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Thomas Patterson
Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press
Office:
124 Mount Auburn St. 230-2302
617-495-9926
Assistant: Kevin Wren
617-495-0477

Thomas E. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press. He is author of the book Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism, published in October 2013. His earlier book, The Vanishing Voter, looks at the causes and consequences of electoral participation, and his 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 is also the author of Mass Media Election: How Americans Choose Their President (1980), 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.

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Phone: 617-495-9926
Office: 124 Mount Auburn St. 230-2302
Assistant: Kevin Wren

Faculty Expertise

Democracy & Governance
Public Leadership & Management
Media
Politics

Mailing Address

Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138