photo: Steven Livingston

Steven Livingston

Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs
Room 416
Address: School of Media and Public Affairs
805 21st Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-994-5888
Fax: 202-994-5806

Areas of Expertise

Political communications


Steven Livingston is Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs at The George Washington University and the director of the School of Media and Public Affairs' (SMPA) Political Communication Program. He also holds a joint appointment in the Elliott School of International Affairs, is a research professor in the Political Science Department, and is a Faculty Associate in the Space Policy Institute. Livingston's research and teaching focus on media/information technology and international affairs. He is particularly interested in the role of information technology and media in national security policymaking.

Professor Livingston has lectured at the National Defense University, the Army War College, at universities and think tanks in the Middle East and Africa. He has appeared on CNN, CNNI, ABC's 20/20, and many other news organizations commenting on public policy and politics. His research and consulting activities have led to extended stays in Northern Ireland, Russia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and East Africa.


Ph.D., University of Washington


Among other publications, Professor Livingston has written Clarifying the CNN Effect: An Examination of Media Effects According to Type of Military Intervention (a monograph published by Harvard University in 1996) and The Terrorism Spectacle (Westview Press, 1994). His more recent publications include: "The New Information Environment and Diplomacy", in Cyber-diplomacy in the 21st Century , Evan Potter (ed.); "Remote Sensing Technology and the News Media," in Commercial Observation Satellites: At the Leading Edge of Global Transparency, John Baker, Kevin O'Connell, and Ray Williamson (eds.); and "Transparency and the News Media," in Power and Conflict in the Age of Transparency, Bernard Finel and Kristin Lord (eds.). Presently, with Jarol Manheim he is writing POLITECHNIQUE: How Technologies are Changing Politics under contract with LSU Press. Professor Livingston was a Senior Research Fellow in the Center for American Politics and Public Policy at the University of Washington during the 2002-03 academic year.

Classes Taught

SMPA 2102 Introduction to Political Communication

SMPA 3472 Media and Foreign Policy

SMPA 6206 Advocacy Communication and Political Networks

SMPA 6210 Media and Foreign Policy