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Dr. Jill A. Edy

Jill Edy

Position: Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1998


Phone: 405-325-5051

Office: Burton Hall Room 222
Office Hours:  MF 10:30-12:00

Spring Courses 2020

  • COMM 2713 Communication Theory
  • COMM 5313 Qualitative Research Methods

Academic Interests

Jill Edy is an Associate Professor who specializes in the study of media and politics. She earned her Ph.D. at Northwestern University (1998), her M.A. at Leicester University in the U.K., and her B.A. at The George Washington University.

Dr. Edy is best known for her research on how the public’s shared memory of events is created and maintained through mass media. In her book, Troubled Pasts: News and the Collective Memory of Social Unrest (2006), she studied whether shared memories of 1960s social protests had evolved. In more recent work, she has explored how shared memory affects news coverage of current events and examined its potential to influence political decision making. Her work has appeared in a variety of communication, journalism, and political science journals including: Journal of Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, American Journal of Political Science,andJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.

Dr. Edy typically teaches seminars in political communication, public opinion, and media. She also occasionally teaches the core course in communication theory (2713) and the senior capstone class (4713). At the graduate level, her courses include the political communication seminar and qualitative methods.

Representative Publications

“Making News Necessary: How Journalism Resists Alternative Media’s Challenge.” Journal of Communication, 61: 816- 834 (with Shawn M. Snidow).

“The Democratic Potential of Mediated Collective Memory.” In Meyers, O., Neiger, M. and Zandberg, E. (Eds). On Media Memory: Collective Memory in a New Media Age, London: Palgrave McMillan.

“Conventional Wisdom: Putting National Party Convention Ratings in Context.” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 86: 499-512 (with Miglena Daradanova).

“Wanted, Dead or Alive: Media Frames, Frame Adoption, and Support for the War in Afghanistan.” Journal of Communication, 57: 119-141 (with Patrick C. Meirick).

“Reporting through the Lens of the Past: From Challenger to Columbia.” Journalism, 7: 131-151 (with Miglena Daradanova).