A 2010-11 Graduate School Promising Scholar, Ed is now the UO’s newest recipient of the University Club of Portland Foundation Fellowship. He is a doctoral student of Communication and Society in the School of Journalism and Communication. Ed currently has two specific research interests: participatory media and their impact, in terms of broadening Habermas’ concept of creating a more vibrant public sphere; and the media’s potential to impact educational reform. Specifically, he is interested in examining how scholastic journalism programs can support educators in fostering higher levels of achievement and civic engagement in elementary and secondary students. He has served as an adjunct instructor for UO’s School of Journalism and Communication and in the New Media Department at Oregon State University.