Geoffrey Cowan, University of Southern California

Communication and Journalism Professor Los Angeles, California gcowan@usc.edu Office: (213) 740-9891

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For more than 30 years, Geoffrey Cowan has been an important force in almost every facet of the communication world - as a public interest lawyer, academic administrator, best-selling author and award-winning teacher, playwright, television producer, and government official.

From 1996-20...


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Bio/Research

For more than 30 years, Geoffrey Cowan has been an important force in almost every facet of the communication world - as a public interest lawyer, academic administrator, best-selling author and award-winning teacher, playwright, television producer, and government official.

From 1996-2007, he was dean of the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication, which includes USC's School of Journalism and USC's School of Communication.

Cowan previously taught communication law and policy at UCLA, where he was founding director of the university's Center for Communication Policy. He was honored with several teaching awards during his 20 years at UCLA.

Concurrently with his teaching at UCLA, Cowan was a television producer. He received an Emmy Award as executive producer of the television movie Mark Twain & Me, which was voted the Outstanding Prime Time Program for Children by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. He is married to Aileen Adams, former Secretary of State and Consumer Affairs for the State of California and former director of the Justice Department's Office for Victims of Crime.


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