Mitch Schwartz comes to Wisconsin from Kentucky. He earned his BS in telecommunications in 2008 and his MA in communication in 2010, both from the University of Kentucky. His academic work lies at the intersections of civic engagement, networked communication, and digital media. He has a broad interest in Jürgen Habermas’ theory of communicative action and in deliberative democracy. Mitch’s research revolves around changing conceptualizations of civicness amid networked individualism. Specifically, his dissertation research focuses on the digital media strategies employed by and communication networks surrounding a collection of community-based nonprofits. His research employs qualitative methods, critical approaches, and network theory.