Julia Watson, of Troy, has joined Behan Communications Inc., the public relations firm with offices in Albany and Glens Falls.
She will assist the firm’s clients with digital and social media advocacy and media relations.
Previously, Watson worked in the digital practice of a Washington, D.C. public affairs firm. She is an alumna of AmeriCorps, during which time she was responsible for media relations in communities across Iowa, South Dakota, Michigan, Louisiana and Wisconsin.
Watson is a graduate of Syracuse University’s public diplomacy program, where she earned an M.S. in public relations and an M.A. in international relations. She also holds a degree in international relations and Arabic from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."