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Dr. Lindsey Meeks

Lindsey Meeks

Position: Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D., University of Washington, 2013            


Office: Burton Hall Room 135

Office Hours: TR 10:30-11:50

Personal website:

Spring Courses 2020

  • COMM 4713 Issues in Communication Study
  • COMM 6483 Media and Civic Life

Academic Interests

Dr. Lindsey Meeks conducts research in the areas of political communication, gender, and media. Within these areas, she is interested in three main actors: the news media, candidates, and voters. Specifically, she examines how the news media covers men and women candidates, and whether that coverage differs based on level of office sought and the gender of the journalists. Additionally, Dr. Meeks analyzes communication strategies of men and women candidates in varying contexts, e.g., different levels of office, the impact of their opponent’s gender and political party affiliation. Much of this work has focused on candidates’ campaign Twitter feeds, and has analyzed their issue and trait emphases, interactivity, and personalization. Lastly, she examines how voters grapple with news information and candidate information in their evaluative processes across such concepts as candidate gender, party, political issue emphases, character trait portrayal, and the effects of personalized campaign communication.

Representative Publications

Meeks, L. (2019). Defining the enemy: How Donald Trump frames the news media. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. Advanced online publication.

Meeks, L. (2019). Owning your message: Congressional candidates’ interactivity and issue ownership in mixed-gender campaigns. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 16(2), 187-202.

Meeks, L. (2018). Appealing to the 52%: Exploring Clinton and Trump’s appeals to women voters during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. International Journal of Communication, 12, 2527-2545. Retrieved from

Meeks, L. (2018). Questioning the president: Examining gender in the White House press corps. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 19(4), 519-535.

Meeks, L. (2018). Tweeted, deleted: Theoretical, methodological, and ethical considerations for examining politicians’ deleted tweets. Information, Communication & Society, 21(1), 1-13.

Meeks, L. (2017). Getting personal: Effects of Twitter personalization on candidate evaluations. Politics & Gender, 13(1), 1-25.

Meeks, L. (2017). Thank you, Mr. President: Journalist gender in presidential news conferences. International Journal of Communication, 11, 2411-2430. Retrieved from

Meeks, L. (2016). Aligning and trespassing: Candidates’ party-based issue and trait ownership on Twitter. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 93(4), 1050-1072.

Meeks, L. (2016). Gendered styles, gendered differences: Candidates’ use of personalization and interactivity on Twitter. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 13(4), 295-310.

Meeks, L. & Domke, D. (2016). When politics is a woman’s game: Party and gender ownership in woman-versus-woman elections. Communication Research, 43(7), 895-921.

Meeks, L. (2013). All the gender that’s fit to print: New York Times coverage of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin in 2008. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 90(3), 520-539.

Meeks, L. (2013). He wrote, she wrote: Journalist gender, political office, and campaign news. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 90(1), 58-74.

Meeks, L. (2012). Is she “man enough”?: Women candidates, executive political offices, and news coverage. Journal of Communication, 62(1), 175-193.