The Annette Strauss Institute seeks to improve scholarly and public understanding of media, politics, and civic participation. Our affiliated faculty conducts research on topics such as political language, consumer news choice, and media coverage of politics and policy. In addition, the Institute houses the Engaging News Project, Project Vote Smart, the Texas Civic Health Index, and the Campaign Mapping Project, and annually gives the Patricia Witherspoon Award to support graduate student research on public service, civic life, and citizenship.
The Engaging News Project has a single aim: to provide research-based techniques for engaging online audiences in commercially-viable and democratically-beneficial ways.
A report on rates of political participation and civic involvement across Texas. Based on US Census data, this report provides the first comprehensive, nonpartisan assessment of our state's civic life.
Patricia Witherspoon Research Award offsets costs for students conducting original research in the areas of public service, government, community service, civic life, citizenship, or politics.
A multi-year effort to assemble political campaign materials produced during presidential elections between 1948 and 2012, as a guide to understand the direction of American politics.
A unique internship in the study of American and state politics in which student interns come together to produce Project Vote Smart’s Key Votes database to help citizens acquire accurate information about politics, candidates, and key legislation.
“Did You Know?”
Dr. Talia Stroud
Assistant Director of Research, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life
Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Moody College of Communication
Director, Engaging News Project