Assistant Professor of Public Relations
Maiko Barcomb is a professor and entrepreneur with an enthusiasm for visual content in PR. Her research and teaching interests are centered around social media and advertising, which enables her to bring in everyday entrepreneurial practice into the classroom to help students better understand the theories being discussed.
Having grown up in Japan and since lived in three different countries with three different languages, Maiko advocates for the importance of diversity in the PR field. She puts effort into providing diversity education in her classroom by, for example, offering international service-learning opportunities to her students to prepare them for an increasingly global PR field. In the last few years, the class clients ranged from local businesses in Plattsburgh to a wooden tableware business in Japan.
Maiko is also an owner of a distance English education company. Her company provides a variety of services related to teaching communicative English in the foreign language context. The organization also does consultant work that focuses on: (1) building Moodle courses for independent English teachers; and (2) helping independent English teachers in Japan create a comprehensive PR and marketing strategy for their businesses.
In her free time, Maiko enjoys making things: her creations include everything from cooking (e.g., bread and tofu) to fashion (e.g., cosmetics and sewing her own clothes) — anything handmade. If you have a PR project you would like to pursue, Maiko would love to hear from you!