Please join us for a presentation by six nationally known researchers on youth and politics. During the past seven years the group has been working with panel studies of parent/youth dyads to observe how they develop their political orientations. Of course the last few years have seen sea changes in the media environment—the rise of mobile devices, the explosion of social media and the development of a strange new generation called Millennials. What are the effects of family, schools, peers and media for the socialization of Millennials? What will this mean for the 2016 elections?

Join the conversation using #youngvotersMU.

This event is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School Journalism and the Political Communication Institute at the University of Missouri College of Arts and Science.


Leticia Bode, Georgetown University

Leticia Bode is an assistant professor of communication, culture and technology at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on the role of new media in politics, considering how and when communication technology affects political communication and political behavior. Throughout her career she has published more than a dozen articles in political science and communication journals.



Stephanie Edgerly, Northwestern University

Stephanie Edgerly is an assistant professor at Northwestern University with a specialization in audience insight. Her research explores how features of new media alter the way audiences consume news and impact political engagement. She is particularly interested in the mixing of news and entertainment content, how individuals and groups create and share news over social networking websites, and how audiences selectively consume media.


Dhavan Shah, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dhavan Shah is the Maier-Bascom Professor at the University of Wisconsin, where he is director of the Mass Communication Research Center (MCRC) and scientific director in the Center for Health Enhancement System Studies (CHESS). His work concerns framing and cueing effects on social judgments, digital media influence on civic and political engagement, and the impact of information and communication technologies on chronic disease management.


Kjerstin Thorson, University of Southern California

Kjerstin Thorson is an assistant professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Her research explores the effects of the changing media environment on political participation.




Emily Vraga, George Mason University

Emily Vraga is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at George Mason University. Her research focuses on how individuals process news and political information, particularly in response to disagreeable messages they encounter in digital media environments.



Chris Wells, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Chris Wells is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he co-directs the Social Media and Democracy and Communication, Culture and Civic Participation research groups. He is the author of “The Civic Organization and the Digital Citizen: Communicating Engagement in a Networked Age” from Oxford University Press.


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