Anne-Bennett Smithson


J.D., Salmon P. Chase College of Law

Ph.D., George Mason University

2130 Skinner Building
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Anne-Bennett Smithson is a 2004 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information Studies and a 2008 graduate of Salmon P. Chase College of Law. She practiced law for two years in Texas before moving to Washington, D.C. In 2012, she earned her Master of Arts at Georgetown University, and in 2017 she completed her Ph.D. at George Mason University.  Dr. Smithson’s research focuses upon social network analysis, political communication, new media and elections, and media literacy. Her teaching experience includes courses in interpersonal communication, political communication, organizational communication, communication research methods, oral communication, and freedom of speech.