Holli A. Semetko, MSc PhD (The London School of Economics & Political Science) MBA (Emory), is a Fulbright Nehru Scholar and Visiting Honorary Professor at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Bombay) in Mumbai and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Media and International Affairs and Professor of Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta, where she served as Vice Provost for International Affairs (VPIA) from 2003 to early 2013. With over 100 publications, her research on influence, attention and campaigns in international contexts extends from the US, UK, Germany, Turkey and the European Union (EU), to India, China and South Korea.
Dr. Semetko's years as VPIA and Director of The Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning were a time of unsurpassed growth in Emory’s international reputation, partnerships, teaching and research. Emory’s international alumni clubs grew more than ten-fold, the international student and scholar population grew eight-fold, and more than 100 international partnerships and programs were launched in countries around the world. Strategic alliances with institutions in a number of countries were launched and strengthened under her leadership.
Semetko established the Halle Institute's research program in 2004 to advance faculty research and partnered with a variety of institutions to cosponsor symposia including: the European Central Bank; Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; diplomatic missions from Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Turkey and the UK; Seoul National University and Nanjing University’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. Hundreds of scholars and students have benefited from the research program. The Halle Institute's Knowledge Futures initiative, an interdisciplinary program that sponsors forums to address critical issues about the digital, mediated and wireless world, was launched by Dr. Semetko, as were many new programs including the endowed Turkish Lecture Series; Cartooning for Peace at the United Nations and Cartooning for Peace and Health at Emory; and the annual India Summit. The Halle Institute’s study trip program was expanded from Germany and India to Belgium, Brazil, China and Hong Kong, Jordan, South Korea, Indonesia and Turkey.
Dr. Semetko spent 8 years as Professor and Chair of Audience and Public Opinion Research at the University of Amsterdam where she obtained over 1.5 million euros in research grants, launched and served as founding board chair of the Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR) where she remains an honorary professor. She held fellowships from Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
An award-winning scholar, Dr. Semetko received the Samuel H. Beer Dissertation Prize and the MSc in political sociology with distinction at the LSE. An advisor to The Carter Center China Program, Dr. Semetko serves on a number of non-profit boards and consults internationally. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Emory's Center for Ethics, and the Academy of International Business.