Prof. Kirsten Foot to give Inaugural Lecture in March

Kirsten Foot_headshotProfessor Kirsten Foot will present an Inaugural Lecture on Wednesday, March 9 at 3:30 p.m. in the Peterson Room at the Allen Library. A reception celebrating Dr. Foot’s scholarship will follow the lecture. RSVP here.

Title: Organizing as a Muse, Technologies as Means

Synopsis: Dr. Foot’s lecture is part of the Communication Department’s faculty “Inaugural Lectures” series. In this series, recently promoted full professors and principal lecturers offer reflective autobiographical lectures on the questions and ideas that motivate their scholarship, and the people and ideas that have inspired them. In keeping with this recently-established departmental tradition, Dr. Foot will present tales about organizing processes that intrigue her, technologies employed in them, and people whose words and deeds have shaped her research.

Bio: Dr. Kirsten Foot earned her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of California, San Diego. After completing a postdoctoral appointment at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Fulbright fellowship at the University of Helsinki, she joined UW’s Department of Communication in 2001. Promoted to full professor in 2015, she also holds adjunct or affiliate relationships with the UW’s Center for Human Rights, Information School, and the Jackson School of International Studies. Her most recent book, Collaborating Against Human Trafficking: Cross-Sector Challenges and Practices, was selected by the Intersector Project as one of the most valuable books on cross-sector collaboration published in 2015. In addition to serving on the editorial boards of several academic journals and co-editing the “Acting With Technology” series at MIT Press, Dr. Foot advises efforts to counter human trafficking.