Amelia Arsenault is an assistant professor of communication at Georgia State University. Her scholarly interests center on how different international and domestic actors have attempted to leverage the changing dynamics of communication networks, and the ramifications of those activities for international relations, political and social power relationships, and north/south inequality. In this capacity, she has conducted research on global media ownership, the impact of international media assistance in the evolution of southern African communications, network theory, new media, and public diplomacy. Her current research projects include: an analysis of the techniques used by transnational “information warriors” on the web and a longitudinal investigation of the activities of international actors in the communications sector in southern Africa. She is also the co-editor (with R.S. Zaharna and Ali Fischer) of the forthcoming book The Connective Mindshift: Relational, Networking and Collaborative Approaches to Public Diplomacy (forthcoming, 2013 Routledge). Her previous scholarly work has appeared in edited volumes and journals such as the International Journal of Communication, International Sociology, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and Information, Communication, and Society.
In complement to her academic research--through her affiliation with the Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School--Arsenault remains actively engaged with the community of practitioners and policy makers involved in strategic communications, public diplomacy, and media development activities around the world. In this capacity, she has authored several commissioned reports and organized conferences on pressing issues facing international communication including the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Milton Wolf Seminar on Media Diplomacy in Vienna, Austria, and Evaluating the Impact of Media Interventions in Conflict Countries Workshop in Caux, Switzerland.
Before joining the faculty at GSU, Arsenault spent two years serving as a George Gerbner Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School. She received her PhD in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. While at USC she also served as the Wallis Annenberg Graduate Fellow to Manuel Castells and as a Research Associate at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. She also holds a B.A. in Film and History from Dartmouth College and an MSc in Global Media and Communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to beginning her academic career, she served as the film coordinator for the Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust, a non-profit arts and culture organization dedicated to promoting visual literacy in Zimbabwe.
Arsenault's research project for the Center is titled, Building linkages online: An assessment of U.S. public diplomacy 2.0 efforts in southern Africa.