Areas of Expertise
- Communication for development
- Media historical research
- International media
- Political communication
David’s 30-year career at Ohio University took him in many directions—as a full-time faculty member, as Associate Director of the school, as a founding faculty member of the Global Learning Community (now the Global Leadership Center), as Director of the master’s program in Communication and Development Studies, and finally (2005-2010) as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies of the Scripps College of Communication. His research interests and publications are in film and media history and post-Soviet media.
For the past 16 years, he has worked as an international media trainer and consultant, mostly in Central and Southeast Asia, for UNESCO, USAID, UNICEF, IREX, USIS, Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) and Open Society Institute. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Kyrgyzstan in 1996-97, and spent six months in Kazakhstan in 2011 on a second Fulbright, traveling extensively and trying to improve his Russian. He also tried to emulate ancient Kazakh warriors (see picture) by battling university and U.S. embassy bureaucrats.
David is now directing two major grant-funded projects at Ohio University—a three-year program to train 150 UNICEF staff on communication for development, and a USAID sub-contract on social and behavior change communication.
A newspaper and TV journalist by training, he also works as a freelance writer. His work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, History Today, Times Higher Education, Transitions Online, AmericanHeritage.com, The Montreal Review and other print and online publications.
Ph.D., Ohio University
M.A., University of Kansas
B.A., University of East Anglia (U.K.)
Posted on Sat, October 1, 2011
by Beth Novak