Margot Susca (Ph.D., Florida State University) is a professorial lecturer in SOC's journalism division who also heads the weekend M.A. program in Journalism and Digital Storytelling. She teaches courses in reporting, journalism ethics, children's media culture, mass media and society, and code.

Her academic work focuses on journalism and society, U.S. military recruitment video games, corporate media ownership and democracy, and the media's handling of mass shootings. Dr. Susca has published articles on these subjects in First Amendment Studies, Global Media Journal, and the ICA journal Communication, Culture & Critique. She also has presented work in these areas at conferences in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Dr.

Susca is a 2002 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she studied the fundamentals of urban reporting, feature writing, and breaking news in the months after the September 11 terrorist attacks, which she covered from Lower Manhattan. She has worked as a reporter in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida, where the Society of Professional Journalists recognized her investigative work on high school graduation rates and the GED.


  • –present
    Professorial Lecturer, American University School of Communication