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Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press
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617-495-9926
Assistant: Kevin Wren
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Thomas E. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press. In the past, he has authored three books, Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism; How America Lost Its Mind: The Assault on Reason That's Crippling Our Democracy, and Is the Republican Party Destroying Itself?. An earlier book, The Vanishing Voter, examined 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 an introductory American government text We the People, which is now in its 14th edition.. His articles have appeared in Political Communication, Journal of CommunicationPublic Opinion Quarterly, 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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Outside Professional Activities For Thomas Patterson

Founder and unpaid board member of the Boston Global Forum, a non-profit dedicated to the discussion of public policy issues that transcend national borders. Recent issues that have been a focus of the Forum's work are Artificial Intellligence, cybersecurity, labor conditions in Third Wold countries, conflict in the East Sea and South China Sea.

Contact

Phone: 617-495-9926
Assistant: Kevin Wren

Expertise

Media
Politics
Democracy & Governance
Public Leadership & Management

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