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

Research Fellow

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].




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 Vice President in Advocacy at the USC Graduate Student Government, a founder and a President of the USC International Graduate Students and a President of the USC Annenberg Graduate Student Representatives.


Beth Carter

Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Beth Carter is an MSc candidate in the USC Global Communication program. Home for Beth is DTLA by way of Salt Lake City, and her previous work includes roles in media, such as brand strategist at 72andSunny and contributing reporter and writer for The common thread in these past lives is the close study of the changing media landscape as it pertains to technology, culture, and storytelling. She hopes to study how the public and private sectors are working together to achieve social goals, women’s leadership and marketplace activism. She currently works as a narrative consultant for startups in the area.


Sam Ribakoff

Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Sam Ribakoff is a graduate student in the USC Specialized Journalism program that focuses on science video journalism. Sam’s past experience is diverse and wide-ranging: he has been a radio DJ, an industrial video maker, a high school English teacher, and a freelance music journalist.



Diana Kruzman

Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Diana Kruzman is a junior studying print and digital journalism and Middle East studies at USC, with a minor in Psychology and Law. Diana has worked at CCLP since her first semester freshman year. Diana is also the managing editor of the Daily Trojan, USC’s student newspaper. Diana hopes to work as a journalist after graduation, and she is particularly interested in reporting on crime, international affairs and social issues. She would love to work as a foreign correspondent, especially in areas of interest like Russia, Latin America and the Middle East.


Rachel Chiu

Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Rachel Chiu is a rising USC junior studying Political Science and Communication. She has interned at SCN Strategies, California’s premier Democratic consulting firm, the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate campaign. Rachel has also worked as a political journalist for Annenberg Media, covering events at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions and leading up to the presidential election. She currently serves as the Communications Director at the Millennial Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing political apathy among young Americans.


Sarah Collins

Geoffrey Cowan Scholar

Sarah Collins, a recent USC graduate with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science, has been a scholar for three years. At CCLP, Sarah supports research for Director Geoffrey Cowan’s new book on the transition from silent films to talkies. Sarah was a member of USC’s Thematic Option honors program and 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 recently graduated from USC with a degree 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.