Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Media and International Affairs, Emory University
Holli A. Semetko is a professor of political science at Emory University. An award-winning scholar with more than 90 publications, her research on political communication, information and public opinion in elections and international contexts, extends from the United States, Turkey, and the European Union (EU), to Korea, China, and India. An advisor to The Carter Center China Program, and the India, China & America Institute, she sits on a number of nonprofit boards and is a consultant to academic institutions and international media. Semetko is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Semetko has also held elected offices in the American Political Science Association, International Political Science Association, International Communication Association, and the World Association for Public Opinion Research. Her networks in the fields of politics and government, public opinion, and media span the globe.
Before arriving at Emory in 2003, Semetko lived abroad for more than 16 years, first as a graduate student completing her PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK, then as a research scholar in Germany, and later as a professor in the Netherlands. She received the Samuel Beer Prize for the best dissertation on British politics, and a fellowship from the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. supported her research in Germany in the early 1990s. She was a research fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, an associate professor at Syracuse University with a joint appointment in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and an assistant professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she conducted research at the Center for Political Studies in the Institute for Social Research.
In Amsterdam, Semetko spent eight years as professor and chair of Audience and Public Opinion Research and served as chair of the Department of Communication Science. She was founding chair of the board of the Amsterdam School for Communication Research, a school for advanced research recognized by the Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW), where she remains an honorary member. Major grants from the European Union and Dutch National Science Foundation supported her work on political communication and media effects in the context of European governance, referendums and elections, and the European political and economic integration process. Semetko is co-editor of the forthcoming “SAGE Handbook of Political Communication,” which includes contributions from leading scholars around the world.
Under her leadership as former Vice Provost of International Affairs and director of the Office of International Affairs and The Halle Institute, Emory has launched new international programs and partnerships with nations in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. In collaboration with scholars across the University,Semetko’s work has helped to obtain support from foreign governments and foundations to launch Korean at Emory in 2007 and the annual India Summit in 2010, and to expand Chinese language and culture offerings.