Alexis Wichowski is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs teaching in the Technology, Media, and Communications (TMaC) specialization.
Public service experience: Disaster Relief Field Responder with the American Red Cross before and during 9/11; Program Officer at the State Department’s Office of eDiplomacy; Director of Media Analysis & Strategy at the Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations; (2016 - present) Associate Commissioner of Public Affairs for the City of New York’s Department of Veterans’ Services.
Teaching experience: “ESL for Business” in Beijing and Guangzhou, China; “Public Speaking,” “Computer-Mediated Communication” at University at Albany’s College of Arts & Sciences; “Senior Capstone Seminar” at University at Albany’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences; “Public Sector Innovation” at Brazil’s Insper Institute.
Awards: Presidential Management Fellowship, Meritorious Honor Awards (2), Distinguished Dissertation Award, SIPA student-nominated teaching award, Fulbright.
Additional work experience: Media impact research, information architecture development, academic book indexing, web coding, theater production, foreign sitcoms, and pretzel vending.
Recent publications: “Net States Rule the World,” in WIRED; “Hack the Bureaucracy: a User’s Guide to Getting Things Done in Government,” in GovExec; “Immerse Me: How to Lose Yourself in Story (Actual Story Not Required),” in TechCrunch; “Social Diplomacy, or How Diplomats Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tweet," in Foreign Affairs; "What Government Can and Should Learn from Hacker Culture," in The Atlantic; and a chapter in Digital Diplomacy: Theory & Practice entitled “ ‘Secrecy is for losers’: why diplomats should embrace openness to protect national security.” Wichowski’s forthcoming book, The Information Trade: How Big Tech Conquers Countries, Challenges Our Rights & Transforms Our World will be released in January 2020 by HarperCollins.
SIPA courses: E-Government & Digital Diplomacy (winner of SIPA’s “Top 5 Course Award,” selected by students out of over 200 courses), Technology, National Security & The Citizen, and capstones with Congress on technological advancements in China and with the Government of Aruba on e-government. Student evaluations of both courses can be found here.
Education: PhD in Information Science from the University at Albany's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences; BA in Chinese from Connecticut College, completed in three years cum laude.
Additional info is available at awichowski.com