Benjamin LaPoe, Ph.D.
Office: MMTH 225
Phone: (270) 745-5841
Introduction to Media Writing
- Ph.D., Louisiana State University, Manship School of Mass Communication
- Master of Science, Journalism, West Virginia University
Interpreting Racial Politics: Black and White Newspaper Tea Party Coverage,
Michigan State University Press (Under Contract)
Ben LaPoe received his Ph.D. in media and public affairs, with a concentration on race in political
communication, from Louisiana State University’s Manship School in 2013. His primary research
agenda includes examining the intersections of new media, race in political communication, and
LaPoe received a B.A. in English in 2003 and a M.S. in journalism in 2008, both from West Virginia
University. He currently has a book, Interpreting Racial Politics, under contract with Michigan State
University Press. The book is a multi-method approach that compares how the black and
mainstream presses covered the Tea Party movement during President Obama’s first term.
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