Communication Studies & Political Science
University of Michigan









I am the Michael W. Traugott Collegiate Professor of Communication Studies and Political Science, and Faculty Associate in the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, having moved from McGill University in summer 2014. Most of my research focuses on political communication, the sources and/or structure of public preferences for policy, and on the relationships between public policy, public opinion, and mass media. This site includes links to some of my recent work, as well the original datasets and software used in that work, and recent teaching.

My complete CV is available [pdf] here.
My Google Scholar Profile is available here.
My ResearchGate Profile is here.

Quick Links

cover- My new book, Negativity in Democratic Politics, is available from CUP. Related work on negativity is out in the IJPP and Political Communication.
- Other recent work in political communication includes a paper on economic news in AJPS, and on the impact of public broadcasting on political knowledge in BJPolS.
- Version 2.0 of Lexicoder has been released, as well as the Lexicoder Sentiment Dictionary.
- All work related to the Degrees of Democracy project (with Christopher Wlezien) is available on the project website.
- A first paper from the 2011 Canadian Election Study team is out in CJPS; and CES working papers are available here.
- A recent paper on racialization in welfare is an Editors Pick in an Ethnic and Racial Studies Virtual Special Issue.

Video from recent interviews/talks on negativity in policy, public opinion and policy, and healthcare are available on this page.

Follow this link for information on the University of Michigan Political Communication Workshop.

In the News/Blogs..

- The media and public opinion react to changes in economic conditions, not the state of the economy in general, LSE USAPP.
- It's (Change in) the (Future) Economy, Stupid, AJPS blog.
- Psychology: Why bad news dominates the headlines, BBC.
- We’re Really Not So Negative, CUP / fifteeneightyfour.
- Does public broadcasting increase current affairs knowledge?, Washington Post / The Monkey Cage
- Public wants bad political news, study finds, Toronto Star; the full research paper is available from the CPSA, here.
- Public broadcasting creates informed citizens - but only if we invest in it, Globe and Mail.

Department of Communication Studies / University of Michigan / 5370 North Quad, 105 South State Street, Ann Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48109-1285 / ssoroka at
Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies, ISR / Professor (by courtesy), Department of Political Science / Co-investigator, Canadian Election Study / Member, Biosocial Methods Collaborative / Member, Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship