Zizi Papacharissi, Professor & Department Head
Political communication, communication technology, communication theoryand research methods. Her work focuses on the social and political consequences of online media, and has been published in The Harvard Journal of International Press & Politics, The Communication Yearbook, New Media & Society, The Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journalism Quarterly, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Visual Communication Quarterly, and other journals and edited readers on online media and politics. She serves on several editorial boards, including New Media and Society and Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. Featured in Who is Who of American Teachers 2007, she teaches courses on communication theory, political communication, the information society, digital democracy, and communication research methods. Her book, A Private Sphere: Democracy in a Digital Age (Polity Press, 2009) discusses how online media redefine our understanding of public and private in late-modern democracies, thus outlining new parameters for civic engagement in a digital age. Prior to joining the Communication faculty at UIC, she served as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research for the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University, where she was also Associate (2006-2008) and Assistant Professor (2000-2006).