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McDevitt, Michael Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Prof. McDevitt is working on a book: Where Ideas Go to Die: The Fate of Intellect in American Journalism (Oxford University Press). He documents how anti-intellectualism is encoded in routine news content and channeled in more spectacular cases of media ritual. Chapters draw evidence from a national survey of journalism students, interviews of 'dangerous professors' targeted by vigilante groups, and case studies that document journalistic complicity in the rise of authoritarian populism. In political socialization, Prof. McDevitt explores influences of family, media and schools in the cultivation of youth civic development and ideological identity. This research highlights the value of conflict seeking and deliberation in youth expression, rather than adopting the prevailing view of political development as internalization and conflict avoidance.

keywords

  • political communication, political socialization, youth civic engagement, political identity, journalism studies, media studies, media sociology, anti-intellectualism, populism, deliberation

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • APRD 7003 ProSeminar in Mass Communication Theory II (Spring 2019)
  • JRNL 4841 Undergraduate Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • JRNL 4931 Internship (Spring 2019)
  • JRNL 5651 Journalism Law & Ethics (Spring 2019)
  • JRNL 5851 Graduate Professional Project (Spring 2019)
  • JRNL 7003 ProSeminar in Mass Communication Theory II (Spring 2019)
  • JRNL 3651 Media Law and Ethics (Fall 2018)
  • JRNL 4602 Opinion Writing (Fall 2018)
  • JRNL 4841 Undergraduate Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • JRNL 4931 Internship (Fall 2018)
  • JRNL 5602 Opinion Writing (Fall 2018)
  • JRNL 5841 Graduate Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • JRNL 5851 Graduate Professional Project (Fall 2018)
  • JRNL 5931 Internship (Fall 2018)
  • JRNL 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Fall 2018)
  • JRNL 3651 Media Law and Ethics (Spring 2018)
  • JRNL 4841 Undergraduate Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • JRNL 4931 Internship (Spring 2018)
  • JRNL 5651 Journalism Law & Ethics (Spring 2018)
  • JRNL 5851 Graduate Professional Project (Spring 2018)

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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