Project Team

Prof. W. Lance Bennett is the founder and director of the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement. Bennett has lectured internationally on the importance of media and information systems in civic life. His current research interests include: press-government relations and the quality of public information; strategic communication campaigns; communication and the organization of social movements; transnational activism; and digital media and youth civic engagement.

Amanda Ballantyne is a graduate student in the Communication department. She received a BA in Government with a focus on International Relations from Smith College in Massachusetts. For the past five years, Ballantyne has toured most of the United States, working as a political organizer on issues of international trade and media policy. She has worked with Public Citizen, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, The Nation Magazine, Free Press and The Newspaper Guild.

Toby Campbell research interest is in citizen and consumer-generated media, especially culture jamming, for its capacity to stimulate social change. Campbell graduated from Whitman College with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Music. There she managed the independently owned and operated radio station, KWCW 90.5FM and studied the cultural implications of new technologies and economic avenues for recording, promotion, and distribution of music. During the two years that followed, she lived abroad on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and as a studio musician, working with independent music producers, record companies, activists, and artists. After her exposure to the Next 5 Minutes Tactical Media Conference in Amsterdam, she returned to Portland, Oregon to work for a local educational nonprofit and study culture jamming with professors, students and activists.

Deen Freelon hails from Durham, NC and arrived at the UW as an incoming Com master’s student in the fall of 2006. After graduating with a BA in psychology (with honors) from Stanford University in 2002, he worked for four years as a technology trainer/web designer/multimedia consultant for Duke University’s academic community. His two main areas of interest are American political rhetoric and political communication on the Internet. He has maintained a blog on his research interests continuously since June 2005, and also contributes to the group blog Blackademics. His online writing has been recognized by parties as diverse as NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen and syndicated radio-show host Neil Boortz.

muzammil_hussain.jpgMuzammil Hussain received his B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin. His research interests lie at the intersection of political communication and communication technologies theory. His undergraduate honors thesis examined iCafé cultures in South India, and more broadly the civic implications of Internet diffusion and use in India.

Chris Wells has completed his Master’s in Communication, and has been accepted into the PhD program at UW. He plans to continue to focus his studies in political communication. Chris grew up outside St. Paul, Minnesota, earned a B.A. in Linguistics from Cornell University, and has spent the last two years fighting overfishing and pollution as oceans associate for the Washington Public Interest Research Group (WashPIRG) in Seattle. He’s excited to come to the University of Washington to study how public opinion forms around political candidates and issues, and what roles the media play in shaping that opinion. Chris is also interested in comparative approaches to understanding media’s role in society, and in how the public sphere is changing with the introduction of new technology.

Allison Rank, a first year master’s candidate in Political Science, plans to study youth organizing and evolving concepts of the political among young people. Allison’s interest in youth organizing comes from spending three years working with the Student Public Interest Research Group (Student PIRGs). After graduating from Miami University (OH) in 2004 with a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies, Allison worked as a campus organizer for INPIRG at Indiana University. There she built the organizing skills of college students committed to fighting global warming and poverty, making higher education more affordable, and increasing voter turnout among 18-25 year olds. In 2006 Allison became the Internet Organizer where she focused on using email and social networking technology to increase the effectiveness of student organizing on over 70 college campuses. A 2003 Truman Scholar, Allison is committed to pursuing a career in public service.

Adriana Gil Miner received her BA in Mass Communication from Universidad del Zulia in her native Venezuela. She is a graduate student in the M.C. Digital Media program focusing on digital storytelling and social media. Adriana comes from nearly a decade of professional experience in interactive marketing and web development in New York, working for American Express and Digitas. Before entering the corporate sector, Adriana spent six years involved in the leadership team of AIESEC, the world’s largest student organization for cultural exchange.


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