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Kara Alaimo

Assistant Professor of Public Relations
Hofstra University

Kara Alaimo, Ph.D. is a global public relations consultant, trainer, and professor. A former communicator in the Obama administration and the United Nations, she now consults on global communication campaigns, designs customized employee training programs for companies on how to adapt messages and strategies for different global markets, and teaches public relations at Hofstra University. She is a member of the board of the World Communication Forum in Davos.

Biography

Kara Alaimo, Ph.D. is a global public relations consultant, trainer, and professor. A former communicator in the Obama administration and the United Nations, she now consults on global communication campaigns, designs customized employee training programs for companies on how to adapt messages and strategies for different global markets, and teaches public relations at Hofstra University. She is author of "Pitch, Tweet, or Engage on the Street: How to Practice Global Public Relations and Strategic Communication" and is a member of the board of the World Communication Forum in Davos.

From 2012-2013, Dr. Alaimo served as Head of Communications for the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, a group of heads of state and other eminent thinkers convened to recommend the world’s next plan for eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development. In 2011, she was appointed by President Obama as Spokesperson for International Affairs in the U.S. Treasury Department, where she communicated global economic diplomacy initiatives, including America’s bilateral economic relationships; engagement in multilateral institutions including the G-20, World Bank, and IMF; and international monetary, trade, development, environmental, and energy policy. In this capacity, she also served as media adviser to Jim Yong Kim during his successful 2012 campaign for the World Bank Presidency.

She also previously served as the first Press Secretary of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Global Media Coordinator for the United Nations Millennium Campaign, and as a spokesperson for New York City economic development initiatives during the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

Dr. Alaimo earned her Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy, and Masters of Arts degrees at the City University of New York, and her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at N.Y.U.

Her academic research on international and political/advocacy public relations has also been published in academic journals including the International Journal of Communication, Journal of Communication Management, Journal of Public Affairs, Case Studies in Strategic Communication, and Social Media & Society.

For more information, visit her website, www.karaalaimo.com, and follow her Twitter handle, @karaalaimo.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Global public relations and strategic communication

Websites

Books

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 Featured Title - Pitch Tweet Street (Alaimo) - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

International Journal of Communication

Increased Efforts by Modern States to Improve their Reputations...


Published: May 16, 2016 by International Journal of Communication
Authors: Kara Alaimo

This study suggests that, since the year 2000, governments have been making greater claims and efforts to enforce women’s human rights. However, their motivations appear to be to improve their reputations in the international community rather than to protect women.

Journal of Public Affairs

Which Government Officials Leak Unauthorized Information to the Press...


Published: Feb 01, 2016 by Journal of Public Affairs
Authors: Kara Alaimo

Every modern president of the United States has been bedeviled by unauthorized leaks of government information to the press. Who is responsible for such leaks?

Journal of Communication Management

The US President’s Most Effective Spokespeople


Published: Jan 01, 2016 by Journal of Communication Management
Authors: Kara Alaimo

The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether political appointees or civil servants are more effective spokespeople for the President of the United States of America (US). The findings suggest that civil servants more effectively advance the President’s positions in the press than political appointees.

Case Studies in Strategic Communication

Public Relations as Personal Relationships


Published: Dec 31, 2015 by Case Studies in Strategic Communication
Authors: Kara Alaimo

A decade ago, the Chinese barely purchased French wines. Today, China is the world’s largest market for the wines of Bordeaux. This case study investigates the public relations strategies of the “first growths” of Bordeaux, France - the elite group of wineries officially classified as the region’s best - that have fueled this remarkable growth.

Social Media & Society

How Facebook Page “We Are All Khaled Said” Helped Promote Egyptian Revolution


Published: Jul 01, 2015 by Social Media & Society
Authors: Kara Alaimo

This study analyzes how the owner of the Facebook Arabic page “We Are All Khaled Said” both catalyzed and took advantage of opportunities in the Egyptian political climate in order to help promote the country’s 2011 revolution.