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Ann E. Williams (PhD, University of Michigan) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Georgia State University. She is a trained survey methodologist, with a background in media studies, political communication, and public opinion research.
Her interests in communication are interdisciplinary and cross-cutting. She writes about both communication-driven factors that propagate information disparities, stereotypes, and social inequalities as well as communication-based correctives that foster community ties, promote social cohesion, enhance public awareness, and motivate civic participation.
Williams’ research responds to the ever-evolving state of public opinion. She looks at how public opinion is constructed, represented, interpreted, and diffused; and is normatively concerned with how media institutions and political organizations view, shape, and respond to people. Under this lens, she hopes to promote a more clear understanding of what public opinion looks like, and works to facilitate connections between media practitioners, policy-makers, and the publics they seek to represent.
Her research appears in The Journal of Communication, Communication Research, The Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and The International Journal of Public Opinion Research.
Classes taught: media and politics; political communication; research methods; media, ethics, and society; public opinion and political culture; audience studies
Research areas: communication processes and effects; political campaigns and public opinion; presentation and interpretation of audience data; visual communication and new media studies
Organizational Affiliations: ICA, NCA, AEJMC, AAPOR, WAPOR, AoIR, APSA