Faculty Experts - Jill Flanagan, M.A.

Jill Flanagan, M.A.

Jill Flanagan, M.A.
Director, Vatican Internship Program

Area of Expertise:

  • Public Relations
  • Business and Professional Communication
  • Professional Development in Communication


With a solid foundation of 12 years of professional experience in public relations, Professor Flanagan has lived the practical side of this rapidly evolving field. Keenly interested in the role public relations and media play in society, Flanagan is a great source for stories on personal and corporate image, media and pop culture, branding, and crisis communication. She leads professional development workshops for students seeking careers in communication, oversees Villanova's communication interns working at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications at the Vatican, and is advisor for the University's Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.


  • M.A., Rowan University
  • B.A., La Salle University

Selected Professional Experience

  • Freelance public relations specialist
  • Trade publications editor and writer
  • Public relations practitioner, for-profit and non-profit corporations

About Villanova

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