The Institute of World Politics is welcoming back alumna Dr. Caitlin Schindler as a new Research Professor from October 2016 through October 2017.
She has conducted groundbreaking research in one of the most understudied disciplines of the American diplomatic tradition, public diplomacy. Her work focuses on traditional diplomatic efforts and public diplomacy, and developing policies to integrate these into statecraft.
At IWP, she plans to conduct a critical archive-based study of the United States’ Committee on Public Information (CPI)’s Overseas Branch from September 1917 through March 1919. She will also conduct research on the materials used by the CPI in different countries, selecting two or three countries to examine how the Committee engaged with the people of either neutral, allied, or belligerent nations throughout World War I and the Paris Peace Conference.
Dr. Schindler comments, “Much of our modern understanding of propaganda is based upon experiences during WWI. However, there is very little critical literature on how nations used propaganda abroad in comparison to domestic propaganda throughout WWI.”
In 2010, Dr. Schindler received her M.A. in Strategic Intelligence from IWP and has recently earned a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds after working in support of the U.S. intelligence community.
IWP looks forward to the continuation of Dr. Schindler’s work at the Institute, which will be of great use to diplomatic practitioners.