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Johanna Dunaway

Johanna Dunaway

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Johanna Dunaway

Professor, Political Science Department

Research Director, Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Rice University, 2006


Johanna Dunaway is a professor of political science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and is research director of the Syracuse University Institute for Democracy, Journalism, and Citizenship (IDJC) in Washington, D.C. She will teach classes in American politics, political communications, public opinion and mass media.

She joins Syracuse University from Texas A&M University’s Department of Political Science, where she was a professor. Her previous roles also include serving as the Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, and serving as an associate and assistant professor in Louisiana State University’s Department of Political Science and Manship School of Mass Communication. She began her academic teaching career on the faculty of  Sam Houston State University’s Department of Political Science.

Dunaway’s awards include the shared 2019 Walter Lippmann Best Published Article Award from the American Political Science Association’s Political Communication Division and the shared 2018 Lynda Lee Kaid Best Published Article in Political Communication from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Political Communication Division. 

Dunaway earned a Ph.D. (2006) and an M.A. (2004) in political science, both from Rice University, and a B.A. in political science in 1999 from the University of North Texas. 


Vin Arceneaux, Johanna Dunaway, Martin Johnson and Ryan J. Vander Wielen. The House that Fox News Built? Representation, Political Accountability, and the Rise of Partisan Cable News. (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

Johanna Dunaway and Kathleen Seales. News and Democratic Citizens in a Mobile Era. Digital Politics Series (Oxford University Press, 2022)

Johanna Dunaway and Doris Graber. Mass Media and American Politics, 11th Edition. (CQ Press, 2022)

Joshua P. Darr, Matthew P. Hitt and Johanna Dunaway. Home Style Opinion: How Local Newspapers Can Slow Polarization. (Cambridge University Press, 2021)