Karin Wilkins is Dean of the School of Communication at the University of Miami. Before coming to UM in September, 2019 she was Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement and Strategic Initiatives with the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also held the John T. Jones Jr. Centennial Professorship in Communication and the John P. McGovern Regents Professorship in Health and Medical Science Communication. She was awarded the Cale McDowell Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Studies, for creating a certificate in global studies, programs in Middle East studies, and a degree in Communication and Leadership.
Wilkins is also the Editor-in-Chief of Communication Theory. She has won numerous awards for her research, service and teaching, and chaired the Intercultural/Development Division of the International Communication Association. Her work addresses scholarship in the fields of development communication, global communication, and political engagement. She holds a Ph.D. and a Master in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A., in Interdisciplinary Studies from Bucknell University.
Selected works include New dimensions in the politics of national image and foreign aid: Communication, development, and diplomacy (ed. 2018); Communicating Gender and Advocating Accountability in Global Development (2015); Handbook of Development Communication and Social Change (ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), New Agendas in Global Communication (ed., Routledge, 2013); Questioning Numbers: How to Read & Critique Research (Oxford University Press, 2011); Home/Land/Security: What we learn about Arab Communities from Action Adventure Film (Lexington Books, 2008), Re-Developing Communication for Social Change (ed., Rowman & Littlefield, 2000) as well as journal publications in Nordicom; Communication Theory; Media, Culture & Society; Communication, Culture & Critique; Journal of Communication; Journal of Middle East Media; International Journal of Communication; Gazette: The International Journal for Communication Studies; Development & Change; Perspectives on Global Development and Technology; Critical Studies in Media Communication; and Global Media Journal.