Dean; Kevin P. Reilly Sr. Chair in Political Communication
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Martin Johnson is the Kevin P. Reilly, Sr. Chair in Political Communication and Professor of Mass Communication and Political Science. He studies media, politics, public opinion, political psychology, and public policy. His book, “Changing Minds or Changing Channels: Partisan News in an Age of Choice” (2013, University of Chicago Press, with Kevin Arceneaux), uses novel experiments to investigate how the choices viewers make shape the influence of political media. It was co-winner of the 2014 Goldsmith Book Prize awarded by the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation, and Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences. He has published papers in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Human Communication Research, British Journal of Political Science, Political Communication, Political Psychology, and Political Analysis, among other scholarly venues. Before joining the faculty at LSU, he served as department chair and professor at University of California, Riverside, and directed the Media & Communication Research Lab there. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from the Manship School and is a former editor of The Daily Reveille. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Rice University.