Participant Info

First Name
Mary Layton
Last Name
United States
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Congressional policy making, issue framing, public opinion, policy agendas, media agendas, media coverage of politics, political conflict, women in Congress.
Media Contact

Personal Info

About Me

My research focuses on the policy making process in Congress with an emphasis on the roles public opinion, issue framing, and media coverage play in shaping policy debate. I am especially interested in how journalists cover partisan conflicts in Washington, and how Americans respond to contentious policy debates.

My research also examines the factors that shape the news agenda and the Congressional agenda. Here, I pay particular attention to the evolution of policy agendas over time, and gender differences in the policies pursued by members of Congress.

Recent Publications

Atkinson, Mary Layton. Broken Politics: How Perceptions of Process Influence Policy Support. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (In Press)

Atkinson, Mary Layton, John Lovett and Frank R. Baumgartner. 2014. “Measuring The Media Agenda,” Political Communication, 31(2): 355-380.

Media Coverage

Quoted in the Washington PostThere are 107 million single Americans. Why do politicians rarely mention us?


Country Focus
United States

Research Areas

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