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Janet Steele

Director of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication

professor of journalism at the School of Media and Public AffairsOpens in a new window at the George Washington University, Janet Steele took over the directorship of IPDGC in Fall 2016. Prof. Steele’s research focuses on media in Southeast Asia and the developing world, with a focus on Muslim majority countries. A recipient of two Fulbright teaching and research grants, Prof. Steele has also served as a U.S. State Department specialist in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei, the Philippines, East Timor, Taiwan, Burma, Sudan, Egypt, India and Bangladesh.

Prof. Steele has authored several books - Wars Within: The Story of Tempo, an Independent Magazine in Soeharto’s Indonesia (focused on Tempo magazine and its relationship to the politics and culture of New Order Indonesia), Email Dari Amerika (a collection of newspaper columns for Indonesian newspaper Surya), and her most recent bookMediating Islam, Cosmopolitan Journalisms in Muslim Southeast Asia (an examination of the professional practices of Muslim journalists).


Yvonne Oh

Program Coordinator

Yvonne Oh joined IPDGC as the Program Coordinator in 2018. As a former public affairs specialist with the U.S. State Department in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, she strongly supports efforts that help the development of civil society and democratic practices. A strong believer in the important role journalists play in the positive growth of communities, she ardently supports the freedom of the press.

At IPDGC, she coordinates programs and events, develops outreach efforts, manages the institute’s online presence, and provides support for both the institute and the Global Communications Master’s program.


Emilia Puma

Public Diplomacy Fellow

U.S. Deputy Asst. Secretary Emilia Puma, center, welcoming Fellows from the Rumsfeld Foundation to the U.S. State Department for dialogue and exchange of ideas to build stronger relations between the US and the Central Asia Caucasus region.

Emilia A. Puma is a 28-year veteran of the U.S. foreign service.  She holds the rank of Minister Counselor.  Ms. Puma began her career in the former United States Information Agency (USIA), where she held positions in Public Diplomacy offices in New Delhi, India; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Calcutta, India; and Bridgetown, Barbados.

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