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Communication & Journalism Department|Professors

ASHLEY MUDDIMAN

Dr. Ashley Muddiman (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2013; M.A., Wake Forest University, 2009) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication & Journalism.  She researches political communication and is particularly interested in the influence of political conflict on citizens.  Her dissertation focused on how media coverage and partisanship affect citizens’ perceptions of incivility and their reactions to politics.  She also is involved with the Engaging News Project (http://engagingnewsproject.org/), which provides research-based techniques for engaging online news audiences in commercially-viable and democratically-beneficial ways. Her research has appeared in the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Journal of Information Technology and Politics, Journal of Public Deliberation, and Communication Studies.

 Courses taught: research methods and communication theory.

Journal Publications

 Muddiman, A., & Meier, M. R. (forthcoming). Deliberative television: Encouraging substantive, citizen-driven news. Journal of Public Deliberation.

 Stroud, N. J., & Muddiman, A. (2013). Selective exposure, tolerance, and comedic news. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 25, 271-290.

 Muddiman, A. (2013). Searching for the next U.S. president: Differences in search engine results for the 2008 U.S. presidential candidates. Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 10, 138-157.

 Muddiman, A. & Frymier, A. B. (2009). What is relevant? Student perceptions of relevance strategies in college classrooms. Communication Studies, 60, 130-146.

 Book Chapters

 Stroud, N. J., Muddiman, A., & Scacco, J. (forthcoming). Engaging audiences via online news sites. In H. Gil de Zúñiga (Ed.) New agendas in communication: New technologies and civic engagement. New York: Routledge.

 Stroud, N. J., & Muddiman, A. (2012). The American media system today: Is the public fragmenting? In T. Ridout (Ed.) New directions in American politics.

 Selected Fellowships & Awards

 Named Continuing Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year, awarded by the Graduate School at the University of Texas at Austin, included $20,000 and tuition assistance for the year

 Patricia Witherspoon Research Award for summer 2013, awarded by Annette Strauss Institute of Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin, included $2,000 funding for dissertation research

 Outstanding Ph.D. Student for 2012-2013, awarded by the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

 APSA Political Psychology Distinguished Junior Scholars Award, awarded by the APSA Political Psychology Division, included $200 funding for travel to conference

 Patricia Witherspoon Research Award for summer 2010, awarded by Annette Strauss Institute of Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin, included $2,000 funding for co-authored research

 Outstanding First Year Graduate Student for 2009-2010, awarded by Department of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

 Recruitment Fellowship for 2009-2011 academic years, awarded by Department of Communication Studies and the Graduate School at the University of Texas at Austin, included $5,000 per year for first two years of Ph.D. study

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