Dr. Sophia McClennen is Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature and directs Penn State's Center for Global Studies. She has published eight books and has three in process. Her most recent book, 'Is Satire Saving our Nation? Mockery and American Politics' (Palgrave 2014), which she co-wrote with PSU communications undergraduate Remy Maisel, a collaboration that made Penn State history. She is also the author of Colbert's 'America: Satire and Democracy' (2012), which studies the role of Stephen Colbert in shaping political discourse after 9/11.

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