Visiting Scholar-in-Residence

The Kesh Center sponsors visits from international scholars focusing on a variety of fields in communications.

Previous Scholars include:

Vedat Demir
Istanbul University

Vedat Demir is an associate professor in the Department of Public Relations and Publicity at his alma mater, Istanbul University where he teaches Political Communication, Media Ethics, and The Media and Policy Making.

He is a member of the advisory board for the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Yalova University, and the Journal of Strategic Foresight, published by Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies.  He previously served as General Secretary of the Turkish Press Council from 2000-2003.

Demir’s latest book centers on public diplomacy and discusses the shift from traditional pubic diplomacy, power from the economy or military, to a new public diplomacy that focuses on interpersonal relationships such as political systems, culture and education. The book will be published in Turkey later this year.

Demir received his bachelor and masters degrees from Marmara University and his Ph.D. from Istanbul University in Turkey.

While in the U.S., his research project will focus on political communication in campaigning. Demir’s goal is to reveal the purpose for which volunteers have in participating in U.S. federal elections in the hope of laying a foundation in Turkey for more serious elections. He will study the November 2012 elections, specifically campaign volunteers and the influence their work has.


Roberto Herrscher
Latin America Writer and Journalist

Herrscher, the director of the Masters Program in Journalism at the University of Barcelona, is one of Latin America's most interesting journalistic voices. A contributing writer with Gatopardo and Travesías (Mexico), Etiqueta Negra (Perú) and Perfil (Argentina), Herrscher is a culture and opera critic for La Vanguardia (Barcelona) and a correspondent with the U.S. magazine Opera News. He is the author of The Voyages of the Penelope (Südpol, 2010), the fascinating story of the little ship on which Herrscher served during the Malvinas/Falklands War of 1982.

Born and raised in Argentina, he earned a degree in Sociology at the University of Buenos Aires and an M.Sc. in Journalism from Columbia University.