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Dr. Dunaway’s research examines the relationship between the structural and contextual features o media outlets and news content. Her current research examines the impact of the changing contemporary media environment across individuals, groups, and local communities.
Johanna Dunaway is an associate professor of communication. Before recently joining the faculty at Texas A&M she was at Louisiana State University in the Department of Political Science and the Manship School of Mass Communication. She has written extensively on the relationship between the structural and contextual features of media outlets and news content. Her current research examines the impact of the changing contemporary media environment across individuals, groups, and local communities. Her other work examines local news coverage of political campaigns, immigration, and events such as the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, she has published in numerous other areas including public opinion, political behavior, and political advertising. Her work appears in journals such as the Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Communication, Political Communication, Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, Journalism Studies and Social Science Quarterly. She is also co-author on the 9th Edition of Mass Media and American Politics.
- Davis, Nicholas T. and Johanna L. Dunaway. 2016. “Party Polarization, Media Choice, and Mass Partisan-Ideological Sorting.” Public Opinion Quarterly.DOI: 10.1093/poq/nfw002.
- Potter, Joshua, and Johanna Dunaway. 2015. “Reinforcing or Breaking Party Systems? Internet Communication Technologies and Party Competition in Comparative Context.” Political Communication. DOI: 10.1080/10584609.2015.1069767.
- Dunaway, Johanna L., Davis, Nicholas. T., Padgett, Jeremy. and Scholl, Rosanne. M. 2015. “Objectivity and Information Bias in Campaign News.” Journal of Communication. DOI: 10.1111/jcom.12172.
- Dunaway, Johanna, and Regina G. Lawrence. 2015. “What Predicts the Game Frame? Media Ownership, Electoral Context, and Campaign News.” Political Communication, 32:1, 43-60, DOI: 10.1080/10584609.2014.880975.
- Dunaway, Johanna. 2013. “Media Ownership and Story Tone in Campaign News Coverage.” American Politics Research 41: 24-53. DOI: 10.1177/1532673X12454564.
With new coauthor Johanna Dunaway, the ninth edition of Doris Graber’s classic text, Mass Media and American Politics, is thoroughly updated to reflect major structural changes that have shaken the world of political news. Always a balance of comprehensive coverage and cutting-edge theory, this text shows students how the media influence governmental institutions and functions, and in turn how the government shapes the way the media disseminate information. The book’s broad coverage has three focal points: the pupose and structure of media; its impact on the attitudes of ordinary Americans and political elites; and the ways in which the news media cover government and politics.