[Air-L] PhD in Communication @ American University (now with data science!)
dfreelon at gmail.com
Mon Nov 10 17:22:25 PST 2014
Hi all--our PhD program is looking for new students interested in
digital media, society, politics, and policy. I personally invite folks
interested in data science and computational approaches to apply, and
we're also hiring a new faculty member in that area to start next year
(among several other new hires). Come study with us!
PhD in Communication @ American University
The Doctor of Philosophy program in Communication offers a rigorous and
fast-paced course of study designed for scholars who want to apply
theory to practice. Grounded in the university’s longstanding commitment
to public service, the program draws on the rich interdisciplinary
resources of the university to focus on 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, politics, and
business. The program was launched in 2011 and produced its first three
graduates in spring 2014, all of whom hold tenure-track university
Innovative, three-year design
The program’s innovative design provides an accelerated full-time
curriculum enabling students entering with a master’s degree to complete
the doctorate in three years. The program accepts five students each
year with full funding, including a research stipend and free tuition.
Students receive year-round supervision and mentoring via formal course
work, organized research group meetings, and online collaboration. Each
student works closely with a faculty advisor to create an individualized
program of electives organized around one of the following thematic
• Media, Public Issues, and Engagement
• Media Industries and Institutions
• Media, Technology, and Culture
Graduates of the PhD program are qualified for tenure-track faculty
positions at institutions of higher education in Communication, Media
Studies, and related fields. The program also equips graduates for
advanced positions at media organizations, government agencies,
foundations, non-profits, and industry.
For more information, visit
or contact PhD program director Kathryn Montgomery at kcm at american.edu.
If you're interested specifically in studying data science or
computational methods, contact Deen Freelon at freelon at american.edu.
Deen Freelon, Ph.D.
American University School of Communication
Office: McKinley 325
dfreelon at gmail.com
More information about the Air-L