Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs
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805 21 Street, NW
Washington , District Of Columbia 20052
Areas of Expertise
Political communication; information effects; political psychology; experimental methods; misinformation and fact-checking; public opinion
Emily Thorson joined the School of Media and Public Affairs in 2013 and received the Staub Faculty Excellence Award in April 2014.
She received a dual Ph.D in communications and political science at the Annenberg School and at the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
Emily's research focuses on information effects in politics, both on the aggregate and individual level. Specifically, she traces how political information spreads from parties to citizens (through traditional and new forms of media as well as through informal interactions) and the conditions under which this information affects their attitudes and behavior.
Before receiving her Ph.D, Emily worked on political campaigns and at a consulting firm in D.C. helping non-profits and candidates engage in online advocacy.
Ph.D., The Annenberg School for Communication & Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2013
M.A., The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 2008
B.A., Williams College, 2002
Beyond Opinion Leaders: How Attempts to Persuade Foster Political Awareness and Campaign Learning. Forthcoming, Communication Research.
The Economy and the Dynamics of the 2008 Presidential Campaign: Evidence from the National Annenberg Election Study.” March 2010. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, 20:2 271-289. (with Richard Johnston and Andrew Gooch)
Changing Patterns of News Consumption and Participation.” June 2008. Information, Communication, and Society, 11 (4): 473-489
Assitant Professor Emily Thorson explains how her work as a political consultant informs her classroom lectures in strategic political communication.
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