Gw`s Institute For Politics, Democracy and The Internet Announces New Visiting Fellow For 2007-2008

Released on: January 3, 2008, 9:50 pm

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(PRLog.Org) - Jan 04, 2008 - Contact: Syieda Penn, Principal
Pastiche Group, LLC

FOR 2007-2008

Thursday, January 3, 2008 - Washington DC - The Institute for Politics, Democracy &
the Internet (IPDI) ( today announced the appointment of Charles D.
Ellison as its Visiting Fellow for 2007-2008.
Mr. Ellison is a widely-known and reputable public policy analyst, media and
government relations expert with over a decade of experience. Based in Washington,
D.C., Mr. Ellison serves as a Senior Advisor to the Center for African American
Policy at the University of Denver (CAAP-DU). He is also a CAAP Senior Fellow in
Public Policy and Chief Editor of the center's popular flagship website, providing key government relations support on major policy issues
important to the Center. He is Chief Editor and Contributor to the ASCENT Journal of
Public Policy at and served as managing editor for the 2005 release
on modern political development titled "Standing in the Gap - Leadership in the 21st
Century" by ASCENT Press.
"We are truly excited by Charles' presence at IPDI and view his expert knowledge and
diverse background as a tremendous asset for the GW community," said Christopher
Arterton, Interim Director of IPDI and Dean of GW's Graduate School of Political
Management. "His extensive experience in media, public policy and technology offer
us a new opportunity for growth at IPDI"
Mr. Ellison is a critically-acclaimed author, co-host of the weekly
LIVE on XM Channel 130 (POTUS '08) and a frequent analyst for XM Radio. He is
considered a leading expert on the use of technology in modern politics;
e-governance; African American political development; the intersection of media,
pop-culture and politics; modern American political and public policy trends; the
U.S. Congress; state, local and federal political campaign trends. His highly
anticipated political thriller, TANTRUM, is scheduled for release in February 2008.
A former local news radio correspondent and 2000 recipient of the Washington, D.C.
"Top 40 Under 40" Award, Mr. Ellison is a former Congressional staffer,
award-winning Internet content executive and former public relations director for
Mt. Nebo Records, catapulting it from small, independent status to international
rotation and recognition. He is a former associate producer for C-SPAN Networks and
former marketing and public relations director for Votenet Solutions, Inc. As a
commentator and lecturer, he has been featured in numerous television, radio and
publishing venues, including: XM Radio,, The Source,,
BET, ABC News, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Washington Business Journal,
Roll Call, National Journal, George Magazine, Pacifica Radio and National Public
Radio, among others.
As a Visiting Fellow, Charles will interact with GW students, faculty and research
staff through a variety of special projects and discourse on relevant topics. He
plans to complete a major study on ethnic political activity trends in the U.S.
titled "Ethnicity and Poli-fluentials" as a follow-up to IPDI's highly regarded
Polifluentials: The New Political Kingmakers study, released in October 2007. He
will also serve as a contributing editor to the Institute's blog at and
provide critical advisement on several major national projects currently planned by
the Institute, using his media and public relations background in an effort to
maximize IPDI's visibility.
The Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet (IPDI) is part of the Graduate
School of Political Management of The George Washington University. Its mission is
to promote the use of the Internet and new communication technologies in politics to
enhance democratic values, encourage citizen participation and improve governance,
at home and abroad; in short, to "democratize democracy."
IPDI conducts research that anticipates and interprets trends; publishes studies and
guidelines that that show candidates, public officials and activists how to make the
best use of the new communication tools; and holds seminars and conferences that
advocate best practices, teach new skills and allow for the national and
international exchange of ideas on the democratizing uses of the Internet and other
new technologies.

For more information about IPDI, visit

For more information about GW's Graduate School of Political Management, visit gspm.
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Contact Details: Contact: Syieda Penn, Principal
Pastiche Group, LLC

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