Heather Davis Epkins, Adjunct Faculty

Heather Davis Epkins (PhD, Communication, University of Maryland; MA, Public Relations, Louisiana State University; BA, Journalism, Virginia Tech) has nearly 20 years of professional experience in communications and public relations, with extensive experience in advocacy campaigns, public affairs, journalism and media-government relations. Her teaching and research interests include media theory, national security journalism and issues of media and terrorism. Currently a Visiting Assistant Professor for the University of Maryland, she most recently served as Communications Director for the Oyster Recovery Partnership – the leading environmental nonprofit restoring Chesapeake Bay oysters. Heather has also served as Communications and Public Affairs Director for America’s Travel Industry Association in Washington, D.C., as well as an on-air personality and Capitol Hill press secretary for a California congressman. Heather is also a proud founder of a nationally-recognized anti-drug abuse program for children.

Heather was recently published in Media, War & Conflict and has co-authored a book chapter on the impact of 9/11 on public relations campaign strategies inside America’s travel industry.

She teaches Media Effects.