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Loyola University Maryland
Political comedy, public opinion, LGBT, elections, engagement, participation, media effects, social media, new media, popular culture, entertainment, political tolerance, networks, big data
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About Me

I’m an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Loyola University Maryland.

My research focuses on four areas in the field of communication: (1) public opinion and citizen participation on controversial political issues, (2) the political effects of exposure and attention to hybrid media, especially political comedy and entertainment, (3) new media and computational research methods, and (4) elections and political engagement.

I teach courses on communication theory, political communication, popular culture, media effects, the Internet and emerging media, and science communication.

Recent Publications

Becker, A.B., & Goldberg, A.B. (forthcoming). Make you laugh or learn? Reviewing twelve years of political satire interview guests. Atlantic Journal of Communication.

Becker, A.B., & Waisanen, D.J. (forthcoming). Make you laugh or listen up? The impact of exposure to Presidents’ jokes on message elaboration. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research 

Freelon, D., Becker, A.B., Lannon, R., & Pendleton, A. (forthcoming). Narrowing the gap: Gender and mobilization in net neutrality advocacy. International Journal of Communication.

Becker, A.B. (2016). Politics vs. place? The relative influence of partisanship, ideology, and connection with Israel on support for the Iran Nuclear Agreement. International Journal of Public Opinion Research. doi: 10.1093/ijpor/edw023

 Becker, A.B., & Copeland, L. (2016). Networked publics: How connective social media use facilitates political consumerism among LGBT Americans. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 13(1), 22-36. doi: 10.1080/19331681.2015.1131655

Hackl, A., Becker, A.B., & Todd, M.E. (2016). ‘I am Chelsea Manning.’ Comparison of gendered representation of Private Manning in US and international news media. Journal of Homosexuality, 63(4), 467-486. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2015.1088316

 Becker, A.B., & Todd, M.E. (2015). Changing perspectives? Public opinion, perceptions of discrimination, and feelings toward the family. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 11(5), 493-511. doi: 10.1080/1550428X.2015.1010055

Waisanen, D.J., & Becker, A.B. (2015). The problem with being Joe Biden: Political comedy    and circulating personae. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 32(4), 256-271. doi: 10.1080/15295036.2015.1057516

 Becker, A.B. (2014). Employment discrimination, local school boards, and LGBT civil rights: Reviewing twenty-five years of public opinion data. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 26(3), 342-354. doi: 10.1093/ijpor/edu003

Becker, A.B. (2014). Humiliate my enemies or mock my friends? Applying disposition theory of humor to the study of political parody appreciation and attitudes toward candidates. Human Communication Research, 40(2), 137-160 doi: 10.1111/hcre.12022

Becker, A.B. (2014). Playing with politics: Online political parody, affinity for political humor, anxiety reduction, and implications for political efficacy. Mass Communication & Society, 17(3), 424-445. doi: 10.1080/15205436.2014.891134

 Becker, A.B., & Haller, B.A. (2014). When political comedy turns personal: Humor types, audience evaluations, and attitudes. Howard Journal of Communication, 25(1), 34-55. doi: 10.1080/10646175.2013.835607

Cacciatore, M.A., Scheufele, D.A., Yeo, S.K., Xenos, M.A., Choi, D.H., Brossard, D., Becker, A.B., & Corley, E.A. (2014). Misperceptions in polarized politics: The role of knowledge, religiosity, and media. PS: Political Science and Politics, 47(03), 654-661. doi: 10.1017/S1049096514000791


Nisbet, M.C., & Becker, A.B. (2014). Public opinion about stem cell research across US elections and legislative debates, 2002 to 2010. Public Opinion Quarterly, 78(4), 1003-1022. doi: 10.1093/poq/nfu051

Media Coverage

Blog post for The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage on political comedy, youth engagement, and the 2016 election (September 14, 2016). Read the essay here

Commentary for The Ringer on Colbert’s CBS Late Show and his interview guests (August 18, 2016). Read the article here

Essay for Vox on the influence of political comedy on the 2016 election (July 25, 2016). Read the feature essay here

Commentary on public opinion toward same-sex marriage and LGBT civil rights in The Wall Street Journal after the US Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. (June 27, 2015). Read the article here

Guest on Radio National/Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Future Tense to talk about political satire and its impact on politics (February 8, 2015). Listen to the show here

Guest on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Joy Cardin Show to talk about media habits and polarized politics. (October 27, 2014). Listen to the hour-long segment here

Commentary for The Washington Post on academic interest in studying The Colbert Report (July 9, 2012). Read the article here

Appearance on Radio Times (on WHYY-Philadelphia, an NPR affiliate) to talk about political comedy with guest host Maiken Scott and comedian Lizz Winstead (July 20, 2011). Listen to the show here

Guest blog post for The Baltimore Sun/b the Site’s Ridiculous Report by Luke Broadwater on the best political comedy moments from June 2011 (June 30, 2011). Read the blog post here

Commentary for The Christian Science Monitor on Donald Trump’s potential foray into politics in time for the 2012 Presidential Election (April 22, 2011). Read the article here

Appearance on ABC2 News Baltimore/WMAR-TV to discuss recent research on generational differences in public opinion toward gay marriage and legislation currently being considered in Maryland (February 17, 2011). Watch the video here

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