Ethan Porter

Ethan Porter
Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs
MPA 424
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Ethan Porter joined the School of Media and Public Affairs in 2016, after receiving his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. His dissertation, “ The Consumer Citizen,” investigates the ways in which the habits and strategies gleaned from everyday consumer experiences come to shape political preferences. His research interests include experimental design, public opinion, redistributive preferences and political psychology. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the Omidyar Network and has presented his research at Yale, Harvard and the University of Michigan.

Before graduate school, he was the managing editor of “Democracy: A Journal of Ideas.” In addition to his scholarly research, he has published articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Columbia Journalism Review.


Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 2016
M.A., The University of Chicago, 2012
B.A., Bard College, 2007


"Race, Interracial Families and Political Advertising In the Obama Era: Experimental Evidence." With Thomas J. Wood. Political Communication. 2016, 1-22.

Classes Taught

Strategic Political Communication (SMPA 3353)