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School of Global Journalism & Communication

Carl Hyden

Carl Hyden

Associate Dean for Administration / Interim Chair, MPPD, School of Global Journalism & Communication

Office: Communication Center 365
Phone: 443-885-3744


MA - Communication/Rhetoric; Ohio University
MA - Theatre History and Criticism; Ohio University
BA - Speech and Theatre; Bloomsburg University

Carl Hyden, Associate Dean for Administration in the School of Global Journalism & Communication, came to MSU in 1995 after 16 years working first for Baltimore Mayor, then Maryland Governor, William Donald Schaefer.  He’s taught courses in rhetoric, political communication, propaganda and strategic communication.

His primary research involves ways in which monuments, architecture and landscape inhabit place and communicate what is important to society.  Conference papers on local and national 9/11 memorials, the Chicago parks system, the High Line in NYC, Westminster Arcade in Providence, RI and Maryland’s memorials to Thurgood Marshall became chapters in Public Places:  Sites of Political Communication, a book he co-authored.

He contributed a chapter about the site of Washington’s National Gallery of Art as a place of public memory for the book, Rhetorics Haunting the National Mall.  He is co-author of the recently published, Political Problems and Personalities in Contemporary Maryland and is currently working with two colleagues on a textbook titled, The Rhetoric of Public Places, tentatively scheduled for a summer 2024 release.

He is a member of the National Communication Association and the Eastern Communication Association.  He has had active roles in governance of ECA. 

Outside Morgan, he is a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary General of both the United States of America Wushu-Kungfu Federation (USAWKF) and WWC16 Administration, Inc. (an organization tasked with organizing the 16th World Wushu Championships in Fort Worth, Texas).  He is also Deputy Secretary General and Special Advisor to the President of the Pan America Wushu Federation (PAWF).  He is a past president of the Collegiate Forensics Association (CFA), a speech and debate organization.  In his various roles, he has traveled to 30 states and to Brazil, Canada, China, Spain and Taiwan. 

Research Interests: communication and place, place and public memory, communication and the electoral process, political advertising, propaganda and speech/debate