The Media & Democracy program seeks to understand the evolving relationship between media, technology, and politics. Through research development workshops, public events, and a variety of publications, Media & Democracy incubates and catalyzes new research and situates the present moment of technological and political change in broader historical, cultural, and political contexts.

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Research Development Workshops encourage and accelerate scholarship about understudied phenomena at the intersection of media, technology, and politics. These two-day workshops are composed of small, interdisciplinary and cross-sector groups that afford scholars the rare opportunity to give and receive intensive feedback on work in-progress, and seed a variety of outputs from peer-reviewed manuscripts to public events.

Conferences and Public Events organized by the Media & Democracy program bring together academics, journalists, and technologists in conversation with each other and with the broader public to enrich shared understanding about the role of media and technology in public life.

Publications that emerge from Media & Democracy workshops inform diverse audiences about the nature of politics in an increasingly digital world. Through our workshops, we support rigorous research, working to accelerate academic publishing timelines and to facilitate a variety of forms of public scholarship.

The Media & Democracy program is generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; the Democracy Fund; the Ford Foundation; the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation; the Rita Allen Foundation; and Reid Hoffman. The program is honored to host Mike Miller, an ACLS Public Fellow.

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