of the International Studies Association
The International Communication Distinguished Scholar Award is presented on an annual basis at the International Studies Association Annual Meeting to a scholar whose work has made a substantial impact in the area of International Communication in the context of international studies. The 2018 winner of the Distinguished Scholar Award is Professor R.S. Zaharna.
Selected by the Executive Committee from a pool of nominations made by ICOMM section members, the 2018 ICOMM Distinguished Scholar Award winner is Professor R.S. Zaharna. The committee recognizes Dr. Zaharna for her notable contributions to the scholarship, pedagogy, and practice of public diplomacy and strategic communications and for her dedicated service to the ISA. Dr. Zaharna is a Professor and Director of the International Media program in the School of Communication, American University, Washington. Her academic works include: Battles to Bridges: U.S. Strategic Communication and Public Diplomacy after 9/11 (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010; 2014), The Connective Mindshift: Relational, Networked and Collaborative Approaches to Public Diplomacy (co-edited with Amelia Arsenault and Ali Fisher; Routledge, 2013) and The Cultural Awakening in Public Diplomacy (Figueroa Press, 2012). She has also been a leader in forging relationships between international communication academics and practitioners; she has testified before the U.S. Congress on multiple occasions and has addressed diplomatic and academic forums on public diplomacy. Dr. Zaharna has been particularly active in promoting junior and emerging scholars in public diplomacy. She created the annual “Emerging Scholars in Public Diplomacy” at the International Studies Association to showcase the research of PhD students from around the world. In 2018, Dr. Zaharna received the Outstanding Doctoral Mentoring award at American University. ICOMM will host a panel honoring her work on April 5, 2018 from 4.00 – 5.45pm and at the ISA ICOMM Business Meeting and Reception at 7pm.
The 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award winner, selected through a vote of the Executive Committee, was Laura Roselle, Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies at Elon University, in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of International Communication research and to the ISA. Professor Roselle was honored in the 2017 ICOMM Distinguished Scholar Panel for her exceptional academic record in groundbreaking work on strategic narratives, in the best tradition of combining communication and International Relations scholarship. Her work has raised the visibility of the International communication field. She has also demonstrated significant service, through her editorship of the journal Media, War and Conflict, and as an editor of the Routledge book series “Global Information, Politics, and Society.”