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Michael Wagner

Expert on elections, media, American politics, polarization, political communication, political behavior, public opinion, religion and politics, redistricting

Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication School of Journalism and Mass Communications Work: 608-263-3392 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @prowag


  • Media and elections in the United States
  • Partisan polarization in the American electorate
  • Fact-Checking and Misinformation
  • Social media and politics


  • Director of the Center for Communication and Civic Renewal
  • Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award winner
  • Grants received from the Knight Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, UW-Madison 2020 Program, National Science Foundation, Center on Congress, and the U.S. Congress Fund
  • Ken and Linda Ciriacks Outstanding Alumni Outreach Award
  • Author, "Political Behavior of the American Electorate," with Elizabeth Theiss-Morse