I am a Professor of Communication in the School of Media and Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia. Currently, I serve there as director of the Master of Science in Globalization and Development Communication program. And, I am Chair of the Scholarly Review Committee for the International Association for Media and Communication Research. Ongoing research addresses communicative action and cultural change, participation, and program assessment. Recent publications include: Jacobson, T. and Pan, L. (2014) “The Concept of the Public Sphere, with Reference to China,” In Junhao Hong (Ed.), New Trends in Communication Studies (pp. 46-65). Beijing: Tsinhua University Press. Chang, L. & Jacobson, T., and Zhang, W. (2013). Discourse and Legitimation in Singapore: The Case of Anti-Smoking Policy. Journal of Communication. 63(6), 1153-1174;and Odugbemi, S. & Jacobson, T. (Eds.) (2008) Governance Reform Under Real World Conditions: Citizens, Stakeholders, and Voice, Washington DC: The World Bank. Current writing projects mostly focus on exploring the relevance for communication researchers of Amartya Sen's "capabilities approach" to development.