Office of Research

Center for Communication & Civic Engagement (CCCE)


The ways people communicate, to whom, and with what effects are crucial elements of vibrant public life. Our contemporary world is defined by rapid changes in uses of both new technologies and traditional communication media. The Center for Communication and Civic Engagement is dedicated to understanding these dynamic media systems in order to promote citizen engagement and effective participation in local, national, and global affairs.

This is an important historical period for developing new communication models. There are many signs that new forms of citizenship, politics, and public engagement are emerging. Young citizens increasingly participate in global politics and exercise their consumer power at home. Supporters of many interest organizations and parties are graying, triggering the search for communication strategies to mobilize new supporters. The importance of participatory media and social networking on the Internet has become clear in elections and issue campaigns. The news as we know it is losing audience, particularly in younger age groups, raising questions about how public information will be communicated in the coming years. The research and learning programs at CCCE seek to understand these new challenges and opportunities for communication and civic engagement. The Center has a broad range of research capabilities and learning programs that involve faculty and students at the University of Washington, as well as local community partners and scholars around the world.

Core Services Offered

Research training for undergraduates and graduate students, Becoming Citizens Civic Media internship program Interdisciplinary PhD track in political communication,

Funding Information:

Student Voices, 2001-2003.
Election Web Archive, 2002-2004.
Student Voices, 2004-2005.
Media and Social movements- Belgian Science Policy Foundation 2006.
Gifts- Microsoft Corporation 2004-2010.
Civic Learning Online MacArthur 2007-2009.
Civic Media Tools becoming Citizens Surdna Foundation 2008.
SocioComputational Systems for Civic Engagement NSF joint with UW Computer Science 2010-2012.
Various smaller grants and gifts.

Reporting Structure:

David Domke, Chair, Department of Communication, and Peter J. May, Chair, Department of Political Science

Related UW Entities:

College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Geography, Department of Sociology, Information School, College of Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Center Details

Director: Bennett, Lance
Location: 125 Communications
Year Started: 2000
Administrator / Program Manager: Olsen, Patrick
Administering College/School: College of Arts & Sciences 
P.I. Home Department: Department of Political Science, Department of Communications 
Faculty Involvement: 20 affiliates