Dr. Theo Mazumdar is Assistant Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication Studies. His research and expertise are in strategic communication, with an emphasis on political messaging and other formats of strategic political communication. One strand of research centers on the manner in which digital media and culture are shaping and disrupting political messaging. His second and related strand of research focuses on narrative approaches to political messaging. Mazumdar has researched extensively digital diplomacy and is currently at work on a series of studies investigating conspiracy theories as Internet- and social media-based political strategy. His work has appeared in Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, the Global Media Journal, and other publications.
Prof. Mazumdar teaches Introduction to Strategic Communication; Persuasion; Media, Culture and Society; Crisis Communication; and Special Topics classes. Theo is a native of London, England, but was raised in Houston, Texas. He received his doctorate from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. He also holds master’s degrees from Columbia University and Goldsmiths College, University of London. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Office Hours (via Zoom in Fall 2023):
Mondays 5:00pm–6:00pm; Thursdays 10:00am–12:00pm
- PhD: University of Southern California (Annenberg School for Communication)
- MA: Columbia University
- MA: Goldsmiths College, University of London
- BA: University of Texas at Austin
- Introduction to Strategic Communication
- Media, Culture and Society
- Crisis Communication
- Special Topics classes
Research and Teaching Interests
Prof. Mazumdar’s research centers on strategic communication, with an emphasis on political messaging and other formats of strategic political communication.
Prof. Mazumdar teaches communication courses, including in the Strategic Communication Concentration: Introduction to Strategic Communication; Persuasion; Media, Culture and Society; Crisis Communication; and Special Topics classes.