Sergei A Samoilenko

Sergei A Samoilenko

Sergei A Samoilenko

Assistant Professor

crisis communication, political communication, public relations, reputation management, risk communication, strategic communication

In addition to instructing, Sergei A. Samoilenko is focused on bridging academic and professional communities in the areas of political communication, public relations, and reputation management.  
Sergei actively contributes to the development of communication education internationally. He is the past president of the Communication Association of Eurasian Researchers (CAER) established to facilitate former communication research and education in post-socialist societies. Sergei is a founding member of CARP, the Research Lab for Character Assassination and Reputation Politics. He is a co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Character Assassination and Reputation Management, and Handbook of Research on Deception, Fake News, and Misinformation Online.
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Selected Publications

Samoilenko, S.A., Icks, M., Keohane. J., & Shiraev, E. (2020). Handbook of character assassination and reputation management. London and New York: Routledge.

Chiluwa, I.E., & Samoilenko, S.A. (2019). Handbook of research on deception, fake news, and misinformation online. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Samoilenko, S.A., & Karnysheva, M. (2019). Character assassination as modus operandi of Soviet propaganda. In P. Baines, N. O'Shaughnessy, & N. Snow (eds), The SAGE handbook of propaganda. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Samoilenko, S.A. (2019). Character assassination in the context of mediated complexity. In K. Sriramesh & D. Verčič (Eds.), The global public relations handbook: Theory, research, and practice (3rd Ed.). London and New York: Routledge.

Samoilenko, S. A. (2018). Strategic deception in the age of "truthiness." In I. Chiluwa (Ed.). Deception: Motivations, Recognition Techniques and Behavioral Control. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Samoilenko, S.A. (2018). Subversion practices: From coercion to attraction. In E.J. Bridgen, & D. Verčič, D. (Eds.), Experiencing Public Relations: International voices  (pp. 174-193).  Routledge, London, UK.

Samoilenko, S.A., Erzikova, E., Davydov, S., & Laskin, A.V. (2017). Different media, same messages: Character assassination in the television news during the 2014 Ukrainian crisis. International Communication Research Journal, 52(2), 31-52.

Samoilenko, S.A., & Erzikova, E. (2017). Media, political advertising and election campaigning in Russia. In C. Holtz-Bacha and M.Just (Eds.), Handbook of Political Advertising (pp. 253-268). London: Routledge.

Samoilenko, S. A. (2016). Crisis management and communication research in Russia. In A. Schwarz, M. Seeger, & C. Auer (Eds.), The Handbook of International Crisis Communication Research (pp. 399-409). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.


He received his master's and doctoral degrees in communication at George Mason University. He received his other master’s and a bachelor's degree in applied linguistics from Kuban State University in Russia.