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Posted By Administration, Friday, November 8, 2019


Kathryn Montalbano, kathryn.a.montalbano@gmail.com

Book Announcement: Making Surveillance States: Transnational Histories

Edited by Robert Heynen and Emily van der Meulen

Making Surveillance States opens up new and exciting perspectives on how systems of state surveillance developed over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Taking a transnational approach, the book challenges us to rethink the presumed novelty of contemporary surveillance practices, while developing critical analyses of the ways in which state surveillance has profoundly shaped the emergence of contemporary societies.

To order the book, or request a desk copy for course consideration, go here: https://utorontopress.com/ca/making-surveillance-states-2

University of Toronto Press, 2019



Book Announcement: 8th Edition of Knapp, Vangelisti, & Caughlin moving to KendallHunt

The 8th edition of Interpersonal Communication and Human Relationships by Mark L. Knapp, Anita L. Vangelisti, and John P. Caughlin is available for Spring 2020 adoptions. The new publisher, KendallHunt, will be at NCA to show the new volume, discuss the expanded teaching resources, and answer questions about classroom use.

Interpersonal Communication and Human Relationships covers the fundamentals of interpersonal communication while focusing on the context of developing relationships. Grounded in both classic and contemporary scholarship, the book introduces core principles and theories through the discussion of familiar experiences.  The new edition has updated materials on a number of topics, including communication technologies, health, and sexual communication.



I am pleased to announce the publication of my book Discourse of Reciprocity: The Role of the Press in the US-Canada Alliance. The book addresses press behavior in covering a durable and extensive alliance relationship, adding to an underexplored area of journalism studies. It is a discourse analysis and includes guidance on how to apply the method to research in political communication and journalism studies.


The cases analyzed cover the relationship from 1980 to the present and include news coverage of energy, agriculture, nuclear arms, and terrorism policy. For more details, check out this link:

https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781683932185. Until December 31, 2019, 30% discount with code UP30AUTH19.


Thanks for your interest.  Kate Dunsmore


Book Announcement: After Net Neutrality: A New Deal for the Digital Age

Victor Pickard and I have a new book out:

After Net Neutrality: A New Deal for the Digital Age (Yale University Press, 2019) is both a primer that explains net neutrality’s history and politics, as well as an argument for a more equitable framework for internet regulation. Pickard and Berman assert that we should see access to the internet not as a commodity but as a public good necessary for sustaining democratic society in the twenty first century. They reframe the threat to net neutrality as more than a conflict between content providers like Netflix and internet service providers like Comcast—they argue it’s part of the much wider project to commercialize the public sphere and undermine the free speech essential for democracy. Readers will come away with a better understanding of the key concepts underpinning the net neutrality battle and rallying points for future action to democratize online communication.

Early praise for After Net Neutrality:

"An essential primer and a great read. Highly recommended."—Tim Wu, author of The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

"Pickard and Berman have written the best introduction to net neutrality and the broader policymaking surrounding the internet that I have ever read. It is perfect for students or citizens eager to understand some of the most important issues of our times. Must reading."—Robert W. McChesney, author of Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy

"Want to know how the internet went from democracy's promise to democracy’s peril? It's all right here in an eminently readable and essential book.  And a plan for action, too!"—Hon. Michael J. Copps, former FCC Commissioner

After Net Neutrality: A New Deal for the Digital Age is available October 29, 2019:




Book Announcement:  The Power of Strategic Listening in Contemporary organizations


Listening is critical in today’s organizations. As recent examples in the #MeToo era and numerous organizational failures and scandals illustrate, the consequences of poor listening in organizations can be significant, and in some cases, catastrophic. Listening is commonly described in terms of ethics, overlooking its strategic value.

Through use of contemporary organizational cases and examples including Boeing 737 Max airplane crashes, Wells Fargo fraud case, Facebook political ad controversy, Nike’s Kaepernick campaign, and the US government and Trump administration among many others, this book asks readers to question the listening habits, practices, and infrastructure within organizations. The author lays out an argument for the benefits and challenges of strategic listening. She also develops a method for internal analysis of listening capabilities and practices, and provides a framework for building and maintaining a more robust listening culture, infrastructure, and set of practices. In order to improve organizational listening, the author argues that we need to do more than improve personal listening skills, we need to design organizations to listen.

Dr. Laurie Lewis is Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Success at the University of Texas, San Antonio. She is the author of the award-winning book Organizational Change: Creating Change Through Strategic Communication and co-Editor of the International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication as well as numerous academic publications on topics related to organizational change, collaboration, inter-organizational communication, volunteers and nonprofits, and stakeholder communication. She is the former Chair of the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association. Her work has investigated how organizations and sets of organizations work most effectively through collaboration, stakeholder engagement, input solicitation, and high quality participative processes.

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