Faculty & Staff

Regina Lawrence

Regina Lawrence

Executive Director, George S. Turnbull Portland Center and Agora Journalism Center

341 White Stag Block

Regina Lawrence is a nationally recognized authority on political communication, civic engagement, gender and politics, and the role of media in public discourse about politics and policy. Her two latest books are Hillary Clinton’s Race for the White House: Gender Politics and the Media on the Campaign Trail and When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina.

From 2011 to 2015, Lawrence directed the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas-Austin. She has served as chair of the political communication section of the American Political Science Association, book review editor of the journal Political Communication, and a research fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.



  • PhD, Political Science, University of Washington, 1996
  • MA, Political Science, University of Colorado

Areas of Expertise

  • Political communication: campaign communication, media coverage/social media and elections
  • Women and politics
  • Civic engagement: political participation, voter behavior
  • Media coverage of politics and policy
  • Journalism innovation: new developments as news organizations adjust to the changing news environment

Recent Citations, Publications, and Professional Work

Coddington, Mark, Logan Molyneux, and Regina G. Lawrence. 2014. “Fact-Checking the Campaign: How Political Reporters Use Twitter to Set the Record Straight (or Not).” International Journal of Press/Politics.

Dunaway, Johanna, and Regina G. Lawrence. 2014 . “What Predicts the Game Frame? Media Ownership, Electoral Context, and Campaign News.” Political Communication.

Hamilton, John Maxwell, Regina G. Lawrence and Emily M. Pfetzer. 2013. “The Evolution of U.S. Expatriate Newspapers.” Journalism Studies.

Lawrence, Regina G., Logan Molyneux, Mark Coddington, and Avery Holton. 2013 “Tweeting Conventions: Political Journalists’ Use of Twitter to Cover the 2012 Presidential Campaign.” Journalism Studies.

Dunaway, Johanna, Regina G. Lawrence, Melody Rose, and Christopher R. Weber. 2013. “Campaign News Coverage of Female Political Candidates: Issue Coverage across Electoral Contexts.” Political Research Quarterly.

Lawrence, Regina G. and Matthew L. Schafer. 2012. “Debunking Sarah Palin: Mainstream News Coverage of ‘Death Panels’.” Journalism.


Lawrence studies media coverage of politics and policy and the role of media of all kinds in civic engagement. Her current projects examine social media strategies of political campaigns, particularly of female candidates, and how political reporters are using social media to cover elections.

Lawrence has conducted numerous studies analyzing media coverage of politics and policy issues, including the 2008 Democratic primary and its historical predecessors, the so-called “death panels” controversy, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, shootings in public schools, the obesity epidemic, welfare reform, and other issues. Her work on journalistic norms and routines, including the “game-framing” of political news and media coverage of high-profile news events, has been widely cited. Articles she has authored have appeared in Journal of Communication, Political Communication, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Journalism, Journalism Studies, and the International Journal of Press/Politics.

Her current research focuses on how political reporters are using social media to cover presidential politics, and on traditional and social media coverage of female political candidates.