Command and Staff College
Craig Hayden, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California
  • MA International Relations, School of International Relations, University of Southern California
  • BA Economics and Politics, University of California at Santa Cruz


Craig Hayden joined the MCU Command and Staff College as Associate Professor of Strategic Studies in 2018. From 2015-2018, he served as Coordinator and Chair for the Diplomatic Mastery Program at the U.S. Department of State, where he developed an interdisciplinary, blended learning program for all incoming Foreign Service officers. Dr. Hayden also taught courses in international communication and international relations theory at the American University School of International Service. Dr. Hayden is a Research Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and a member of the Public Diplomacy Council in Washington D.C. He has served as the Division Chair for the International Communication section of the International Studies Association. His research focuses on strategic communication, diplomacy, and the role of technology in international relations.


The Rhetoric of Soft Power: Public Diplomacy in Global Contexts (Lexington Books, 2011)

Routledge Handbook of Soft Power (co-editor) (Routledge, 2016)

Craig Hayden (in press) “International Digital Influence and Learning Objectives: Translating interdisciplinary insights for policy and practice” in Finley, S. & Walker, V. (Eds.) Educating Leaders for a Competitive Information Environment: Closing the Gap between Theory and Practice in Professional Military Education. NDU press

Sevin, Efe, Metzgar, E., & Craig Hayden (2019) “The Scholarship of Public Diplomacy: Analysis of a Growing Field.” International Journal of Communication. Vol 13.

Craig Hayden (2015) “Scope, Mechanism, and Outcome: Arguing Soft Power in the Context of Public Diplomacy” Journal of International Relations and Development 20(2), 331-257.

Craig Hayden and Emily Metzgar (2019) “Strategic Communication and Security” for Hamilton Bean and Bryan Taylor (Eds.) Handbook of Communication and Security, (Routledge).

Craig Hayden (2017) “Networked Public Argument as Terrain for Statecraft” In Winkler, C. Networking Argument, Selected Papers for the 20th Biennial NCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation (Milton Park, UK: Taylor and Francis Group).

Craig Hayden (2017) “Cyber/Digital Diplomacy” in Gordon Martel (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Diplomacy, (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell)

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