Bio

  • Ph.D., International Relations, magna cum laude, School of International Service, The American University, Washington, D.C.
  • B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, Clemson University, South Carolina
  • Book translations in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Japanese, Korean, and Portuguese
  • Alumna, Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program, United States Information Agency and U.S. Department of State
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
  • Adjunct Professor of Public Diplomacy, USC Annenberg School, 2002-2012
  • Senior Research Fellow, USC Center on Public Diplomacy, 2003-2008
  • Visiting Professor of Public Diplomacy, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, 2011
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Public Diplomacy, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, 2008-2010
  • Visiting Professor of Public Diplomacy and Senior Research Scholar, Tsinghua University School of Journalism and Communication, 2007

Nancy Snow (Ph.D., International Relations) is Pax Mundi (“Distinguished”) Professor of Public Diplomacy at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies in Japan. She is also Adjunct Fellow in the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies at Temple University Japan.  In spring 2020 she held the Walt Disney Faculty Chair in Global Media at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University.  She lives in Japan and the United States. Snow’s latest books are The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda (with Paul Baines and Nicholas O’Shaughnessy) and the second edition Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy with Nicholas J. Cull.

From 2013-2015, Snow was an Abe Fellow with the Social Science Research Council. The Abe Fellowship included a Visiting Research Professor affiliation with Keio University’s Institute for Journalism, Media & Communication Studies. Her 2016 book, Japan’s Information War, is based on her Abe research. Bunshindo will publish a Japanese version in 2020 with a foreword by Nobuko Sasae of The Nobuko Forum.

Dr. Snow is Professor Emeritus of Communications, California State University, Fullerton. Before her appointment to CSUF, Snow served as Associate Director of the Center for Communications and Community, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a research and training organization that focused on improving media coverage of diverse neighborhoods and cities through media relations training.  Snow also served as a faculty associate to the UCLA Center for Experiential Education and Service Learning and taught a summer course, “Media and Social Change,” in the Department of Sociology.

Until her move to Japan and emeritus retirement from Cal State Fullerton, Snow taught special topics courses for ten years at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. While at USC, Snow was hired as an expert faculty consultant by Dean Geoffrey Cowan to establish the Center on Public Diplomacy and the first Master in Public Diplomacy degree program in the United States. In that capacity, she became the first senior research fellow at the Center. Snow spent two years as a Visiting Associate Professor of Public Diplomacy (2008-2010) at the S.I. Newhouse School where she taught in the joint degree (Newhouse/Maxwell) Masters in Public Diplomacy program.

Dr. Snow is an alumna of the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program at the United States Information Agency and U.S. Department of State.

California State University, Fullerton named Snow one of the three most quoted “media stars” among the 900 full-time faculty.  She was voted the “most enthusiastic and engaging professor” while Assistant Professor of Political Science at New England College, where she also received membership in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. While there, she served three years as Executive Director for Common Cause in New Hampshire, a nonpartisan citizens’ advocacy organization that lobbies for greater accountability and ethics in government.

Snow received her Ph.D. in International Relations (magna cum laude) from the School of International Service, The American University, Washington, D.C. Her doctoral dissertation, “Fulbright Scholars as Cultural Mediators,” earned an honorary “fourth best” dissertation by the Speech Communication Association (now National Communication Association), Division of International and Intercultural Communication. She earned a B.A. in Political Science (summa cum laude) from Clemson University, South Carolina.

Snow studied graduate German politics and history at the University of California, Berkeley as a Fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service. A Fulbright scholar to Germany, she completed graduate study in German and Political Science at the universities of Regensburg, Bayreuth, and Freiburg.

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