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Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs PortraitsTravis N. Ridout


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Travis N. Ridout (Ph.D, University of Wisconsin) is Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Professor of Government and Public Policy in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at Washington State University. He is also co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks political advertising. Ridout’s research on political campaigns and political advertising has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Communication, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Annual Review of Political Science, and in several book chapters. Ridout’s most recent book, Political Advertising in the United States, was published in 2016.

Research Interests:
Political communication, campaigns, political advertising, public opinion


POLS 317 – Media and Politics
POLS 417 – Elections and Voting
POLS 501 – Scope of Political Science
POLS 503 – Political Research Methods
POLS 504 – Quantitative Analysis
POLS 510 – American Institutions and Processes
POLS 513 – Political Behavior

Recent Publications:

Strach, Patricia, Katherine Zuber, Erika Franklin Fowler, Travis N. Ridout and Kathleen Searles. Forthcoming. “ In a Different Voice? Explaining the Use of Men and Women as Voiceover Announcers in Political Advertising.” Political Communication.

Ridout, Travis N. and Annemarie Walter. Forthcoming. “Party System Change and Neg-ative Campaigning in New Zealand.” Party Politics. Published online before print (doi: 10.1177/1354068813509522).

Ridout, Travis N., Michael M. Franz and Erika Franklin Fowler. 2015. “Sponsorship, Disclosure and Donors: Limiting the Impact of Outside Group Ads.” Political Research Quarterly.

Fowler, Erika Franklin and Travis N. Ridout. 2014. “Political Advertising in 2014: The Year of the Outside Group.” The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics.

Ridout, Travis N., Michael M. Franz and Erika Franklin Fowler. 2014. “Advances in the Study of Political Advertising.” Journal of Political Marketing. 13(3): 175-94.