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Dr. Patrick C. Meirick

Pat Meirick

Position: Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2002


Office: Burton Hall Room 117
Office Hours: TR 1:30-2:45

Spring Courses 2020

  • COMM 2513 Introduction to Statistics
  • COMM 3643 Media and Society

Academic Interests

Pat Meirick is director of the Political Communication Center and an associate professor in the Department of Communication specializing in political and mass communication. His research typically examines media effects on individuals, focusing on why people believe what they do. He has three main research areas: 1) People’s false beliefs about politics: What roles do partisanship and partisan news media use play in explaining them? 2) People’s beliefs about the influence of media messages on others and on themselves: What explains these beliefs, and what consequences might they have? 3) Political advertising: How do message factors like sponsorship and negativity, as well as audience factors like partisanship and political knowledge, explain ad effects? Can ad watches influence the accuracy of political ad campaigns? In addition, he is working on a project with Dr. Jill Edy about how changes like declining ratings for broadcast news and more entertainment options have resulted in a public that has a harder time agreeing on what the most important issue facing the country is – and what that might mean for democracy.

His work has appeared in such venues as Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Media Psychology, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Mass Communication and Society, Social Science Quarterly, and Journal of Advertising.

Dr. Meirick was interviewed by a number of news outlets during the 2016 election, including The Atlantic, New Republic, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, C-SPAN, National Public Radio, and Al Jazeera. In March 2016, he joined a bipartisan group of presidential campaign consultants at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas for a televised event.

Dr. Meirick has served on the editorial boards of five journals and has reviewed for over 20 others. He is a past head of the Communication Theory and Methodology division of AEJMC. Before entering academia, he worked for seven years as an award-wining newspaper reporter, editor, and columnist.

Representative Publications

Meirick, Patrick C. (2016). Motivated reasoning, accuracy, and updating in perceptions of Bush’s legacy. Social Science Quarterly, 97, 699-713Published online, May 31, 2016. DOI: 10.1111/ssqu.12301

Meirick, Patrick C. & Elena Bessarabova (2015). Epistemic factors in selective exposure and political misperceptions on the right and left. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. Published online, November 25, 2015. DOI:10.1111/asap.12101

Meirick, Patrick C. and Stephanie Schartel Dunn. (2015). Obama as exemplar: Debate exposure and implicit and explicit affect toward African-Americans. Howard Journal of Communications. 26 (1), 57-73, DOI: 10.1080/10646175.2014.986312

Meirick, Patrick C. (2013) Motivated misperception? Party, education, partisan news, and belief in “death panels.” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 90, 39-57.

Meirick, Patrick C., Gwendelyn S. Nisbett, Matthew D. Jefferson, and Michael W. Pfau (2011). The influence of tone, target, and issue ownership on political advertising effects in primary vs. general elections. Journal of Political Marketing, 10, 275-296.

Edy, Jill A. and Patrick C. Meirick (2007). Wanted, dead or alive: Media frames, frame adoption, and support for the war in Afghanistan. Journal of Communication, 57, 119-141. (Reprinted in Media Power in Politics, 6th Edition, Doris Graber (Ed.), Washington: Congressional Quarterly Press.)

Meirick, Patrick C. (2005). Rethinking the target corollary: The effects of social distance, perceived exposure and perceived predispositions on first- and third-person perceptions. Communication Research, 32, 822-843.

Meirick, Patrick C. (2004). Topic-relevant reference groups and dimensions of distance: Political advertising and first- and third-person effects. Communication Research, 31, 234-255.