Matthew Baum

Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications
Shorenstein Center
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Matthew Baum


Matthew A. Baum is the Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. His research focuses on delineating the effects of domestic politics on international conflict and cooperation in general and American foreign policy in particular, as well as on the role of the mass media and public opinion in contemporary American politics. His research has appeared in over a dozen leading scholarly journals, such as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics. His books include Soft News Goes to War: Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy in the New Media Age and War Stories: The Causes and Consequences of Public Views of War (Forthcoming 2009, Princeton University Press). He has also contributed op-ed articles to a variety of newspapers and magazines in the United States and abroad. Before coming to Harvard, Baum was an associate professor of political science and communication studies at UCLA. He received his PhD in political science at UC San Diego in 2000.




  • DPI-101-H Political Institutions and Public Policy


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

Media Expertise

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For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Baum, Matthew A., and Yuri M. Zhukov. "Filtering Revolution: Reporting Bias in International Newspaper Coverage of the Libyan Civil War." Journal of Peace Research (February 2015): 1-17.
  • Book Chapters
    • Groeling, Tim, and Matthew A. Baum. "The Longest War Story: Elite Rhetoric, News Coverage, and The U.S. War in Afghanistan." Strategic Narratives, Public Opinion, and War: Winning Domestic Support for the Afghan War. Ed. Beatrice de Graaf, George Dimitriu, and Jens Ringsmose. Routledge, 2015.
  • Books
    • Baum, Matthew A., and Philip B.K. Potter. War and Democratic Constraint: How the Public Influences Foreign Policy. Princeton University Press, 2015.
  • Commentary
    • Baum, Matthew A., and Philip B.K. Potter. "No One Talks about Democratization Anymore. Is There a Better Policy?" Monkey Cage (Washington, July 5, 2015.
    • Baum, Matthew A., and Yuri M. Zhukov. "Where You Stand Depends on Where You Sit...While Reading the Paper: Reporting Bias in Democracies and Autocracies." Political Communication Report, 25.1, April 2015.
    • Baum, Matthew A., and Yuri Zhukov. "News Coverage of Civil Conflict is Biased in Both Democracies and Autocracies." Monkey Cage (, February 26, 2015.
  • Research Papers/Reports
    • Baum, Matthew A. "Reporting Bias and Information Warfare." International Studies Association Annual Convention, March 2016.

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