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 examines social media use as a conduit for boycotting and buycotting among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Another project uses data analytics and machine learning tools to analyze Tweets associated with political consumption 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 and Politics, and Social Science Computer Review, among other outlets. I have also commented on political developments for National Public Radio (NPR).
Currently, I am a Survey Research Manager for two large National Science Foundation (NSF) projects at the University of California's Center for Nanotechnology in Society. I also teach in the Department of Political Science and the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at John Carroll University in University Heights, OH.
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. Please feel free to contact me at lcopeland [at] jcu [dot] edu.