Jeannette Viens

Graduate Student
2130 Skinner Building
Professional Interests: 

Jeannette Viens is pursuing her Ph.D. in the Department of Communication, with an emphasis on strategic public relations surrounding refugee and immigration discourse. Her interests include the representation of refugees and refugee policy in the American media, highlighting its effect on American public opinion, and contrasting this representation with first-hand refugee narratives as well as the overall dynamics of media reinforcing public opinion and the consequential influence on policy.

Jeannette obtained a Master of Arts (Honours) in International Relations from the University of St Andrews in 2015.  She has acted as the Director of Public Relations for Grassroot Diplomat since May 2016, which has included co-authoring The Brexit Handbook, a book encompassing the diplomatic consequences and strategies in face of the UK withdrawal from the EU. Additionally, Jeannette has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Campus Compact of Southern New England, acting as a liaison between the Western Massachusetts refugee population, including K-12 students and their families, service providers, and community organizations.