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Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies


Amy Becker

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010

Office:   Stephens Annex, 136
Phone:   410-704-3942
Fax:   410-704-3656
Blog:   Fresh Politics, New Media
Twitter:   @amybree

Amy Becker, Ph. D.

Dr. Becker specializes in political communication, public opinion, and media effects research. Her current areas of focus include: (1) public opinion and political participation on controversial issues, (2) the effects of exposure to entertainment, especially political comedy, (3) new and emerging media, and (4) science communication. She has published in a variety of communication and interdisciplinary social science journals including The International Journal of Press/PoliticsThe International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Mass Communication & Society, and Political Communication. Dr. Becker teaches MCOM 390: Mass Communication Research, MCOM 431/550: Public Opinion and the Press, and a Towson Seminar entitled, "Popular Culture and Politics: Comedy, Celebrity, Entertainment, and Democracy." She has a background in survey research, having worked for various political polling and corporate market research firms. During this time, Dr. Becker was responsible for providing analysis and strategic insight to political candidates running for national and state office and for major corporations looking to redefine their brand image.


Amy becker video spotlight

Dr. Becker appeared on WMAR ABC2 Feb. 17 to discuss her research on attitudes toward same-sex marriage among older and younger voters. View the video.



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