Ann N. Crigler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politcal Science and the Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.Her research examines how people understand and learn about politics from the news media. She has co-authored several publications on this subject as well as a book entitled Common Knowledge: News and the Construction of Political Meaning with W.R. Neuman and M. Just (University of Chicago Press, 1992). Her most recent books include an edited volume, The Psychology of Political Communication (University of Michigan Press, 1996), and a co-authored book on media and the 1992 presidential campaign entitled Crosstalk: Citizens, Candidates and the Media in a Presidential Campaign with M. Just, D. Alger, T. Cook, M. Kern and D. West (University of Chicago Press, 1996). She is currently working on a study of emotions, political participation and the media in the 1996 presidential campaign and a study of television news across the United States. These projects are supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Before joining the faculty at USC in 1988, she taught at Tufts University, Wellesley College and M.I.T. She was the Appleman Fellow and adjunct research associate at the Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government from 1991-1994. During the 1995-96 academic year, she was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, Professor Crigler is a member of the governing council of the International Society of Political Psychology and is on the editorial boards of Political Research Quarterly and Political Communcation. She is Vice President and President-Elect of the Western Political Science Association and will serve until 2001.