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Nick Cull

Professor of Public Diplomacy, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California

Nick Cull is professor of public diplomacy at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, where he is the founding director of the Master's program in Public Diplomacy.

A historian by training, he has written widely on issues of media and communication in foreign policy, including studies of British propaganda in World War Two and US propaganda and public diplomacy in the Cold War and after. His next book: Public Diplomacy: Foundations for Global Engagement in the Digital Age will be published by Polity in the March 2019.

Nick is a regular guest speaker at diplomatic academies around the world including the Foreign Service Institute of the United States, and has worked as a consultant on public and media diplomacy issues for foreign ministries including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Japan Foundation and Internet Corporation on Assigned Names and Numbers.

His projects while at the Reuters Institute include work on a history of the media and public diplomacy aspects of the struggle against Apartheid.  He is also working on the role of public diplomacy as a mechanism of media development in an era of 'fake news.' He is president of the International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST) and co-editor of the journal Place Branding and Public Diplomacy. He is originally from the UK and is married with three school-age sons.