Lindsey Meeks

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


Office: Burton Hall Room 135

Office Hours: R 1:00-3:00

Personal website:


Classes Spring 2018 semester:

COMM 6483 Media and Civic Life


Academic Interests: 

Dr. Lindsey Meeks conducts research in the areas of political communication, gender, and media. Within these areas, she is interested in three main actors: the news media, candidates, and voters. Specifically, she examines how the news media covers men and women candidates, and whether that coverage differs based on level of office sought and the gender of the journalists. Additionally, Dr. Meeks analyzes communication strategies of men and women candidates in varying contexts, e.g., different levels of office, the impact of their opponent’s gender and political party affiliation. Much of this work has focused on candidates’ campaign Twitter feeds, and has analyzed their issue and trait emphases, interactivity, and personalization. Lastly, she examines how voters grapple with news information and candidate information in their evaluative processes across such concepts as candidate gender, party, political issue emphases, character trait portrayal, and the effects of personalized campaign communication.

Representative Publications:

Meeks, L. (2017). Getting personal: Effects of Twitter personalization on candidate evaluations. Politics & Gender, 13(1), 1-25.

Meeks, L. (2017). Thank you, Mr. President: Journalist gender in presidential news conferences. International Journal of Communication, 11, 2411-2430.

Meeks, L. (2017). Tweeting our differences: Comparing candidate communication in mixed- gender and same-gender elections. In Denton, R. E. (Ed.), Political campaign communication: Theory, method and practice (Ch. 17, p. 365-387). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Meeks, L. (2016). Questioning the president: Examining gender in the White House press corps. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. Online advance publication.

Meeks, L. (2016). Tweeted, deleted: theoretical, methodological, and ethical considerations for examining politicians’ deleted tweets. Information, Communication & Society. Online advance publication.

Meeks, L. (2016). Aligning and trespassing: Candidates’ party-based issue and trait ownership on Twitter. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 93(4), 1050-1072.

Meeks, L. (2016). Examining partisan men and women’s issue emphases from campaigns to legislation. In Paludi, M. (Ed.), Why congress needs women: Bringing sanity to the House and Senate (Ch. 1, p. 1-18). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers Inc. 

Meeks, L. (2016). Gendered styles, gendered differences: Candidates’ use of personalization and interactivity on Twitter. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 13(4), 295-310. 

Meeks, L. and Domke, D. (2016). When politics is a woman’s game: Party and gender ownership in woman-versus-woman elections. Communication Research, 43(7), 895-921. 

Gilmore, J., Meeks, L., and Domke, D. (2013) Why do (we think) they hate us: Anti- Americanism, patriotic messages, and attributions of blame. International Journal of Communication,7, 701-721. 

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.