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United States
Baldwin Wallace University
American politics, political behavior, public opinion, political communication, digital media use, social media use, political participation, civic engagement, political consumerism (i.e., boycotts and buycotts), public opinion polls, survey research, citizenship norms, elections, environmental politics, ohio politics
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Personal Info

About Me

I am the Associate Director of Baldwin Wallace University’s Community Research Institute (BW-CRI) and an Assistant Professor of Political Science. My research lies at the intersection of political communication, political behavior, and public opinion. One focus of my work is on the relationship between digital media use and political participation. A current project, for instance, uses data analytics and machine learning tools to analyze how organizations use Twitter to mobilize issue publics around LGBT equality. I also study long-standing problems of how digital media use influences political behavior more generally.


I am happy to talk to reporters about the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election (e.g., DNC, RNC, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, primaries, nominating convention, general election, Democratic Party, Republican Party, Cleveland).

I am also happy to comment on boycotts and buycotts surrounding transgender bathrooms, including the Target boycotts; my dissertation was on political consumerism, or the use of consumer activism to affect change.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Becker, A.B.B. & Copeland, L. (2016). Networked Publics: Social Media Use as a Conduit for Consumer Activism among LGBTs. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, forthcoming.

Cleveland, D.A., Copeland, L., Glasgow, G., McGinnis, M.V., & Smith, E.R.A.N. (2016). The Influence of Environmentalism on Attitudes towards Local Agriculture and Urban Expansion. Society and Natural Resources, 29(1).

Copeland, L. & Bimber, B. (2015). Research Note on Variation in the Relationship between Digital Media Use and Political Participation in U.S. Elections over Time, 1996-2012: Does Obama’s Re-election Change the Picture? Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 12(1): 74-87.

Bimber, B., Cantijoch, M., Copeland, L., & Gibson, R. (2015). Digital Media and Political Participation: The Moderating Role of Political Interest across Acts and over Time. Social Science Computer Review, 33(1): 21-42.

Copeland, L. & Römmele, A. (2014). Beyond the Base? Political Parties, Citizen Activists, and Digital Media Use in the 2009 German Federal Election Campaign. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 11(2): 169-185.

Copeland, L. (2014). Value Change and Political Action: Postmaterialism, Political Consumerism, and Political Participation. American Politics Research, 42(2): 257-282.

Gil de Zúñiga, H., Copeland, L., & Bimber, B. (2014). Political Consumerism: Civic Engagement and the Social Media Connection. New Media & Society, 16(3): 488-506.

Copeland, L. (2014). Conceptualizing Political Consumerism: How Citizenship Norms Differentiate Boycotting from Buycotting. Political Studies, 62: 172-186.

Bimber, B. & Copeland, L. (2013). Digital Media and Traditional Political Participation over Time in the U.S. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 10(2): 125-137.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Copeland, L. & Atkinson, L. (forthcoming). Political and Ethical Considerations in the Evolution of Consumer Activism as a Form of Political Participation and Civic Engagement. In T. Newholm, A. Chatzidakis, M. Carrington & D. Shaw (Eds.), Ethics and Morality in Consumption: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Copeland, L. & Hasell, A. (2014). Framing Effects on People’s Willingness to Purchase Nanotechnology Applications in the U.S. In C. Coenen, A. Dijkstra, C. Fautz, J. Guivant, K. Konrad, C. Milburn & H. Van Lente (Eds.), Studies of New and Emerging Technologies. Berlin: IOS Press, p. 87-106.

Copeland, L. & Smith, E.R.A.N. (2014). Consumer Political Action on Climate Change. In Y. Wolinsky-Nahmias (Ed.), Changing climate politics: U.S. policies and civic action. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, p. 197-217.

Media Coverage

“RNC Security a Top Convention Concern for Northeast Ohio Voters, Survey Finds,” WCPN Ideastream, 29 March 2016.

“Survey Says: Most Clevelanders Won’t Come Downtown During the RNC,” Fox 19 Now, 22 March 2016.

“Survey Shows Northeast Ohioans Rattled Even Before Belgium Attacks,” Akron Beacon Journal, 22 March 2016.

“NE Ohio residents say security should be RNC’s highest priority,” WKYC-TV, 21 March 2016.

“Poll: Republicans oppose, Democrats support GOP attempt to block Trump,” Akron Beacon Journal, 15 March 2016.

“CRI Poll: Kasich Should Stay in Presidential Race, Governor at BW on Election Night,” Newswise, 14 March 2016.

“Among Ohio Voters, Economy Remains Most Important Issue,” The Blade, 6 March 2016.

“Bernie Sanders talks one-on-one with WKYC’s Tom Beres,” WKYC-TV, 25 February 2016.

“Ohio polls show different frontrunners on the Democratic primary side,” WKSU, 24 February 2016.

“Polls show a Strickland vs. Portman Senate race could be a tight one,” WKSU, 24 February 2016.

“New Poll Shows Governor Kasich Tied With Donald Trump in Ohio,” News Radio 1370 WPSD, 24 February 2016.

“Poll Shows Trump With Slight Lead Over Kasich in Ohio,” Sandusky Register, 24 February 2016.

“BW University Poll: Kasich, Trump Tied in Ohio,” WTAM1100, 24 February 2016.

“BW-CRI Statewide Election Poll Shows Ohio Governor Tied With Trump, Democrats Deadlocked,” Baldwin Wallace University, 24 February 2016.

“Baldwin Wallace poll shows divide in Northeast Ohio on views of police and public safety,” WEWS-TV, 25 January 2016.

“Baldwin Wallace Study Shows Big Disparities in Perceptions of Cops,” WKSU, 25 January 2016

“Do You Trust and Support Your Local Police? Your Answer May Depend on Your Location and Race,” WCPN Ideastream, 24 January 2016.

“Baldwin Wallace Poll Shows Divide in Northeast Ohio Views of Public Safety,” Baldwin Wallace University, 25 January 2016

“Why didn’t the polls foresee that Ohio voters would reject Issue 3,”, 4 November 2015.

“Northeast Ohioans support marijuana legalization but not Issue 3, poll finds,”, 26 October 2015.

Cleveland 19 News commentator, Second Republican Party Presidential Debate, 15 September 2015.

FOX 8 / WJKW-TV commentator, First Republican Party Presidential Debate, 6 August, 2015.

WCPN media commentator, “Funny Politics,” The Sound of Ideas, 18 March 2014.

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