Core Faculty

Steve Corman

Steven R.  Corman (Ph.D. 1988, University of Illinois) is Herberger Professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University, and directs the Center for Strategic Communication (CSC).

Corman is co-author of Master Narratives of Islamist Extremism (2011, Palgrave Macmillan) and co-editor of Weapons of Mass Persuasion: Strategic Communication to Combat Violent Extremism (2008, Peter Lang). The latter won the 2009 Distinguished Award for a Scholarly Edited Book from the Applied Communication Division of the National Communication Association.  That same year Corman won the Applied/Public Policy Research Award from the International Communication Association, and the Faculty Achievement Award in Defining Edge Research: Best Professional Application at Arizona State University.  Over his career Corman has published over 50 articles, books, book chapters, and white papers, and holds two patents.

Since 2001 Corman has served as an invited participant or featured speaker at numerous national and international workshops and symposia on counterterrorism, strategic communication and public diplomacy.  In 2011-2012 he served as a Senior Consortium Fellow for the Army Research Institute, and in 2011 he was Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Excellence in National Security at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.  In 2005-2006 he served on the Scientist Panel for the Strategic Operations Working Group at U.S. Special Operations Command as an expert on terrorist networks and ideology.  He has been an invited speaker at international conferences in Germany, Italy, Singapore, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

Corman’s other research interests include organizational communication systems, text and conversation analysis, social networks, and computational modeling/simulation.  He is Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Crawdad Technologies, LLC, an ASU spin-out that developed and marketed advanced text analysis software and services.  He is past Chair of the Organizational Communication Division of the International Communication Association, and serves on the editorial board of Management Communication Quarterly.


Angela Trethewey, Co-Principal Investigator Angela Trethewey
Senior Research Faculty

Dr. Trethewey serves as the Director of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, as well as a co-principal investigator on CSC research projects.  Her research, teaching and service activities are united by her interest in the relationships among communication, power and identity formation. More specifically, she applies critical theory, as articulated by post-structuralist and feminist thinkers, to organizational communication to explore how everyday organizational practices shape both who we are and who we might become as individuals, organizations and communities.  Among other works, Dr. Trethewey is co-editor of Weapons of Mass Persuasion: Strategic Communication to Combat Violent Extremism (2008, Peter Lang) and is coauthor of Organizational Communication: Balancing Creativity and Constraint, 6th ed. (Bedford/St. Martins, 2009) with Eric Eisenberg and Bud Goodall.


Chris Lundry, Assistant Research Professor Chris Lundry

Assistant Research Professor

Chris Lundry is an assistant research professor and the CSC’s resident Southeast Asia expert and political scientist. He received a BA in Political Science (honors) and a BA in Communication from the University of Washington in 1996. He received his MA in Political Science in 2000 and his PhD in Political Science in 2009 from Arizona State University. While a graduate student, he received three Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships; the ASU Graduate Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Spring 2008. His dissertation examined rebellion, separatism and state cohesion in Indonesian, and his field work and language study were supported by a Blakemore Freeman Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship. He worked as a United Nations-accredited observer for the 1999 referendum in Timor Leste, was a delegate to the Carter Center’s presidential election observation mission in Indonesian in 2004, trained election monitors to the 2007 Timor Leste elections, and helped coordinate an observer mission for the 2012 Timor Leste elections. He is currently deputy director of ASU’s Southeast Asia Council, and is serving on the board of the Association of Asian Studies Indonesia and East Timor Studies Council. He has published in the journals Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, American Behavioral Scientist, Inside Indonesia, and Contemporary Islam, authored several book chapters on Indonesia and Timor Leste, and is a co-author of Narrative Landmines: Rumors, Islamist Extremism, and the Struggle for Strategic Influence (Rutgers, 2012).


Scott W. Ruston, Assistant Research Professor Scott W. Ruston

Assistant Research Professor

Scott W. Ruston (Ph.D., Critical Studies, University of Southern California) is currently an Assistant Research Professor with Arizona State University¹s Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, where he specializes in narrative theory and media studies. He combines academic and practical experience to intersect narrative, cultural studies and media technologies in the study of strategic communication and plans/policy development, and has guest lectured to both military and academic audiences on these topics. He is co-author of Narrative Landmines:  Rumors, Islamist Extremism and the Struggle for Strategic Influence (Rutgers University Press, 2012), and is co-principal investigator of a major federal grant studying narrative and neuroscience. In addition, he is an expert on the art, education and entertainment uses of mobile and interactive media and has published in The Mobile Media Reader (Peter Lang, 2012) and in journals such as Storyworlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies and The International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction.