Lindsey Meeks

Dr. Lindsey Meeks
Position: Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D., University of Washington, 2013            


Office: Burton Hall Room 135

Office Hours: MW 10:30-12:00


Classes Fall 2016 semester:

COMM 3003 Political Campaign Processes

COMM 4643 Mass Media Effects



Academic Interests: 

Dr. Lindsey Meeks conducts research in the areas of political communication and mass communication with a focus on gender. Her work examines three key actors in the electoral arena: the mass media, political candidates, and voters. Regarding the mass media, she analyzes how journalists portray male and female candidates for various levels of political office, and how journalistic norms and practices influence news coverage. Concerning candidates, she examines how male and female candidates’ gender and party affiliation impact their communication strategies in mixed-gender and same-gender elections. Finally, she focuses on how voters process information from the news and candidates, and use it to evaluate and form impressions of candidates.

Her most recent project examined how male and female Senate candidates communicated via their campaign Twitter feeds when running against someone of the same or opposite sex, and whether more personalized campaign communication could have a positive impact on voters’ candidate evaluations and sense of connection with the candidate.

Representative Publications:

Meeks, L. (2013). All the gender that’s fit to print: New York Times coverage of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin in 2008. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 90(3), 520-539.

Meeks, L. (2013). He wrote, she wrote: Journalist gender, political office, and campaign news. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 90(1)58-74.

Meeks, L. (2012). Is she “man enough”?: Women candidates, executive political offices, and news coverage. Journal of Communication, 62(1), 175-193.

Beam, R. and Meeks, L. (2011). “So many stories, so little time.” In Lowrey, W. and Gade, P. J. (Eds.) Changing the news: The forces shaping journalism in uncertain times (Ch. 13, p. 230-248). New York: Routledge.