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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 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.

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Office Hours

Fall 2019: M 9-10am, R 10:15-11am and by appointment


Fall 2019
GOVT 366 - 01
Empirical Methods for Poli Sci

GOVT 372 - 01
Poli Comm in a Polarized Age

Spring 2020
GOVT 214 - 01
Media and Politics