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Mr. Robert R. Basow, MBA

School of Journalism and Mass Communications - Journalism
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Stauffer-Flint Hall
Room 208
University of Kansas, William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Stauffer-Flint Hall, 1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7575

Associate professor, KU Journalism faculty, for 28 years. Previous professional experience: 20 years in marketing at a Fortune Top 50 corporation.


I teach the upper-level courses in the Strategic Communication track of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I also teach in our graduate Marketing Communications program at the Edwards Campus. My teaching focuses on engaging students in projects that solve problems for actual clients: community organizations, state agencies, regional companies and the University of Kansas. I also teach the international strategic communication courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Teaching Interests

  • Campaigns, research, marketing, advertising, public relations, international, service, strategic communication


My international research and creative activity focus on strategic communication in emerging markets. I currently serve with the Kansas-to-Kenya (K2K) Community Development team, working on projects in the Nakuru Province of northern Kenya. K2K focuses on the United Nations Development goal for women's rights, health, education and poverty reduction. I have taught as a Fulbright professor in China (Lanzhou University, 2002) and done projects for IREX (International Research Exchange) in Albania, Croatia and Kyrgyzstan.

Research Interests

  • Marketing research, media, advertising, strategic communication, international.


My service focuses on helping organizations solve strategic communication problems. In 2014-15 I coached my J420 and J640 and classes to do projects that provided benefit to KU and to the Lawrence community. In 2013 I earned the Faculty Excellence Award from the KU Center for Civic and Social Responsibility. I previously earned the Steeples Award for Service to Kansans. I currently work with the Kansas-to-Kenya (K2K) Community Development Team, working to achieve the U.N. development goals in education, health care, human rights, et al. My videos (at help raise financial support for these missions.

Selected Publications

Basow, R. R (2013). Osborne Library Opening in Maai Mahiu, Kenya.

Basow, R. R (2013). Opening of Agatha's Imani ("peace") House, the first shelter for battered women in Kenya.

Basow, R. R (2012). Videos on microfinance, women's health, literacy and construction/drip irrigation projects in Maai Mahiu, Kenya, June 2012.

Selected Presentations

Improving Strategic Communication for Anglican Clergy in Nakuru, Kenya, Conference for Anglican Clergy in the Diocese of Nakuru Province, Kenya, June, 2013, 06/06/2013 - 06/08/2013

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