaplan (Director, Norman Lear Center)
  • Saori Katada (Associate Professor of International Relations)
  • Steven L. Lamy (Vice Dean of the USC College for Academic Programs and Professor of International Relations)
  • Abraham F. Lowenthal (Professor, School of International Relations)
  • Daniel Lynch (Associate Professor of International Relations)
  • Gerardo Munck (Professor of International Relations)
  • John Odell (Professor of International Relations)
  • Adam Clayton Powell, III (Vice Provost for Globalization)
  • Brian Rathbun (Assistant Professor of International Relations)
  • Kelton Rhoads (Professor of Psychology and Communication)
  • Patricia Riley (Professor of Communication)
  • Mary Elise Sarotte (Associate Professor of International Relations)
  • Apichai Shipper (Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations)
  • Jerry Swerling (Professor of Professional Practice, Director of PR Studies and the USC Annenberg Strategic Communication and PR Center)
  • Judith Tickner (Professor of International Relations)
  • Ruth Weisberg (Dean, USC School of Fine Arts)
  • Rebecca Weintraub (Clinical Professor of Communication)
  • Carol Wise (Associate Professor of International Relations)


University of Western Ontario


Yale University

  • PDC member Ambassador Linda Jewell



Suggested readings

U.S. Army War College

Dennis Murphy: "Attack or Defend? Leveraging Information and Balancing Risk in Cyberspace." May-June 2010.




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