Susanna Dilliplane, PhD, is APEP’s Deputy Director. She brings methodological expertise and wide-ranging experience in communications research to her work on all aspects of APEP’s program activities. Drawing on her background in qualitative and quantitative methods, including experimental design and survey research, Susanna works to optimize evaluation designs, data collection, and data analysis, with a focus on providing rigorous and actionable results.
Before joining the APEP team, she served as an independent consultant and as the George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. In those roles, she worked closely with non-governmental organizations and social scientists on a variety of research projects, including research on Americans’ political and charitable behaviors, and the impact of exposure to news coverage and media interventions. Her research and evaluation experience encompasses domestic and international contexts and diverse issue domains, including political and civic participation, gender inequality, and sexual and reproductive health. Susanna’s current and recent portfolio includes serving as project lead for APEP’s five-year evaluation of Independent Television Service’s Women and Girls Lead Global campaign in eight countries, and helping The Expectations Project develop monitoring and evaluation tools for their work empowering people of faith to advocate for education equity in the US.
Prior to her graduate studies, Susanna served as editor of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC. She holds a B.A. in political science from Barnard College, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in communications from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She and her better half live in Philadelphia with their over-sized dog who moos and naughty band of rescue cats.