Lars Willnat, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, UK School of Journalism and Media

About me

lwillnatBefore joining UK’s School of Journalism and Media in 2016, I taught at Indiana University, the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. My research interests include media effects on political attitudes, theoretical aspects of public opinion formation, and political effects of global communication. My main research activities, however, focus on political communication issues in Asia — an area of the world where media, politics and culture mix in fascinating ways.

My research has been published in major communication journal and books in the United States and Asia. I have published edited volumes on political communication research in Asia (Political Communication in Asia, Routledge 2009) and on journalistic values and practices among more than 29,000 journalists from 31 nations around the world (The Global Journalist in the 21st Century, Routledge 2012). I also just completed an edited book that analyses and compares social media use and political participation in nine Asian nations (Social Media, Culture and Politics in Asia, Peter Lang 2014).

Because of my interest in global communication processes, I do like to leave the Midwest to teach abroad. In 2012, I spent one semester teaching at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, as a Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer. I have also taught as a guest professor in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Switzerland.

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