Adrienne Russell


University of Washington

Adrienne Russell is Mary Laird Wood Professor in the Department of Communication.  She studies the intersection of emerging technologies and pressing social problems, with an eye toward how these changes can cultivate innovation and new practices and values that both bolster and threaten democratic and participatory publics. Her first book, Networked: A Contemporary History of News in Transition (Polity 2011), explores the transformations tied to the wide proliferation of the Web and mobile technologies since the early 1990s. Her next book, Journalism as Activism: Recoding Media Power (Polity 2016), explores the ways social actors are leveraging new media tools and new media publics to expand democratic power. Most recently she co-edited Journalism and the NSA Revelations: Privacy, Security, and the Press (I.B. Tauris 2017), an analysis of the global media debate over the National Security Agency surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden.