Lance Bennett (Ph.D., Yale University, 1974) is Professor of Political Science and Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication at the University of Washington. He works primarily in the area of media and politics and has also contributed to the literature of political psychology, communication theory, and political culture.
His most recent books are: When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina (Chicago, with Regina Lawrence & Steven Livingston), and The Logic of Connective Action: Digital Media and the Personalization of Contentious Politics (Cambridge, with Alexandra Segerberg). He has served as chair of the Political Communication Section of the American Political Science Association, and on editorial boards of major journals in political science and communications.
He teaches courses on political communication, civic engagement, digital media and political protest, and discourses of consumerism, identity and economic sustainability.
His areas of interest include political communication, political psychology, and comparative media systems, participation and governance. He is Director of the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement (www.engagedcitizen.org).