Technology & Trafficking Team

Geoffrey Cowan


Geoffrey CowanGeoffrey Cowan is director of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) and the president of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. He is a member of the faculty at the University of Southern California, where he is one of 21 distinguished scholars to hold the rank of University Professor and serves on the faculties of both the USC Gould School of Law and the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

From 1996-2007, Cowan served as dean of the USC Annenberg School. Prior to USC, he served in the Clinton administration as director of the Voice of America. He has been a Presidential appointee on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting board of directors and chaired the commission that drafted the ethics code for the City of Los Angeles. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Cowan chairs the California HealthCare Foundation board of directors and serves on the boards of Common Sense Media, Human Rights Watch and the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation.

Jeremy Curtin

Senior Fellow

Jeremy CurtinJeremy Curtin has been named a senior fellow at the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy at USC Annenberg.[/caption]Dr. Jeremy Curtin is a Senior Fellow at CCLP. He retired from the State Department in 2009 after a 34-year career as a Foreign Service Officer serving Europe and East Asia. From 2005 through 2009, he was responsible for the Department’s global information outreach programs, applying technology to support U.S. foreign policy and public diplomacy goals. At the time of his retirement, he was the most senior career public diplomacy officer in the State Department.

Mark Latonero

Research Director

Mark LatoneroDr. Mark Latonero is CCLP Research Director, where he investigates the impact of media and technology on human rights, social change and global affairs. Mark previously served as Research Scholar at the London School of Economics and has worked to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines. Mark received his PhD from the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

Erin Kamler

Research Associate

Erin KamlerErin Kamler is a CCLP Research Associate and USC Annenberg doctoral student. Erin has conducted research at the Development Education Programme for Daughters and Communities, an NGO in Northern Thailand dedicated to preventing child trafficking. An award-winning playwright and composer, Erin earned a master’s degree in Public Diplomacy from USC 2010.



USC Graduate Research Team

  • Zhaleh Boyd
  • Michelle Burton
  • Ashley Hernandez
  • John Hrabe
  • Lauren Schultz
  • Reagan Smith
  • John Wie