Ken Harper

Ken Harper

What he teaches ...

Ken Harper teaches graphic design, photography and development communications to undergraduate and graduate students. This includes user experience, user interface and immersive design as well issues at the intersection of media and atrocities. As the director of the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement he also works with students to create interactive experiences such as, and He integrates his extensive abroad experiences into the classroom to provide students with an international perspective on the power of visual communications and to better communicate complex socioeconomic issues.


Ken Harper is an award-winning designer, professor, photojournalist and media educator. He has worked as a multimedia designer and producer for The Rocky Mountain News,, New York Life, Bausch and Lomb and various nonprofit organizations including the United Nations, the Bahá’í Faith, The Electronic Intifada and Aidchild.

Currently, Harper is an associate professor and the first director of the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. The Newhouse Center for Global Engagement is dedicated to bringing knowledge to the world through storytelling, collaboration and innovation. Harper’s role in the Center stems from his long history in working internationally and he is now sharing that passion by bringing the classroom into the world and the world into the classroom.

Since joining the faculty at Newhouse, Harper has focused his international efforts on empowering local storytellers through training, exchange and activism. He has had leadership roles in Together LiberiaNew NarrativesFree Rodney and most recently, a partnership with the Liberian government on visualizing the Ebola outbreak.

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