Here is a link to my most recently updated curriculum vita. 

MICHAEL W. WAGNERpage1image4184 page1image4344

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Ph.D., Political Science, May, 2006
Major Fields: American Politics, Public Policy
Minor Field: Media and the Psychology of Behavior
Dissertation: Think of it This Way: The Influence of Competitive Partisan Issue Framing on

Public Opinion and Party Identification.
Edward G. Carmines (chair), Marjorie Randon Hershey, David H. Weaver, Gerald C. Wright

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Bachelor of Journalism, May, 1998
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Minors: Political Science, History, Communication Studies, English


Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, 2012-Present University of Wisconsin-Madison
School of Journalism and Mass Communication;Department of Political Science (affiliated), Louis A. Maier Faculty Development Fellow, 2014-2018.

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, 2007-2012, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Political Science

Assistant Professor, by courtesy, 2011-2012 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
College of Journalism and Mass Communications

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, 2006-2007
University of Delaware
Department of Political Science and International Relations



Flaingan, William H., Nancy H. Zingale, Elizabeth A. Theiss-Morse, and Michael W. Wagner. 2014. Political Behavior in the American Electorate, 13th Edition. CQ Press/Sage.


Theiss-Morse, Elizabeth, Michael W. Wagner, William H. Flanigan, and Nancy H. Zingale. 2011. Political Behavior in Midterm Elections. CQ Press.


Wagner, Michael W. and Michael W. Gruszczynski. Forthcoming. “When Framing Matters: How Partisan and Journalistic Frames Affect Public Opinion and Party Identification,” Journalism and Communication Monographs.

Wagner, Michael W., Kristen Deppe, Carly M. Jacobs, Amanda Friesen, Kevin B. Smith, and John R. Hibbing. Forthcoming. “Beyond Survey Self-Reports: Using Physiology to Tap Political Orientations,” International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Wagner, Michael W., Chris Wells, Lewis A. Friedland, Katherine J. Cramer, and Dhavan V. Shah. Forthcoming. “Cultural Worldviews and Contentious Politics: Evaluative Asymmetry in High-Information Environments,” The Good Society.

Wagner, Michael W. and Timothy P. Collins. Forthcoming. “Does Ownership Matter? The Case of Rupert Murdoch’s Purchase of the Wall Street Journal,” Journalism Practice.    DOI:10.1080/17512786.2014.882063

Carmines, Edward G., Michael J. Ensley, and Michael W. Wagner. 2012. “Political Ideology in American Politics: One, Two, or None?,” The Forum, 10 (4): 1-18.

Carmines, Edward G., Michael J. Ensley, and Michael W. Wagner. 2012. “Who Fits the Left-Right Divide? Partisan Polarization in the American Electorate,” American Behavioral Scientist, 56 (December): 1631-53.

Friesen, Amanda and Michael W. Wagner. 2012. “Beyond the Three “Bs:” How American Christians Approach Faith and Politics.” Politics and Religion, 5: 224-52.

Carmines, Edward G., Jessica C. Gerrity, and Michael W. Wagner. 2010. “How Abortion Became a Partisan Issue: Media Coverage of the Interest Group-Political Party Connection.” Politics and Policy, 38 (6): 1113-34.

Winburn, Jonathan C. and Michael W. Wagner. 2010. “Carving Voters Out: Redistricting’s Influence on Political Information, Turnout, and Voting Behavior.” Political Research Quarterly, 63 (2): 373-86.

Mycoff, Jason D., Michael W. Wagner, and David C. Wilson. 2009. “The Empirical Effect of Voter ID Laws on Turnout: Present or Absent?” PS: Political Science and Politics, 42 (1): 121-26.

Wagner, Michael W. 2007. “The Utility of Staying on Message: Competing Partisan Frames and Public Awareness of Elite Differences on Issues.” The Forum, 5: 1-18.

Wagner, Michael W. 2007. “Beyond Policy Responsiveness in the U.S. House: Do Citizens Think Casework is Partisan?” American Politics Research, 35: 771-89.

Carmines, Edward G. and Michael W. Wagner. 2006. “Political Issues and Partisan Alignments: Assessing the Issue Evolution Perspective.” Annual Review of Political Science, 9: 67-91.

Schaffner, Brian F., Michael W. Wagner, and Jonathan C. Winburn. 2004. “Incumbents Out, Party In? Term Limits and Partisan Redistricting in State Legislatures.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 4: 396-414.


Wagner, Michael W. Forthcoming. “Does Specialization Matter? Journalistic Expertise and Perceptions of Newsworthiness and Story Type” in Crucial Conversations: Meeting Health Information Needs Outside of Healthcare, Catherine Arnott Smith and Alla Keselman, eds.). Woodhead Publishing.

Carmines, Edward G., Michael J. Ensley, and Michael W. Wagner. Forthcoming. “Why Americans Can’t Get Beyond the Left-Right Divide,” in The State of the Parties, 7th Edition, John C. Green, Daniel Coffey, and David Cohen, editors. Rowan and Littlefield.

Carmines, Edward G., Michael J. Ensley, and Michael W. Wagner. 2011. “Issue Preferences Civic Engagement, and the Transformation of American Politics.” in Facing the Challenge of Democracy: Explorations in the Analysis of Public Opinion and Political Participation, Paul M. Sniderman & Benjamin Highton, Eds. Princeton University Press.

Wagner, Michael W. 2010. “Great Communicators? The Influence of Presidential Issue Framing on Party Identification, 1975-2000.” in Winning with Words: The Origins and Impacts of Framing, Brian F. Schaffner, Patrick J. Sellers, Eds., pp. 136-59. Routledge.

Wagner, Michael W. 2010. “Comparing the ANES and the NAES for Political
Communication Research.” Sourcebook for Political Communication Research: Methods, Measures and Analytical Techniques, Erik P. Bucy and R. Lance Holbert, Eds., pp. 96-113 Routledge Press.

Carmines, Edward G., Jessica C. Gerrity, and Michael W. Wagner. 2008. “Did the Media do it? The Influence of News Coverage on the 2006 Congressional Elections.” in Fault Lines, Jeffrey J. Mondak and Dona-Gene Mitchell, Eds., pp. 22-41. Routledge Press.

Carmines, Edward G. and Michael W. Wagner. 2005. “Issue Evolution.” In Polling America: An Encyclopedia of Public Opinion, Benjamin Radcliff and Samuel Best, editors-in-chief, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, pgs 387-394.


Wagner, Michael W. 2014. “7 Strategies for Teaching Student Journalists to Cover Midterm Elections,” October 31, 2014, PBS MediaShift

Wagner, Michael W. 2014. “9 Things the Best Political Reporters Do,” September 11, 2014, PBS MediaShift

Wagner, Michael W. 2014. “Does Democracy Work?” On Wisconsin (Fall issue, Alumni Magazine).

Wagner, Michael W. 2011. “A Better Way to Redistrict,” op-ed in May 11, 2011 Lincoln Journal Star


Carmines, Edward G., Michael J. Ensley, and Michael W. Wagner. Beyond the Left-Right Divide: How the Multidimensional Character of Mass Policy Preferences Affects American Politics. University of Chicago Press.

Carmines, Edward G., Jessica C. Gerrity, and Michael W. Wagner. Congress in the Public Mind. Cambridge University Press.


Wagner, Michael W. Instructor’s Manual for American Politics Today, 3rd edition (and “Essentials” edition). 2013.W.W. Norton and Company.

Wagner, Michael W. Instructor’s Manual for American Politics Today, 2nd edition. 2011. W.W. Norton and Company.

Wagner, Michael W. Instructor’s Manual for American Politics Today. 2009. W.W. Norton and Company.


Wagner, Michael W. “Implicit and Physiological Correlates of Partisan Polarization.” Under Review

Wagner, Michael W. “Ideology and Journalists’ Expression of the Hostile Media Effect” Under Review

Wagner, Michael W. “Experimental Evidence of the Durability of Journalists’ Use of Political Science Research in Campaign Coverage,” Under Review

Wagner, Michael W. “Can Academics Change the Lede? Teaching Journalists to Incorporate Scholarly Work in News Coverage,” Under Review

Wagner, Michael W. and Michael W. Gruszczynski. “Indexing Without Sources: Party Competition, Issue Ownership, and How Journalists Frame the News,” Under Review

Burmila, Edward M. and Michael W. Wagner. “Do Polls Affect Polls?” Under Review

Gruszczynski, Michael W. and Michael W. Wagner. “The Theory of Agenda-Uptake: The Diffusion of News in the 21st Century,” Under Review

Wagner, Michael W. and Michael W. Gruszczynski. “Who Gets Their Names in the Paper? Ideological Extremity and News Coverage of U.S. Congressmembers,” Under Review

In Preparation
Winburn, Jonathan C. and Michael W. Wagner. “The Political Consequences of Gerrymandering.”

Wagner, Michael W. and Michael W. Gruszczynski. “Media Coverage of Politics in the 21st Century: The Theory of Agenda-Uptake.”

Wagner, Michael W. and Eric S. Zeemering. “Religiosity, the Information Environment, and the Accessibility of Political Issues.”

Wagner, Michael W., “What Makes a Strong Frame? Rhetorical Style and the Individual Factors Affecting Preference Formation.”

Political Temperament Project (with John R. Hibbing, Kevin B. Smith, Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, and Dona-Gene Mitchell). Media Bias/Newsworthiness Project (with Elizabeth Theiss-Morse)

Political Vilification Project (with Elizabeth Theiss-Morse and Dona-Gene Mitchell)

Talking God and Politics Project (with Amanda Friesen)


Post-Broadcast Democracy by Markus Prior and Media Concentration and Democracy by C. Edwin Baker, Perspectives on Politics 7 (1): 185-87


Carmines, Edward G., Jessica C. Gerrity, and Michael W. Wagner. 2005. “How the American Public Views Congress.” Report published by the Center on Congress at Indiana University for the Third Annual Congressional Conference on Civic Education, Washington, D.C.


Hazel R. McClymont Distinguished Teaching Fellow, University of Nebraska-Lincoln UNL Parents Association Certificate of Appreciation for Teaching

UNL College of Arts and Sciences Academic Star: November, 2011.
“Talking God and Politics: Pilot Survey in Mechanical Turk,” Schneider Fund ($500) “News Literacy Course Development Grant,” Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education (and Charlyne Berens and Elizabeth Theiss-Morse) ($15,600). UCARE grant, “The Consequences of Vilification” (with Dillon Jones and Danielle Larson)($1,500 x 2 students: Dillon Jones and Dani Larsen).

“Talking God and Politics,” Maude Hammond Fling Faculty Research Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (and Amanda Friesen) ($9,975).

“The Presence of Vilification in the Mass Media,” Schneider Fund, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, (with Dona-Gene Mitchell) ($1,000).

“Vilification and Bi-Partisan Congressional Behavior,” Dirksen Congressional Center, (with Elizabeth Theiss-Morse and Dona-Gene Mitchell) ($3,500).

“The Effects of Vilification on Congressional Behavior,” Congress Fund, (with Elizabeth Theiss-Morse and Dona-Gene Mitchell) ($6,500). 2010

Senning Summer Research Fellowship, UNL Department of Political Science ($6,500). UCARE grant, “Islam and Christianity: Dominant Religions’ Influence on Political Behavior (with Zachary Smith) ($1,500).

UCARE grant, “Google it: The News Media’s Influence on what the Public Finds Important” (with Adam Simons) ($1,500). 2009

Outstanding Educator of the Year, University of Nebraska-Lincoln University of Nebraska Foundation Fund for Research on the U.S. Congress, “The Public and Policy-Related Consequences of Partisan Issue Framing in Congress” ($6,500) UCARE grant,

“Talking Public Life in the Pews,” University of Nebraska-Lincoln (with Zachary Smith) ($2,000)

UCARE grant, “Determinants of Political Attitudes,” (with Michael Jung) ($500)
Peer Review of Teaching Course Portfolio Project, University of Nebraska-Lincoln ($1,000)

Layman Award, “The Psychological, Communicative, and Genetic Factors that Affect the Influence of Partisan Issue Frames on Public Opinion and Political Behavior,” University of Nebraska-Lincoln. ($10,000)

Senning Summer Research Fellowship, UNL Department of Political Science ($6,500). UCARE (Undergraduate Creative Activities Research Experiences) grants, “Messages and

Messengers: The Influence of Partisan Issue Frames, Religion, and the News Media on Public Opinion and Political Behavior in American Politics,” ($3,000) University of Nebraska-Lincoln (with Amanda Crook and Courtney Ruwe)

Nebraska Humanities Council Humanities Scholar for the Nebraska Educational Television documentary, ’68: The Year Nebraska Mattered

University of Delaware Research Foundation: “The Message or the Messenger? The Role of Competing Group Frames on Public Opinion and Political Behavior,” ($25,000)*. University of Delaware General University Grant:

“When Partisan Persuasion Fails: the Consequences for Political Behavior & Public Attitudes,” ($6,000)*.

Project Director: 2006 Center on Congress at Indiana University Congressional Elections

Study, a pre-and-post election telephone survey (project cost: $200,000). Greenough Dissertation of the Year Award for Best Dissertation in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University submitted in 2006. * Declined as I left the University of Delaware for UNL.

“Doctoral Dissertation Research in Political Science: The Influence of Competitive Elite Issue Framing on Public Opinion and Mass Partisanship,” National Science Foundation, ($5,500). “The Influence of Competitive Congressional Issue Framing on Public Opinion and Mass Partisanship,” The Dirksen Congressional Center Congressional Research Award ($3,500).

Indiana University Grant-in-Aid for dissertation project ($600).

Indiana University Graduate and Professional Students Organization Research Award for dissertation project ($200).

Political Science Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Indiana University ($1,000).

College of Arts and Sciences Conference Travel Award, Indiana University ($150).

Greenough Memorial Fund for Conference Travel, Indiana University (2002-2005, $125-250). Leadership Appreciation Award, Indiana University.

Best paper, Indiana University Graduate Student Conference.



University of Wisconsin-Madison

J202: Mass Communication Practices x 1

J618: Mass Media and Political Behavior x 2

J614: Communication and Opinion x 1

J676: Media Bias and Political Behavior x 1

J829: Political Communication x 1

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

POLS 820: American Politics Core Seminar x 1 POLS 920: Political Communication x 1

POLS 100: Power and Politics in America x 4
POLS 100 PSI: Power and Politics in America (Keller Plan) x 4

POLS 130: News Literacy, the Public, and Politics x 1

POLS 227: The Presidency x 2

POLS 230: Elections, Political Parties, and Interest Groups x 3

POLS 334: Polls, Politics, and Public Opinion x 1
POLS 398: Religion and Politics x 1
POLS 398: The Science of Elections Coverage x1
POLS 430: Political Communication x 1
POLS 450: Research in Biology, Psychology, and Politics x1

University of Delaware

100 level – Introduction to the American Political System x 1 300 level – Voting & Elections x 1
300 level – Politics and the Media x 2
300 level – Parties and Interest Groups x 1

Indiana University

100 level – Introduction to American Politics x 3 200 level – Media Bias and the War on Terror x 1 200 level – Media Bias in U.S. Politics x 1
300 level – Parties and Interest Groups x 1
400 level – The American Presidency x 2


2012 Section Chair, Public Opinion, of the International Society of Political Psychology Annual Meeting.

2011 Section Chair, Elections, Participation, and Voting Behavior Section of the International Society of Political Psychology Annual Meeting.

Project Director – 2006 Congressional Election Study sponsored by the Center on Congress at Indiana University (Edward G. Carmines, Principal Investigator)

Member: American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, Southern Political Science Association, International Society of Political Psychology

Founder, UNL Political Behavior Working Group

Panelist, “Getting the Job,” Preparing Future Faculty Conference, Indiana University,

2006 Graduate Student Task Force, Department of Political Science, Indiana University 2005-06

Indiana University Faculty Council’s Long Term Planning Committee (Graduate Student Representative), Indiana University 2005-06

Co-President, Political Science Graduate Student Association, Indiana University, 2003-04

Reviewer for:

National Science Foundation
Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences American Political Science Review
American Journal of Political Science
Journal of Communication

Journal of Politics
British Journal of Political Science
Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly

International Journal of Public Opinion Research
Party Politics
Perspectives on Politics
Legislative Studies Quarterly
Public Opinion Quarterly
Political Behavior
Political Communication
American Politics Research
Political Research Quarterly
Congress and the Presidency
Politics and the Life Sciences
Political Studies Quarterly
Cambridge University Press
Oxford University Press
CQ Press
W.W. Norton and Company
Roxbury Press


Featured Speaker, Leadership Lincoln “Media Day” 2012
Panelist, Association of Health Care Journalists Seminar, 2011
Master of Ceremonies: Nebraska Appleseed Awards Dinner, 2011
Board of Advisors, Nebraskans for Civic Reform, 2010-Present
Nebraska Redistricting Study Group 2011
Speaker, Nebraska Appleseed Center, Economic Opportunity Forum 2009 Panelist, Nebraska Appleseed Center Economic Agenda Roundtable 2009 Featured Speaker, Leadership Lincoln “Media Day” 2009

Media Interviews with: New York Times, The Hill, National Review, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, National Public Radio, CNN, Slate,, Real Clear Politics, NPR’s “All Things Considered, NPR’s “Morning Edition,” WNBC, Omaha World-Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, Lincoln Journal Star, News Net Nebraska, KLKN-TV (Lincoln), KETV7 (Omaha), NBC10 (Philadelphia), CBS3 (Philadelphia), WHYY-TV (Wilmington, DE), Pittsburgh Post- Gazette, Associated Press-HI, The Scholar’s Circle on NPR, Steve Wark Radio Show (Las Vegas), Las Vegas Sun, KFAB Good Morning Show, KLIN radio, KFOR radio, NET radio, NET-TV, KRNU radio, Daily Cardinal, Badger Herald, WISC-TV (Madison), Delaware Today, UDaily, Daily Nebraskan, Star City News, Indiana Daily Student, Indianapolis Star, Bloomington Herald-Times, Providence Journal, and others.


Social and Behavioral Sciences IRB Committee: 2012-Present
“New Media and Politics Forum,” Panelist, Society and Politics Series: 10/22/12


UNL College of Arts and Sciences College Curriculum and Advising Committee: 2011-2012 Ad Hoc Committee Examining the College Distribution Requirements, 2012
ASUN Electoral Commissioner 2009-2012
Outstanding Educator of the Year, Award’s Committee 2010

Power Up Weekend Professor, 2008-2012
SB2: Systems Biology of Social Behavior Group 2008-2012
Q&A leader, “An Evening with David Axelrod,” October 2009
Humanities Scholar: Nebraska Educational Television documentary ’68: The Year Nebraska

Mattered, 2008
Masters Week Faculty Host to Jim Crounse, November, November, 2008
Host of “Competing Values: A Conversation with Chancellor Perlman on the Decision to Cancel William Ayers’ Speech,” October, 2008

Host of “Why Did that Happen? A Forum on Election 2008,” November 2008

Guest Lecturer, E.N. Thompson Scholars 2008-10
E.N. Thompson Forum Pre-Performance Lecture: David Gergen, 2008
E.N. Thompson Forum Pre-Performance Lecture: Theodore C. “Ted” Sorensen, 2008


Committee on Constituent Relations 2012-Present


Political Science Experimental Participant Pool Coordinator, 2008-2012 Executive Committee, 2008-09; 2010-11
Department Website Committee, 2010-2012
Undergraduate Committee, 2011-2012

Faculty Advisor, Pi Sigma Alpha, Tau Chapter, 2008-2012 Personalized System of Instruction Coordinator, 2010-2012 Graduate Committee, 2009-10
Discussant, Hendricks Symposium, 2010

Scholarship and Internship Committee, 2007-08

Search Committee, Ethnic Studies’ Africana/African American Studies, 2009-10 Search Committee, Latino Politics Search, 2009


Founder and Director, Political Communication Speaker Series
Undergraduate Committee, University of Delaware Political Science Department


July 2000-December 2000 – Communications Director, Shelley Kiel for Congress (NE-2) October 1999-June 2000 –

Political Reporter/Anchor 1110 KFAB-AM, Omaha, NE

June 1998-October 1999 – Political Reporter/Anchor 1470 WMBD-AM, Peoria, IL


Edward G. Carmines
Warren O. Chapman Professor of Political Science Rudy Professor
Department of Political Science
Indiana University
Woodburn Hall 210
Bloomington, IN 47405-6001
Phone: (812) 855-5065

Marjorie Randon Hershey

Department of Political Science Woodburn Hall 210
Indiana University

Bloomington, IN 47405-6001 Phone: (812) 855-5094

John R. Hibbing
Foundation Regents Professor Department of Political Science 532 Oldfather Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Phone: (402) 472-2341

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