Valerie Cooper is a PhD student at Hong Kong Baptist University, where she is working on her dissertation concerning public diplomacy from the United States and China in sub-Saharan Africa. Her research interests include media development, communication for development, public diplomacy, and Chinese media on the African continent. She has presented her research at the International Communication Association conference in Puerto Rico and at the New Media Development and Sustainability in Africa conference in Switzerland. Her previous experience includes working in public relations and teaching communication for development at the Universidade Católica de Moçambique.

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