MA in Global Communications Faculty

The professors were there 100 percent all of the time no matter what you needed, I was so impressed by their ability to be there for their students.

Suzanne Barker Alumna '11

The greatest academic strength of AUP’s graduate programs is the vibrant nexus between teaching and research. The typical twenty-student classroom encourages extraordinary intellectual interactivity between faculty and students, an exchange reinforced by our proactive student advising system. In addition to animated exchange between faculty and students in the classroom, professors forge close mentorships and bonds with the graduate cohort. This exceptional relationship between faculty and students and its positive impact on teaching received a special commendation from the Middle States Association in their 2010 Accreditation Report.

The faculty of the Global Communications Department represent the variety of modern communications with combined professional experience gained within the worlds of journalism, public relations, art, interpretation and academia. Their research and expertise translate each year into a number of peer-reviewed articles, books, media engagements and conference appearances.

Faculty Highlights


Robert Payne

‘Je suis Charlie’: Viral circulation and the ambivalence of affective citizenship, International Journal of Cultural Studies, October 2016

In the Media

Waddick Doyle

Lyon: Satirical puppet Guignol takes on French election, Al Jazeera, April 2017


Hannah Westley

Reading the Self in Selfies, Comparative Critical Studies, 2017

In the Media

Jim Bitterman

US Climate Scientists Move to France to Work, CNN, January 2018


Youna Kim

Routledge Handbook of Korean Culture and Society

Selected Publications

Doyle, W. (2016) 'The Rise of Populist Brands and the Narrative of Exclusion: Berlusconi, Trump, and Sarkosy'. Presented at The Crossroads Conference, Sydney, 14 December 2016

Elder, T. (2016) Organizer 'Communications for Development Seminar'. Paris, 11-12 November 2016

Dutta, S. and Fraser, M. (2008) Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom: How Online Social Networking Will Transform Your Life, Work and World. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Grigorenko, T. Beyond the Barrier of Sound and Soon, of Light (2016) [Exhibition]. AKA Artist-Run Gallery. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. September 16 - October 22 2016

Harsin, J. (2018) #Nuit Debout Social Movement: Politics and Everynight Life. International Journal of Communication, vol.13 (forthcoming)

McGuinness, J. (2016) An Alternative Digital Discourse from Morocco, 2010-2011. In Tarik Sabry and Layal Ftouni (Eds.), Arab Subcultures: Transformations in Theory and Practice. London: I.B. Tauris

Payne, R. (2015) The Promiscuity of Network Culture: Queer theory and Digital Media. London and New York: Routledge

Shields, C. (2010) 'Mastering French Cuisine, Espousing French Identity: The Transformation Narratives of American Wives of Frenchmen'. In The Anthropology of Food, No.7, December 2010 

Stojanov, G. (2012) Computational Models of Creativity: Taking Early Cognitive Development Seriously. In Indurkhya, B. and Manjalay, J. (Eds.) Cognition, Experience and Creativity. Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd.

Your Faculty

Yudhishthir Raj Isar

Faculty Spotlight

Cultures all over the world are deeply affected by globalization in ways that are still inadequately documented

Madeleine Czigler

Faculty Spotlight

Documentaries I produced on designers such as Alexander McQueen and Valentino are valuable classroom tools

  • Madeleine Czigler

    Associate Professor

  • Waddick Doyle

    Associate Professor

  • Tanya Elder

    Assistant Professor

  • Matthew Fraser

    Associate Professor

  • Tatiana Grigorenko

    Assistant Professor

  • Jayson Harsin

    Associate Professor

  • Jurgen Hecker


  • Youna Kim


  • Justin Mcguinness

    Associate Professor

  • Robert Payne

    Associate Professor, Program Director MA Global Communications

  • Cecile Poignant


  • Christy Shields

    Assistant Professor

  • Renate Stauss

    Assistant Professor

  • Georgi Stojanov


  • Charles Talcott

    Associate Professor, Department Chair

  • Hannah Westley

    Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator for Journalism