[Air-L] PhD in Communication @ American University (now with data science!)

Deen Freelon 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.
Assistant Professor
American University School of Communication
Office: McKinley 325
dfreelon at gmail.com

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