Guy Golan is the Founder and Director of the Center for Media and Public Opinion. More recently, he was a tenured associate professor at the S.I. Newhouse School for Public Communications at Syracuse University. Golan is an expert in strategic communication campaign planning including message design and program evaluation. He authored several dozen peer reviewed journal articles focused on international political communications. He also co-edited International Media Communication in a Global Age (Routledge Publishing) and International Public Relations and Public Diplomacy: Communication and Engagement. Golan is a former political campaign professional who served as campaign manager, communication team member, research team member on several international election campaigns.
Kaye D. Sweetser (Ph.D, University of Florida) is an associate professor of public relations at San Diego State University in the School of Journalism & Media Studies. Her research focuses on politics as public relations campaigns. The majority of her work examines digital political public relations, and looks at various social media and online tools use in campaign and effect on the electorate. In addition to her work in academia, Dr. Sweetser is a senior officer commissioned in the Navy Reserve, where she serves as a public affairs officer.
David Frontera, Senior Consultant for Latin America, ith more than a decade’s worth of international consulting experience. David is an expert in the field of public affairs and strategic communications. A native speaker of Spanish and English with fluency in French, cross cultural background with experience communicating with high government officials and c-level executives, has developed and maintained relations with Latin America, Europe and the U.S., influencing public opinion. Frontera was a co-founder of Pulpo Media, a public relations online agency. Clients included government, corporate, and non-profit organizations from Mexico, Spain and the United States. He started his career as an economic development and international affairs advisor for the government of Puerto Rico
Hernando Rojas is the Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor of Journalism in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, affiliated with the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies program and Global Studies. His scholarship focuses on political communication, in particular examining: (a) the deployment of new communication technologies for social mobilization in a variety of contexts; (b) the influence of audience perceptions of media (and audience perceptions of media effects) on both public opinion and the structure of the public sphere; and (c) the conditions under which media support democratic governance.
Jasmine E. McNealy is an assistant professor in the Department of Telecommunication, in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, where she studies information, communication, and technology with a view toward influencing law and policy. Her research focuses on privacy, online media, and communities. She holds a PhD in Mass Communication with and emphasis in Media Law, and a J.D. from the University of Florida, and a Bachelors of Science in both Journalism and Afro-American studies from the University of Wisconsin.
Itai Himelboim is an associate professor of advertising and the director of the Social Media Engagement and Evaluation Suite in Grady College at the University of Georgia. Himelboim is an expert in network analysis and social media analytics. His research involves computer-mediated social networks and their implications for political communication, international communication and the news. He examines political discussions on online forums and the micro-blogging social media Twitter, as well as international networks, based on foreign news reporting and the flow of information technologies. The role of news media, traditional and online, in political communication is examined via their websites and their presence in social media spaces.
Meital Balmas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.She completed her Ph.D. and master’s degree at the Hebrew University. After completing her Ph.D. in 2012, she spent a year as a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Balmas-Cohen is the recipient of various awards for her achievements in research, including Research grant from the German Israeli Foundation (GIF) Young Scientist program and The Alon Fellowships for Outstanding Young Researchers on the behalf of The Israeli academy of science. Her research interests include political communication, political psychology and public opinion. Her work has been published in several scholarly journals including Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Party Politics, the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, and American academy for political and social sciences (ANNALS).
Joon Soo Lim is an assistant professor of public relations in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. His research focuses on public relations campaigns that leverage social and digital media. He examines key components of social media and blog-mediated public relations campaigns in achieving desired public relations and business outcomes. Lim is an expert in quantitative research, survey research, experimental design, structural equation modeling and advanced statistics.