Dr. Nancy Snow is Professor Emeritus of Communications at California State University, Fullerton. In AY 2022/2023, she was Distinguished Visiting Faculty and Advisor in the Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University. In spring 2020, Dr. Snow held the Walt Disney Endowed Chair in Global Media at Schwarzman College.
Snow is a foundational faculty who helped advance public diplomacy in curriculum and practice at two flagship graduate programs, University of Southern California Annenberg School and Syracuse University Newhouse School. More recently she served as the first full-time public diplomacy professor in Japan with the title of Pax Mundi (“World Peace”) Distinguished Professor of Public Diplomacy at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. She remains a strong advocate for person-to-person exchanges as a three-time Fulbright award recipient and Social Science Research Council Abe Fellow.
Snow is an Advisor to the OIST Foundation and serves on the editorial advising boards of the Journal of Public Diplomacy (South Korea), Public Diplomacy Magazine (USC), and the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence journal, Defence Strategic Communications (Latvia). She is Strategic Communications Director at the International Security Industry Council of Japan, a think tank on defense, security, and national interest issues.
Dr. Snow held faculty teaching appointments at the top-ranked Newhouse School at Syracuse University and Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. She received her doctorate in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service in Washington, D.C., ranked as a Top-10 IR program in the world.
Snow is an alumna of the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program where she was a specialist in cultural affairs and international exchange at the U.S. Information Agency, a refugee and migration analyst, and a Capitol Hill liaison, at the U.S. Department of State.
Snow was a Visiting Research Professor with the Institute for Journalism, Media and Communication Studies at Keio University, where she also affiliated as a Social Science Research Council Abe Fellow. Visiting senior professorships include The Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy in Israel (Reichman University/IDC-Herzliya), Japan (Keio, Sophia), Malaysia (UiTM), and China (Tsinghua School of Journalism and Communication), along with teaching in the top two U.S. flagship institutions in graduate-level public diplomacy, USC and Syracuse.
Snow has published fifteen books, most recently The Mystery of Japan’s Information Power (Bunshindo, 2022); two 2020 imprints, Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy second edition with Nicholas Cull, and the late great Philip M. Taylor of the University of Leeds, with whom she co-edited the first edition of the Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy. Snow also co-edited The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda with Paul Baines and Nicholas O’Shaughnessy. In addition, her work is available in nine other translations.
Snow is co-author with Garth Jowett of the 8th edition of the SAGE publication, Propaganda and Persuasion (in process, 2024). She is under contract with the Naval Institute Press to write a book, Battleship Diplomat, about the Mediterranean Cruise Greece, Italy, Algiers and Morocco, a successful reestablishment of the U.S. Navy’s presence in what would soon become the “Cold War” home waters of the Sixth Fleet.