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Jenifer Whitten Woodring

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Jenifer Whitten-Woodring, Ph.D. CWW Associate; Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science


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 book, Historical Guide to World Media Freedom: A Country-by-Country Analysis (with Douglas Van Belle) is a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. She is the immediate past Chair of the International Communication Section of the International Studies Association.

Several of Jenifer’s research projects focus specifically on the intersection of media freedom and gender. In “News about Her: The Effects of Media Freedom and Access to New Media on Women’s Social, Political and Economic Rights,” (forthcoming in the Journal of Human Rights) she finds evidence that the effect of media freedom on women’s rights depends on internet access. Her current book project, The Fabled Fourth Estate: When and How Media Make a Difference in Human Rights, expands that hypothesis. Jenifer is a member of CWW’s Gender and Violence writing group.

Along with Mignon Duffy, Jenifer directs CWW’s Emerging Scholars Program, which provides students with year-long fellowship opportunities to work with professors on ongoing research.

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