Development and Social Change, Normative Theory, Deliberation, Ethics.
Before coming to Temple, Tom was at the State University of New York at Buffalo for seventeen years where he served as Chair of its Department of Communication and founding director of the Informatics Research Center. He has also been Visiting Professor at Northwestern and Cornell universities. He is past President of the Participatory Communication Research Section of the International Association of Media and Communication Research, where he is currently Chair of that Association’s Scholarly Review Committee. Currently, at Temple, Tom serves as Director of Klein College interdepartmental Master of Science program in Communication for Development and Social Change. He has published over fifty peer reviewed articles and book chapters, and co-edited three books. In 2006, Tom served on the Scientific Committee planning the World Congress on Communication for Development (World Bank), in Rome, and has consulted with the World Bank’s Communication and Governance Accountability Program, as well as other international organizations and NGOs. He holds memberships in the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He sits on the editorial advisory boards of a number of journals, including Communication Monographs, Telematics & Informatics, and Communicar. Tom and his wife Tamar live in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia.