Adam J. Saffer is an assistant professor in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Broadly, Saffer’s research takes a network perspective to explore the ways individuals, groups and organizations establish, use and are influenced by communication networks. His research has been published in the Journal of Communication, American Behavioral Scientist and Public Relations Review.


  • Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • M.A., University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • B.A., University of Colorado Colorado Springs


  • Saffer A. J., Yang, A., Morehouse, J.,* & Qu, Y.* (2019, in press). It takes a village: A social network approach to NGOs’ international public engagement. American Behavioral Scientist.
  • Saffer, A. J. (2019). Fostering social capital in an international multi-stakeholder issue network. Public Relations Review, 45(2), 282–296.
  • Kreiss, D. & Saffer, A. J. [equal authors] (2017). Networks and innovation in the production of communication: Explaining innovations in U.S. electoral campaigning from 2004-2012. Journal of Communication, 67(4), 521–544. DOI: 10.1111/jcom.12302
  • Saffer, A. J. (2016). A message-focused measurement of the communication dimension of social capital: Revealing shared meaning in a network of relationships. Journal of Public Relations Research, 28(3-4), 170–192. *Article of the Year Award, NCA Public Relations Division PRIDE Committee
  • Kent, M. L., & Saffer, A. J. (2014). A Delphi study of the future of new technology research in public relations. Accepted for publication by Public Relations Review in August 2013.
  • Saffer, A. J., Sommerfeldt, E. J., & Taylor, M. (2013). The effects of organizational Twitter interactivity on organization–public relationships. Public Relations Review, 39(3), 213–215.