Johanna L. Dunaway received her Ph.D. from Rice University in 2006. Her areas of interest include news media and politics and political communication, with an emphasis on how the changing media environment is shaping news consumption and political knowledge, attitudes, and behavior. Before coming to Texas A&M in Fall 2016, Johanna was a Joan Shorenstein Fellow in the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics, and Public Policy, at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. From 2008-2015, she was a jointly appointed faculty member in LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication and Department of Political Science. Before moving to LSU, she was appointed in the department of political science at Sam Houston State University. Her most recent and forthcoming articles focus on the attitudinal effects of Spanish-language media, a psychophysiological examination of cognitive dissonance, empathetic responses to mediated depictions of refugees, and the effects of hedge-fund media ownership.
Her publications appear in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Communication, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Political Communication, Information, Communication & Society, Public Opinion Quarterly, PloS One, Social Science Quarterly, Political Behavior, American Politics Research and Political Research Quarterly. Two of her recent publications earned top paper awards, the Walter Lippmann Best Published Article Award for 2018, from the American Political Science Association’s Political Communication Division, and the 2018 Lynda Lee Kaid Best Published Article in Political Communication Award, from the Political Communication Division of the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication.
She is currently working on three book manuscripts: News Attention in a Mobile Era, with Kathleen Searles, Home Style Opinion: How Local Newspapers Can Slow Polarization, with Joshua Darr and Matthew Hitt, and The House that Fox Built? Representation, Political Accountability, and the Rise of Cable News, with Kevin Arceneaux, Martin Johnson, & Ryan J. Vander Wielen.