Ernest James Wilson III, Ph.D., is the dean of the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California. He also sits as Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication and as a senior fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, a joint project of USC Annenberg and the USC College’s School of International Relations, and an adjunct fellow at the Pacific Council on International Policy.
Dr. Wilson was nominated by former President Bill Clinton to sit as the ranking senior member of the board of directors for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He was reappointed to the CPB board by President Bush in 2004.
Prior to his appointment at USC Annenberg, Dr. Wilson was a senior research scholar at the University of Maryland, College Park, holding a joint appointment as professor in the Department of Government & Politics and in the Department of African-American Studies. From 1995 to 2002, Dr. Wilson was director of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the university, and he remains a senior fellow of the Center.
Before joining the University of Maryland faculty in 1992, Dr. Wilson served with distinction on the faculties of the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. At the University of Michigan, he was director of the Center for Research on Economic Development and an associate research scientist at the Institute for Public Policy Studies.
Dr. Wilson is the recipient of numerous research fellowships and awards, including an international affairs fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Originally from Washington, D.C., Dr. Wilson earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. from Harvard College.
Neil Henry serves as the dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Before joining the UC Berkeley faculty in 1993, he worked for 16 years as an award-winning metro, national and foreign correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya for The Washington Post and as a staff writer for Newsweek magazine.
Dean Henry is the acclaimed author of a 2002 racial history, Pearl’s Secret, a finalist for the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association’s top prize for nonfiction in 2002. His second book, American Carnival: Journalism under Siege in an Age of New Media, was published in May 2007.
Neil Henry is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including being awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Following his fellowship, he graduated from Princeton University with a degree in political science and he earned his master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
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