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Todd Schaefer


Ph.D., Northwestern University, (Political Science), 1994
M.A., Northwestern University, (Political Science) 1989
B.A., Colorado College, (History/Political Science with Honors), 1988

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Contact Information:

Office:   Farrell Hall 441
Phone:   509-963-3675

Courses Typically Taught at CWU:

  • American Politics
  • Public Opinion and Political Communication
  • Legislative Process
  • American Presidency
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Parties and Interest Groups
  • African Politics

Research Interests:

  • Media, Political Communication, Presidency, War & Terrorism

Selected Publications:


  • Presidential Power Meets the Art of the Deal: Applying Neustadt to the Trump Presidency (Palgrave MacMillian, 2021)
  • Public Opinion in the 21st Century: Let the People Speak? w/Russell Brooker (textbook) Hughton-Mifflin, 2006.
  • Editor, w/Thomas Birkland, Encyclopedia of Media and Politics (DC: CQ Press, 2007)

    Journal Articles:

  • "Are the Lapdogs Starting to Bark? Japanese Newspaper Coverage of the SDF Mission to Iraq," w/Cameron Otopalik.
  • Media, War, and Conflict 1,3 (December, 2008).
  • "Persuading the Persuaders: Presidential Speeches and Editorial Opinion." Political Communication 14,1 (January-March, 1997): 97-111.
  • “Formalizing the American Brand: the Case for US Culture, Language, and Soft Power Institutes.”  Place Branding and Public Diplomacy 15, 2 (June, 2019): 124-33

    Book Chapters:
  • "Framing the US Embassy Bombings and September 11 Attacks in African and US Newspapers," in Pippa Norris, Montague Kern, and Marion Just, eds., Framing Terrorism (NY: Routledge, 2002).



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