Kathy R. Fitzpatrick is professor of public relations and senior associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Communications at American University in Washington, D.C. and a CPD Faculty Fellow. She is a senior public relations advisor, an attorney, and an internationally-recognized scholar whose research focuses on U.S. public diplomacy and legal and ethical issues in public relations. Her recent books include The Future of U.S. Public Diplomacy: An Uncertain Fate (Brill, 2009) and Ethics in Public Relations: Responsible Advocacy (Sage, 2006).
Fitzpatrick is the co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Book Series on Global Public Diplomacy and serves on the international advisory board of PD Magazine. She frequently speaks at industry and professional forums and serves on the editorial review boards of Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Communications Quarterly, and the Journal of Mass Media Ethics. She is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society and a former head of the Educators Academy of the Public Relations Society of America.
Fitzpatrick received her juris doctor degree from Southern Methodist University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in journalism from West Virginia University.
Fitzpatrick's research project for the Center is titled 'U.S. Public Diplomacy's Neglected Mandate – Advancing Mutual Understanding.'
May 2019 - Public Diplomacy in the 2020s.
October 2011 - U.S. Public Diplomacy in a Post-9/11 World: From Messaging to Mutuality CPD Perspectives on Public Diplomacy, Paper 6.
October 2010 - U.S. Public Diplomacy's Neglected Domestic Mandate CPD Perspectives on Public Diplomacy, Paper 3.
In The News:
Expanding the CPD Faculty Fellows Program, May 2017.
What's "In the Works" for Kathy Fitzpatrick? June 2, 2016.
The Center on Public Diplomacy Announces 2009-2011 CPD Research Fellows, October 1, 2009.