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Curriculum Vitae

Lee Shaker




Associate Professor of Communication, Portland State University


Assistant Professor of Communication, Portland State University

Senior Research Specialist, Department of Politics, Princeton University


Ph.D. (2008) Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Dissertation: “Media, Choice, and Citizens’ Local Political Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior”

Committee: Michael X. Delli Carpini (Advisor), Vincent Price & Elihu Katz

M.A. (2006) Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

B.A. (2002) University of California – Santa Barbara

Highest Honors. Major: History

Areas of Specialization

Political communication, new media technology, media industries, local politics, race and communication

Honors and Awards

  • Research Grant ($15,000) from Peripheral Vision International, 2017
  • Research Grant ($27,500) from Peripheral Vision International, 2014
  • Primary Investigator, Pacific Region Fishery Resources / US Fish and Wildlife Service’s CFDA Award ($20,000), 2014
  • John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teaching Award, Portland State University, 2014
  • Honorable Mention, Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics, Iowa State University, 2011
  • President and Provost’s Citation for Exceptional Commitment to Graduate and Professional Student Life, University of Pennsylvania, 2008
  • Nomination for the Lucius Barker Award for the best paper on race or ethnicity, Midwest Political Science Association, 2007
  • Dissertation Research Fellowship, Annenberg School for Communication, 2007
  • Research grant through Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences, NSF Grant 0094964, 2006
  • Top Debut Paper Award, Technology Division, Broadcast Education Association, 2005
  • Apprenticeship, Annenberg School for Communication, 2003
  • Phi Beta Kappa honor society, University of California – Santa Barbara, 2002
  • Buchanan Award (distinguished history graduate), University of California – Santa Barbara, 2002
  • Regents’ Scholarship, University of California – Santa Barbara, 1999
  • Robert C. Byrd Scholarship, State of California, 1999


Refereed Journal Articles

Stewart, D. and Lee Shaker. (2018.) Exploring the Policy Value of Cable Franchise and PEG Fees. Journal of Information Policy 8, 418-447.

Shaker, L. and Eiri Elvestad. (2017). Media Choice Proliferation and Shifting Orientations Towards News in the United States and Norway, 1995-2012. Nordicom Review.

Shaker, L. (2016). “Civic Duty.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Communication. Ed. Patricia Moy. New York: Oxford University Press.

Shaker, L. and Paul Falzone. (2015). Priming, Rap News and Public Diplomacy: Reporting on an NGO-Led Media Initiative in Uganda. International Journal of Communication (9).

Shaker, L. (2014). Dead Newspapers and Citizens’ Civic Engagement. Political Communication, 31(1), 1-18.

Shaker, L. (2013). “Community Attachment.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Communication. Ed. Patricia Moy. New York: Oxford University Press.

Karpowitz, C.F., Mendelberg, T., and L. Shaker. (2012). Gender Inequality in Deliberative Participation. American Political Science Review, 106 (3), 533-547.

Shaker, L. (2012). Local Political Knowledge and Assessments of Citizen Competence. Public Opinion Quarterly 76 (3), 525-537.

Berinsky, A.J., Hutchings, V.L., Mendelberg, T., Shaker, L. and N.A. Valentino. (2011) Does Barack Obama Suffer a Racial Disadvantage? Political Behavior, 33 (2), 179-202.

Shaker, L. (2011). The Utility of Community Newspapers in a Mayoral Election. Newspaper Research Journal, 32 (1), 6-18.

Shaker, L. (2011). Life After Newspapers: Local Political Information On the Web. Information, Communication & Society, 14(1), 52-75.

Shaker, L. & Ben Porath, E.N. (2010). News Images, Race, and Attribution in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Communication, 60 (3), 466-490.

Shaker, L. (2009). Citizens’ Local Political Knowledge and the Role of Media Access. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 86 (4), 809-826.

Halbert, C. H., Gandy, O. H., Collier, A., & Shaker, L. (2007). Beliefs about tobacco use in African Americans. Ethnicity & Disease, 17 (1), 92-8.

Shaker, L. (2006). In Google We Trust: Information integrity in the digital age. First Monday, 11(4), (3 April 2006). Also translated into Spanish.

Halbert, C. H., Gandy, O. H., Collier, A., & Shaker, L. (2006) Intentions to participate in genetics research among African American smokers.Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 15 (1), 150-3.

Halbert, C. H., Armstrong, K., Gandy, O. H., Shaker, L. (2006) Racial differences in trust in healthcare providers. Archives of Internal Medicine, 166 (8), 896-901.

Other Articles

Shaker, L. (2016). Who Loves Local News? Media Development, 63(3) 27-29.

Shaker, L., and P. Shaker. (2009). Education reforms need democratic values, not pseudo-science. Vancouver Sun Op-Ed, October 27. Republished in Teacher magazine, 22 (3).

Shaker, L. (September, 2009). The Notebook and the Future of Journalism. NextAmericanCity, Vol. 24, p. 39.

Shaker, L. (June, 2009). In Google We Trust. Informatie Professional, p. 18-23. In Dutch.


Invited Lectures

“Rap News, Dumb Phones and Africa’s Population Boom” PDX Talks, Portland State University, October, 2015.

“Parallel Priming: Rap News & The Salience of Political Corruption in Uganda” University of Washington, February, 2015.

“The Demise of Net Neutrality?” Center for Inquiry, Portland, OR, May, 2014

“Audience Fragmentation & Identity” Lewis & Clark University, Ray Warren Multicultural Symposium, November 2012.

“Information Integrity in the Digital Age” IP Lezing 2009, Amsterdam, June 2009.


“Triumph of the Reality Idles” with Michael Serazio. National Communication Association, Philadelphia, November 2016.

“Evaluating an Ebola ‘Puppet’ Service Announcement: Message Efficacy and Impact Duration” with Paul Falzone and Paul Sparks. International Communication Association, Japan, June 2016.

“Parallel Priming: Rap News & The Salience of Political Corruption in Uganda” with Paul Falzone. International Communication Association, Puerto Rico, May 2015.

“Shifting Orientations Toward Local, National and International News in the United States and Norway, 1995-2012” with Eiri Elvestad. What is Journalism?, University of Oregon, April, 2015.

“Representatives At Large: Money, Power, and Place in American Politics” Midwest Political Science Association, April, 2014.

“What Happens When Newspapers Fail?” International Communication Association, Phoenix, May 2012; Midwestern Political Science Association, Chicago, April 2012; Western Political Science Association, Portland, March 2012.

“Deliberation and Interruption: Further Results from the Deliberative Justice Project” American Political Science Association, Seattle, September 2011. With Tali Mendelberg and Chris Karpowitz.

“The Political Contributions of Community Newspapers” National Communication Association, San Francisco, November 2010.

“Local Political Information On the Web: The Case of the 2007 Philadelphia Mayoral Campaign” Eastern Communication Association, Baltimore, April 2010.

“Predicting Local Political Knowledge: The Effects of News Media Use and Increasing Media Choice” Western Political Science Association, Vancouver, March 2009.

“Race, Responsibility and Framing in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina” National Communication Association, Chicago, November 2007.

“Ethnicity and episodic framing in the wake of Hurricane Katrina” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 2007.

“The Range of National Responses to DBS: National information spheres and new communication technologies” International Communication Association, Dresden, June 2006.

“The Fantasy of the Frankfurt School” National Communication Association, Boston, November 2005.

“Social Implications of Digital Rights Management Initiatives” Broadcast Education Association, April, 2005.