Dr. Adela Levis

Dr. Adela Levis, Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Adela Levis

Professorial Lecturer

Part-time Faculty


Dr. (des.) Adela Levis is a Public Diplomacy practitioner at the U.S. Department of State, where she is responsible for promoting and enabling research-driven counter-disinformation efforts. She has been with the Department since 2010, and in addition to her current role, she has served in the Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Bureau for Populations, Refugees and Migration, and the Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.  

Prior to joining the State Department, Dr. (des.) Levis worked as a German, French, and English languages instructor and in two humanitarian non-profits. She is originally from Croatia and has lived in Germany, France, and Japan. Dr. (des.) Levis holds a B.A. in German and French from Oakland University, an M.A. in International Security and Communications from American University, and successfully defended her PhD dissertation in Political Science at the University of Munich in March, 2023. 

Her research interests include the impact of disinformation on democracy, civic engagement to counter the impact of disinformation, and US-European approaches to collaboration on these issues. She specializes in multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary research and field work-driven research methodologies.

Ph.D. in Political Science
University of Munich


M.A. in International Security and Communications
American University


B.A. in German and French
Oakland University


  • Political Science
  • International Relations
  • Public Diplomacy
  • International and Strategic Communications
  • Countering Disinformation
  • Countering Violent Extremism