Holli A. Semetko

Holli A. Semetko, PhD is vice provost for International Affairs and director of Office of International Affairs (OIA) and The Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning, and professor of political science at Emory University.  A native of Grosse Ile, Michigan, Dr. Semetko is the first woman to hold this position at Emory University.

An award-winning scholar, with more than 90 publications, her research on political communication, information and public opinion in elections and international contexts, extends from the U.S., Turkey and the European Union (EU), to Korea, China and India.
An advisor to The Carter Center China Program, and the India, China & America Institute, Dr. Semetko sits on a number of non-profit boards and is a consultant to academic institutions and international media. She also serves as chair of the board of the Confucius Institute in Atlanta.

Dr. Semetko has held elected offices in the American Political Science Association (APSA), International Political Science Association (IPSA), International Communication Association (ICA) and the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR).  Her networks in the fields of politics and government, public opinion, and media span the globe.

Before moving to Emory in 2003, Dr. Semetko lived abroad for more than 16 years, first as a graduate student at The London School of Economics & Political Science in the U.K., then as a research scholar in Germany supported by a fellowship from the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., and later as a professor at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Dr. Semetko spent eight years as professor and chair of Audience and Public Opinion Research, and served as chair of the Department of Communication Science and founding chair of the Board of the Amsterdam School for Communications Research (ASCoR), a school for advanced research recognized by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Major grants from the EU and Dutch National Science Foundation supported her work on political communication and media effects in the context of European governance, referendums and elections, and the European political and economic integration process. 

Since her arrival in Atlanta 2003, Emory launched new international programs and partnerships with nations in Asia, Africa, the European Union (EU), Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa. Dr. Semetko made more than a dozen trips to Asia, including China, India, Korea, Singapore, and several trips to destinations in the EU, Turkey and Morocco since 2004.  Her work has helped to obtain support from foreign governments and foundations to launch Korean at Emory in 2007, the annual Emerging India Summit in 2010, and expand Chinese language and culture offerings with the Confucius Institute at Atlanta. 

As director of The Halle Institute for Global Learning, Dr. Semetko launched several new programs including the endowed Turkish Lecture Series; and Cartooning for Peace at the United Nations and Cartooning for Peace and Health at Emory; and she extended The Halle Institute’s study trip programs from Germany and India, to Turkey, China and Korea.

The Halle Institute’s research program was launched in 2004-05 and brings together Emory faculty and their international networks to foster collaboration and advance research. Symposia and expert meetings have included a variety of cosponsors such as the European Central Bank; Hertie School of Governance in Berlin; local offices of Consul Generals for France, Turkey, the UK and Germany; and Nanjing University’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences.

With Benn Konsynski, Laurie Patton and Rick Luce, Semetko launched the Knowledge Futures initiative, an interdisciplinary program that sponsors conferences, panels and speakers to address critical issues about the digital, mediated and wireless world. Knowledge Futures works with cosponsors in a variety of fields. Learn more at: http://agilityimperative.com/

With Jagdish Sheth, Rosemary Magee, Marion Creekmore and Benn Konsynski, and a dynamic team of students from across Emory, she is already planning next year’s annual Emerging India Summit. Cosponsors this year included WIPRO, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the India, China & America Institute, and the Embassy of India in the United States. Learn more about this year’s Summit at: http://international.emory.edu/eis/
At the invitation of Britain’s Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Dr. Semetko participated in the British Council’s 2010 UK-US Higher Education Forum, led by NYU’s President John Sexton and Exeter’s Vice Chancellor Steven Smith, for vice-chancellors and presidents from top UK and US institutions. She is a member of the working group on mobility.

Dr. Semetko has contributed to election studies and published on media and public opinion in countries around the world for more than twenty years.  Her many articles have appeared in such journals as American Behavioral Scientist, British Journal of Political Science, Communication Research, European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, International Review of Press/Politics, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Journal of Communication, Journalism Studies, Political Behavior, and The Journal of Politics. The Sage Handbook of Political Communication includes contributions from leading scholars around the world. Political Campaigning in Referendums (Routledge, 2006), co-authored with Claes de Vreese, focuses on the role and impact of parties and the media on referendums.