PhD Program

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy program in Communication at American University School of Communication offers an interdisciplinary curriculum designed around the intersections of media, technology, and democracy. It combines humanistic and social scientific approaches to the study of communication to analyze the complex interactions among various players – including news media, entertainment media, digital communications, nonprofit organizations, government, and business. The accelerated design of the program offers an 11-month mentoring and learning environment, enabling students to complete their degrees in three years. The concentration in Internet Governance-related topics is supervised by Dr. DeNardis.

The PhD program at American University’s School of International Service trains students to produce knowledge in order to engage with, contribute to, or solve puzzles and problems in international affairs. The curriculum provides training in international relations that is both multi-disciplinary and policy relevant and which enables our graduates to go on to careers in university teaching and research, government, and non-government organizations in the United States as well as around the globe. Both Dr. Cogburn and Dr. Levinson, along with the program’s chair, Shalini Venturelli, supervise the doctoral concentration Technology, Culture and Social Change that is inclusive of Internet Governance related topics.

For more information on the programs, or to find out how to apply, see American University web site.

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