Kara S. Alaimo
Assistant Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations
PHD, 2015, CUNY Gr Sch & Univ Cnt; MPHIL, 2013, CUNY Gr Sch & Univ Cnt; MA, 2007, CUNY Queens Coll; BA, 2004, New York Univ (NYU)
Kara Alaimo, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations. Dr. Alaimo teaches in Hofstra University’s graduate and undergraduate public relations programs, is a member of the advisory board of the Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, and serves on Hofstra’s Internationalization task force. She is a specialist in international and political/advocacy communication.
From 2012-2013, Dr. Alaimo was Head of Communications for the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, a group of heads of state and other eminent thinkers convened to recommend the world’s next plan for eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development. In 2011, she was appointed by President Obama as Spokesperson for International Affairs in the U.S. Treasury Department, where she communicated global economic diplomacy initiatives, including America’s bilateral economic relationships; engagement in multilateral institutions including the G-20, World Bank, and IMF; and international monetary, trade, development, environmental, and energy policy. In this capacity, she also served as media adviser to Jim Yong Kim during his successful 2012 campaign for the World Bank Presidency. Dr. Alaimo also previously served as the first Press Secretary of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Global Media Coordinator for the United Nations Millennium Campaign, and as a spokesperson for New York City economic development initiatives during the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Dr. Alaimo continues to serve as an independent communications consultant and is a member of the board of the World Communication Forum in Davos. She recently served as a Visiting Scholar at the Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. and as a Resident Fellow at IAU College in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Her book, Pitch, Tweet, or Engage on the Street: How to Practice Global Public Relations and Strategic Communication, was published by Routledge in 2016. Her research on international and political/advocacy public relations has also been published in academic journals including the International Journal of Communication, Journal of Communication Management, Journal of Public Affairs, Case Studies in Strategic Communication, and Social Media & Society. To read her work, follow her Twitter handle, @karaalaimo, and visit her website at karaalaimo.com.
Teaching Interestspolitical and international public relations
Research Interestspublic relations and political communication
Recent Courses Taught
|HUHC 021A||COLLABORATING ACROSS CULTURES||Undergraduate|
|PR 112||THEORIES GLBL PR & INTL MEDIA||Undergraduate|
|PR 150||INDEPENDENT STUDY||Undergraduate|
|PR 180K||COGNITIVE SCIENCE AND PR||Undergraduate|
|PR 267||REPUTATION MGMT & CRISIS PR||Graduate|
|PR 268||PR & ADVOCACY FOR NON-PROFITS||Graduate|
|PR 269||INTERNATIONAL & INTERCLTRL PR||Graduate|
|PR 270||PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP||Graduate|
|PR 2112||THEORIES GLBL PR & INTL MEDIA||Graduate|
|PR 280A||PR AND 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECT||Graduate|
|PR 280C||COGNITIVE SCIENCE & PUB REL||Graduate|
|PR 298||PR CAPSTONE I||Graduate|
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