Cornelius B. Pratt, professor and chair, is a hyperglobalist who also teaches on the Japan campus of Temple University. His research focuses on communication for national and regional development, particularly in emerging economies; on international and strategic communication (public relations); and on health communication. His cancer-related research is on the communication strategies used by the tobacco industry to circumvent institutional regulations of and restrictions on the industry’s persuasive communications. Pratt acknowledges the enormous influence of the well-orchestrated lobbying in behalf of the U.S. tobacco industry; the strategic overreach of China's tobacco industry; and the dire need to restructure the administrative oversight of the world’s largest tobacco monopoly, the China National Tobacco Corporation.
In July 1983 he was "Accredited in Public Relations" by the Public Relations Society of America. He served for nearly six years in the National Office of Communication, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Sidney Yates Building, Washington, D. C.; and for 11 years on the faculty of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University, the last eight years as full professor. He is a member of the Council of the African Public Relations Association and the executive coordinator of The Wole Adamolekun Foundation. He serves on the editorial-review boards of six academic journals, including The South East Asian Journal of Management, Public Relations Review, and the Journal of Pubic Relations Research.
His more than 140 publications include two scholarly books, 68 refereed-journal articles, 24 book chapters, five peer-reviewed conference proceedings, 20 book-review articles, and 16 other journal articles. He has presented, on six continents, more than 80 refereed conference papers.
Personal information: two sons, both fourth-year residents in surgery (vascular, trauma); two grandchildren. Runs daily, swims occasionally.