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Diana M Owen


Associate Professor


Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT)
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Diana Owen is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of American Studies at Georgetown University. She received her doctorate in Political Science, with a minor in Statistics, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her major fields are American politics, political psychology/sociology, and methodology with a focus on empirical methods and statistical analysis. Her areas of specialization include media and politics, political communication, political socialization/civic education, elections and voting behavior, public opinion, political culture, and mass political behavior. She is the author, with Richard Davis, of New Media and American Politics (Oxford, 1998) and Media Messages in American Presidential Elections (Greenwood, 1991), and editor of The Internet and Politics: Citizens, Voters, and Activists, with Sarah Oates and Rachel Gibson (Routledge, 2006). She has published extensively on media and politics, including new media, preadult political learning, civic education, adult political orientations, and electoral politics. She has recently completed a study of youth voting in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Her work includes articles on campaign media, talk radio, political implications of the Internet, and media and transnational security. She is engaged in a major writing project entitled, American Government and Politics in the 21st Century, with Timothy Cook of LSU and David Paletz of Duke, and a collaborative cross-national study of the Internet and elections with Richard Davis of BYU and Steven Ward of the Oxford Internet Institute.


  • Ph.D. () University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Science
  • M.A. () University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Science
  • B.A. () George Washington University, Political Science