2018 INSTRUCTORS

Robert Banks
Former U.S. Public Diplomat in Residence 2009-2011, USC Center on Public Diplomacy and Professor, Master of Public Diplomacy Program, USC 

Peggy Bustamante
Associate Professor of Professional Practice, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Nicholas Cull
Professor and Director of the Master of Public Diplomacy program, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism 

Eytan Gilboa
Professor and Director, Center for International Communication, Bar-Ilan University

Vince Gonzales
Professor of Professional Practice, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

Robert Hernandez
Associate Professor of Professional Practice, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

David Levanthal
Program Director, Dance for PD

Erik Nisbet
Associate Professor, School of Communication, The Ohio State University

Kjerstin Thorson
Assistant Professor, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University

Vivian Walker
CPD Faculty Fellow, Research Fellow, Central European University Center for Media, Data and Society

Jay Wang
CPD Director; Associate Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

Rebecca Weintraub
Clinical Professor; Director, Master of Communication Management program, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism


FACULTY BIOGRAPHIES

Robert Banks
Former U.S. Public Diplomat in Residence 2009-2011, USC Center on Public Diplomacy and
Associate Professor, Master of Public Diplomacy Program
CPD Faculty Fellow

Dr. Robert Banks joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1983. During his 28-year career as a public diplomacy (PD) practitioner, he served as Assistant Executive Officer in Bonn, West Germany; Deputy Public Affairs Officer (PAO) in Nicosia, Cyprus; Assistant Press Attaché in Seoul, Korea; East Asia Policy Officer in the Worldnet Television and Film Service; Press Attaché in Managua, Nicaragua; Cultural Attaché in Seoul; Examiner for the Foreign Service oral entrance exam in the Bureau of Human Resources; Planning and Coordination Officer in the Office of Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; PAO in Buenos Aires, Argentina; State Department Chair on the faculty of the Marine Corps War College in Quantico, Virginia., where he taught regional studies; and U.S. Public Diplomat in Residence at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Center on Public Diplomacy. Following his retirement from the Foreign Service, he taught PD as an Adjunct Professor in USC’s Master of Public Diplomacy Program. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism at USC.


Peggy Bustamante
Associate Professor of Professional Practice, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Prof. Peggy Bustamante is a longtime journalist and web developer who recently joined the faculty at USC Annenberg. Previously, she worked as a news applications and interactives developer at Digital First Media, where she created data-driven and interactive projects for the company’s 76 daily newspapers. Prior to that she held a similar position at award-winning newspaper Newsday on Long Island, where she earned an Emmy nomination for an interactive 12-part video series she conceived and executed. Prof. Bustamante also spent nine years as lead web applications developer for Harvard University’s News Office and almost two decades as a print journalist at a variety of daily newspapers in Massachusetts and Texas. She started her transition to digital news platforms in the mid-90s, learning to code as part of her multimedia and online work. Prof. Bustamante has both a master’s degree in information technology/computer science and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Harvard University, and has been teaching USC Annenberg students to build news projects with code. Prof. Bustamante teaches the fundamentals of web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript and databases) as a foundation for investigating interactive and multimedia storytelling; building data-driven news applications development; and practicing data journalism and data visualization.


Nicholas Cull
Professor and Director of the Master of Public Diplomacy program, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
CPD Faculty Fellow

Nicholas J. Cull is Professor of Public Diplomacy and Director of the Master’s Program in Public Diplomacy at USC. His research and teaching interests are inter-disciplinary, and focus on the role of public engagement in foreign policy. He is the author of The Cold War and the United States Information Agency: American Propaganda and Public Diplomacy, 1945-1989 (Cambridge, 2008) and The Decline and Fall of the United States Information Agency: American Public Diplomacy, 1989-2001 (Palgrave, 2001). His first book was Selling War (Oxford, 1995), a study of British information work in the United States before Pearl Harbor. He has published numerous articles on the theme of public diplomacy and media history. Nick Cull has lectured widely around the world, frequently as a guest of diplomatic academies or foreign ministries/public diplomacy agencies including those of the UK, Canada, India, Korea, Mexico, South Africa and Switzerland. He is a regular guest speaker at the Foreign Service Institute of the United States and the Center for Executive Education at the US Naval Postgraduate School. He is an active film historian who has been part of the movement to include film and other media within the mainstream of historical sources. His film work includes (with James Chapman) Projecting Empire: Imperialism and Popular Cinema (I. B. Tauris, 2009) and Projecting Tomorrow: Science Fiction and Popular Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2013). He took both his BA and PhD at the University of Leeds. While a graduate student he studied at Princeton in the U.S. as a Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York. From 1997 to 2005 he was Professor of American Studies and Director of the Centre for American Studies in the Department of History at Leicester. He is President of the International Association for Media and History and a member of the Public Diplomacy Council.


Eytan Gilboa
Visiting Professor of Public Diplomacy

Professor and Director, Center for International Communication, Bar-Ilan University
CPD Visiting Senior Scholar

Eytan Gilboa is Professor and Director of the Center for International Communication at Bar-Ilan University. He is also a senior research associate at the BESA Center for Strategic Studies and Chair of The Israel Communication Association. He has published several books and numerous articles on public diplomacy, international communication and US policy in the Middle East. He received his BA degree from the Hebrew University and M.A. and Ph,D. degrees from Harvard University. Gilboa has been a visiting professor in several leading American and European universities and research centers. He was an adviser to various ministries and agencies in several countries. He frequently contributes op-ed articles to newspapers and news websites around the world, and serves as a popular commentator on local and foreign television and radio networks.


Vince Gonzales
Professor of Professional Practice
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
CPD Faculty Fellow

Vince Gonzales, Professor of Professional Practice, is the Coordinator of Annenberg's Journalism M.S. Program. He is also a freelance correspondent/producer for “SoCal Connected” on KCET here in Los Angeles. Prior to that he was a CNN freelance correspondent and, from 1998 to 2007, was a CBS News national correspondent (focusing on Investigative Stories) based in L.A. Gonzales has also worked as a TV news reporter in the Denver, Phoenix and Dallas markets. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Brockport (with bachelor’s degrees in political science and communications/journalism) and he received a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Gonzales also studied at the Graduate School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia. He has received three National News Emmys, two Local News Emmys, three Columbia University-Alfred I. duPont awards, four RTNDA Golden Mikes, the L.A. Press Club’s Best Investigative Reporting award, the L.A. Press Club’s Best Documentary (TV) award and honors from Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society for Professional Journalists, the Associated Press and The National Headliner Awards. Named “2005 Broadcast Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.


Robert Hernandez
Associate Professor of Professional Practice
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
CPD Faculty Fellow

Robert Hernandez has made a name for himself as a journalist of the web, not just on the web. His primary focus is exploring and developing the intersection of technology and journalism – to empower people, inform reporting and storytelling, engage community, improve distribution and, whenever possible, enhance revenue. He is a national board member of the Online News Association. He’s also a co-organizer of the Los Angeles chapter of Hacks/Hackers, an international network of journalists and technologists that is rethinking the future of news and information. Many journalists know him as the co-founder of #wjchat, a weekly forum on Twitter that engages participants from around the world. Hernandez also is co-chair of programming for the UNITY conference (Las Vegas, August 2012) and is a lifetime member and former board member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. As director of development for The Seattle Times, where he worked from 2002 until 2009, he helped shape and execute the vision for the Web site and company. He also worked as a web designer and consultant for El Salvador's largest daily newspaper site, La Prensa Gráfica, web producer for The San Francisco Chronicle and online editor of The San Francisco Examiner


David Levanthal
Program Director, Dance for PD

David Leventhal is a founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD, a program of the Mark Morris Dance Group that has now been used as a model for classes in more than 250 communities in 25 countries. He leads classes for people with Parkinson's disease around the world and trains other teachers in the Dance for PD approach around the world. He's co-produced three volumes of a successful At Home DVD series for the program and has been instrumental in initiating and designing innovative projects involving live streaming and Moving Through Glass, a dance-based Google Glass App for people with Parkinson's. He received the 2016 World Parkinson Congress Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Parkinson's Community and was a co-recipient of the 2013 Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award from the Parkinson's Unity Walk. Leventhal has written about dance and Parkinson's for such publications as Dance Gazette and Room 217, and has a chapters about the program in two recently published books: Moving Ideas: Multimodal Learning in Communities and Schools (Peter Lang), and Creating Dance: A Traveler's Guide (Hampton Press). He serves on the boards of the Davis Phinney Foundation, the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center's Arts and Humanities Program, and the Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation. Leventhal designed and currently teaches a pioneering dance-based elective course that is part of the Narrative Medicine curriculum at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. As a dancer, he performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2011, receiving international critical acclaim for principal roles in Mark Morris' most enduring works. Leventhal received a 2010 Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for his performing career with Mark Morris. He graduated from Brown University with honors in English Literature.


Erik Nisbet
Associate Professor, School of Communication, The Ohio State University
CPD Faculty Fellow

Erik Nisbet is an associate professor in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University. Broadly, his research interests focus on three substantive areas: public diplomacy and foreign policy, mostly in terms of American-Islamic relations; comparative democratization, primarily in the Middle East, Africa and Asia; science, health, and environmental communication, focusing on barriers to effective communication. His research agenda centers around three sets of theoretical questions exploring a) how contextual and individual factors interact to influence communication and processes of opinion formation and b) the relationship between social identity and/or value orientations, processes of communication, and consequences for public opinion c) framing effects and individual differences. He employs a range of quantitative methodologies, including survey research, experimental designs, content analysis and secondary data analysis.


Kjerstin Thorson
Associate Professor, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University, 

Kjerstin Thorson is an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations and the School of Journalism. Her research explores the role of digital and social media in promoting—or hindering—political engagement. This includes a focus on two interrelated areas of inquiry concerning (a) how digital and social media are changing existing practices of political participation—and how that participation is mobilized, particularly among youth; and (b) how, why and what kinds of political content spread through social media platforms, and the resulting effects of exposure. Recent research projects have investigated political uses of Facebook, the spread of climate change communication on social media, and the contributions of media use in shifting conceptions of politics among young adults.


Vivian Walker
Research Fellow, Central European University Center for Media, Data and Society
CPD Faculty Fellow

Vivian Walker is a Faculty Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy where she serves as Guest Editor for CPD Perspectives and is a Research Fellow at Central European University Center for Media, Data and Society in Budapest. She has served as Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College in Washington, DC.  She has also served as a professor of strategic and security studies at the National Defense College of the United Arab Emirates and a visiting professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. In her 26-year career with the State Department, she rose to the senior rank of Minister Counselor.  She twice served as a Deputy Chief of Mission (Croatia and Armenia), twice as an Office Director (Southeastern European Affairs and the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy for Europe), a Public Affairs Officer (Kazakhstan, with coverage of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan), a Cultural Affairs officer (Tunisia) and an Information Officer (Haiti). Other assignments include a two-year professorship in strategic studies at the National War College, a yearlong assignment as the State Department’s Regional Border Coordinator in Afghanistan, and a fellowship on the US Atlantic Council, where she led the first interagency discussion on public diplomacy in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks. Dr. Walker has published and lectured extensively on the practice of public diplomacy in complex information environments. She graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and earned her doctorate in English language and literature from the University of Chicago. She speaks French, Russian and Croatian. 


Jay Wang
Director, USC Center on Public Diplomacy
Associate Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

Jay Wang the director of the Center on Public Diplomacy and an associate professor of strategic communication and public diplomacy at University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He was formerly with the international consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he advised clients on matters of communication strategy and implementation across a variety of industries. He has published widely on the role of communication in the contemporary process of globalization, with an area focus on China, including Shaping China’s Global Imagination: Branding Nations at the World Expo; Soft Power in China: Public Diplomacy through Communication (editor), Foreign Advertising in China: Becoming Global, Becoming Local, and China’s Window on the World: TV News, Social Knowledge and International Spectacles (co-author). 


Rebecca Weintraub
Clinical Professor; Director, Master of Communication Management program, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
CPD Faculty Fellow

Rebecca Weintraub has spent more than twenty years in the field of communication, facilitation, change management and organizational behavior. Dr. Weintraub is a clinical associate professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She teaches strategic communication classes in the M.A. program and provides communication and facilitation consulting services to organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors.