My research focuses on the media’s role in shaping the motivation to participate in politics. It lies at the intersection of the fields of political communication, political psychology, and political behavior. I focus on the media’s role because I see the it as the most common way in which citizens learn about their government and those shaping public policy. In my work, I have analyzed how traditional news outlets, social media, and political advertising influence our political attitudes and behaviors. I am committed to empirical social science research, and although I tend to rely on quantitative methods, I believe methodology should be tailored to the question at hand. I am an expert in survey research having managed a national, multi-year panel survey. I frequently use experiments to explore causality and have conducted field, laboratory, and survey experiments in my research. For more information on my research, please see my research statement.

Published Papers

Jennings, Jay and Natalie (Talia) Stroud. 2021. “Asymemtric adjustment: Partisanship and correcting misinformation on Facebook.” New Media & Society.

Masullo, Gina, Jay Jennings, and Natalie (Talia) Stroud. Accepted for Publication. “Crisis Coverage Gap”: The Divide Between Public Interest and Local News’ Facebook Posts about COVID-19 in the United States. Digital Journalism. 

Epp, Derek and Jay Jennings. 2021. “Inequality, Media Coverage, and Public Attitudes.” Public Opinion Quarterly.

Haenschen, Katherine and Jay T. Jennings. 2020. “Digital Contagion: Measuring Spillover in an Internet Mobilization Campaign.” Journal of Information Technology & Politics.

“Mobilizing Millennial Municipal Voters with Targeted Internet Advertisements: A Field Experiment.”  2019. With Katherine Haenschen in Political Communication.

“A Little Bit of Knowledge: Facebook’s News Feed and Self-Perceptions of Knowledge.” 2019. With Nicolas Anspach and Kevin Arceneaux in Research & Politics.

“The Political Consequences of the Endangered Local Watchdog: The relationship between quality local news and political outcomes.” 2019. With Meghan Rubado in Urban Affairs Review.

Republicans Should Vote: Partisan Conceptions of Electoral Participation in Campaign 2016.” 2017. With Sharon E. Jarvis in American Behavioral Scientist.

“Preventing Use of Deadly Force: The Relationship Between Police Agency Policies and Rates of Officer-Involved Gun Deaths.”  2017. With Meghan E. Rubado in Public Administration Review.

“Mixed Reactions: How Religious Motivation Explains Reactions to Religious Rhetoric.” 2016. In Political Research Quarterly.

“The Pennsylvania Policy Database Project: A Model for Comparative Analysis” 2010.  With J. McLaughlin, P. Wolfgang, J.W. Leckrone, J. Gollob, J. Bossie and M.J. Atherton in State Politics & Policy Quarterly. 

Working Papers

“Exposure to Fact-Checks on Facebook: Field Experiments in Four Continents” with Jessica Collier and Natalie (Talia) Stroud.

“Reactions to Conflict: How Emotional and Physiological Responses to News Predict Political Interest” with Nick Anspach and Kevin Arceneaux. Under review.

“The Effects of Racial Representation in the News.” With Emily Van Duyn and Natalie (Talia) Stroud.

“Simple Appeal: Trump’s Rhetoric and the Aversion to Cognitive Complexity.”

“Alleviate or Agitate? Assessing Religion’s Effect on Racial Attitudes.” With Michele Margolis.


Religious Motivation and the Democratic Citizen