Robert Lichter

Research Team

Professor
Department of Communication
George Mason University

Bio: 

Robert Lichter directs Mason’s Center for Media and Public Affairs which conducts scientific studies of the news and entertainment media, and also directs the Statistical Assessment Service (STATS) which works to improve the quality of statistical and scientific information in the news. Bob has authored or co-authored fourteen books and over a hundred scholarly articles and monographs and he is currently working on a book about foreign media coverage of the United States. His most recent books are The Nightly News Nightmare: Television Coverage of Presidential Elections (2006, 2nd ed.); and The Mediated Presidency: Television News and Presidential Governance (2005). Bob’s op-ed articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, and other newspapers. His current research interests span political communication, political sociology, and health and risk communication, and he has recently been focusing on climate change. Bob has previously taught at Princeton, Georgetown, and George Washington universities, and had fellowships at Yale University, Columbia University, and Smith College. He received his PhD in Government from Harvard University and his BA, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota.

Education: 

BA, University of Minnesota
PhD, Government, Harvard University

Selected Publications: 

Farnsworth, S. J. & Lichter, S. R. (2006). The Nightly News Nightmare: Television Coverage of Presidential Elections. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Farnsworth, S. J. & Lichter, S. R. (2005). The Mediated Presidency: Television News and Presidential Governance. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.