Welcome to my site. I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and the Associate Director of the Community Research Institute (CRI) at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio.

My research examines 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 consumption. For instance, a current project uses data analytics and machine learning tools to analyze Tweets associated with boycotting campaigns. I also study long-standing problems of how digital media use influences political behavior more generally.

This work has appeared in American Politics Research, Political Studies, New Media & Society, the Journal of Information Technology & Politics, and Social Science Computer Review, among other outlets. I have also commented on political developments for NPR.

I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis in political communication and American politics, and my B.A. in political science from DePaul University in Chicago.

About Me

Hi! My name is

Lauren Copeland

​​and I’m an Assistant Professor of Political Science and the Associate Director of the Community Research Institute (CRI) at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio.

Journal Articles
Cleveland, D.A., Copeland, L., Glasgow, G., McGinnis, M.V., & Smith, Eric R.A.N. (forthcoming). The Influence of Environmentalism on Attitudes towards Local Agriculture and Urban Expansion. Society and Natural Resources, forthcoming.

Bimber, B., Cantijoch, M., Copeland, L. & Gibson, R. (2015). Digital Media and Political Participation: The Moderating Role of Political Interest Across Acts and Over Time. Social Science Computer Review, 33(1): 21-42.

​Copeland, L. & Bimber, B. (2015). Research Note on Variation in the Relationship between Digital Media Use and Political Participation in U.S. Elections over Time, 1996-2012: Does Obama's Re-election Change the Picture? Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 12(1): 74-87.

Copeland, L. & Roemmele, A. (2014). Beyond the Base? Political Parties, Citizen Activists, and Digital Media Use in the 2009 German Federal Election Campaign. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 11(2): 169-185.

Copeland, L. (2014). Value Change and Political Action: Postmaterialism, Political Consumerism, and Political Participation. American Politics Research, 42(2): 257-282.

Gil de Zúñiga, H., Copeland, L. & Bimber, B. (2013). Political Consumerism: Civic Engagement and the Social Media Connection. New Media & Society, 16(3): 488-506.

Copeland, L. (2014). Conceptualizing Political Consumerism: How Citizenship Norms Differentiate Boycotting from Buycotting. Political Studies, 62: 172-186.

Bimber, B. & Copeland L. (2013). Digital Media and Political Participation over Time in the U.S. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 10(2): 125-137.

Chapters in Edited Volumes
Copeland, L. & Atkinson, L. (forthcoming). Political Consumption: Ethics, Participation and Civic Engagement. In T Newholm, A. Chatzidakis, M. Carrington, & D. Shaw (Eds.), Ethics and Morality in Consumption: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Copeland, L. & Smith, E.R.A.N. (2014). Consumer Political Action on Climate Change. In Y. Wolinsky-Nahmias (Ed.), Climate Change Policy and Civic Society. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.

Copeland, L. & Hasell, A. (2014). Framing Effects on People's Wilingness to Purchase Nanotechnology Applications in the U.S. In C. Coenen, A. Dijkstra, C. Fautz, J.S. Guivant, K. Konrad, C. Milburn & H. Van Lente (Eds.), Studies of new and emerging technologies. Berlin: IOS Press.



Undergraduate level

  • Introduction to American Politics
  • Digital Media in Public Life
  • Voting and Elections
  • Research Methods

Graduate level

  • Digital Advocacy and Persuasion (online)
  • Teaching Assistant Training (two-quarter sequence/year)