PD 101: The First Three Feet

Whether you're new to the field of public diplomacy or you're a current scholar or practitioner hoping to brush up on the basics, check out the following roundup of resources to guide your learning. You can always start with: What is Public Diplomacy?, but with career advice from practitioners, to books, articles and growth opportunities, we've got you covered. 

Career Advice

General Resources

  • PD Hub. This virtual classroom offers a fully searchable online library of PD scholarship and resources including books and articles as well as speeches, multimedia stories and CPD Blogs.
  • Must-Reads in Public Diplomacy. Known affectionately at CPD as "Bruce's List," this list is a compilation of books, journal articles, papers and blogs on a variety of PD topics and features a number of CPD scholars. 
  • Public Diplomacy Magazine. Published by a team of MPD students and co-sponsored by CPD, this publication features articles from a variety of experts in accordance with the issue's theme.
  • The Public Diplocast. Hosted by Madison Jones (MPD '18), this podcast series features long-form interviews with public diplomacy scholars and thought-leaders covering PD basics as well as current issues in the field.
  • The Women in Diplomacy Podcast. Gain career advice and expert insight from women at the top of their fields in this new podcast from alumna Kelsey Suemnicht (MPD '13).

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Future Learning

  • USC Master of Public Diplomacy Program. The program, which is offered by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, prepares students for the global workforce through academic research and field experience.
  • CPD Research Fellowship Program. Selected from a competitive pool of international applicants by a review committee, each CPD Research Fellow oversees a substantive research project that will yield at least two outputs, including one publication for the CPD Perspectives on Public Diplomacy series.
  • CPD Doctoral Dissertation Grant. Each year, a review committee at CPD selects doctoral students with particularly promising dissertation topics in the area of public diplomacy to receive grants of $2,500 in support of their doctoral research. 
  • CPD Mini-Course in Public Diplomacy. A three-day intensive public diplomacy training course for those who need a short-term refresher.
  • CPD Summer InstituteThe CPD Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy is a rigorous, multi-disciplinary two-week training program in Los Angeles that offers classroom instruction and solution-driven collaboration with international colleagues and faculty.

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