Dr. Leslie Rasmussen

Associate Professor
Program Director, Political Communication Minor
Communication Internship Coordinator

(She, Her, Hers)

Dr. Rasmussen teaches a variety of courses in public relations and social media. Her research focuses on different facets of public relations including political communication, strategic planning and crisis communication. She is particularly interested in the rise of political Astroturf attacks against organizations and determining appropriate navigation methods.

Her research is regularly presented at conferences and has earned recognitions for top papers and great ideas for teaching. In 2022, Dr. Rasmussen was invited to present her work on political Astroturf attacks and misinformation campaigns to the U.S. Department of State's Delegation from Pakistan. 

She previously taught at Utah Valley University where she was named University Faculty Member of the Year in 2013 and PRSSA Faculty Member of the Year in 2013. 


Public relations, political communication, crisis communication, social media, influencer marketing, advocacy, instructional technology and design

First Year at Xavier




  • Ph.D., School of Mass Communication & Journalism, University of Southern Mississippi (2012)
  • M.A., School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Texas State University (2005)