Public Diplomacy Magazine 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 School of International Relations, and the Annenberg School for Communication.
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 Magazine is published bi-annually, in print and on the web at www.publicdiplomacymagazine.com
Editor-in-Chief: Bret Schafer[email protected]
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 protected]
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 protected]
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 protected]
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 protected]
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 protected]
Yesenia Vargas is a student in the Masters in Public Diplomacy program at USC. She obtained a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in French from Centenary College of Louisiana, and has worked in community engagement, women's health, and refugee rights. She currently works as a publications assistant at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.
Matthew L. Essex [email protected]
Matthew comes to USC and PD Magazine from the University of Maryland, where he recently completed Bachelor’s degrees in both History and Government & Politics. There he concentrated on Colonial American history, writing his thesis on the correlation between Australian settlement in 1788 and the American Revolution. His Government and Politics studies focused on international relations between the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2014, he won a Gilman Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to study abroad at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. While in Australia, he founded a cultural dialogue program between schools in Brisbane and his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. Matthew is a member of both Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Alpha Theta honors societies. His interests lie in the study of the Olympic Games as a mechanism for soft power, as well as America’s Pacific policy. Matthew’s article, "From ANZAC to ANZUS: Australian and New Zealand Foreign Policy 1931-1955," is due to be published in January. Following graduation, he aspires to work for NBC Olympics as a field research analyst.
Michael Arda Karakash[email protected]
Michael Arda Karakash is a graduate student in the Master of Public Diplomacy program at USC. He received his B.A in Literary Journalism with a minor in African-American Studies from UC Irvine and also studied International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. As a Geoffrey Cowan Scholar at USC Annenberg’s CCLP, his research focuses on the intersection of politics & technology, immigration from Latin America and the Middle East, as well as LGBT diplomacy.
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Faculty Advisory Board:
Jian (Jay) Wang, Director, USC Center on Public Diplomacy
Nicholas J. Cull, Director, Master of Public Diplomacy Program, USC
Philip Seib, Director, USC Center on Public Diplomacy
Robert English, Director School of International Relations, USC
Sherine Badawi Walton, Deputy Director, USC Center on Public Diplomacy
Naomi Leight-Give'on, Assistant Director, Research & Publications, USC Center on Public Diplomacy
International Advisory Board:
Sean Aday, Director, Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, George Washington University
Simon Anholt, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Place Branding and Public Diplomacy
Geoffrey Cowan, Professor and Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership, USC
Harris Diamond, CEO, Weber Shandwick Worldwide
Pamela Falk, Foreign Affairs Analyst and Resident UN Correspondent, CBS News
Kathy Fitzpatrick, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Public Relations, Quinnipiac University
Eytan Gilboa, Professor of International Communication, Bar-Ilan University
Howard Gillman, Dean of USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Guy Golan, Associate Professor of Public Relations/Public Diplomacy, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
Cari Guittard, Vice President, Global Affairs, Howard Consulting Group
Markos Kounalakis, President, Washington Monthly
Ambassador William A. Rugh, U.S. Foreign Service (Ret.)
Crocker Snow, Edward R. Murrow Center for Public Diplomacy, Tufts University
Nancy Snow, Adjunct Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; Associate Professor of Communications, Cal State Fullerton; and Faculty Research Fellow, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Abiodun Williams, Vice President of the Center for Conﬂict Analysis and Prevention, United States Institute for Peace
Ernest J. Wilson III, Dean and Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication, USC Annenberg School for Communication
Public Diplomacy (PD) Magazine seeks contributions for each themed issue based on a structured solicitation system. Submission must be invited by the editorial board. Unsolicited articles will not be considered, or returned. Authors interested in contributing to PD should contact the editorial board about their proposals.
Articles submitted to PD are reviewed by the editorial board, which is composed entirely of graduate students enrolled in the Master of Public Diplomacy program at the University of Southern California.
Articles are evaluated based on relevance, originality, prose, and argumentation. The editor-in-chief, in consultation with the editorial board, holds final authority for accepting or refusing submissions for publication.
Authors are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of their statements. The editorial staff will not conduct fact checks, but edit submissions for basic formatting and stylistic consistency only. Editors reserve the right to make changes in accordance with PD style specifications.
Copyright of published articles remains with Public Diplomacy (PD) Magazine. No article in its entirety or a part thereof may be published in any form without proper citation credit.