Principal, Gristmill Public Affairs, LLC.
New York, NY. Jan. 2017 ­– present
Incorporated in 2017, but ad hoc client work began during a Ph.D. program in 2012.

  • Counsel clients on a range of sensitive public affairs activities, including: thought leadership, partnership development and engagement, market shaping (for startups), and message strategy. Developed communication programs which advanced business goals in ways which were measurable and time-bound.
  • Specific engagements are confidential, but include the biomedical, renewable energy, government relations and healthcare industries. 

Research Fellow (and adjunct faculty member), New York University
New York, NY. Sept. 2017 - present

  • Lead a research initiative focused on media freedom and public culture as a fellow at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge. This initiative seeks to understand the extent to which democratic values and beliefs underpinning media freedom laws are publicly shared in different national contexts.
  • Teach courses on the history of media and communication technologies and on political rhetoric.

Director of Academic Communications, Parsons School of Design at The New School
New York, NY. Nov. 2009 – May, 2012

  • Oversaw the message strategy and development of Parsons’ institutional voice – within public statements, talking points, community messages, and announcements – for the executive dean and senior academic leadership.
  • Planned, supervised and edited Parsons’ five-year academic and strategic plan, which included the re-launch of a Paris campus, and the development of institutional partnerships in China.
  • Managed the Dean’s Office budget, oversaw the planning and execution of school-wide events and, following a personnel change, took responsibility for the school’s external partnerships.
  • Acted as Parsons’ primary liaison to the university’s office of external affairs and provided guidance for public relations, marketing and advertising activities conducted on Parsons’ behalf.
  • Supervised the work of an associate director of academic communications, an academic communications coordinator, an office administrator, and the dean’s executive assistant.

National Advance Staff, Obama for America, Presidential Inaugural Committee & The White House
New York, NY. Mar. 2008 – Oct. 2012

  • Served as lead advance staff member for the Office of the Vice President, managing eight-person advance teams and acting as the principal liaison to the United States Secret Service, White House Communications Agency, military aides, ambassadors and State Department personnel, and local hosts and dignitaries.
  •  Produced nationally televised events in Ohio, Nevada and Delaware during the presidential campaign and Inauguration; credits include Vice President Biden’s Election Day vote-casting, the Inauguration’s Whistle Stop Train Tour, and overseeing the White House planning for state visits of VP Biden to Lebanon and Romania.
  • Worked on a per-diem/part-time basis, taking periodic leave from full-time positions at Edelman and Parsons.

Account Supervisor, Edelman (Public Affairs Practice)
New York, NY. July 2007 – July 2009

  • Provided strategic communications counsel, message architecture and media relations for public affairs clients.
  • Directed practice-wide initiative to integrate digital and traditional public relations work, and led internal professional development trainings related to digital media strategy.
  • Frequently conducted presentations as resident expert on the convergence of digital and conventional media.
  • Client engagements included: Yale University, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), the American Petroleum Institute, Dannon’s Corporate Social Responsibility division, and New York Presbyterian Hospital.
  • 2008 PRSA Big Apple Award winner for Innovation and Technology category (and Honorable Mention recipient from PR News’ Nonprofit Awards) for work on behalf of Yale University.

Senior Associate, v-Fluence Interactive Public Relations
Boston, MA & New York, NY. Aug. 2005 – July 2007

  • Conducted online reputation and issues management for Fortune 500 clients. Optimized client-related topics and managed client risks in various online media. Prepared press releases and developed issues-based content.
  • Researched and analyzed key stakeholder activity to inform campaign strategy.
  • Client engagements included: Hilton Hotels, Anheuser-Busch, Southwest Airlines, Monsanto and the NCAA.

Creative Consultant, The Apprentice: Martha Stewart
New York, NY. Spring 2005

  • Worked in confidential, creative development capacity for NBC’s popular reality television series.

National Advance Staff, Kerry-Edwards 2004, Inc.
Manchester, NH & Washington, DC. Sept. 2003 – Nov. 2004

  • Managed on-site advance operations for major campaign events nationwide during both the primary and general elections.
  • Designed and coordinated logistics for rallies, message events and retail campaign stops, working closely with the scheduling office and communications staff.
  • Managed briefings for all parties including: the senator, speaking program participants, V.I.P attendees, traveling staff, and press.

Press Intern, United States Senate, Office of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)
Washington, DC & Boston, MA. Nov. 2002 – Sept. 2003

  • Assembled and distributed daily press clips, drafted press releases, assisted press secretary with general clerical duties, organized and compiled a comprehensive record of media attention.
  • Aided in on-site advance operations for events in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and assisted senior advance staff with day-to-day operations.

Research Assistant, The Annenberg Public Policy Center Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Philadelphia, PA. Jan. 2002 - May 2002

  • Conducted research on the television news media’s treatment of terrorism in the wake of the September 11th attacks. Shared conclusions and recommendations with editors and executives of national media organizations.


University of Southern California
Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, Los Angeles, CA
Ph.D., Communication, December 2016.

Research focus: global journalism; commercialization and professionalization of national media systems; international media policy and political culture; economic and technological change within media institutions.

Columbia University, New York, NY
M.S., Strategic Communications, February 2010.

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
B.A., double major in Philosophy and Communication, May 2002.


Hannah, M. (June 2016). The Best “Worst President”: What the Right Gets Wrong About Barack Obama. New York, NY: Dey Street/HarperCollins.


Pilot Guest on NPR’s “Up First” Radio Segment and Podcast. Invited to be a guest during the pre-production planning of the Morning Edition show. The ten-minute radio segment is also distributed as a NPR’s morning news podcast. “The most important stories are Up First every morning. What you need to know... what to look out for... and what to expect next.” March 2017.

Commentator on cable news with regular appearances on CNBC, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. A sample of video clips of political commentary and media analysis can be seen on my website: These are drawn from more than 200 appearances (approximately one per week) between the spring of 2012 and the spring of 2016. 

Barack Obama: The Best “Worst President.” WNYC (NPR affiliate in New York City, NY). “The Takeaway” program. “Back in 2008, Barack Obama campaigned on the slogan 'Yes We Can,' but his detractors say his progress throughout his presidency has been 'No You Can't.' Conservatives have called the president everything from a freedom wrecker and a liar, to an outsider, a socialist, and a dictator. In his newly-released book, The Best 'Worst President': What the Right Gets Wrong About Barack Obama, Mark Hannah, a Democratic political commentator who has worked for both John Kerry and Barack Obama, takes on the critics of America’s 44th president.” Guest: Mark Hannah.  June 2016.  

“Social Media and Political Engagement.” WBUR (NPR affiliate in Boston, MA).  “Radio Boston” program. “It’s the new way to watch political debates: two screens. Debate on one, Twitter or Facebook on the other. But how are these instant reactions on social media changing how we watch and react to political discourse? Is it a good thing or are we distracting ourselves from something more substantial?”  Guest: Mark Hannah.  October 2012.

“Transparency.”  Radio Australia (ABC Radio).  “Future Tense” program.  “We cast a critical eye over the idea that social media is leading to greater corporate transparency.”  Guests:  Shel Holtz, Mark Hannah, Mike Hickinbotham, Stilgherrian, Stephen Long.  September 2009.

Interview: Mark Hannah tells of his experience on John Kerry's advance team.  National Public Radio (NPR).  “All Things Considered” program.   January 2004.


Council on Foreign Relations, Term Member, 2017 - present
Invited to participate in a five-year term membership of CFR, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank and publisher founded in 1921.This program was “established to cultivate the next generation of foreign policy leaders.” 

Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression Initiative, Expert, 2017 - present
Contribute to a community of experts who assist executive director Dr. Agnes Callamard in maintaining a Global Database of Freedom of Expression Case Law and advance our understanding of international norms which best protect free flow of information and expression. 

PEN America, Member, 2016 - present
An association of writers who advocate for human rights and free expression, PEN America’s mission is “to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.”

Truman National Security Project, Political Partner, 2015 - present  
Active member of, and political advocate for, the Truman Project, which unites "next-generation veteran, political, and policy leaders to develop and advance strong, smart, and principled solutions to the global challenges Americans now face."

Manhattan Theatre Company, Young Patron, 2015 – 2016
Member of the theatre company’s network of young patrons, supporting arts education and participating in cultural events related to the programming and mission of one of the country’s most acclaimed theatre organizations.

National Association for Media Literacy Education, Member of the Board of Directors, 2008-2012
Serve as a board member of NAMLE, a national membership organization dedicated to helping individuals of all ages, through media literacy education, develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression that they need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens.  Serve as a member of the Communications Committee.

PBS’s MediaShift blog, Political Correspondent, 2009 – 2012
Author blog entries on about how the “digital media revolution” is impacting the communications profession.  Past topics include:  transparency, crisis communications, mainstream media bypass, and public diplomacy.

Society for New Communications Research (SNCR), Research Fellow, 2008
Conducted primary research into digital media’s impact on public opinion formation, and presented findings at annual organization’s annual conference. Served as a judge on 2008 Excellence in New Communications Awards. 

New York Cares, Volunteer, 2007 – 2009
Active member of volunteer corps. Among the more rewarding long-term assignments, taught citizenship test preparation courses to ESL residents at the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation.

Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Member, 2006 – 2009.
Served as a judge on 2007 & 2008 Bateman Case Study Competitions.


Hannah, M. (forthcoming). “Free Flow Versus Fair Flow: Revisiting the NWICO debates in the global era.” Journalism.

Hannah, M. (2018). “Democratizing & Debasing: A recent history of commercialization and political celebritization in the Czech media.” Journalism Studies. doi:10.1080/1461670X.2017.1421867

Edgerly, S., Thorson, K., Bighash, L., & Hannah, M(2016). “Posting about politics: Media and resources for political expression on Facebook.” Journal of Information Technology & Politics. doi:10.1080/19331681.2016.1160267

Hannah, M. (2016). Review of the book The Rise of the Right to Know: Politics and the Culture of Transparency, 1945 – 1975 by Schudson, M. International Journal of Communication. Vol. 10. Retrieved from:

Hannah, M. (2015). Review of the book Shaping Immigration News: A French-American Comparison by Benson, R. International Journal of Communication. Vol. 9. Retrieved from:

Hannah, M. (2014). Review of the book Transparency in Politics and the Media: Accountability and Open Government by Bowles, N.; Hamilton, J. & Levy, D. (Eds.). International Journal of Communication. Vol. 8. Retrieved from:

Hannah, M. (2014). Review of the book Communication and Power in the Global Era: Orders and Borders by Kraidy, M. (Ed.).  International Journal of Communication. Vol. 8. Retrieved from:

Hannah, M. (2013). “Media Transformation and Political Marketing in the Post-Communist World.”  International Journal of Communication.  Vol. 7.  Book Review Essay.  Retrieved from:


Hannah, M. “Hybridizing 'The Holy Space' - The Cultures of Unity and Dissent in the Cuban News Media.”

Hannah, M. "The Spirit of Inquiry and Espionage: The Southern Weekly Incident & the Growing Cultures of Commercialization and Digitalization in the Chinese News Media."


Contributor to: "Responsible Data Sharing in the Private Sector: Exploring Best Practices, Common Community Standards, and Case Studies." A report by: United Nations Global Pulse, Data & Society Research Institute and The Engine Room. Following from the event, "Responsible Data Forum on Private Sector Data" at the Rockefeller Foundation, 2014.

Contributor to: Latonero, M., Wex, B. & Dank, M. (2015) "Technology and Labor Trafficking in a Network Society."  A report by The Center for Communication Leadership and Policy at the University of Southern California.  Funded by Humanity United. Retrieved from:


Hannah, M. (2017). “Democratic Drivers of ‘Free Flow’ and ‘Fair Flow’ News - The New World Information and Communications Order (NWICO) Debates Reexamined in the Global Era.” Presentation at the Media Performance and Democracy pre-conference of the International Communications Association (ICA) conference, May, 2017. San Diego, CA.

Hannah, M. (2017). “Cultures of Autonomy & Polarization in the Post-Soviet Czech Press.” Presentation at the Joint Journalism and Communications Historians Conference. March, 2017. New York, NY.

Hannah, M. (2016). Plenary Panel Moderation, “Fact Checking and Fiction Peddling in the 2016 Presidential Election.” New York Press Club’s Conference on Journalism. Other participants include: Amy Goodman (PBS’s Democracy Now), Eliana Johnson (The National Review), and Michael Calderone (The Huffington Post). October, 2016. New York, NY.

Hannah, M. (2016, in absentia). “Authoritarian Populism: Closed Media Systems in an Open World.” Co-organizer of panel for International Communications Association (ICA) conference, June, 2016. Fukuoka, Japan. Absent due to parental leave.

Hannah, M. (2016). Media Coverage of the 2016 Presidential Election. Roundtable at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA). Other participants include Lara Brown (George Washington University), Caroline Heldman (Occidental College). January, 2106. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Hannah, M. (2015). “Prospects for Economic and Cultural Reform within the Cuban News Media.”  Populism, Authoritarianism and the Media Conference hosted by Prague Media Point. November, 2015. Prague, Czech Republic.

Hannah, M. (2015).  Panel Presentation, “Political Reporting- Covering the Presidential Election.” New York Press Club’s Conference on Journalism.  Other participants include Jill Lawrence (The USA Today), David Leventhal (Center for Public Integrity), Alan Chartok (Northeast Public Radio). October, 2015. New York, NY.

Hannah, M. (2015). "Hybridizing 'The Holy Space' - The Cultures of Unity and Dissent in the Cuban News Media." Presentation at the International Communications Association (ICA) conference, May, 2015. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Hannah, M. (2015). "The End of The Wink: How Global Media Challenge Code-Word Diplomacy." Presentation at the International Studies Association (ISA) conference, February, 2015. New Orleans, LA.

Hannah, M. (2015). "The Spirit of Inquiry and Espionage The Southern Weekly Incident & the Growing Culture of Commercialization in the Chinese Media." Presentation at the International Studies Association (ISA) conference, February, 2015, New Orleans, LA.

Hannah, M. (2014).  “Media Reform in Argentina:  A Case Study of International Influences on National Media Law.” Presentation at the International Communications Association (ICA) conference, May, 2014. Seattle, WA.

Hannah, M. (2014) Panel: “Quantified Voter: The Promise and Perils of Big Data in Political Campaigns.”
Moderated a panel at the Western Political Science Association (WPSA) annual conference, April, 2014. Seattle, WA.  Panelists included: Andrew Claster (Deputy Director of Analytics for Obama for America/OFA), Anders Conbere (principal architect of OFA's Narwhal API), Cyrus Krohn (Director of Digital Strategy for the Republican National Committee), Benjamin Mako Hill (University of Washington).

Hannah, M. (2013). “An Application of the Fundamental Attribution Bias to Non-response in Computer-Mediated Communication.” Presentation in the Scholar-to-scholar session at the National Communication Association (NCA) annual meeting.  November, 2013.  Washington, DC. 

Hannah, M. & Cowan, G. (2013). “The Wink: The Causes & Consequences of Disingenuous Displays of International Aggression in Domestic Political Campaigns.”  Presentation to the annual conference of the International Studies Association’s western chapter (ISA West). September, 2013.  Pasadena, CA.

Edgerly, S., Thorson, K., Bighash, L., Hannah, M., Gee, E. (2013). “Posting About Politics: Media as Resources For Political Expression on Facebook .”  Presentation at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), August, 2013.  Washington, DC.

Edgerly, S., Thorson, K., Bighash, L., Hannah, M., Gee, E. (2013). “Everyday pundits: Media as resources for debating the debates on Facebook.” Presentation at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. April, 2013.  Chicago, IL. 

Hannah, M., Gee, E. (2012) “Big Bird, Binders and Bayonets: Social Media Memes and the 2012 Presidential Debates.”  Presentation given at the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR) annual research symposium.  November 2012.  Palo Alto, CA.

Hannah, M. (2008).  “Public E-Pinion: Social Media in Politics and Public Sector Communications.”  Presentation given at the Society for New Communications Research’s NewComm Forum conference.  Primary research April 2008.   San Francisco, CA.


Adjunct Lecturer. New York University
2015 - present
Taught a graduate course PRCC1-GC 1900 “Research Methods” in the School of Professional Studies and the undergraduate course MCC-UE 1800 “Political Rhetoric” in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

Adjunct Lecturer. Queens College
Created and taught the graduate course MEDST-757 “Media & Politics” for a new master’s program in media studies.

Adjunct Lecturer.  The New School                                                                              
2011 - 2016
Created and taught the course NMDS 5162 “Public Opinion Amid Social and Antisocial Media,” to graduate (M.A.) students in a seminar format (approximately 12 students per semester) in the spring of 2012 (in-person), 2013, 2014, 2015 (online), and 2016 (in-person, scheduled).  

Teaching Assistant, University of Southern California                                                                          
2013 - 2015
Lead teaching assistant to the undergraduate survey course, ASCJ 100 (“The Changing World of Communication and Journalism”) co-taught by the Annenberg School’s current and former deans, Earnest Wilson III and Geoffrey Cowan (Fall, 2013).  Teaching assistant to COMM 310 (“Media and Society”) taught by Professor Bob Scheer (Spring, 2014).


New York University. “Political Communication in the 2016 Presidential Campaign.” Departmental panel discussion with Rodney Benson and Deborah Borisoff. Professor/Reference: Rodney Benson. October, 2016.

University of Southern California.  COMM 498: “Ethical Issues in Entertainment and Communications.”  Professor/Reference:  Bob Scheer.  February, 2014.  

Brooklyn College. Graduate course on New Media Literacies.  Professor/Reference: Katherine Fry. March, 2014.

University of Southern California.  COMM 310: “Media and Society.”  Professor/Reference:  Bob Scheer.  February, 2014. 

Occidental College.  Politics 101: “The American Presidency.” Professor/Reference:  Caroline Heldman.  November, 2013.

University of Southern California. PUBD 508: “The Rhetoric of War and Peace.”  Professor/Reference: Paul Strait.  October, 2013. 

University of Southern California.  COMM 322: “Argumentation & Advocacy.”  Professor/Reference: Francesca Smith.  November, 2012. 

Fairfield University.  Course Title: “Political Communication.”  Professor/Reference:  Katie Levinson.  November 2009. 

Columbia University.  COMMK 4005: “Strategic Communications: Analysis, Theory, and Ethics.”  Professor/Reference:  Shawn McIntosh.  October, 2008. 


Political Correctness is an Absolute Must. July 2016.

Donald Trump, Our Great American Novelist, June 2016

President Obama as Media Critic (Rather Than Subject). The Huffington Post. Feb 2015

At Personal Democracy Forum, Snowden & Co. Turn Focus To Encryption. PBS's MediaShift Blog. June 2014

The Other Media Revolution. Confessions of an Aca-Fan (blog of Henry Jenkins).  Oct 2013

How Helpful is All this Election Data?  PBS's MediaShift Blog. Oct 2012

#Bindersfullofwomen: Does 'Rabid Response' Political Culture Inform or Distract? PBS's MediaShift Blog. Oct 2012

Can a Social Media Campaign Get People to Vote in the Real World?  PBS's MediaShift Blog. Oct 2012

Romney's Race-Baiting Welfare Ads.  The Huffington Post.  Aug 2012.

Google Touts Promise of Targeted Political Ads, Despite Turning Off Voters.  PBS's MediaShift Blog. July 2012

PDF12: How Cyber-Dissidents Evade Chinese Censorship.  PBS's MediaShift Blog. June 2012

With Political Information, a Modern Embarrassment of Riches. The Huffington Post.  June 2012

Will Online Video Coverage of U.S. Election Eat into Text-based Stories? PBS's MediaShift Blog. May 2012

As TV Biz Resists Disclosure of Super PAC Ads, ProPublica Turns to Crowdsourcing. PBS's MediaShift Blog. Apr 2012

Pew Report Finds Americans Unfriending Over Political Beliefs.  PBS's MediaShift Blog. Mar 2012

The Yes Men's Bichlbaum Discusses Ethics of WikiLeaks PBS’s MediaShift Blog. Feb 2011.

NPR, an island of civility in a sea of anger, should be left alone by budget hawks. NY Daily News. Dec 2010.

The Importance and Challenges of Universal Media Literacy EducationPBS’s MediaShift Blog.  Aug 2009.

The Highs (and Lows) of Public Officials on Twitter.  PBS’s MediaShift Blog.  July 2009.

How Will Iranian Protests Change Twitter?  PBS’s MediaShift Blog.  June 2009.

Issue Advocacy on the Internet (Parts One and Two).  PBS’s MediaShift Blog.  May – June 2009.

PR People Must Heed Digital Reality as Newspapers Fold. PBS’s MediaShift Blog. Mar 2009.

Public Diplomacy in the Digital Age (Parts One and Two). PBS’s MediaShift Blog. Feb – Mar 2009.

In Hudson River Landing, PR Pros Were Not First Responders.  PBS’s MediaShift Blog.  Feb 2009.

Obama, Congress Enlist 'Direct to Constituent' Communications. PBS’s MediaShift Blog. Jan 2009.

Transparency as a PR Principle, Not a Tactic.  PBS’s MediaShift Blog.  Jan 2009.










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