Alina Dolea holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences. Her research is situated at the intersection of public diplomacy, nation branding, migration, media and communication studies, with a focus on discourse. She is particularly interested in the role non-state actors have come to play in public diplomacy, reproducing, but also contesting and disrupting the state’s strategic communication. She is currently focusing on diasporas and emotions, exploring the opportunities as well as the consequences of their transnational existence for public diplomacy.
She is interested in supervising PhD students in any of these areas.

Alina was Fulbright Senior Scholar 2015-2016 and visited USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism between November 2015 and March 2016. She was also Visiting Scholar at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), during May-October 2015, researching public diplomacy in Switzerland (through the Swiss Scientific exchange program for new member states as part of Swiss Contribution to EU).

Alina received the European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA) 2015 PhD Award for Excellent Doctoral Theses for her PhD theses ”Country promotion as a public issue in Romania after 1989 - A social constructivist and interdisciplinary approach”.
She also received "Best paper" (with Diana Ingenhoff) at the Annual Conference of the Swiss Association of Communication and Media Research 2016 (Fribourg, Switzerland) and one of the “Best Faculty Papers in PR” at the 64th Annual Conference of International Communication Association, PR Division (Seattle, USA, 2014).

She is the author of ”Twenty years of (re)branding post-communist Romania. Actors, discourses, perspectives - 1990-2010” (Editura Institutul European, 2015) and co-author of “Branding Romania. Cum (ne) promovăm imaginea de țară”(How we promote our country image) (Curtea Veche Publishing, 2009). She published the first article on the institutionalization of Romanian government PR in the Public Relations Review.

Alina is one of the founders of the Public Diplomacy Interest Group within ICA, was elected Chair for 2018-2020 and will serve for an additional Chair mandate for 2020-2022.

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