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Cornelius B. Pratt

Humanities and Arts
American University of Nigeria


Cornelius Pratt joins AUN from the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University, in Philadelphia, USA, where he has been a professor since 2006. He was on the faculty at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, from 1991 to 2002, the last eight years as professor. His research focuses on communication for national and regional development, particularly in emerging economies; international and strategic communication (public relations); and crisis communication. He has been cited as one of 18 “dominant scholars . . . in crisis research” worldwide, in a study titled “Has Crisis Communication Been Studied Using an Interdisciplinary Approach? A 20-Year Content Analysis of Communication Journals,” International Journal of Strategic Communication, 8 (2014), pp. 29-44. He is accredited in public relations by the Public Relations Society of America, New York City. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities.

Research Interest

Communication and development; Strategic communication


  • “Pakistani Government-News Media Relationships: How Relevant are Western Journalistic Values?” Journalism Studies, 18(1), 2017, pp. 65-85.

  • “Theoretical Approaches to Normativity in Communication Research,” Communication Theory, 27(2), 2017, pp. 176-201.

  • “Grounding Civic Engagement in Strategic Communication for China’s Public-Health Programs: Air-Quality Campaigns as a Case Study. Public Relations Review, 43(2), 2017, pp. 461-467.

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