Karen Walker, Adjunct Faculty

M. Karen Walker, Ph.D., is an independent scholar and former foreign affairs officer specializing in the rhetoric of diplomacy. She has a PhD in communication from the University of Maryland College Park, completing her dissertation, “Rhetorical Work in Soft Power Diplomacy: The U.S.-India 123 Agreement and a Relationship Transformed,” in 2014. During her tenures at the U.S. Department of State, Karen designed and implemented public diplomacy and capacity building programs to promote energy and environmental security, economic security, and democracy and governance. Concurrent with her academic research, she is a Communications Manager with the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science. Before joining UVA Engineering, Karen was an Associate of Booz Allen Hamilton, where she provided strategic communications expertise to U.S. government clients in the international security arena. She is a member and has presented her research at conferences convened by the Kenneth Burke Society and National Communication Association, and has contributed essays to peer-reviewed journals and books in rhetorical criticism. She has taught Corporate Social Responsibility Campaigns and International PR and Public Diplomacy, and is currently teaching Speechwriting.