Past Visiting Scholar, Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Public Diplomacy, 2008
Potter came to USC from the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa. He was a visiting professor at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, where he served as the Canadian Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Public Diplomacy for 2008.
With expertise in public sector communications planning, political communication, public opinion, and international communications, Potter's research focused on the projection of Canada's image in the international arena and the use of communications technologies in diplomacy.
Potter is author of the book Transatlantic Partners: Canadian Approaches to the European Union (1999) and editor of several books including Cyberdiplomacy: Foreign Policy in the 21st Century (2002). He has just completed a book entitled Branding Canada: Projecting Canada's Soft Power Through Public Diplomacy. With the support of a research award from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Potter examined the use of culture and higher education as instruments of public diplomacy in Canada's Circumpolar relations with the United States, Russia, and the Nordic nations.
Potter received his B.A. in political studies at Queen's University at Kingston, his M.A. in international affairs at The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and his Ph.D in international relations at the London School of Economics in the U.K.