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Hilary Fussell Sisco, Ph.D., APR, is a Professor of Strategic Communication at Quinnipiac University. Dr. Fussell Sisco is also the founding Chair of the Strategic Communication Department at Quinnipiac.

Dr. Fussell Sisco is the Editor-in-Chief of Public Relations Journal. She also served as the Associate Editor and then Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Public Relations Research. In addition, she has served as the Chair of the Educators Academy of PRSA, the Work-Life Gender Issues Committee of PRSA, the National Research Committee of PRSA and as a member of the Steering Committee for the Commission on Public Relations Education.

Dr. Fussell Sisco’s research focuses on public relations in the nonprofit sector, social media, and crisis communication. She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications in such journals as the Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Public Relations Journal and Corporate Communications: An International Journal. She has written on public relations education, technology, and crisis communication for the Institute of Public Relations Research Letter and PRSA’s Tactics. She is also a 2014 & 2017 Arthur W. Page Legacy Scholar.

Dr. Fussell Sisco has over 13 years of teaching experience. She received her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of South Carolina, her Master’s Degree in Corporate Communication from Radford University, and her undergraduate degree in Public Communication from Virginia Tech.


  • BA, Virginia Tech
  • MS, Radford University
  • PHD, University of South Carolina

Areas of Expertise

  • Gender and Communication
  • Nonprofit Public Relations
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media
  • Crisis Communication


  • Advertising Public Relations

Office Location

  • Comms, Computing & Engineering 259

Mail Drop

  • CE-MCM

Professional Designation