Geoffrey Cowan


Geoffrey Cowan is a University Professor at the University of Southern California, where he holds the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership and directs the Annenberg School’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy. From 2010-2016, he was the founding President of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. From 1996-2007, Cowan served as dean of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism… [read more]


Adam-Clayton-Powell-IIIAdam Clayton Powell III

Director of Washington Programs

Adam Clayton Powell III is the Director of Washington Programs for CCLP, which includes public forums on subjects ranging from public service and online media to the future of journalism. He also leads CCLP’s new initiative on mobile phones as a platform for public service.



Danielle Balderas

Program Assistant

Danielle Balderas just received her Master’s in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied women’s and gender history, politics, and social movements. Before going to graduate school Danielle worked as a journalist at Independent Voter Network covering the 2014 elections…[read more].



Anna Blue

2017-2018 Junior Fellow

Anna Blue, a native of Washington, DC, is the 2017-2018 Junior Fellow. She recently graduated from Stanford University with interdisciplinary honors after completing her honors thesis on religious violence in Mexico with the Stanford Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law… [read more].


Susan Goelz

Office Manager and Budget/Business Analyst

Susan Crookston Goelz is CCLP’s program assistant/office manager. She is the Center’s primary administrative staff member, responsible for budget administration, event coordination, office management and payroll administration, among other duties… [read more].



Geoffrey Cowan Scholars


Sarah Collins

Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Now a senior, Sarah Collins has been a Cowan Scholar since her sophomore year. She is double majoring in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science, and is a member of USC’s Thematic Option honors program. Sarah spends her free time learning vocal jazz at USC Thornton and reminiscing about her study abroad experience in Madrid. She has written for Ms. Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Wrap and The Tab.


Kate Guarino

Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Kate Guarino is a politics and policy researcher who has worked with CCLP for the past three years. She is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism and has previously written for the Voice of America, The Orange County Register and NBC News in addition to numerous campus publications.



Jung-hwa “Judy” Kang

Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Judy Kang is a public diplomat, researcher, art exhibit coordinator and representative of graduate students at the University of Southern California (USC). As a Geoffrey Cowan Scholar, Judy is pursuing a Master of Public Diplomacy from USC where she is a Director of Operations at the USC Graduate Student Government, a founder and a President of the USC International Graduate Students and a Vice President of the USC Annenberg Graduate Student Representatives.


Michael Arda Karakash

Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Michael Arda Karakash is a graduate student in the Master of Public Diplomacy program at USC. He received his B.A in Literary Journalism with a minor in African-American Studies from UC Irvine and also studied International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.As a Geoffrey Cowan Scholar at USC Annenberg’s CCLP, his research focuses on the intersection of politics & technology, immigration from Latin America and the Middle East, as well as LGBT diplomacy.


Research Assistants and Aids


Catalina Gutierrez

Research Assistant

Catalina Gutierrez is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Communication and minoring in Communication Design at the USC Annenberg School. With her passion and work experience in the areas of social entrepreneurship and digital marketing, Catalina helps research the Center’s projects related to fostering entrepreneurial ventures at USC.



Kate June 

Global Research Fellow

Kate June is a Global Research Fellow at USC Annenberg’s CCLP. She is currently pursing a joint M.Sc/M.A. in Global Media & Communications through the London School of Economics (LSE) and USC. She earned a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in French from UCLA. She comes from a background of marketing, sales and social media experience. While studying in London, she worked as a social media assistant for POLIS LSE and an editorial assistant for ditto tv. Her interests include the Internet of Things, cyber security, and strategic sports communication.


Diana Kruzman

Research Assistant

Diana Kruzman is a sophomore double-majoring in Print and Digital Journalism and Middle East Studies at USC. She is an Annenberg Scholar, a news editor at USC’s daily student newspaper The Daily Trojan, and a student researcher at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy. Diana’s interests lie in foreign reporting and longform journalism.