Members

Matthew Barnidge is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on political communication, specifically (a) audience perceptions, public opinion, and political behavior, and (b) new communication technologies and social influence.

 

David Coppini holds a B.A. from the University of Siena in Communication and a M.A. from the University of Bologna in Social and Political Communication. As an exchange student, he also studied abroad at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle and the University of California, San Diego. After working in advertising and p.r. for two years, in the fall of 2011 David enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His main research interests are in comparative political communication and the impact of information and communication technologies on political mobilization and civic engagement.

David Wise has been a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication since 2009. His research focuses on the characteristics and effects of media technologies and mediated messages on attitudes, behaviors and public opinion in the areas of politics, science and public health. He earned his M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he also completed his undergraduate work. He has presented papers at MAPOR, ICA and AEJMC, and he has published in the Atlantic Journal of Communication, Mass Communication and Society and the Journal of Environmental Communication.

Kwansik Mun is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. From political socialization perspective, his research is to examine what kinds of socialization agents (e.g. family, media and so forth) are involved in forming political attitude/belief and causing civic engagement/political participation, considering the interaction between personalities and media effect. As well, he is interested in public opinion formation from micro-perspective so that he has studied the Spiral of Silence theory and willingness to self-censor.

Mallory Perryman  is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism at the University of Missouri and has experience producing for both TV and online news. Her research focuses on how the structure and characteristics of news stories impact the way people make sense of issues in the news.

Stephanie Jean Tsang is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She received her Master of Philosophy in Communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2011. Her research focuses on the psychology of media audiences, particularly psychology of emotion and politics. Stephanie is also interested in the impact of new media on information processing and attitude formation.

Megan Duncan is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She received her master’s from University of Florida. Her research focuses on the transition of media from print to digital distribution and its effects on readers.