Research Team

Eric Eric Shiraev is a professor, researcher, and author. He took his academic degrees at St. Petersburg University in Russia and completed a post-doctoral program in the United States at UCLA. He is an author, co-author, and co-editor of fourteen books and numerous publications in the fields of international relations, government, political psychology, and cross-cultural studies. In his works, he develops a distinct multi-disciplinary approach to foreign policy and political behavior and emphasizes the role of cultural and identity factors in politics. Besides teaching and research, Eric Shiraev writes opinion essays for the media, and lectures around the world. 
Serge Sergei Samoilenko is assistant professor in the Department of Communication at George Mason University. He developed and held numerous workshops and webinars on strategic communication in the US and internationally. Sergei’s new research focuses on issues in character assassination and reputation management in public relations.
Martijn Martijn Icks is a Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Amsterdam. His PhD thesis was published under the title The Crimes of Elagabalus: The Life and Legacy of Rome’s Decadent Boy Emperor (2011). His current research interests include the visibility of Roman imperial power and character assassination from an historical perspective.

Jennifer Keohane is an assistant professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design at the University of Baltimore. She has a PhD in rhetoric from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she wrote her dissertation about the feminist activism of American Communist women during the early Cold War. She's especially interested in red-baiting as a form of character assassination.


Nancy Snow (Ph.D., American SIS) is a leading authority in public diplomacy (reputation, credibility, gender diplomacy) and propaganda studies. She was Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Information Agency during the Bill Clinton Administration. Snow is Professor Emeritus of Communications at California State University, Fullerton. A resident of Tokyo, Japan, she holds a distinguished professor appointment as Pax Mundi Professor of Public Diplomacy, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, the first such public diplomacy position in the country. Over her 25-year career, Dr. Snow has held two Fulbright Fellowships (Germany, Japan), a Social Science Research Council Abe Fellowship as well as a number of global visiting professor appointments in public diplomacy. Among her thirteen books are The Sage Handbook of Propaganda (with co-editors Paul Baines and Nicholas O’Shaughnessy); the Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy (with Nicholas J. Cull); Japan’s Information War (Japanese/English versions); Propaganda, Inc. and Information War (Seven Stories Press); and Propaganda and American Democracy (LSU Press.)