Gordon Stables

Director of the School of Journalism and Clinical Professor of Communication and Journalism

Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism University of Southern California

Gordon Stables is the Director of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism. He holds appointments as a Clinical Professor in both the Communication and Journalism schools.
Formally trained as a communication scholar, with an emphasis on argumentation, rhetoric and debate, he earned his BA in Communication from James Madison University after also attending George Mason University. He earned his Master’s and Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Georgia. He joined USC’s faculty in 2002 as the Director of their intercollegiate debate program, the Trojan Debate Squad. After more than a decade with the debate program, including building the nation’s first digital debate research initiative, he moved into a series of administrative roles including serving as an Associate Dean for Student Affairs and directing the school’s International Media Studies program.

In 2017, he became Director of USC’s Journalism School. In that capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the faculty, staff and students of both journalism and public relations programs. Those responsibilities include the leadership and management of 50 full-time and 100 part-time faculty, 1000 students, six-degree programs and our student newsroom, Annenberg Media. His current research and teaching emphasize development of media literacy programs for a number of distinct audiences.