Jenifer Whitten-Woodring

Jenifer Whitten-Woodring

Jenifer Whitten-Woodring, Political Science, Peace & Conflict Studies, Global Studies

Assistant Professor
Coburn Hall 106 Office Hours: On Sabbatical for Spring 2014


Media & Politics, Human Rights, Repression & Dissent, Political Communication and Research Methods

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations, University of Southern California

M.S. in Radio, Television and Film, Syracuse University

B.F.A. in Communication, Emerson College


Jenifer Whitten-Woodring is an Assistant Professor of Political Science Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her research focuses on the causes and effects of media freedom and the role of media in repression and dissent. Her articles have been published in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, and Political Communication. Her teaching focuses on intersections of media and politics and repression and dissent. She also teaches quantitative research methods. Courses developed at UMass Lowell include: Media and Politics (with a comparative focus), the Politics of Repression and Dissent, Political Communication, Political Analysis, and Advanced Research Methods.

Prior to becoming a political scientist, Whitten-Woodring worked as a journalist in print and broadcast media and received five first place awards from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association. She became particularly interested in media freedom and the relationship between media and politics when she was a journalism instructor and student newspaper adviser, first at Cedar Crest College and then at California State University at San Marcos. To pursue these research interests, she went back to school and completed her PhD in Politics and International Relations at the University of Southern California in 2010. She also has a master’s degree in Radio, Television, and Film from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School.