I am the Associate Director of Baldwin Wallace University's Community Research Institute (BW-CRI) and an Assistant Professor of Political Science. ​My research lies at the intersection of political communication, political behavior, and public opinion. One focus of my work is on the relationship between digital media use and political participation. A recent project, for instance, examined how connective forms of social media use can mobilize LGBT Americans to participate in politics. I also teach courses on American politics, Ohio politics, parties and elections, the media, and research methods. I welcome media inquiries.

Lauren Copeland

Associate Director of the Community Research Institute

and Assistant Professor of Political Science