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Media, Communications and Journalism

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Nancy Van Leuven, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Twitter: @NancyVanLeuven
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Ph.D., Communication, University of Washington

Teaching areas

Advertising campaigns, media stereotypes, public relations fundamentals, writing for public relations


Dr. Nancy Van Leuven is an award-winning instructor who also has  worked in the areas of marketing, public relations and community development for clients like the Southern California Association of Governments, the International Red Cross and the American Lung Association.

Her most recent research explores issues in global communication and the environment, with a focus on women and indigenous populations within social justice and international development frameworks. She has published and presented research on health care for rural populations, how social media is embedded in public agencies and why global-change initiatives, such as the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, face obstacles with Western audiences.

Currently, Van Leuven serves as an elected board member for the International Environmental Communication Association.

Her personal interests include golden retrievers, edible gardens and "The Great British Baking Show."