Ron Krabill

Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell



Ron Krabill is a professor at the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Bothell. His scholarship on mass media and politics seeks to expand understanding of transnational mediascapes as complex forces which shape political life in relevant, sometimes surprising ways. His earlier work was centered on electronic, independent and transnational media and their impact on social life and action (particularly politics – both institutional and extra-institutional) and focused on South Africa as its most significant location. This work has continued to have a particular emphasis on the relationships between media and human rights, not only in South Africa but on a global scale.

More recently, he has been exploring collaboration and community-based learning in relationship to the concepts of praxis in cultural studies and interdisciplinarity, with a particular interest in international education and the roles of reciprocity and equity in building more justice global partnerships. He is also currently engaged in a collaborative textual and visual research project on “The African Game in Seattle,” which explores the role of soccer as both a catalyst for and expression of community-building among diasporic African communities in the Seattle metropolitan area.