Luke Capizzo

Assistant Professor


B.A. in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy/Professional Writing, Michigan State University
M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication, Department of Communication, University of Maryland-College Park

Areas of Expertise
  • Dialogue
  • Organizational Listening
  • Social Issues Management
  • Corporate Social Advocacy
  • Public Relations

LUKE CAPIZZO, Ph.D., APR is an assistant professor of strategic communication and public relations. A PR researcher, educator, and practitioner, his scholarly interests include (1) social issues management; (2) theory building in activism, DEI, dialogue, and organizational listening; and (3) the public relations profession, scholarship, and pedagogy. Broadly, his research examines the potential societal contributions of organizations through the public relations function. His peer-reviewed research has been published in multiple journals including the Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, International Journal of Strategic Communication, and Journal of Public Relations Education. He serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, and Case Studies in Strategic Communication, and as an associate editor for Journal of Public Relations Education. His research has been funded as an Arthur W. Page Legacy Scholar (2020, 2022, and 2023).

Capizzo is a member of the public relations divisions of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), the International Communication Association (ICA), and the National Communication Association (NCA). He also stays active with the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), through which he earned an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2014. Prior to graduate studies, he practiced public relations for eight years in a variety of industries, serving in both agency and in-house roles. Before joining the Missouri School of Journalism, he spent three years as an assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies at James Madison University. With Regina Luttrell (Syracuse University), he is the author of two public relations textbooks—Public Relations Campaigns: An Integrated Approach and The PR Agency Handbook—both with Sage. He currently has a book under contract with Routledge focusing on public relations and social impact.

Updated: October 12, 2023