2018-2020 Research Fellowship Awarded

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy is pleased to introduce its new CPD Research Fellows for 2018-2020: Martin Edwards, Jennifer Hubbert and Ian Thomas (pictured above from left to right).

Screened by an independent faculty review committee and selected from a competitive pool of international applicants, Edwards, Hubbert and Thomas will each oversee a substantive research project that will yield at least two outputs, including a publication for the Center’s publication series, CPD Perspectives on Public Diplomacy, during their two-year term. 

About the 2018-2020 CPD Research Fellows

Martin Edwards is an associate professor of diplomacy in the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, where he teaches classes on International Organizations and Research Methods and currently serves as an Associate Editor for International Studies Quarterly. Additionally, his research on the International Monetary Fund has been supported by the National Science Foundation, and he has been a Fulbright visiting research chair in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Edwards' CPD research project, "Twitter Diplomacy and IMF Surveillance - Social Media, Information Dissemination, and the Challenge of Policy Leverage" will seek to understand the level to which surveillance is incorporated into the IMF's digital diplomacy, and whether the IMF's digital diplomacy about surveillance leads to greater information dissemination. 

Jennifer Hubbert is an associate professor of anthropology and Asian studies and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Her research in the intellectual field of public culture encompasses the theoretical intersections and implications of governance, political economy and nation building. Hubbert's CPD research project, "Rescaling Public Diplomacy: Sister Cities and the Shifting Landscapes of International Relations" will investigate the growing practice of city-to-city diplomacy by examining the paradiplomatic engagements of the Sister Cities International program. The project seeks to analyze Sister Cities’ diverse forms of diplomacy for what they reveal about the broader differences between city-to-city and nation-to-nation diplomacy in terms of the questions addressed, the projects pursued, the stakeholders involved and the assessment of outcomes.

Ian Thomas is the current global Head of Evaluation, Arts for the British Council, leading on the evaluation and research of the British Council’s global arts programs particularly looking at the evidence base around arts, cultural relations and soft power. Thomas' CPD research project, "Developing an Evaluation Toolbox for Cultural Relations: Evaluating the British Council’s Arts Showcasing Programs Contribution Toward Developing Cultural Relations and Delivering UK Soft Power Outcomes," will use qualitative emerging evaluation approaches to explore research questions through a cultural lens for evaluating the British Council’s arts showcasing portfolio over the past five years.

About the CPD Research Fellowship Program

In August 2009, the Center launched the research fellowship program. Designed to support and publicize the work of scholars and practitioners of public diplomacy, each year, the Center selects three non-resident fellows, each serving a two-year term.

For a full list of current CPD Research Fellows, click here.

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