About Me

lmeeks_photoI am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Oklahoma.

My main focus is political communication, gender, and media. Within these areas, I am interested in three main actors: the news media, candidates, and voters. Specifically, I examine 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, I analyze 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, I examine 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.

I earned my M.A. (2010) and Ph.D. (2013) at the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. My dissertation was entitled, “A Woman’s Place: Gender Politics and Twitter in the 2012 Elections,” and my thesis was entitled, “Is She ‘Man Enough’?: News Coverage of Female and Male Candidates in U.S. Elections.” Prior to graduate school, I earned a B.S. (2004) from the University of Texas at Austin in Communication Studies, sequence: Political Communication, and a concentration in Technology, Literacy, and Culture.

Between degrees I worked in marketing, PR, and project management in Austin, TX, for both literary PR companies and technology companies.

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