Here are some books, articles and book chapters I have published, organized by topic area

Contentious Politics and Communication in Wisconsin (Center for Communication and Civic Renewal)

Friedland, Lewis, Dhavan V. Shah, Michael W. Wagner, Chris Wells, Katherine J. Cramer, Jon C.W. Pevehouse. 2022. Battleground: Asymmetric Communication Ecologies and the Erosion of Civil Society in Wisconsin. Elements in Politics and Communication Series, Stuart Soroka, Ed. Cambridge University Press.

Foley, Jordan, Michael W. Wagner, Ceri Hughes, Jiyoun Suk, Katherine J. Cramer, Lewis A.Friedland, and Dhavan V. Shah. 2021. “Free and Fair? The Differential Experiences of Voting Barriers and Voting Policies in American Midterm Elections,” International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Dempsey, Sadie, Jiyoun Suk, Katherine J. Cramer, Lewis A. Friedland, Michael W. Wagner, Dhavan V. Shah. 2020. “Understanding Trump Supporters’ News Use: Beyond the Fox News Bubble,” The Forum 18(3): 319-346.

Wells, C., Friedland, L., Hughes, C., Shah, D.V., Suk, J., and Wagner, M. W. (Online First). News Media Use, Talk Networks, and Anti-Elitism across Geographic Location: Evidence from Wisconsin.” International Journal of Press/Politics.

Suk, J., Shah, D., Wells, C, Wagner, M., Friedland, L., Cramer, K., Hughes, C., & Franklin, C. Do Improving Conditions Harden Partisan Preferences? Communication, Context, and Political Evaluations During Periods of Contention. International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Wells, Chris, Cramer, Katherine J., Wagner, Michael W., Alvarez, German, Friedland, Lewis A., Shah, Dhavan V., Bode, Leticia., Edgerly, Stephanie., Gabay, Itay., & Franklin, Charles. Forthcoming. “When We Stop Talking Politics: The Maintenance and Closing of Conversation in Contentious Times. Journal of Communication 67: 131-157.

Wagner, Michael W., Chris Wells, Lewis A. Friedland, Katherine J. Cramer, and Dhavan V. Shah. 2014. “Cultural Worldviews and Contentious Politics: Evaluative Asymmetry in High-Information Environments,” The Good Society, 23 (2): 126-144.

Research Informed Analysis Published in Public Facing Arenas

New Survey Data on Who Americans Look to for Election Administration (Bipartisan Policy Center)

When do voters support the Green New Deal or Black Lives Matter? (Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage)

Real Voting Equality (Scholars Strategy Network)

How Media Consumption Patters Fuel Conspiratorial Thinking (Brookings TechStream)

Wisconsin is Scheduled to Vote Today? How Will the Pandemic Affect Turnout?(Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage)

What Makes Wisconsin Swing? (Vox)

UW Communication and Civic Renewal Research Team: Wisconsinites want nonpartisan redistricting, voice for political minorities (Capital Times)

Mediated Democracy Book

Wagner, Michael W. and Mallory R. Perryman. 2021. Mediated Democracy: Politics, the News, and Citizenship in the 21st Century. CQ Press/Sage

Misinformation and Fact-Checking

How Large-Scale Identification and Intervention Can Empower Professional Fact-Checkers to Improve Democracy and Public Health. National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator Grant Track F ($750,000, PI: Michael W. Wagner; co-PI’s: Sijia Yang, Porismita Borah, Munmun de Choudhury, Srijan Kumar, William Sethares, Katie Harbath, Dhavan Shah).

Li, Jianing, Jordan M. Foley, Omar Dumdum, and Michael W. Wagner. 2021. “The Power of a Genre: Political News Reporting Presented as Fact-Checking Increases Accurate Belief Updating and Hostile Media Perceptions,” Mass Communication and Society.

Li, Jianing and Michael W. Wagner. 2020. “The Value of Not Knowing: Partisan Cue-Taking and Belief Updating of the Uninformed, the Ambiguous and the Misinformed” Journal of Communication 70(5): 646-669.

When are readers likely to believe a fact-check? (Brookings, TechStream)


Jiang, Xiaoya, Juwon Hwang, Min-Hsin Su, Michael W. Wagner and Dhavan V. Shah. 2022. “Ideology and COVID-19 Vaccination Intention: Perceptual Mediators and Communication Moderators,” Journal of Health Communication. Online First.

Beyond the Left-Right Divide Project

Carmines, Edward G., Michael J. Ensley, and Michael W. Wagner. 2016 “Ideological Heterogeneity and the rise of Donald Trump,” The Forum 14(4): 385-397.

Carmines, Edward G., Michael J. Ensley, and Michael W. Wagner. 2014. “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. 2012. “Political Ideology in American Politics: One, Two, or None?,” The Forum.

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.

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.

Framing, Opinion Formation, and Partisanship

Perryman, Mallory R., Jordan Foley and Michael W. Wagner. 2020 “Is Bad News Biased? How Poll Reporting Affects Perceptions of Media Bias and Presumed Voter Behavior.” International Journal of Communication. 14: 3903-3923.

Shah, Dhavan V., Douglas M. McLeod, Hernando Rojas, Jaeho Cho, Michael W. Wagner, and Lewis A. Friedland. 2017. “Revising the Communication Mediation Model for a New Political Communication Ecology,” Human Communication Research 43(4): 491-504

Wagner, Michael W. and Michael W. Gruszczynski. 2016. “When Framing Matters: The Role of Partisan and Journalistic Issue Frames on Public Opinion and Party Identification,” Journalism and Communication Monographs, 5-48.

Theiss-Morse, Elizabeth, Dona-Gene Barton, and Michael W. Wagner. 2015. “Political Trust in Polarized Times,” in Nebraska Symposium on Motivation Alan Tomkins and Brian Bornstein, Eds., pgs. 167-190. Springer.

Wagner, Michael W., Kristen Deppe, Carly 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. 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. 2010.  “How Abortion Became a Partisan Issue: Media Coverage of the Interest Group-Political Party Connection.” Politics and Policy 38 (6): 1113-34.

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.

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.

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

Journalism and Media Effects

Wagner, Michael W. and Mike Gruszczynski. 2018. “Who Gets Covered? Ideological Extremity and News Coverage of the U.S. Congress, 1993 to 2013,” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 95(3): 670-690.

Gruszczynski, Mike and Michael W. Wagner 2017. “Information Flow in the 21st Century: The Dynamics of Agenda Uptake,” Mass Communication and Society, 20(3): 378-402.

Wagner, Michael W. and Timothy P. Collins. 2014. “Does Ownership Matter? The Case of Rupert Murdoch’s Purchase of the Wall Street Journal,” Journalism Practice, 8 (6): 758-771.

Wagner, Michael W. 2015. “Does Specialization Matter? How Journalistic Expertise Explains Differences in Health Care Coverage” in Crucial Conversations: Meeting Health Information Needs Outside of Healthcare, Catherine Arnott Smith and Alla Keselman, eds.). Woodhead Publishing.

Political Behavior in the American Electorate

Theiss-Morse, Elizabeth, Michael W. Wagner, William H. Flanigan, and Nancy H. Zingale. 2015. Political Behavior in Midterm Elections.  CQ Press.

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

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

Religion and Politics

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

Citizens, Rules, and Institutions

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

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.

 Teaching Journalism

The Deal on the Art. . .of Covering Donald Trump: Ten Strategies for Journalists (for Center for Journalism Ethics and PBS MediaShift)

7 Strategies for Teaching Student Journalists to Cover Midterm Elections (for PBS MediaShift)

9 Things the Best Political Reporters Do (for PBS MediaShift)

Teaching American Politics

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.


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