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Dr. Randy Kluver, Dean


Alan R. (Randy) Kluver is the Dean of the School of Global Studies and Partnerships at Okahoma State University. As the senior international officer of the university, his role is to develop, implement, and coordinate global education and research projects for the university. His responsibilities include oversight of the Study Abroad/National Student Exchange Office, the Center for International Trade and Development, the English Language Institute, Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies, and the academic programs of the School of Global Studies and Partnerships.


Previously, Dr. Kluver served in a variety of roles at Texas A&M University, including Executive Director of Global Partnerships, Director of the Confucius Institute, and Director of the Institute for Pacific Asia. He also was Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University. He has extensive international experience, having previously taught at Jiangxi Normal University (China), National University of Singapore, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. In 2017, he was a visiting fellow in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and in 2012, was the recipient of a Fulbright Administrator’s Award in South Korea.


Dr. Kluver was the founder and Executive Director of the Singapore Internet Research Centre, located at Nanyang Technological University, and one of the principal investigators of the groundbreaking international analysis of the use of the Internet in elections around the world, The Internet and National Elections: a Comparative Study of Web Campaigning (Routledge, 2007). Dr. Kluver received the Fallon-Marshall Award for outstanding research in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M for his work on the geopolitics of new media. Dr. Kluver’s book Civic Discourse, Civil Society, and Chinese Communities won the Outstanding Book Award from the International and Intercultural Division of the National Communication Association in 2000. His essay “The Logic of New Media in International Relations” received the 2003 Walter Benjamin Award from the Media Ecology Association as the outstanding research article in media ecology. As a faculty member or administrator, he has served as Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator for approximately $10 million. He continues to do research on media, new media, and geopolitics.


He has published widely in the fields of new media, Asian politics, the internet in Asian societies, public diplomacy, and international communication. Dr. Kluver received his Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, M.A. from California State University and B.A. from the University of Oklahoma. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Communication, the Journal of Computer-mediated Communication, the Asian Journal of Communication, New Media and Society, China Media Research, and the Western Journal of Communication.

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