Arshia Anwer

Assistant Professor

Communication

Arshia Anwer is an Assistant Professor of Communication with primary research and teaching interests in integrated marketing communication, intercultural communication and religious communication. She has worked in the marketing and education field for the past 11 years in a variety of marketing communication, editing and teaching roles. Having lived and worked in two countries - India and the United States - with widely differing professional and societal perspectives, she has developed a keen interest in intercultural and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to recognize the communicative needs and values of people from diverse backgrounds. Her M.A. in Psychology also enables her to combine the areas of human psychology and personality into her communication studies and marketing work. When she's not working, she likes to indulge herself in her hobby of amateur photography, traveling and reading (a lot!).

Education

Ph.D. in Rhetoric, August 2016
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Areas of Specialization: Integrated Marketing Communication & Rhetoric of Technology
  • Dissertation: Transnational Public Relations in Postcolonial Spaces: Making Space for Other Discourses in the Afghan Public Sphere
  • Dissertation Director: Erik A. Garrett, Ph.D.

M.A. in Integrated Marketing Communication, December 2009
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

M.A. in Psychology, May 2003
Osmania University, Hyderabad, India

B.A. in Communication, Psychology and Political Science, April 2001
Osmania University College for Women, Hyderabad, India

Courses Taught

  • COMM 217: Introduction to Public Relations
  • COMM 301: Media Theory & Research
  • COMM 320: Strategic Planning in Public Relations
  • Research

    Research Interests:

    • Integrated Marketing Communication
    • Intercultural Communication
    • Religious Communication
    • Professional Communication & Public Speaking
    • Rhetoric of Technology
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Peer-reviewed Conference Papers:

    • “For the Love of Humanity: Reclaiming the Rhetoric and Philosophy of Philanthropy.” Paper presented at the meeting of the Pennsylvania Communication Association, Gannon University, Erie, PA, October 2013.
    • “The Governance of Social Media: A Fine Balance Between Restraint, Accountability and Power.” Paper presented as part of the “Communicating with the Other: The Technological Implications of Changing Spaces” panel at the Eastern Communication Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2013.
    • “Communication Ethics through the Lens of Cosmopolitanism and Provinciality.” Paper presented at the meeting of the Pennsylvania Communication Association, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, October 2012.
    • “Virtue Ethics in Postmodern Organizational Communication.” Paper presented at the meeting of the Pennsylvania Communication Association, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, October 2012.
    • “Reshaping Identity by Unveiling the Voice of Women in Afghanistan.” Paper presented as part of the “Women Forming Identity in a World of Conflict” panel at the meeting of the Pennsylvania Communication Association, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, October 2012.
    • “From Aristotle to Aquinas and MacIntyre: The Development of Virtue Ethics.” Paper presented as part of the “Lineage of Truth: Multiple Vantage Points across Historical Periods” panel at the meeting of the Pennsylvania Communication Association, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, October 2012.
    • “Black Skin, White Masks: Frantz Fanon.” Paper presented as part of the “Africana Intercultural Philosophy of Communication” panel at the Eastern Communication Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA, April 2012.
    • “The Impact of Advertising on Indian Culture.” Paper presented at the IMC/CMM: Finding Common Ground Conference at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, NC, June 2011.
  • Professional Experience and Memberships

    Professional Experience:

    • Marketing Director, Ashraful Madaris Education Society (AMES), August 2009 – present
    • Marketing Director, Ayesha Foundation, September 2008 – present
    • Consultant Assistant, Duquesne University Small Business Development Center, June 2008 – December 2009
    • Subeditor, The ICFAI University Press, August 2004 – September 2005

    Professional Memberships:

    • National Communication Association (NCA)
    • International and Intercultural Communication Division
    • Public Relations Division
    • Philosophy of Communication Division
    • Eastern Communication Association (ECA)
    • Communication and Technology Interest Group
    • Intercultural Communication Interest Group
    • Philosophy of Communication Interest Group
    • Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA)
    • Mass Media and Society Interest Council
    • Communication Ethics Interest Council
    • Philosophy of Communication Interest Council
  • Other

    Other:

    • Languages spoken: English - full professional proficiency, Hindi - native / bilingual fluency, Urdu - native/bilingual fluency, French - elementary
    • Guest Reviewer, Journal of Communication and Religion, 2016
    • Paper Reviewer, Philosophy of Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2014
    • Panel Organizer, "The Language of Public Relations: Evaluating the Success and Progress of Key Moments and Methods in Public Relations." Student panel presented at the meeting of the Pennsylvania Communication Association, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2014
    • Paper Reviewer, Media and Technology Division, Pennsylvania Communication Association, 2013
    • Panel Organizer, “Lineage of Truth: Multiple Vantage Points across Historical Periods.” Panel presented at the meeting of the Pennsylvania Communication Association, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, October 2012
    • Book Exhibit Organizer, Semiotics Society of America, 36th Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2011
    • Guest Reviewer, Review of Communication, 2011
    • Teaching Evaluator for Business & Professional Communication classes, Duquesne University, Spring 2011-Spring 2013