Media inquiry expert list

The political communication scholars who wrote and signed this letter are available for expert interviews and other media inquiries.

Mid-Atlantic | The South | The Midwest | The Southwest | The West | International experts


Leticia Bode
Associate Professor, Georgetown University
Misinformation, social media, content moderation
Washington, DC

Jay Rosen
Journalism, election coverage, citizens agenda
New York

Rebekah Tromble
Associate Professor, School of Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University
Social media, disinformation, hate speech
Washington, DC

David C. Wilson
Professor, Political Science and Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of Delaware
Polling, election corruption, political attitudes

Silvio Waisbord
Professor, George Washington University
Global journalism, populism, post-truth
Washington, DC

Dannagal Young
Associate Professor, Departments of Communication and Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware
Political polarization, political psychology, political entertainment/satire
New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware

Khadijah Costly White
Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University
Political discourse, race, activism
New Jersey

The South

Kirsten Adams
Graduate Research Fellow, Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Journalism & democracy, partisanship & polarization, press endorsements
North Carolina

Chris Bail
Polarization Lab, Duke University
Social media, polarization, misinformation
North Carolina

Megan Duncan
Assistant professor, School of Communication, Virginia Tech
Partisan news audiences, news credibility, online partisan news

Daniel Kreiss
Associate Professor, Hussman School of Journalism and Media, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Media, platforms, electoral politics
North Carolina

Mallory Perryman
Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Media bias, public trust in news, broadcast journalism

Joshua M. Scacco
Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of South Florida
Presidential communication, digital news, campaign communication

Kathleen Searles
Associate Professor of Political Communication, Louisiana State University
News and politics, partisan news, poll coverage

Shannon McGregor
Assistant professor, Hussman School of Journalism and Media, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Social media, public opinion, political campaigns, platform content policy
North Carolina

The Midwest

Kathleen Culver
Associate Professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Journalism ethics, emerging media, misinformation/disinformation

James Druckman
Department of Political Science, Northwestern University
Polls, polarization, public opinion

Stephanie Edgerly
Associate Professor, Medill School, Northwestern University
News audiences, news avoiders, news literacy

Ben Epstein
Associate Professor of Political Science, DePaul University
Political communication innovations, American political development, media literacy
Illinois, California

Ashley Muddiman
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Kansas
Media Effects, incivility, digital News
Kansas, Missouri

Stuart Soroka
Michael W. Traugott Collegiate Professor of Communication and Media & Political Science, Department of Communication and Media, University of Michigan
Political communication, media effects, negativity bias

Benjamin Toff
Assistant Professor, Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota
Polling and public opinion, news audiences, changing media

Nikki Usher
Associate Professor, College of Media, University of Illinois
Media criticism, journalism, platforms

Michael W. Wagner
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Polarization, news coverage, voting methods

Scott Althaus
Merriam Professor of Political Science and Professor of Communication, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Political communication, public opinion

Kjerstin Thorson
Associate Professor, College of Communication Arts & Sciences, Michigan State University
News audiences, political communication, news on social media

Danielle Kilgo
Assistant Professor, Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota
Civil Unrest & Protest, Race, Journalism Ethics

The Southwest

Jessica T. Feezell
Associate Professor, University of New Mexico
Political communication, political behavior, information communication technology
New Mexico

Samara Klar
Associate Professor, University of Arizona
Voter behavior, partisanship, independent voters

Jennifer R. Mercieca
Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Texas A&M University
Rhetoric, political communication, and propaganda.

Stephen D. Reese
Jesse H. Jones Professor, School of Journalism and Media, University of Texas
Framing, sociology of news, global journalism

The West

Mike Annany
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California
Platforms, media ethics, journalism practices

Amber E. Boydstun
Professor of Political Science & Chancellor’s Fellow, UC Davis
Media attention, issue framing, news production

Allissa Richardson
Assistant Professor of Journalism , Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California
Smartphones and social justice, digital activism, protest journalism

Fred Turner
Harry and Norman Chandler Professor of Communication, Stanford University
Media history, The ‘60s, Media and authoritarianism

Jordan Foley 
Assistant professor, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University 
Partisan media ecologies, misinformation, conspiracy theories 

International experts

In addition to US-based experts, there are three international experts available:

Claes de Vreese
Professor and Chair of Political Communication at The Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam
Political journalism, public opinion, platforms and elections

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford
News use, digital media, political communication

Cristian Vaccari
Professor of Political Communication, Loughborough University
Elections, social media, comparative research

Ulrike Klinger 
Professor for Political Theory and Digital Democracy, European New School of Digital Studies Frankfurt, Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society Berlin
Elections, Social Media, Disinformation