Skip to main content

Roper Center Speaker Series

The Roper Center’s Public Opinion Speaker Series promotes scholarship, dialogue and community engagement in the field of public opinion research. Although the series is geared toward faculty and students in political, economic and social disciplines, the topics of these seminars also hold a broader appeal for anyone interested in research innovation and the constantly evolving world of public opinion.

Coming to Cornell on Monday, March 11  12:00 - 1:00PM

Rhodes Hall, Room 655, 136 Hoy Road, Cornell University

Dr. Erika Franklin Fowler

Director of Wesleyan Media Project
Associate Professor of Government
Wesleyan University


The Wesleyan Media Project tracks and analyzes all broadcast advertisements aired by or on behalf of federal and state election candidates in every media market in the country. Since the 2010 election cycle, they have been providing real-time information on ad spending in federal election campaigns across the country, who specifically is doing that spending and which candidates are benefiting.

She is co-author of Political Advertising in the United States, a resource for journalists, citizens, students and practitioners highlighting trends in political advertising, why advertising varies and how shifts in the campaign finance landscape have affected the tone and sponsorship of messages on air. In addition, it reviews what scholars know about advertising’s effects on citizens and the system at large.

The seminar is free, but please RSVP to Stacey Mann ( Lunch will be served beginning at 11:45. 

“The Speaker Series lineup brings in top experts from across the disciplines, but in an intimate setting. These are talks that I make sure to go to.”

—Dr. Drew Margolin, Assistant Professor in Cornell’s Department of Communications

“I just recently attended Professor Stroud’s Speaker Series talk, in which she spoke about engaging partisanship and presented two fascinating new studies about online media coverage. Her talk was very helpful for my own research about the relationship between politics and media, but also because it touched upon problems that are highly relevant to the fields of government and communications. I am very glad that the Roper Center always brings in such interesting guests from the social sciences who do cutting-edge research.”

—Dr. Mona Krewel, DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor in Cornell’s Department of Government