Thomas E. Patterson

Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press
Shorenstein Center
Office Address
Taubman-242
Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 113
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact
Phone: 617-495-9926
Fax: 617-495-8696
Email: thomas_patterson@Harvard.Edu
Assistant
Kristina Mastropasqua (617-496-3557)
Thomas Patterson

Profile

Thomas E. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press. His book, The Vanishing Voter, looks at the causes and consequences of electoral participation. His earlier book on the media’s political role, Out of Order, received the American Political Science Association’s Graber Award as the best book of the decade in political communication. His first book, The Unseeing Eye, was named by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the 50 most influential books on public opinion in the past half century. He also is author of Mass Media Election and two general American government texts: The American Democracy and We the People. His articles have appeared in Political Communication, Journal of Communication, and other academic journals, as well as in the popular press. His research has been funded by the Ford, Markle, Smith-Richardson, Pew, Knight, Carnegie, and National Science foundations. Patterson received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1971.

Courses

Spring

  • DPI-101-G Political Institutions and Public Policy: American Politics

Year

  • DPI-150Y Seminar: Democracy, Politics, and Institutions

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