Faculty fellow Philip Seib named USC Annenberg Vice Dean

Phillip Seib

Faculty fellow Philip Seib has been named the Vice Dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, effective July 1. In addition to his role as a Professor of Journalism and Public Diplomacy and a Professor of International Relations, he also served as director of USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy.

Seib will use his 30 years of interdisciplinary teaching and research experience to develop more collaborations at Annenberg.

“Among my goals is to make sure that there is more common ground shared by the School of Communication and School of Journalism – that there is a real USC Annenberg presence,” said Seib in Annenberg’s announcement. “We have a lot of talent, and sometimes people are hesitant to cross lines between the two schools. I’m going to encourage people to do more of that crossing of lines.”

Seib has researched the effects of news coverage on foreign policy, studying issues related to conflict and terrorism. His published books include The Al Jazeera Effect, Headline Diplomacy: How News Coverage Affects Foreign Policy, and New Media and the Middle East.

“I look forward to working with Phil in his new role,” said USC Annenberg Dean Ernest J. Wilson III. “I have already come to rely on Phil’s good judgment and superior leadership and management skills as part of his past roles here.”