PD is a publication of the Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars (APDS) at the University of Southern California, with support from the USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, USC College’s School of International Relations, the Annenberg School for Communication and USC Annenberg Press.
Its unique mission is to provide a common forum for the views of both scholars and practitioners from around the globe, in order to explore key concepts in the study and practice of public diplomacy. PD is published bi-annually, in print and on the web at www.publicdiplomacymagazine.com
Editor-in-Chief: Bret Schafer [email][email protected][/email]
Bret Schafer is a Master of Public Diplomacy Candidate in USC’s MPD program. He earned a B.S. in Radio/Television/Film with a minor in Sociological Studies from Northwestern University. Before attending USC, he spent more than ten years in the film industry, including stints as a development assistant at Cartoon Network, a development producer at Citizen Skull Productions, and a freelance writer at Warner Brothers, where his work on the Gravity “Fear Itself” campaign won a 2014 Golden Trailer for Best TV Thriller spot. He has also worked in Budapest as a radio-host and a stand-up comedian, and in Berlin as a semi-professional baseball player in Germany’s Bundesliga. In 2016, he was awarded the Center on Public Diplomacy Best Student Paper Prize for his paper, “Ally or Adversary? Public Opinion of NATO in Post-Soviet Russia.” His interests include Russia and Eastern Europe, and he recently worked in the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. Upon graduation, he will be joining the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.
Justin Chapman, Managing Editor [email][email protected][/email]
Justin is an author, journalist, travel writer, actor, musician, and politician. He was the youngest elected member of the Altadena Town Council at age 19. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2009 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Diplomacy at USC. He serves as Communications Associate at the Pacific Council on International Policy, and previously worked at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. He has written for over 20 publications and his first book about his travels across Africa, Saturnalia: Traveling from Cape Town to Kampala in Search of an African Utopia, was published in January 2015 by Rare Bird Books. He serves as president of Men Educating Men About Health and as secretary of the West Pasadena Residents’ Association. He is a member of the LA Press Club and the LA World Affairs Council. As a professional child actor he performed in dozens of commercials, TV shows, and movies. He lives with his wife Mercedes in Pasadena, CA.
Nastasha Everheart, Submissions Editor [email][email protected][/email]
Nastasha Everheart is a Master of Public Diplomacy student at the University of Southern California, where her studies are centered around traditional diplomacy and strategic communications. She currently serves as the Chief Membership Officer at the Pacific Council on International Policy. Prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2010, Nastasha attended the University of Idaho where she received dual International Studies and Spanish degrees. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Nastasha pursued international interests: she studied abroad at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador in 2008 and served as a student program assistant at the school’s International Programs Office throughout her time at the university. In 2009, she was granted the Boyd and Grace Martin Memorial Award for wide ranging achievement in terms of academics, leadership, and service related to the causes of war, the conditions necessary for peace, and the international system.
Erica McNamara, Marketing Editor [email][email protected][/email]
Erica McNamara is a student in the Master of Public Diplomacy program at USC. She is also a Student Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, where she produces content for the Center’s online resources, print and e-publications, and social media channels. Erica’s background is in communications, with specific emphasis on publications. She previously worked as a publications assistant at Kaya Press—an Asian Pacific diaspora publishing house—and more recently as a research assistant at the Hebrew Union College. In both positions Erica would design, edit and produce written content, books and e-publications. Erica holds a Bachelor’s degree from USC in print journalism and French. Her interests include cultural diplomacy, the role of media and education in public diplomacy, and how storytelling and exchange programs can assist in advocacy and awareness for marginalized communities.
Maria Abou-Atmi [email][email protected][/email]
Maria is a first-year graduate student of Public Diplomacy at USC, and also works on the Public Diplomacy Magazine. She is the content coordinator for CPD Weekend. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs from the Lebanese American University in Beirut.
Yesenia Vargas [email][email protected][/email]
Matthew Essex [email][email protected][/email]
Michael Arda Karakash [email][email protected][/email]
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