Alexander Nikolaev, PhD

Associate Professor of Communication

Alexander Nikolaev

Office: PSA 309A
Phone: 215.895.1907


  • PhD, Mass Communication, Florida State University, 2001

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Public Relations
  • Political Communication
  • Crisis Communication
  • International Communication
  • International Negotiations
  • International News Coverage
  • International Communication Ethics and Morality
  • Political Discourse Analysis

Research Projects

  • International political rhetoric.
  • International mass media and communication ethics.
  • Transformation and applications of the two-level-game theory.
  • A series of journal articles in cooperation with Douglas Porpora in the area of the American public sphere policy debates and other political debates in American media.


Alexander G. Nikolaev, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of communication in the Department of Culture and Communication at Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA). He earned his doctorate from the Florida State University where he also taught for four years. His areas of research interest and expertise include public relations, political communication, international communication, international negotiations, international news coverage, crisis communication, and political discourse analysis. He authored articles in these areas in trade and scholarly journals (including Journal of Communication and Journal of Political Communication) as well as multiple book chapters in the United States and overseas.

He has years of practical work experience in the fields of journalism and public relations in the United States and Eastern Europe. He is the author of International negotiations: Theory, Practice, and the Connection with Domestic Politics. He also edited Ethical issues in International Communication and coedited with Ernest Hakanen Leading to the 2003 Iraq War: The global Media Debate. He also coauthored with a group of colleagues Postethical society: The attack on Iraq, Abu Ghraib, and the moral failure of the secular American public sphere.

Selected Publications


  • Porpora, D. V., Nikolaev, A. G., Hagemann May, J. & Jenkins, A. (2013). Postethical society: The attack on Iraq, Abu Ghraib, and the moral failure of the secular American public sphere. Chicago, Il: University of Chicago Press.
  • Nikolaev, A. G. (Ed.). (2011). Ethical issues in international communication. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Nikolaev, A. G. (2007). International negotiations: Theory, practice and the connection with domestic politics. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. (2008 paperback edition)
  • Nikolaev, A. G., & Hakanen, E. A. (Eds.). (2006). Leading to the 2003 Iraq war: The global media debate. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles

  • Jenkins, A., Nikolaev, A. G., & Porpora, D. (2012). Moral reasoning and the online debate about Iraq. Political Communication, 29 (1), 4463.
  • Porpora, D., Nikolaev, A. G., & Hagemann, J. (2010). Abuse, torture, frames, and the Washington Post. Journal of Communication, 60 (2), 254270.
  • Nikolaev, A. G. (2009). Images of war: Content analysis of the photo coverage of the war in Kosovo. Critical Sociology, 35 (1), 105130.
  • Nikolaev, A. G., & Porpora, D. (2006). President Bush's prewar rhetoric on Iraq: Paranoid style in action. Critical Inquiries in Language Studies, 3 (4), 245262.

Book Chapters

  • Nikolaev, A. G. (2012). Turnaround in Russia: Crisis communication campaigns during the 2008 war in South Ossetia. In Amiso George and Cornelius B. Pratt (Eds.), Case studies in crisis communication: International perspectives on hits and misses. (pp. 361379). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Nikolaev, A. G. & Porpora, D. V. (2011). Talking war: How elite newspaper editorials and opinion pieces debated the attack on Iraq. In Steven CarltonFord and Morten G. Ender (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of war and society: Iraq and Afghanistan (pp. 222233). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Nikolaev, A. G. (2010). Thirty common basic elements of crisis management plans: Guidelines for handling the acute stage of "hard" emergencies at the tactical level. In W. T. Coombs & S. J. Holladay (Eds.), Handbook of crisis communication (pp. 261281). London/New York, NY: WileyBlackwell Publishing.
  • Nikolaev, A. G. (2006). Why the Russians did not support the 2003 Iraq war: A frame analysis of the Russian television coverage of the coming of the war in Iraq. In A. G. Nikolaev & E. A. Hakanen (Eds.), Leading to the 2003 Iraq war: The global media debate (pp. 197221). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.