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Craig Hayden

Sr Adjunct Professorial Lecturer
School of International Service
American University
United States of America


Dr. Craig Hayden is an assistant professor in the International Communication Program at American University’s School of International Service. His current research focuses on the discourse of public diplomacy, the rhetoric of foreign policy related to media technologies, as well as the impact of global media and media convergence on international relations. He is particularly interested in the comparative study of public diplomacy and media culture as a pivotal resource for international relations, as well as the impact of communication technology on international influence. His current book project, "Diplomatic Convergence: Information Technologies and US Public Diplomacy" explores the transformative potential of digital media technology on the practices and discourses of public diplomacy. The study draws on both media and diplomatic theory to address technology-driven challenges to public diplomacy as an institution of diplomatic practice. Dr. Hayden received his Ph.D. from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California. He is also the author of "The Rhetoric of Soft Power: Public Diplomacy in Global Contexts" (Lexington Books, 2012).

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Dr. Hayden's research focuses the role of public argument in public diplomacy policies, the rhetoric of communication and media-based foreign policy, and the impact of global media and media convergence on international relations.

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