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CCCE advisor Karine Barzilai-Nahon talks with Howard Rheingold at a CCCE workshop.
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Faculty Affiliates & Advisors

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 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 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 Barzilai-Nahon 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.
Lance Bennett Lance Bennett is Professor of Political Science and the Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication. He is the founder and Director of CCCE. His areas of interest include press-government relations, youth civic learning and engagement, and the roles of digital media in public life. He is a National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar, and recipient of the Ithiel de Sola Pool and Murray Edelman awards of the American Political Science Association.  The University of Washington has recognized his work integrating research, learning, and public service with the James D. Clowes Award for the Advancement of Learning Communities.
Alan Borning Alan 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.
David Domke 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,
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 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. McCannis 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 Moyis 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.

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