Lauren Copeland

My research examines the intersection of changing values, communication technologies, political behavior, and public opinion.

One focus of my work is on what motivates people to engage in political consumption and other uses of the marketplace for political goals. For instance, one of my current projects examines social media use as a conduit for boycotting and buycotting among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. I also study long-standing problems of how use of digital media influences political behavior more generally.

This work has appeared in American Politics ResearchPolitical StudiesNew Media & SocietyJournal of Information Technology and Politics, Social Science Computer Review, among other outlets. I have also commented on political developments for National Public Radio (NPR).

Currently, I am an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH. I am also a lecturer for Rutgers University through an innovative online course program.

I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and my B.A. in political science from DePaul UniversityPlease feel free to contact me at