Lewis A. Friedland


School of Journalism & Mass Communication, UW-Madison

Lewis A. Friedland is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is affiliated with the Departments of Sociology and Educational Psychology and directs the Center for Communication and Democracy. He conducts research on the public sphere and civil society, changing communication ecologies, and networks.

He wrote Civic Innovation in America with Carmen Sirianni (California 2001) and co-edited The Communication Crisis in America with Mark Lloyd (Palgrave 2016). He is co-Principal Investigator for “Communication Ecologies, Political Contention, and Democratic Crisis,” an integrated study of the statewide political communication ecology of Wisconsin.


We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.