Western Kentucky University

School of Journalism & Broadcasting Staff - Benjamin LaPoe

Benjamin LaPoe, Ph.D.

Benjamin LaPoe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office:  MMTH 225
Phone:  (270) 745-5844
Email:  benjamin.lapoe@wku.edu


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

minority media.

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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