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Erika Franklin Fowler

Associate Professor of Government

Public Affairs Center, 324

Director of the Wesleyan Media Project


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BA St Olaf College
MA Univ of Wisconsin Madison
PHD Univ of Wisconsin Madison

Erika Franklin Fowler

Erika Franklin Fowler directs the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks and analyzes all political ads aired on broadcast television and national cable during elections. She specializes in political communications—campaign advertising and local media, in particular—and her work has been cited in hundreds of leading news outlets. Fowler also conducts research on the politics of health policy including the uproar over school mandates regarding the HPV vaccine, recommendations surrounding mammography screening and the ongoing debates over the Affordable Care Act. She also serves on the ABC News Election Night Decision Desk and has professional experience conducting focus groups and survey research. At Wesleyan, Fowler teaches courses in American politics, media and politics, public opinion, and empirical methods.

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MW 9-10am and by appointment


Spring 2019
GOVT 214 - 01
Media and Politics

GOVT 366 - 01
Empirical Methods for Poli Sci

Fall 2019
GOVT 366 - 01
Empirical Methods for Poli Sci

GOVT 372 - 01
Poli Comm in a Polarized Age