Technology and Society Faculty

lance_bennett75Lance 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, CCCE. Lance Bennett is working in several areas of technology and society. His research on The Logic of Connective Action explores how citizens and political organizations use technology platforms and social media to share information and coordinate political action. This research ranges from social movements to parties and elections. A new areas of work focuses on how scattered civil society organizations can better network to promote shared visions of a more sustainable economy and environment, and develop the necessary political reforms to realize those visions. His graduate teaching and mentoring cover various aspects of these topics.
kirsten_footKirsten Foot, Professor, Communication. (Ph. D., Communication, U. C. San Diego, 1999).  Her focus is on organizing processes, and the tools and technologies people use in organizing to address complex societal problems. She thinks about– and with– concepts such as human agency, materiality, and coproduction as she considers technologies of any kind. Dr. Foot enjoys co-editing the Acting With Technology Series at the MIT Press because it gives her a chance to help others develop their ideas, and in some strands of her research she employs and develops practice-based theory about aspects of the relationship between technology and society.
CarmenGonzalez75Carmen Gonzalez, Assistant Professor, Communication (Ph.D., Communication, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, 2013). Interests include: Community-based and participatory research; communication practices of immigrant and minority populations in the context of health promotion and civic engagement.
Mako Hill 2015 (75x100)Benjamin Mako Hill, Assistant Professor, Communication (Ph.D., MIT in the Sloan School of Management and the Media Lab, 2013). Interests include: peer production, computer-mediated communication, online communities, social computing, quantitative methods, data science/”big data”, human- computer interaction.
richard_kielbowitzRichard Kielbowicz, Associate Professor, Communication (Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of Minnesota, 1984). Interests include: communication policy; history of political communication; mass media law.  Richard B. Kielbowicz’s technology and society research focuses on pre-Internet communication networks — postal, telegraphic, telephonic, broadcast — especially in their developmental phases. His work emphasizes the influence of law and policy, and the journalistic applications of these technologies.  He teaches COM 442, History of Media Technology and Regulation.
Katy Pearce 2015 (75x100)Katy Pearce, Assistant Professor, Communication, (Ph.D., Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2011). Interests include: social and political uses of technology and digital content in transitioning governments of the South Caucasus and Central Asia.  Nearly all of her work considers technology, particularly social media, as an antecedent, a mechanism, or an outcome related to social processes. Most often Dr. Pearce looks at how technology intersects with inequality. Most recently she has been working on a conceptual framework of socially mediated visibility and various case studies related to this and marginalized political identities. In the recent past she has also looked at relational maintenance and impression management in mediated environments. Dr. Pearce often uses an affordances framework to understand the relationships between people and technologies.  She has taught graduate courses on mediated impression management as well as “liberation technology” – considering “good” outcomes of technology use.
Matt Powers 2015 (75x100)Matthew Powers, Assistant Professor, Communication. (Ph.D., Media, Culture & Communication, New York University, 2013) Interests include: journalism studies, transnational advocacy and comparative media.  Matt Powers studies the changing landscape of international news. He is currently working on two communication technology-related research projects. The first examines the role of non-governmental organizations–groups like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch–in shaping news coverage of humanitarian and human rights issues. Among other things, this research examines how established advocacy groups use digital tools to complement their long-standing mass media-oriented publicity strategies. The second projects explores cross-national differences in local journalism in France and the US. As part of this research, he has explored the formation of online news startups in the two countries, as well as the ways that journalists use social media.
Adrienne Russell, Professor, Communication. (Ph.D., Journalism and Mass Communication, Indiana University Bloomington, 2001) Interests include journalism, activism, and emerging digital tools and practices.  Her research considers the ways journalism is transforming in the digital era and asks how the relationship between news, public life and democracy also might be evolving. As part of the larger exploration of journalism, technology and activism, Russell’s research and teaching explores several specific contemporary issues, including the climate crisis, surveillance, and protest movements.

Current Graduate Students

Matthew Adeiza
Kristen Barta
Matthew Bellinger
Kaylea Champion
Mengjun Guo
Wm Salt Hale
Ruth Moon
Liang Pan
Samantha Shorey
Anissa Tanweer
Nathan TeGrotenhuis
Rian Wanstreet
Samuel Woolley
Yunkang Yang
Mike Mead Yaqub
Mengyang Zhao

Graduate Student Placements

Sheetal Agarwal, Senior Design Researcher, Microsoft
Aaron Delwiche, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Trinity College
Megan Dougherty, Assistant Professor, Communication, Loyola University of Chicago
Brittany Fiore-Silfvast, Senior Research Scientist, E-Science Initiative, University of Washington
Deen Freelon, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Maria Garrido, Research Assistant Professor, The Information School, University of Washington
Alex Halavais, Associate Professor, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University
Muzammil Hussain, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan
Shin Haeng Lee, Researcher, Asiatic Research Institute at Korea University
Lindsey Meeks, Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma
Adrienne Massanari, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Illinois-Chicago
Carolyn Nielsen, Associate Professor, Western Washington University
Laura Osburn, Research Scientist, Center on Education and Research in Construction, UW
Luis Santana,Research Professor, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
Amoshaun Toft, Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell
Chris Wells, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Michael Xenos, Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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