Emily Metzgar

Associate Professor & Director of the Honors Program

Contact Information

  • Office:
    230T Franklin Hall
  • Office Hours:
    M & W from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Email:
    emetzgar@indiana.edu
  • Phone:
    812-855-1255
  • Website:
    emilymetzgar.com


  • Research and Creative Interests

    public diplomacy, international communication, media & society, political communication,

    Biography

    A former U.S. diplomat, policy analyst and opinion writer, Emily Metzgar is an associate professor and director of the honors program in The Media School at Indiana University. She is also affiliated faculty with the Department of International Studies in the School of Global and International Studies at the University. Her research focuses on public diplomacy, international communication and the role of media in society.

    Metzgar earned her doctoral degree in media and public affairs from the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. She has a master’s degree in international politics from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and French from the University of Michigan.

    She has written extensively about public diplomacy and her work has appeared in academic publications including Communication Law & Policy, Political Communication, Place Branding & Public Diplomacy, Journalism Studies and New Media & Society. Her commentary has appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere. Metzgar is past head of the International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and is currently a member of the executive committee for the International Communication Section of the International Studies Association. Her first book Goodwill Goldmine: The JET Program, American Alumni and the U.S.-Japan Relationship is forthcoming from Lexington Books, and she is conducting research for another book focused on the policy and politics of U.S. information diplomacy since World War II.

    RECENT WORK

    Metzgar, E.T. (2017). "Willing Interpreters & Receivers: American Alumni of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program." Palgrave Communications 3, no. 17013. doi:10.1057/palcomms.2017.13. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2017). "Media & Trump: Flipping Orwell's Narrative." News Decoder. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2017). "Social Media & Politics: A Complicated Relationship." Interview with WTIU's Indiana Newsdesk. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2017). "Settle Down. New Legislation Didn't Creat Trump TV." The CPD Blog. University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2016). "Goodbye Broadcasting Board of Governors." Interview with WNYC's On the Media. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. & Su, J. (forthcoming). "Friends from Afar? American Media Coverage of China's Confucius Institutes." Journalism Practice.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2016). "Hiroshima: The Paradox of Tragedy, Hope." The Herald-Times. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2016). "U.S. 'Flyover Country' Sends Election Signal." News Decoder. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2016). "The Plus Ca Change…” The CPD Blog. University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2016). "Institutions of Higher Education as Public Diplomacy Tools: China-Based University Programs for the 21st Century." Journal of Studies in International Education, 20(3): 323-341. Link to abstract here.                      

    Metzgar, E.T. (2016). Review of Sarah Ellen Graham, Culture and Propaganda: The Progressive Origins of American Public Diplomacy, 1936-1953. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. For Place Branding and Public Diplomacy. Link to summary here.

    Schonemann, N., Metzgar, E.T., & Libby, A. (2015). The Course Reflection Project: Faculty Reflections on Teaching Service-Learning. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

    Metzgar, E.T. & Lu, X.Y. (2015). "Tweeting the Pivot? The United States and PD 2.0 in Northeast Asia." Place Branding & Public Diplomacy, 11: 204-215.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2015). "How Community Service Can Help Educate Journalism Students." PBS Mediashift. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2015). "The JET Program and the US-Japan Relationship." The Diplomat. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2015). "No Joke: This is How Public Diplomacy Works." The CPD Blog. University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2015). "Fixing America's Voice to Enhance Foreign Policy." The Conversation. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2014). "Is U.S. 'Stuck on Stupid' on Ebola Outbreak?" USA Today. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2014). "Promoting 'Journalism with Purpose.'" The CPD Blog. University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2014). "A Cautionary Tale of Soft Power Promotion." The CPD Blog. University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2014). "Public Diplomacy as Corrective Lens?" The CPD Blog. University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2013). "Talking About Public Diplomacy: Promoting the Conversation." The CPD Blog. University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2013). "PD Academic Research: Journalism & Mass Communication Scholars Consider Opportunities." The CPD Blog. University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2013). "Fixing the Strategic Dysfunction." The CPD Blog. University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. & Hornaday, B.W. (2013). "Leaving It There: The Hutchins Commission & Modern American Journalism," Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 28(4): 255-270.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2013). "The Chinese Media Reciprocity Act, Public Diplomacy and the U.S.-China Relationship," Place Branding & Public Diplomacy, 9(2), 76-87.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2013). "Considering the 'Illogical Patchwork': The Broadcasting Board of Governors & U.S. International Broadcasting," CPD Perspectives. University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy. Available here.

    Sill, K.; Metzgar, E.T. & Rouse, S. (2013). "Media Coverage of the Supreme Court: How Do Journalists Assess the Importance of Court Decisions?" Political Communication. 30(1): 58-80.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2013). "Smith-Mundt Reform: In With a Whimper?" Columbia Journalism Review Online. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2012). "Journalism, Mass Communication & Public Diplomacy." The CPD Blog. University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2012). "The Medium is Not the Message: Social Media, American Public Diplomacy & Iran." Global Media Journal, 11 (21).

    Metzgar, E.T. (2012). "Smith-Mundt, Public Diplomacy & the American Public." Communication Law & Policy, 17:1 (67-101).

    Metzgar, E.T. (2012). "Dial Back the Outrage." Columbia Journalism Review Online. Available here.

    Metzgar, E.T. (2012). "Promoting Japan: One JET at a Time." CPD Perspectives. University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy. Available here.