Ph.D., Communications, University of Washington, 1991; M.S. Mass Communications, Boston University, 1982; B.A. Communications, Stanford University, 1979


Nancy K. Rivenburgh, Ph.D. is a professor emerita in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her primary research and teaching interests focus on cities as complex communication environments. Her most recent book Envisioning Better Cities: A Global Tour of Good Ideas (2019) highlights the myriad roles that communication and creativity play in making cities more livable and socially and environmentally sustainable. Over her 32 years at the UW, Prof. Rivenburgh also taught courses and conducted research related to global communication, fieldwork methods, and creative problem solving.

Selected publications

  • Chase, Patricia & Rivenburgh Nancy (2019). Envisioning Better Cities: A Global Tour of Good Ideas. Redondo Beach, CA: ORO Editions.
  • Ozaralli, Nurdan & Rivenburgh Nancy (2016). Entrepreneurial Intention: Antecedents to Entrepreneurial Behavior in the U.S.A. and Turkey. Journal of Global Entrepreneurship Research.DOI 10.1186/s40497-016-0057
  • Rivenburgh, N. (2013). Media Framing of Complex Issues: The Case of Endangered Languages. Public Understanding of Science 22(6), 704-717.
  • Rivenburgh, N. (2011). Perspectives on US Media as a Cultural Change Agent.  In Isabel Durán, Carmen Méndez, Jaime de Salas (Eds.), Transatlantic looks: cultural exchanges between the United States and Europe (pp. 241-258). Madrid, Spain: Thomson-Aranzadi.
  • Rivenburgh, N. K. & Manusov, V. (2010). Decentering as a Research Design Strategy for International and Intercultural Research. Journal of International Communication16(1), 23-40.
  • Rivenburgh, N. (2009). In pursuit of a global image: media events as political communication. In N. Couldry, A. Hepp, & F. Krotz (Eds.), Media Events in a Global Age (pp. 187-202). London, UK: Routledge.
  • Rivenburgh, N. (2009). Seeking Discursive Spaces for Peace in Media-Sport Narratives. conflict & communication online, 8(2).
  • Rivenburgh, N. (2008). For the Cinderella of the New South, the Shoe Just Didn’t Fit: The “Most Exceptional” Games of 1996. International Journal of Sport Communication, 1, December, 465-486.
  • Rivenburgh, N.K. (2004). Sport, Media, and Peace. Apunts, 78, 4.
  • Rivenburgh, N.K., Louw, P.E., Loo, E., Mersham, G. (2003). The Sydney Olympic Games and Foreign Attitudes towards Australia. Gold Coast, Australia: CRCST Publishing.
  • Rivenburgh, N. K. (2002). The Olympic Games: Twenty-first Century Challenges as a Global Media Event. Culture, Sport, Society (5)3, 31-50.
  • Rivenburgh, N. K. (2000). Social Identity Theory and News Portrayals of Citizens Involved in International Affairs. Media Psychology.
  • Rivenburgh, N. K. (1997). Social Identification and Media Coverage of Foreign Affairs. in A. Malek (ed.) News Media and Foreign Relations, New York: Ablex Publishers.
  • Rivenburgh, N. K., de Moragas, M., Larson, J. (1995). Television in the Olympics. London: John Libbey.
  • Rivenburgh, N. K. (1995). Images of Others, Journal of International Communications.