International visiting professor


The Centre was delighted to welcome Professor Bruce Williams in late June and early July 2008 as its first International Visiting Professor. While based at the Centre, Professor Williams worked closely with members of the Leverhulme Spaces of the News project on reviewing shared interests in the changing dynamics of news and entertainment.

Bruce A. Williams received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota and has taught at the Pennsylvania State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois, and the London School of Economics. His current research interest focus on the role of a changing media environment in shaping citizenship in the United States.

He has published three books and more than forty scholarly journal articles and book chapters. His book Democracy, Dialogue, and Environmental Disputes: The Contested Languages of Social Regulation (with Albert Matheny), published by Yale University Press won the Caldwell Prize as best book for 1996 from the Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics section of the American Political Science Association. His textbook The Play of Power: An Introduction to American Politics (with James Eisenstein, Mark Kessler, and Jacqueline Switzer), St. Martin's Press, 1996 was selected by the Women's Caucus of the American Political Science Association in 1997 as the political science text published in the previous 3 years that best deals with women's issues and diversity. He is the editor (with Andrea Press) of The Communication Review.

He is currently completing two books: And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: The Eroding Boundaries Between News and Entertainment and What They Mean for Mediated Politics in The 21st Century (with Michael X. Delli Carpini) and Media Studies In The New Media Environment: An Introduction For Students And Citizens (with Andrea Press).