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Dhavan Shah

Expert on social psychology of media influence, especially communication effects on political judgment, public opinion, civic participation and electoral engagement

Professor, mass communication and political science College of Letters and Science School of Journalism and Mass Communications Work: 608-262-0388 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Capacity of mass and interpersonal communication, particularly the Internet, to encourage community building, civic participation and electoral engagement
  • Influence of news framing and priming of public policy on issue understanding, political preferences and public opinion
  • Relationship of media use to consumer and civic culture, particularly the politics of consumption


  • Nafziger-White Award for the field's outstanding dissertation, the Krieghbaum Under-40 Award for early career contributions, and two "Article of the Year" awards
  • Author of more than 70 journal articles and book chapters in leading outlets in the fields of communication and political science.
  • Principal investigator or core leader on grants totaling more than $1.5 million, part of more than $11.1 million in grant funding