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, political discourse, and media coverage of politics and policy. In addition, the Institute houses the Engaging News Project, 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.
Texas Media & Society Survey
The Texas Media & Society Survey is a broad-ranging survey on the topics of journalism, the media, politics, civic engagement, discussion networks and communities.
Patricia Witherspoon Award
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.
Campaign Mapping Project
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.
Digital Media Research Project (DMRP)
The core mission of this new systematic Research Program is to advance understanding of today’s complex information communication technologies and media effects.
Texas Civic Health Index
The Texas Civic Health Index provides a comprehensive, first-time look at civic and political engagement in Texas. It presents information about who engages in their communities, in politics, and how.
Civic Engagement in Austin
Report by the Annette Strauss Institute and Leadership Austin reveals insights into the 10-1 system of geographic representation and how Austinites from across the city view the transition to the 10-1 system.
Newspaper Decline and the Effect on Local Government Coverage
In a new report written for the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Jay Jennings and Meghan Rubado present their research on the decline of local newspapers and the effect it is having on communities.
The Electorally Speaking Project features a set of studies addressing how people talk about voting in the United States and why it matters. One new report, supported by Democracy Fund, presents findings on how to talk about threats to the mechanics of elections in ways that don't dampen people's desire to vote.
Jennifer Adair, Education
Patrick Bixler, LBJ School
Josh Blank, Texas Politics Project
Joe Cutbirth, Communication
John Daly, Communication
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, LBJ School
Meme Drumwright, Communication
Suchi Gururaj, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
Jim Henson, Government
Sharon Jarvis, Communication
Peniel Joseph, LBJ School
Dave Junker, Advertising & Public Relations
Robert Luskin, Government
Art Markman, Psychology
Gina Masullo, Journalism & Media
Matt McGlone, Communication
Katherina Payne, Education
Richard Reddick, Education
Stephen Reese, Communication
Nancy Schiesari, Radio Television Film
Jay Scribner, Education
Daron Shaw, Government
Ya’Ke Smith, Radio Television Film
Bartholomew Sparrow, Government
David Springer, LBJ School
Keri Stephens, Communication
Talia Stroud, Communication
Sean Theriault, Government
Paul Toprac, Computer Science
S. Craig Watkins, Journalism & Media
Stephen Vladeck, Law, LBJ School
Hannah Wojciehowski, English
Dr. Roderick P. Hart
Moody College of Communication
Shivers Chair in Communication,
Professor of Government
Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life
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