Leah Sprain
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication • Community & Social Interaction Graduate Faculty

Office: Hellems 86

Assistant Professor Leah Sprain’s research focuses on democratic engagement, studying how specific communication practices facilitate and inhibit democratic action.

Her research and teaching draw on language and social interaction perspectives to explore deliberation, environmental communication and social movement activism. Outreach and praxis are crucial to democratic engagement; thus, much of her research is collaborative and focused on the practice-theory interface.

As an ethnographer of communication, she has conducted extended fieldwork in Nicaragua and the United States. She co-edited Social Movement to Address Climate Change: Local Steps for Global Action, and her work appears in theJournal of Applied Communication ResearchEnvironmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture andQualitative Communication Research.

She received her PhD from the University of Washington.