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Professor Mike McDevitt teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in media ethics, political communication, research methods, and news writing. He joined the faculty in 2001 after teaching at the University of New Mexico.
Prior to his teaching career, he worked as a reporter and editorial writer for newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
His research interests include media and politics, youth political socialization, and media sociology. He is the principal investigator for “Colors of Socialization,” a project that explores the roles of schools, media, and families in the cultivation of ideological identity among adolescents in red and blue states.
In media sociology, Prof. McDevitt is working on a book: Where Ideas Go to Die: Anti-Intellectualism in American Journalism. His work is published in journals in communication, media studies, political science, and education and he is a recipient of the International Communication Association’s Outstanding Public Policy Research Award.
He holds a BA in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, a MA in journalism and mass communication from San Jose State, and a PhD in communication from Stanford.