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Erika Franklin Fowler

Professor of Government

Public Affairs Center, 324

Director, 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 political advertising in real-time during elections. She specializes in large-scale analyses of political communication—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 is also leading analyses of digital advertising in her role as the Chair of the Political Advertising Committee of Social Science One. In addition, she 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.

Academic Affiliations

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Spring 2021: on sabbatical


Fall 2021
QAC 378 - 01
DeltaLab: Comp. Media Analysis

Spring 2022
GOVT 214 - 01
Media and Politics