Faculty

As a graduate student working towards the interdisciplinary award in political communication, you may take courses from a wide range of faculty across the University of Washington. Most of the courses in the concentration will be taught by one of the faculty members listed below. These faculty also supervise collaborative research teams and chair the doctoral committees of political communication students. This is the community of political communication researchers on campus who are petitioned for conferral of the award.

Jerry Baldasty, Professor, Communication (Ph.D., Communications, University of Washington, 1978). Interests include: economic aspects of media; media organizations; media and politics; race, class, and gender.

Matt Barreto, Associate Professor, Political Science (Ph.D., Political Science, UC Irvine, 2005). Interests include: public opinion, race and ethnicity, immigrant voting behavior. Director, University of Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Sexuality.

Lance Bennett, Professor, Political Science and Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication (Ph.D., Political Science, Yale University, 1974). Interests include: the press and politics; political psychology, public opinion and public discourse; comparative media systems; digital media and political information networks; and the uses of communication technologies in transnational social movements. Director, Center for Communication and Civic Engagement.

Leah Ceccarelli, Associate Professor, Communication (Ph.D., Speech Communication, Northwestern University, 1995). Interests include: the rhetoric of science; rhetorical criticism and theory; American public address.

David Domke, Professor, Communication (Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of Minnesota, 1996). Interests include the strategy of political messages; news media framing and priming effects; national identity and images in post-9/11 world; race relations and social change.

Kathleen Fearn-Banks, Associate Professor, Communication. Interests include public relations, crisis communication management, presidential communication.

Kirsten Foot, Associate Professor, Communication. (Ph. D., Communication, U. C. San Diego, 1999). Interest include: the reciprocal influences between information and communication technologies and society; online activism; NGO networks; and coalition-building in social movements.

Philip Howard, Professor, Communication. (Ph. D., Sociology, Northwestern University, 2002) Interests include the qualitative and comparative study of political communication, global communication, and Muslim media systems. Associate Director, Center for Communication and Civic Engagement.

Richard Kielbowicz, Associate Professor, Communication (Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of Minnesota, 1984). Interests include: communication policy; history of political communication; mass media law.

Patricia Moy, Professor, Communication (Ph.D., Journalism & Mass Communication, Wisconsin-Madison, 1998). Interests include: media effects on public opinion, political participation, political deliberation, research methodology.

Christopher Parker, Associate Professor, Political Science (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2001). Interests include the behavioral approach to historical events.

Nancy Rivenburgh, Professor, Communication (Ph.D., Communications, University of Washington, 1991). Interests include: international communications; media and foreign policy; public and cultural diplomacy; intercultural communications and ethnocentrism; development communications; cross-cultural research methods.

Mark Smith, Associate Professor, Political Science (Ph.D., Political Science, University of Minnesota, 1997). Interests include: interest groups, ballot initiatives and referenda, public opinion, rhetoric of conservatism.

Doug Underwood, Professor, Communication (M.A, Journalism, Ohio State, 1974). Interests include: newspaper economics; government and the media; media coverage of business; intellectual history of mass media.

 
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