The following experts on grassroots social movements are available to speak with reporters:
The emergence of grassroots movements such as #metoo and #neveragain are not new in our democracy. What is new is how we understand the effectiveness of such movements, given new communication science and new communication platforms. Our experts can discuss the effectiveness of grassroots advocacy from a social science, communication and historical perspective.
Social Change Communication
Frank Karel Chair for Public Interest Communications and Director, Center for Public Interest Communications at the College for Journalism and Communications
Christiano is a leading expert in public interest communications, a growing discipline uses science-driven strategic communications and storytelling to advance positive social change. She writes and speaks frequently about strategic communication of social movements and the social science about how people feel and react to polarizing issues.
Research Director, Center for Public Interest Communications and Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology.
Neimand studies social movement messaging, tactics and mobilization, as well as how movements can use the science behind how people think and behave to design for social change. Neimand is an expert in the science of social movements, and works with social change organizations to apply those insights to their efforts.
Professor, Department of Public Relations and Director, Public Relations and Social Advocacy Project, College of Journalism and Communications
Dr. Hon’s research focuses on understanding how citizen groups are using digital media for grassroots activism to effect social change. The Public Relations and Social Advocacy Project is dedicated to exploring collaborative communication solutions to social issues, particularly using digital activism.
Environmental Change Movements
Environmental Journalist in Residence, College of Journalism and Communications and Environmental Fellow in Residence at UF’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service
Barnett is an award-winning journalist and author of three acclaimed books on water. She writes and speaks on the role of grassroots movements in environmental change in Florida and nationally, from how ordinary Americans helped end the age of big dams to the “never again” public turning points spurred by flaming rivers and fish kills that helped lead to creation of Florida’s water management districts and the U.S. Clean Water Act.
Associate Professor, History, Department of History and Director, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program
Dr. Ortiz’ research centers on a variety of social movements including: labor, immigration, student organizing, African Americans and Latinx activism.