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Amelia H. Arsenault
Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.
M.Sc. in Global Media and Communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science
B.A. in Film and History from Dartmouth College
Dr. Arsenault joined the faculty in August 2011 after two years serving as a George Gerbner Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School. Her scholarly interests center on how different international and domestic actors have attempted to leverage the changing dynamics of communications systems, and the ramifications of those activities for international relations, political and social power relationships, and north/south inequality. In this capacity, she has conducted research on global media ownership, the impact of international donors in the southern African communications development, network theory, new media, and public diplomacy. Her current research projects include: an analysis of the new media operations of the influential right-wing activist, Andrew Breitbart; a longitudinal investigation of the activities of international actors in the communications sector in southern Africa; and a co-edited book project (with Rhonda Zaharna and Ali Fischer) on the subject of collaborative and networked public diplomacy. Her scholarly work has appeared in the International Journal of Communication, International Sociology, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and Information, Communication, and Society.
In complement to her academic research, Professor Arsenault remains actively engaged with the community of practitioners and policy makers involved in strategic communications, public diplomacy, and media development activities around the world. In this capacity, she has authored several commissioned reports and organized conferences on pressing issues facing international communication including the 2010 and 2011 Milton Wolf Seminar on Media Diplomacy in Vienna, Austria, and Evaluating the Impact of Media Interventions in Conflict Countries Workshop in Caux, Switzerland. She also serves as a co-organizer for the Annenberg Oxford Summer Institute on Media Law and policy, a two-week program that brings together young communication scholars, media regulators, and media development professionals to discuss important recent trends in technology and its influence on information policy.
Professor Arsenault received her PhD in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. While at USC she also served as the Wallis Annenberg Graduate Fellow to Manuel Castells and as a Research Associate at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. She also holds a B.A. in Film and History from Dartmouth College and an MSc in Global Media and Communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to beginning her academic career, she served as the film coordinator for the Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust, a non-profit arts and culture organization dedicated to promoting visual literacy in Zimbabwe.
JOURN 1000: Introduction to Mass Communication; COMM 6160/8980: Communication Network Theory
Amelia Arsenault (2012, forthcoming). Covering and Reaching Africa. In Philp Seib (Ed.) Al Jazeera English: The Birth, Adolescence, and Prospects of a Global News Channel. Boston: Palgrave.
Amelia Arsenault (2011). Networks: The Technological and the Social. In Gerard Delanty and Steven Turner (Eds.) Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory. London: Routledge, 259-269.
Amelia Arsenault (2011). The Structure and Dynamics of Global Networks in the Media, Telecoms, Gaming and Computing Industries. In Dwayne R. Winseck & Dal Yong Jin (Eds.) Political Economies of Media: The Transformation of the Global Media. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
Amelia Arsenault (2009) Public Diplomacy 2.0. In Philip Seib (Ed.) Toward a New Public Diplomacy: Redirecting U.S. Foreign Policy. Boston: Palgrave
Amelia Arsenault & Manuel Castells (2008) The Structure and Dynamics of Global Multi-Media Business Networks.International Journal of Communication.2, 707-748.
Amelia Arsenault & Manuel Castells (2008) Switching Power: Rupert Murdoch and The Global Business Of Media Politics. A Sociological Analysis.International Sociology. 23(4), 488-513
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