NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

University of Washington, Department of Communication

The University of Washington Department of Communication graduate program is built on four core principles: pluralism, interdisciplinary theorizing, collaboration, and public scholarship. These principles have shaped every facet of the program, such as the core courses, committee structure, and admissions policy.

Association of American Universities Member


Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-17: 59


Concentrations/Research Emphases

  • Communication & Culture
  • Communication Technology & Society
  • Global Communication
  • Media Institutions
  • Social Interaction
  • Political Communication
  • Rhetoric & Critical/Cultural Studies


NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs

  • #19 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #37 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012

  • #19 of 60 programs by Number of Citations


  • Top Ten Research Program in 34 of 99 Research Areas

QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies

  • #51-100 of 200 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • Online Graduate School application
  • Application fee
  • GRE Scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Letter of intent
  • Writing Sample
  • Resume/CV

Graduate Faculty

  • Professor Gerald J. Baldasty, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Professor W. Lance Bennett, Ph.D., Yale University
  • Professor Leah Ceccarelli, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Assistant Professor John Crowley, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Professor David Domke, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Associate Professor Kathleen Fearn-Banks, M.S., UCLA
  • Professor Kirsten Foot, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
  • Assistant Professor Carmen Gonzalez, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Associate Professor Christine Harold, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Assistant Professor Benjamin Mako Hill, Ph.D., MIT
  • Associate Professor Ralina L. Joseph, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
  • Associate Professor Richard B. Kielbowicz, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Professor Valerie Manusov, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor Patricia Moy, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Leilani Nishime, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Assistant Professor Katy Pearce, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Assistant Professor Matthew Powers, Ph.D., New York University
  • Professor Nancy K. Rivenburgh, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Professor Adrienne Russell, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Professor Doug Underwood, M.A., Ohio State University

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present

  • Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2003
  • Golden Outstanding Student Essay in Rhetoric Award, 2005
  • Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award, 2016 
Research Specialties : 
Communication & Technology, Intercultural-International Communication, Mass Communication-Media Studies, Political Communication, Rhetorical Studies