Public Diplomacy Magazine Staff

Justin Chapman

Justin Chapman


Justin Chapman is the Communications Associate at the Pacific Council on International Policy. He is an author, journalist, travel writer, actor, poet, musician, and politician. Justin 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 degree in Public Diplomacy at USC. He has written for over 20 print and digital publications, frequently for the Pasadena Weekly. His book about his travels through Africa, Saturnalia: Traveling from Cape Town to Kampala in Search of an African Utopia, was published by Rare Bird Books in January 2015. He also serves as president of Men Educating Men About Health and as secretary of the West Pasadena Residents’ Association, and is a member of the United Nations Association, Pasadena chapter’s Communications Committee. Previous memberships include the LA Press Club, the LA World Affairs Council, and the ACLU Pasadena/Foothills chapter, where he also served as secretary of the board. He served as a commissioner on the city of Pasadena’s Northwest Commission from 2015-16. As a professional child actor he performed in dozens of commercials, television shows, and movies.

Lacey Szczepanik

Lacey Szczepanik

Staff Editor

Lacey is a Master’s of Public Diplomacy student at USC.

Valery Zhukova

Valery Zhukova


Valery Zhukova is an undergraduate student at USC’s Roski School of Art and Architecture, with a focus on graphic design. She is a Los Angeles native, but her family comes from the former Soviet Union. She is fluent in Russian and English, and studied French in high school. She has received the Rhode Island School of Design Annual Art Award in 2016, as well as a Silver Key from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her hobbies and interests include, but are not limited to, dance, literature, film, and art history. She has experience designing posters, logos, business cards, and covers, as well as advertisements and promotional designs.

Faculty Advisors


Phil Seib, Professor of Journalism and Public Diplomacy, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California

Jay Wang, Director, USC Center on Public Diplomacy

Nicholas Cull, Professor of Public Diplomacy, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California



International Advisory Board


Sean Aday, Director, Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication; Associate Professor of Media, Public Affairs, & International Affairs, George Washington University

Simon Anholt, Editor Emeritus, Journal of Place Branding & Public Diplomacy

Geoffrey Cowan, Professor, Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership, USC

Harris Diamond, CEO, McCann Erickson

Pamela Falk, Foreign Affairs Analyst & Resident UN Correspondent, CBS News

Kathy R. Fitzpatrick, Professor, School of Communication, American University

Eytan Gilboa, Professor of International Communication, Bar-Ilan University

Howard Gillman  Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, University of California, Irvine

Guy Golan, Associate Professor of Public Relations/Public Diplomacy, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

Cari Guittard, Principal, Global Engagement Partners; Adjunct Faculty, Hult IBS & USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

Markos Kunoalakis, President & Publisher Emeritus, Washington Monthly

William A. Rugh, U.S. Foreign Service (Ret.)

Crocker Snow, Edward R. Murrow Center for Public Diplomacy, Tufts University

Nancy Snow, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Fullerton; Pax Mundi Professor of Public Diplomacy, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies; Media and Public Affairs Advisor, Langley Esquire, Tokyo

Abiodun Williams, President, Hague Institute for Global Justice

Willow Bay, Dean of USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism