About CCCE

Who We Are

The Center for Communication and Civic Engagement is dedicated to understanding communication processes and media technologies that facilitate positive citizen involvement in politics and social life. CCCE is located in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, and co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science. Students and faculty at the center work together on original research, new educational programs, policy recommendations, and web-based citizen resources.

Our Mission

The ways people communicate, to whom, and with what effects are crucial elements of vibrant public life. Our contemporary world is defined by rapid changes in uses of both new technologies and traditional communication media. The Center for Communication and Civic Engagement is dedicated to understanding these dynamic media systems in order to promote citizen engagement and effective participation in local, national, and global affairs.

This is an important historical period for developing new communication models. There are many signs that new forms of citizenship, politics, and public engagement are emerging. Young citizens increasingly participate in global politics and exercise their consumer power at home. Supporters of many interest organizations and parties are graying, triggering the search for communication strategies to mobilize new supporters. The importance of participatory media and social networking on the Internet has become clear in elections and issue campaigns. The news as we know it is losing audience, particularly in younger age groups, raising questions about how public information will be communicated in the coming years. The research and learning programs at CCCE seek to understand these new challenges and opportunities for communication and civic engagement.

The Center has a broad range of research capabilities and learning programs that involve faculty and students at the University of Washington, as well as local community partners and scholars around the world. Primary responsibilities for coordinating the research, learning, and outreach activities of the Center are shared by faculty, staff, and students across the university through a network of Faculty Affiliates and Advisors.

Intellectual Agenda:

Understanding communication in changing civic landscapes

Students and faculty present original research at Civic Learning Online, a national conference hosted by CCCE.

Recent debates on both sides of the Atlantic have raised questions about possible declines in the psychological importance and organizational coherence of traditional politics. Some observers offer gloomy views about contemporary civic life, as reflected in diminished confidence in government institutions, declines in voting, and shifts in political identity and identifications with others in society. Proponents of the civic decline school often argue that these changes are caused, or at least aggravated by communication. Popular communication-centered explanations for civic decline include the isolating effects of ever more personalized media, the sensationalism of the news media, and the rise of political marketing techniques that break up society by appealing to immediate individual emotions over broader social identifications.

In contrast, other observers argue that changes in national institutions and citizen identification patterns simply mark a transition from modern to late- or post-modern society. In these views, new forms of public identity and civic life are emerging even as old patterns fade away. From this perspective, changes in political rhetoric, marketing methods, campaign techniques, or news formats are less the causes of, than they are responses to, changing societies. For example, new forms of family, community, religion, work experience, and social association may be accompanied by more fluid social identities. Accompanying forms of civic engagement may be more closely linked to personal lifestyles. Indeed, for many of today’s global citizens, the very private activities of consumption are regarded as having public and even international consequences for human rights, labor conditions, life in fragile democracies, and environmental quality. From these standpoints, politics is still thriving, but political engagement may be closer to home, less conventionally organized, and more likely to be defined in terms of struggles over evolving notions of rights, morals, and lifestyle values. It is increasingly likely that engagement can occur on both local and global levels without traditional participation through traditional government or national institutions. In this view, the forms of public life, and the ways in which communication organizes them, are not only changing, but they require new concepts and methods for study.

These broadly different views of social and political change raise important questions about the political uses of communication, and the very definitions of politics and citizenship in democracies. It seems particularly important to design new research that helps to identify new patterns of communication and civic engagement in order to understand the way in which they fit with more traditional political communication forms, and to compare those patterns across different societies. The agenda below illustrates the range of projects of interest to the research faculty affiliated with CCCE.

Reassessing traditional media and citizen information needs

The agenda-setting function of the daily news is challenged by the proliferation of communication channels and the fragmentation of news audiences. What are the political implications of the decline of traditional media gate keeping both for public opinion formation and for the political communication strategies of parties, interest groups, leaders, and candidates?

The fragmentation of media audiences and the growing personalization of information delivery raise a host of questions about how people process similar topical information from different media. Is the role of entertainment media in framing social issues increasing as the resources and reach of conventional news declines?

How do people talk about social issues as conventional vocabularies of politics become less desirable in everyday communication?

Do alternatives to conventional journalism such as blogs and citizen news sites point to new directions or add new confusion to the information landscape?

How can the growing access to public networking technologies and the Internet facilitate citizen networking and two-way communication between citizen networks and elites? What communication formats are most attractive, and what vocabularies, information retrieval, and communication options motivate continued engagement?

Understanding the rise of “lifestyle” politics

How have the symbols of politics, along with the communication strategies of political actors, changed in nations undergoing declines of traditional party and national identifications?

Are people who are less likely to respond to collective and traditional political appeals more likely to engage with concerns about life quality, such as threats to the environment, rights, or labor conditions surrounding the production of consumer items?

Can disaffection from traditional politics be countered with lifestyle and consumer based value appeals? If so, does such engagement translate into identification with other causes, or to renewed interest in more conventional politics?

Addressing the decline of common political experiences

As traditional symbols of political identification become less commonly shared, what kind of communication will constitute shared engagement with public issues for different kinds of people?

What kind of imagined communities (either virtual or socially constituted) will new generations find and join?

How are national and international boundaries, identities, and political regimes being shaped by the Internet, and by its growing use to promote global issue and cause campaigns?

How do people engage in local activism on social issues such as pornography, violence, drugs, crime, traffic congestion, environmental quality, and youth mentoring? Are these concerns regarded as political? How is information gathered and shared? And how can both traditional and new media facilitate such engagement?

The changing politics of digital media and the Internet

Beyond the uses of the Internet for traditional political communication about issues and elections, there are many political aspects of cyber politics that are relatively neglected.

How are largely Internet-based issue advocacy campaigns organized, what is their growth rate, and how can we assess their effectiveness? How does participation in networked campaigns differ (both for people and for the policy impact) from more conventional group and institution based political engagement?

How can we best understand Internet activism and the surrounding struggle over commercial and public uses of the Internet? What is the underlying ideology and role of the open source movement? How is the participatory media culture changing the way in which intellectual property is used and licensed?

What methods can be developed for mapping advocacy networks, charting their changes over time, and assessing their effects?

Global activism and large scale public networks

While some observers see little change for conventional politics stemming from the Internet, others see the emergence of new network politics joining individuals across national boundaries in new political regimes dedicated to supra-national issues of a global order.

In what ways does it make sense to distinguish network action from group based social movement activism? How can we conceptualize net-based issue and cause campaigns, and how are they distinctive in their communication patterns, stability, membership commitments, and political effects?

With regard to what issues and campaigns (e.g., genetic modified food and organisms, environmental issues, human and labor rights) does it make sense to think about a convergence of local and global politics? And how does communication and participation in such campaigns differ from traditional interest campaigns oriented toward policy change through traditional participation in government institutions?

How can we measure the growth of global cause networks? How should we conceptualize the effects of participation in such networks in terms of consciousness, community building and policy change?

What are promising new technologies for developing effective citizen networking strategies?


Faculty Affiliates and Advisors


Faculty Affiliates & Advisors | Center Fellows : Current Fellows , Former Fellows | Emeritus Staff

As CCCE looks to the future, we are fortunate to have talented colleagues and students from around the university to help shape our vision.

Jessica Albano is the Communication Studies and Assistant Newspaper Librarian at the UW Libraries. She supports the research and teaching needs of the Department of Communication, which includes buying materials, helping students and faculty with their research, and teaching research methods. In addition, she manages the University Libraries Microfilming Project.
Gerald Baldasty is a Professor in the Department of Communication as well as Vice Provost and Dean of The Graduate School at the University of Washington. He is interested in economic aspects of media; media organizations; media and politics; race, class, and gender. Among his publications are the books: Vigilante Newspapers (2005), E.W. Scripps and the Business of Newspapers (1999), and The Commercialization of News in the Nineteenth Century (1992).
Karine Nahon is an Associate Professor at the Information School, Director of the Virality of Information (retroV) research group, and faculty adjunct in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Her research interests lie in information policy and politics and in the social aspects of the management of information. More specifically she studies information control and gatekeeping, self-regulation mechanisms in cyberspace and particularly in virtual communities, and “Digital Divide” measurement tools.
David Domke is a Professor of Communication and the chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. He studies political elites and news media, individual values and cognition, and social change, with particular interest in the dynamics of post-9/11 America. His latest book is The God strategy: How religion became a political weapon in America (2008, http://www.thegodstrategy.com/).
Michael Eisenberg Michael B. Eisenberg is Professor in the Information School, where he conducts research, writes, consults, and lectures frequently on information literacy, information technology, information management in learning and teaching, and information and library education. He focuses on the use of information and information technology by individuals and organizations to meet their information needs and manage their information more effectively and efficiently.
Kim England Kim England is a Professor of Geography and an Adjunct Professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies. She is interested in the interconnections between inequalities, labor markets, and care work in North America. Her research triangulates between power, space and social difference, mapping the ways in which social identities, both shape and become shaped by consequential geographies of power.
Kirsten Foot Kirsten Foot is Associate Professor of Communication and adjunct faculty in the Information School. She is interested in the reciprocal relationship between information/communication technologies and society. As co-director of the WebArchivist.org research group, she is developing new techniques for studying social and political action on the Web. She is working on many projects that examine the role of the Internet in politics. Her research includes the 2002 Election Web Archive in which the CCCE is a partner, and, more recently, studying web network dynamics.
Phil Howard Phil Howard is Professor of Communication at the University of Washington and the Associate Director of the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement. His current research and teaching interests include the role of new information technologies in the political communication systems of advanced democracies, and the role of new information technologies in the social development of poor countries.
Richard Kielbowicz Richard Kielbowicz is an Associate Professor of Communication. Most of his research focuses on pre-Internet communication networks, specifically the postal system, telegraphy, telephony, and early broadcasting. His studies examine how technology and public policy affected the circulation of public information (news, entertainment, advertising) — who got it, on what terms, and in what form.
Beth Kolko Beth Kolko is a Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design Engineering at the University of Washington. Her current research focuses on Internet development in Central Asia. Currently funded by the National Science Foundation, the Central Asian Information and Communications Technology project applies theory-based analyses of culture and technology in order to concretely investigate how technology is being used in diverse communities and how such technologies change the cultures in which they adopted. More information:
Sabine Lang Sabine Lang is Associate Professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Women Studies. She teaches courses in European and Gender Politics as well as in International Studies with a focus on gender, transnational advocacy, and the public sphere.
Michael McCann Michael W. McCann is Professor of Political Science and is the Gordon Hirabayashi Professor for the Advancement of Citizenship. He is the founding director of both the interdisciplinary Comparative Law and Society Studies (CLASS) Center and the undergraduate Law, Societies, and Justice program. His research interests include public law, American politics, and political theory, with an emphasis on the politics of social struggle and reform movements.
Patricia Moy Patricia Moy is the Christy Cressey Professor of Communication and Adjunct Faculty in Political Science. Her research focuses on communication and citizenship, addressing the political and social effects of mass and interpersonal communication. Her work examines the process by which various communication forms — ranging from hard-copy newspapers to the Internet to infotainment — influence perceptions, bear upon ways of thinking and talking about issues, and contribute to our understanding of the world.
Gina Neff Gina Neff, Assistant Professor of Communication, studies the relationship between society and communication technologies, as well as between culture and communication. Her research focuses on (1) how work, communication technologies, and organizational structures relate to one another and (2) the commercial production of mediated culture in communication industries. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology and a B.A. in economics and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from Columbia University.
Walter Parker Walter Parker is Professor of Education and an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. His specializations are the civic development of children and adolescents, and social studies curriculum and instruction K-12. He teaches social studies curriculum and instruction courses in the Teacher Education Program and graduate seminars on curriculum controversy, global education, democratic education, and strategies for interpreting qualitative data.
Aseem Prakash Aseem Prakash is Professor of Political Science and the Walker Family Professor for the College of Arts and Sciences. He studies international political economy, environmental issues, and NGO politics. Much of his work focuses on voluntary environmental programs. He has extended this work to study corporate social responsbility and voluntary regulation in the nonprofit sector.
Nancy Rivenburgh Nancy Rivenburgh is Associate Professor of Communication, Adjunct Associate Professor in Political Science, and Core Faculty at the Center for Global Studies. She studies international communications, media and foreign policy, intercultural communications, development communications and cross-cultural research methods.
Mark Smith Mark Smith is a Professor of Political Science. He is a specialist in American politics with research interests in public opinion, interest groups, and public policy. His current project examines the “culture war” in America, showing that malleability of Biblical interpretations makes religion far less divisive politically than is commonly assumed.
Matt Sparke Matt Sparke is Professor of International Studies and Geography at the University of Washington, and Director of the Global Health Minor. His interests are: globalization, global health, neoliberalism and critical geopolitics. He is currently working on a book on Global Health and Globalization that examines how different ways of understanding globalization shape different approaches to implementing and evaluating global health policies.
Doug Underwood Douglas Underwood is Professor of Communication. He studies newspaper economics, government and the media, media coverage of business, and intellectual history of mass media. He recently expanded his research focus into the domain of the Dart Center West here at the UW and has undertaken an historical analysis of the impact of trauma, violence, and emotional distress in the careers of 150 important American and British journalist-literary figures dating back to the early 1700s.


Center Fellows

Current Fellows:

B.J. Bullert

B.J. BullertB. J. Bullert, Ph.D., teaches Strategic Communication at the Center for Creative Change, Antioch University in Seattle. Her Antioch courses examine how citizens can use, or create, media that promotes positive reform.

Her intellectual moorings rest in the qualitative sociology Howard S. Becker and the historian Howard Zinn. Questions of interest include: How do organizations and governments use digital media to advance their agendas effectively? How can citizen journalists make media and be effective catalysts for change? She is also the author of Public Television: Politics and the Battle Over Documentary Film (Rutgers University Press 1997).

B. J. maintains an ongoing career as a documentary filmmaker. Her company, Seattle Films, is dedicated to producing works about the Pacific Northwest. Among her films shown at film festivals and on public television are Everett DuPen: Sculptor (2008), Fishermen’s Terminal (2006), Chief Seattle (2000), Alki: Birthplace of Seattle (1997) and Earl Robinson: Ballad of an American (1994). Some of her short-format works and cyber videos can be seen on the web.

She is working on a follow-up film to Fishermen’s Terminal and a new project on the waltz. She lives in West Seattle.

Interviews conducted by B.J. for the CCCE:Sweatshops on Fire (8 min.) features an interview with Naomi Klein, author of No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies. Klein compares New York’s infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 with “the worst industrial fire in history” at a Thai toy factory in 1993.

History Lesson (4 min.) is a visual essay about the mass media and
globalization featuring Andrew Ross, Director of the American Studies
program at NYU.

Both works explore the selective prism of the news media and the struggle for safe working condition in the global economy.


John de Graaf

John de GraafJohn de Graaf is executive director of Take Back Your Time, an organization challenging time poverty and overwork in the U.S. and Canada and a frequent speaker on issues of overwork and overconsumption in America. John is the co-author of the best-selling Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic (Berrett-Koehler, 2001/2005). He is the editor of Take Back Your Time (Berrett-Koehler, 2003)

.John has worked with KCTS-TV, the Seattle PBS affiliate, for 26 years as an independent producer of television documentaries, many with environmental subjects. More than 15 of his programs have been broadcast in Prime Time nationally on PBS. He is also the recipient of more than 100 regional, national and international awards for film-making, including three Emmy awards. The De Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award, named in his honor, is presented annually at the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Nevada City, California. He produced the popular PBS special, Affluenza, a humorous critique of American consumerism.

Prior to his work in TV, John was public affairs director for KUMD Radio in Duluth, Minnesota. He has taught documentary film production at the University of Washington and the Evergreen State College. He has also taught on time, consumerism, social justice and sustainability issues at Evergreen. He is the founder of the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival and the recipient of the Founders of a New Northwest Award for his work in environmental media.

He is a member of the Earth Island Institute board of directors and a member of the steering committee of the Forum on Social Wealth, where he co-directs the “What’s the Economy for, Anyway?” campaign. He is directing a national campaign for a paid vacation law in the United States.


Deric Gruen

Deric GruenDeric Gruen is a member of the Emerging Leaders in Energy and Environmental Policy network (ELEEP) a transatlantic program of Ecologic Institute and Atlantic Council, for whom he recently completed a project on economic and monetary policy. Deric was the founding director of the Office of Sustainability at Bellevue College, winner of a national 2013 Climate Leadership Award, where he led campus, curricular, and student leadership initiatives. He has consulted on transportation, environment, and community development for organizations including the Sightline Institute. Deric is a contributor to the Seattle Globalist and was awarded a nine month Bonderman International Travel Fellowship following completion of his MPA from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. He has background in economic development, including contributions to the Prosperity Partnership and Trade Development Alliance, where he forged new relations with Brazil, later participating in a sustainable business mission led by the Lieutenant Governor.


Alexandra Segerberg

Alexandra Segerberg is postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. Her research interests center on political, empirical and philosophical theories of collective action. During 2008 – 2010 she is working on her current project “Mobs, Swarms and Networks” at the CCCE as a Swedish Research Council visiting postdoctoral fellow.


Alan Borning

Alan BorningAlan Borning is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, an adjunct professor in the Information School, and a member of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Urban Design and Planning. His principal research interests are in land use, transportation, and environmental modeling; human-computer interaction; and constraint-based languages and systems.


Former Fellows:

Geoffrey Craig

Geoffrey CraigDr. Geoffrey Craig teaches media and politics in the Department of Politics at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He was a post doctoral fellow in winter 2009. He is the author of The Media, Politics and Public Life (Allen & Unwin 2004), co-author of Slow Living (Berg and UNSW Press 2006) and co-editor of Informing Voters? Media, Politics and the 2008 New Zealand Election (Pearson 2009). Geoffrey was a Visiting Research Fellow at CCCE earlier in 2009 where he was conducting research on environmental communication, including a study of lifestyle ‘eco-makeover’ television.


Diana Pallais

Diana PallaisDr. Diana Pallais is the Worldwide Managing Director for the Partnerships for Technology Access (PTA) initiative at Microsoft Corporation. This is a pioneering effort at Microsoft to evolve the business model by leveraging public-private partnerships (PPP) to reach new customer segments and enable the right conditions for e-government to take root worldwide. In the PTA model, technology access is delivered affordably through financing, and technology is made relevant by embedding it in a public service that benefits a specific citizen constituency. PTA is premised on the belief that big challenges in development are best addressed when approached in partnership with other important actors, especially across the public-private divide. When technology deployment is appropriately nested in public policy reform efforts, the combination can unleash great potential for innovation in public service delivery and for citizen enfranchisement.

Dr. Pallais’ background includes academia, diplomacy and business. As an academic, Dr. Pallais taught and researched topics related to international political economy and the role of institutions in economic development. As a diplomat, Dr. Pallais has represented and negotiated on behalf of the Nicaraguan government in the area of regional economic integration. At Microsoft, Dr. Pallais has served in various leadership capacities, all related to the public sector and the intersection of technology and governance.


Greg Shaw

Greg Shaw is director of the Pacific Northwest Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also leads Foundation, Libraries and Pacific Northwest Advocacy. Shaw was previously a partner with the communications firm of Shepardson Stern and Kaminsky (SS+K), where he was an advisor to the foundation and to numerous leading corporations in the Pacific Northwest. Before joining SS+K, Shaw spent six years as a leader at Microsoft, where he helped to create the company’s giving program for public libraries. Prior to Microsoft, Shaw was an executive with Ketchum Communications in Washington, D.C., and served in the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. He began his career as an editor of the Cherokee Advocate, the newspaper for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Shaw has a B.A. in journalism from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. He serves as a senior fellow within the University of Washington’s Center for Communication and Civic Engagement and on the Episcopal Relief and Development’s AIDS Advisory Council.

Articles by Greg:

“The Powers that Were?” – Published in the San Jose Mercury News on November 6, 2000

“Putting Entertainment Value Back into Politics” – Accepted by The Los Angeles Times (12/07/00)

“Not Voting in Your Pajamas” – Posted on Slate.com

“Bush’s Tech Czar Should Examine Profound Shift to Information Society” – Published by the San Jose Mercury News on 1/31/01

Greg delivered a speech at Nike’s Global Communications Summit on October 11, 2002 titled “Integrated Brand Communications: New Equations for a Fractured Media World.”

A PowerPoint presentation on Internet voting is available here: “Internet Voting: Inevitable, Ineffectual or Both?


Peter Van Aelst

Peter Van AelstPeter Van Aelst is assistant professor political psychology and political communication at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands). He was a post doctoral fellow in fall 2008. He is one of the founding members of the research group “Media, Movements and Politics (M2P)” at the University of Antwerp. He wrote a PhD on the role of media in election campaigns and has published on social movements, agenda-setting and elections in the European Journal of Political Research, Comparative Politics, Journal of Communication, etc. His current research focuses on the relations between politicians and journalists in comparative perspective. In 2008 he was a Visiting Fulbright Fellow at CCCE. He contributed to the brownbag seminars on the U.S. presidential elections and the media organized by CCCE.


Richard Wesley

Richard WesleyRichard Wesley is a retired physician with a long-standing interest in public policy and political communication. He studied electrical engineering at Rice University and received his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University. He is also a graduate of the UW Medical Center’s Pulmonary Disease Fellowship Program. Richard is co-founder and chief promoter of the CCCE Citizen Roundtable, an adult community engagement program that brings interested citizens to UW for lecture and discussion with distinguished UW professors.


CCCE Emeritus Staff

Sheetal D. Agarwal (BA University of San Diego, M.A. Georgetown University) Doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Her research examines civic and political information technology and changing news norms in the digital environment. She is a researcher for both the Project on Information Technology and Political Islam (pITPI) and Engage, an NSF funded group developing and researching digital deliberative democracy tools.
Amanda Ballantyne Graduate Instructor for Becoming Citizens
Michael Barthel Graduate student in the Department of Communication, where he pursues research into institutional trust and how the media conveys information about processes to the public. He is also a freelance journalist who has written for Esquire, Salon, and the Portland Mercury.
Anna Bohm Dick Wesley Undergraduate Research Fellow, Political Science & Communication
Theda Braddock Undergraduate Research Assistant, Journalism, Political Science & French, Mary Gates Undergraduate Fellow, 2004
Christian Breunig Graduate Research Assistant, Political Science
Kendra Brossman Undergraduate Research Assistant, Communication
Ben Burkhalter Undergraduate Research Assistant, Political Science
Toby Campbell Graduate Research Assistant. MA student in Communication at the University of Washington. She is also a professional musician (www.anomiebelle.com), and she studies critical theory, the political economy of the music industry, and art activism.
Yuri Choi Undergraduate Wesley Fellow
Scott Brekke Davis Undergraduate Research Fellow. Political Science and Communication. Peer coordinator Becoming Citizens Program.
Timothy Deak Project Manager, Student Voices and Becoming Citizens
Meghan Dougherty Graduate Research Assistant, Communication
Michael Elguera Undergraduate Research Assistant
Jacob English Undergraduate Research Assistant, Communication
Kirsten Foot Associate Director & Associate Professor of Communication
Paul Ford Web Support
Jeannie Frantz Undergraduate Research Assistant, Political Science & College Honors Program, Brandon Hawkins Undergraduate Research Assistant, German Language and Literature, Political Science, & European Studies
Deen Freelon Graduate Research Assistant, Communication
Adriana Gil Miner Project Manager of the MacArthur Civic Learning Online Program.
Heather Gorgura Graduate Research Assistant, Communication
Atanas Grozdev Undergraduate Research Assistant, Political Science
Jon Hickey Graduate Research Assistant, Evans School of Public Affairs
Brandon Hawkins Undergraduate Research Assistant, German Language and Literature, Political Science, & European Studies
James Herman Undergraduate Wesley Fellow
Philip Howard Associate Director of the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement and Associate Professor of Communication. Professor Howard leads the project on Information Technology and Political Islam (pITPI).
Muzammil Hussain Researcher for the MacArthur-funded Networking Young Citizens project (engagedyouth.org) and the Google-funded Virality of Political Information project (retrov.org); and a project manager for the NSF-funded Information Technology and Political Islam project (pitpi.org), and the Intel-funded World Information Access project (wiaproject.org).
David Iozzi Undergraduate Research Assistant, Communication and Political Science, and Mary Gates Undergraduate Fellow
Courtney Johnson
Nathan Johnson Graduate Research Assistant. Department of Communication. Quantitative discourse analysis.
Tim Jones Graduate Research Assistant, Political Science
Henrike Knappe Visiting Graduate Research Assistant. Free University of Berlin. Mapping transnational NGO Networks.
Carolyn Lee Graduate Research Assistant, Political Science
Christine Lee Undergraduate Research Assistant, Political Science & Communication
Ryan Mattson Undergraduate Research Assistant, Linguistics
Meghan McLaughlin Undergraduate Research Assistant, Communication
Gillian Murphy Graduate Research Assistant, Sociology
Kevin Norman Undergraduate research assistant
Kaulalani Ogi Undergraduate Research Assistant, Communication & Journalism
Nate Partham Graduate Instructor for Becoming Citizens
Savannah Peterson CCCE event planning and design. Marketing campaign for Puget Sound Off.
Victor Pickard Graduate Research Assistant, Communication
Wendy Pickerel Mary Gates Undergraduate Fellow
Nathanael R. Potts
Allison Rank Graduate Research Assistant, Political Science
Robert Richards Graduate Research Assistant, Communication
Caterina Rost (M.A. University of Leipzig, M.A. University of Washington) Doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the role of emotional appeals in political communication, specifically she is comparing cultural differences in the use of emotions between the United States and Germany. As the coordinator for the Center, she is in charge of website updates, the annual CCCE Newsletter, and other organizational tasks.
Carmen Rubio Graduate Research Assistant, Communication
Carl Schroeder Mary Gates Undergraduate Fellow
James Sellers Graduate Research Assistant, Political Science
Alexandra Segerberg Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Visiting from Stockholm University. Digital Media and Collective Action.
Collin Syfert (B.S. University of Iowa, M.A. University of Rhode Island) Doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. His research examines the intersections of environmental health and human welfare, focusing on how environmental discourses challenge and are appropriated in public policy. He is a Research and Undergraduate Learning Community Coordinator for the Rethinking Prosperity Project.
Amoshaun Toft Graduate Research Assistant, Communication
Peter Van Aelst Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Visiting from Antwerp University. Media and Comparative Politics.
Binh Vong
Lea Werbel Graduate Research Assistant, Communication
Sophia Wilson Graduate Research Assistant, Political Science
Chris Wells Graduate Research Assistant. Communication & Project Coordinator of Becoming Citizens. Research Coordinator, MacArthur Civic Learning Online Projects
Andrew Waits Undergraduate Research Assistant, Political Science & Communication, Mary Gates Undergraduate Fellow, 2005
Samuel C. Woolley (BA University of San Diego, MA Claremont Graduate University) Doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. His research focuses on the ways digital media is used as a tool for both activism and propaganda. He is Research and Undergraduate Learning Community Coordinator for the Rethinking Prosperity Project.
John Wu Undergraduate Research Assistant, Communication
Mike Xenos Graduate Research Assistant, Political Science