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Michael Wagner

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

Assistant 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


  • Media and elections in the United States
  • Presidential persuasion
  • Partisan polarization in the American electorate
  • Social media and politics


  • Project Director: Congressional Elections Study (national survey conducted by the Center on Congress) in 2006
  • Outstanding Educator of the Year (2009); Hazel R. McClymont Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award (2012) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Grants received from the National Science Foundation, Center on Congress, and the U.S. Congress Fund
  • Moderator for the televised debate between U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and Jan Ting (R) in 2006
  • Author, "Political Behavior in Midterm Elections," with Elizabeth Theiss-Morse