Affiliate Researcher

Assistant Professor
School of Communication, American University


Lauren Feldman is an assistant professor in the School of Communication at American University. Her research examines the effects of news and political communication on political knowledge, attitudes, and behavior. She is particularly interested in the intersection of news and entertainment, and how less-traditional sources of political information—like late-night comedy and opinionated cable news—contribute to political learning and engagement. Current projects include an investigation of how satirical news programs like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report influence public opinion and engagement on science and environmental issues. In other recent work, she used experimental methods to explore how the presence of journalist opinion alters the effects of broadcast news on audience perceptions of bias, political information processing, attitudes, and knowledge. Her research on political communication and its effects has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of edited books and peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Political Communication, and Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism, and has been supported by grants from the Carnegie-Knight Task Force on Journalism and the Spanish Ministry of Science.


BA (’99), English, Duke University
MA (’05), Communication, University of Pennsylvania
PhD (’08), Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Selected Publications:

Feldman, L., Leiserowitz, A., & Maibach, E. (forthcoming). The science of satire: The Daily Show andThe Colbert Report as sources of public attention to science and the environment. In Amarasingam (Ed.), Perspectives on fake news: The social significance of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company.

Feldman, L. (forthcoming). Partisan differences in opinionated news perceptions: A test of the hostile media effect. Political Behavior.

Feldman, L. (forthcoming). The effects of journalist opinionation on learning from the news. Journal of Communication.

Feldman, L. (forthcoming). The opinion factor: The effects of opinionated news on information processing and attitude change. Political Communication.

Nisbet, M. C., & Feldman, L. (in press). Political communication. In D. Hook, B. Franks and M. Bauer (Eds.), Communication, culture and social change: The social psychological perspective. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Price, V., & Feldman, L. (2009).  News and politics.  In R. L. Nabi & M. B. Oliver (Eds.), The Sage handbook of media processes and effects (pp. 113-129).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Feldman, L., & Young, D. G. (2008). Late-night comedy as a gateway to traditional news: An analysis of time trends in news attention among late-night comedy viewers during the 2004 presidential primaries.Political Communication, 25(4), 401-422.

Feldman, L., & Price, V. (2008). Confusion or enlightenment? How exposure to disagreement moderates the effects of political discussion and media use on candidate knowledge. Communication Research, 35(1), 61-87.

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