Faculty Bio

Dana Janbek, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Public Relations

Office: Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts

Tel: 617-243-2013

Email: djanbek@lasell.edu

Department: Communication


  • Ph.D. Communication, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
  • M.A. Political Science, emphasis International Relations, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
  • B.S. Communication Studies, Spalding University, Louisville, KY


  • COM 701 Communication, Ethics, & Society
  • COM 705 Media Relations
  • COM 706 Global Media
  • COM 738 Persuasion & Public Opinion
  • COM 750 Intercultural Communication

Dr. Dana Janbek is an internationally-focused scholar and educator. She teaches media and intercultural communication courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her two research agendas focus on the Syrian refugee crisis and on terrorist use of the internet. She is fluent in Arabic.

Dr. Janbek has visited refugees in Jordan and in Germany. In addition to a book chapter, Dr. Janbek's research findings were published in a co-authored paper titled "Syrian refugees and information precarity" in New Media & Society, a top-ranked communication journal. Dr. Janbek worked on "The Faces of Syrian Refugees" exhibit which was showcased at Boston's City Hall in the summer of 2017. In 2016 she organized a refugee symposium which brought to campus refugees and experts to discuss the immigration debate.  

Dr. Janbek's research on the use of the Internet by terrorist groups looks at how they communicate, plan, and recruit online. In addition to a number of journal articles, she has a co-authored book titled Global terrorism and new media: The post Al-Qaeda generation published by Routledge.    

Professor Janbek has been teaching at Lasell College since 2009; prior to her time here, she worked as an instructor at the University of Miami School of Communication in Coral Gables, FL. Her professional background includes time at World Communities of Louisville, INC. in Louisville, KY, and at the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Washington, D.C.

Click here for a list of Dr. Janbek's publications and media appearances.

External Research and Teaching Awards:

  • Massachusetts Council for International Education Lecturer, 2016
  • Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Grant Recipient, 2016
  • The Plank Center Educator Fellowship Program, Fellow at Johnson & Johnson, 2013
  • The Plank Center Educator Fellowship Program, Fellow at JetBlue, 2012


Dr. Janbek presents her research regularly at communication conferences, most often at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference. Additionally, she has been invited to give dozens of presentations on her research at academic institutions including at Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University, Tufts University, College of Holy Cross, Worcester State University, Roger Williams University, Roxbury Community College, Massasoit Community College, and Bristol Community College.