Nicholas J. Cull is Professor of Public Diplomacy and Director of the Master’s Program in Public Diplomacy at USC. His research and teaching interests are inter-disciplinary, and focus on the role of public engagement in foreign policy. He is the author of The Cold War and the United States Information Agency: American Propaganda and Public Diplomacy, 1945-1989 (Cambridge, 2008) and The Decline and Fall of the United States Information Agency: American Public Diplomacy, 1989-2001 (Palgrave, 2001). His first book was Selling War (Oxford, 1995), a study of British information work in the United States before Pearl Harbor. He has published numerous articles on the theme of public diplomacy and media history.
Nick Cull has lectured widely around the world, frequently as a guest of diplomatic academies or foreign ministries/public diplomacy agencies including those of the UK, Canada, India, Korea, Mexico, South Africa and Switzerland. He is a regular guest speaker at the Foreign Service Institute of the United States and the Center for Executive Education at the US Naval Postgraduate School. He is an active film historian who has been part of the movement to include film and other media within the mainstream of historical sources. His film work includes (with James Chapman) Projecting Empire: Imperialism and Popular Cinema (I. B. Tauris, 2009) and Projecting Tomorrow: Science Fiction and Popular Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2013).
He took both his BA and PhD at the University of Leeds. While a graduate student he studied at Princeton in the U.S. as a Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York. From 1997 to 2005 he was Professor of American Studies and Director of the Centre for American Studies in the Department of History at Leicester. He is President of the International Association for Media and History and a member of the Public Diplomacy Council.
The Long Road to Public Diplomacy 2.0: The Internet in US Public Diplomacy. International Studies Review. 15(1), 123–139. March, 2013.
The End Of The Hillary Clinton Era in US Public Diplomacy. Place Branding and Public Diplomacy. Palgrave Macmillian. 9(1), 1-4. February, 2013.
Co-Author with James Chapman. Projecting Tomorrow: Science Fiction and Popular Cinema. New York, NY: I. B. Tauris., 2013.
The Decline and Fall of the United States Information Agency: American Public Diplomacy, 1989-2001. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
In The News:
February 20, 2013 - The Decline and Fall of USIA a Review by Mark Dillen
February 4, 2013 - Nicholas Cull Quoted in Washington Post Article on Afghan Youth Orchestra
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