Lee Shaker, PhD

  Associate Professor
  Office phone: 503.725.2282
  Email: lshaker@pdx.edu
  Webpage: leeshaker.com
  University Center Building 440
  Office: 440F









PhD | University of Pennsylvania
MA | University of Pennsylvania
BA | University of California at Santa Barbara

Focus Areas

Political Communication
Mass Communication

Research Interests

Urban Communication
Politics & Media
New Communication Technologies

Courses Taught

Comm 312: Media Literacy
Comm 322: Mass Communication and Society
Comm 420/520: Political Communication
Comm 437/537: Urban Communication
Comm 472/572: Public Opinion 


Lee Shaker is a mass & political communication scholar. His primary interest lies in understanding the ways that new communication technologies affect society. As part of this, several of his recent articles assess how the changing media environment alters the relationship that citizens have with their local communities. For example, Dead Newspapers and Citizens' Civic Engagement measures the effect of local newspaper closures upon citizens' civic and political engagement. His current research turns to more fundamental questions about information consumption, retention, and analysis in the digital age. For more information, please visit his website.


Stewart, D. and Shaker, L. (2018.) Exploring the Policy Value of Cable Franchise and
PEG Fees. Journal of Information Policy 8, 418-447.

Elvestad, E. and Shaker, L. (2017). Media Choice Proliferation and Shifting Orientations

Towards News in the United States and Norway, 1995-2012. Nordicom Review 38 (1), 1-17.

Shaker, L. (2016). “Civic Duty.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Communication. Ed. Patricia Moy.
New York: Oxford University Press.
Shaker, L. and Paul Falzone. (2015). Priming, Rap News and Public Diplomacy:
Reporting on an NGO-Led Media Initiative in Uganda. International Journal of Communication (9).

Shaker, L. (2014). Dead Newspapers and Citizens’ Civic Engagement. Political Communication, 31(1), 131-148.

Shaker, L. (2013). Community Attachment. In Oxford Bibliographies in Communication. Ed. Patricia Moy. New York: Oxford University Press.

Karpowitz, C.F., Mendelberg, T., and L. Shaker. (2012). Gender Inequality in Deliberative Participation. American Political Science Review, 106 (3), 533-547.

Shaker, L. (2012). Local Political Knowledge and Assessments of Citizen Competence. Public Opinion Quarterly 76 (3), 525-537.

Berinsky, A.J., Hutchings, V.L., Mendelberg, T., Shaker, L., and N.A. Valentino (2011). Sex and Race: Are black candidates more likely to be disadvantaged by sex scandals? Political Behavior, 33 (2), 179-202.

Shaker, L. & Ben Porath, E.N. (2010). News Images, Race, and Attribution in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Communication, 60 (3), 466-490.

Shaker, L. (2009). Citizens’ Local Political Knowledge and the Role of Media Access. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 86 (4), 809-826.

Recent Work

Curriculum Vitae.pdf