Mark Hannah leads a research initiative focused on global media freedom and public culture at New York University's Institute for Public Knowledge. Unlike other media freedom advocacy which concentrates on legal protections and political reforms, this initiative seeks to understand the extent to which the values, attitudes and beliefs which underpin such protections and reforms are publicly shared in different national contexts.
Hannah is an affiliate of the Global Freedom of Expression initiative at Columbia University, a member of PEN America, a former board member of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, a partner at the Truman National Security Project, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He teaches courses on media history and political rhetoric in NYU's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication.
A veteran of the Kerry and Obama presidential campaigns, he was a regular commentator on MSNBC, FOX News, and CNBC during the Obama administration. His writing appeared in TIME.com, PBS.org, The Huffington Post, and Politico, and he is the author of The Best 'Worst President' - What the Right Gets Wrong About Barack Obama (Dey Street/HarperCollins, 2016).
As a former public affairs strategist at Edelman Public Relations, Hannah has advised well-known corporate and non-profit clients, and continues to counsel clients on an ad hoc basis as principal of Gristmill Public Affairs, LCC.
Hannah studied at the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.), Columbia University (M.S.), and the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (Ph.D.).
A native Cape Codder, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.