Welcome!

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 current project, for instance, uses data analytics and machine learning tools to analyze how organizations use Twitter to mobilize issue publics around LGBT equality. I also study long-standing problems of how digital media use influences political behavior more generally.

Lauren Copeland

Associate Director of the Community Research Institute

and Assistant Professor of Political Science