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Crigler, Ann

Release Date: 07/18/2011

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Professor of Political Science
Dornsife College of Letter, Arts & Sciences.
Office: VKC 327
Phone: (213) 740-3168

Professor Crigler is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at USC. She received her B.A. with honors from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining the faculty at USC, she taught at Tufts University, Wellesley College, and M.I.T.

She is currently working on two research projects: one is a study of emotions, political participation and the media in presidential campaigns; and another analyses the institutional attitudinal foundations of civic engagement in Los Angles.  Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Professor Crigler's research examines how people understand and learn about politics from the news media. She has co-authored several publications on this subject including three books entitled Common Knowledge: News and the Construction of Political Meaning with W.R. Neuman and M. Just (University of Chicago Press, 1992); an edited volume, The Psychology of Political Communication (University of Michigan Press, 1996), and a co-authored book on media and the 1992 presidential campaign entitled Crosstalk: Citizens, Candidates and the Media in a Presidential Campaign with M. Just, D. Alger, T. Cook, M. Kern and D. West (University of Chicago Press, 1996).

Professor Crigler has been interviewed by numerous journalists. She has appeared on the CBS Evening News, C-SPAN, National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, and in such newspapers as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today.


  • Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986
  • A.B. , Wellesley College, 1977

Selected Publications:

  • Crigler, Ann, Marion Just and Edward J. McCaffery (Eds.) Rethinking the Vote: The Politics and Prospects of American Election Reform. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Gulati, Girish, Marion Just, and Ann Crigler. “News Coverage of Political Campaigns”. In Lynda Lee Kaid (Ed.), Handbook of Political Communication, 2nd ed. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004: 237-256.
  • Gordon, Ann, David Shafie and Ann Crigler. “Is Negative Advertising Effective for Female Candidates? An Experiment in Voters' Uses of Gender Stereotypes.” The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, 8 (3), 2003: 35-53.

Honors and Awards:

  • USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, Excelled in teaching, research and service to the University., 2010

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