Name: Steven Livingston
Organisation: The George Washington University
Country: United States
Steven Livingston is Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs with appointments in the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) and the Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA) at The George Washington University. His research and teaching focus on information and communication technology, security, development and global politics. He is especially interested in information and communication technologies and collective action by complex governance structures (government/NGO/IO partnerships). Among other publications, Livingston has written Clarifying the CNN Effect (a monograph published by Harvard University in 1996) and The Terrorism Spectacle (Westview Press, 1994). When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina (W. Lance Bennett and Regina Lawrence, co-authors) (University of Chicago Press, 2007). With Sean Aday and Robert Entman, he is now writing Framing Failure: The U.S. Media and Iraq. Another book project is Networked Collective Action: Knowledge, Technology and Global Governance in the 21st Century (a working title). In the 1992-93, Livingston was a Social Science Research Council Senior Research Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies (funded by the Ford Foundation). In 1995, he received funding from the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation to investigate the role of the military and the media in humanitarian crises. In 1996, he was a Research Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Livingston also received a Goldsmith Award while at Harvard. In April 2004, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship (declined to assume SMPA directorship). Livingston has lectured at the National Defense University, the Army War College, the Strategic Studies Group at the Naval War College, the Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the U.S. Institute for Peace, European Institute of Diplomacy, Vienna, the Foreign Service Institute, the U.S. Department of State, and at universities and think tanks in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He has appeared on CNN, CNNI, ABC, CBC, BBC, al Jazeera, al Jazeera English and many other news organizations commenting on public policy and politics. He has also been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The Economist, and many other newspapers around the world. He has also written for Newsday, USA Today, and La Stampa in Rome. His research and consulting activities have led to extended stays in Northern Ireland, Russia, Eastern and Central Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and East and Africa. At the invitation of the US Embassy in Baghdad, he was twice in Iraq in 2008 and once again in 2009. At the invitation of the Canadian government and NATO, he was in Afghanistan in 2009 and again in 2010. He has advised a wide range of governments, the U.N. and NGOs, and the World Bank on matters relating to international affairs, media, and technology.