Lance Bennett received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 1974 and has taught since then at the University of Washington, where he is Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor Communication, Emeritus and Professor of Political Science, Emeritus. Bennett founded the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement, which became the Center for Journalism, Media and Democracy in 2020.
Bennett has lectured internationally on media and information systems in civic life with emphasis on press-government relations, the quality of public information, communication in social movements, transnational activism, citizenship and youth civic engagement, digital media and political participation, and the organization of technology enabled protests. His current work focuses on better aligning environment, economy and democracy to build more equitable and sustainable human systems on the planet.
He has held visiting professorships at Harvard University, Uppsala, Stockholm, and Free University Berlin. In addition to receiving honorary doctorates from Uppsala and Bern, he has received career achievement awards from the American Political Science Association, The International Communication Association, the US National Communication Association., and the German Humboldt Foundation. His publications include The Logic of Connective Action: Digital Media and the Personalization of Contentious Politics (with Alexandra Segerberg, Cambridge 2013), and The Disinformation Age: Politics, Technology and Disruptive Communication in the United States (with Steven Livingston, Cambridge 2020).