Faculty Associate, CPS
Associate Chair, LSA Communication And Media
Professor, LSA Communication And Media
Professor, LSA Political Science
Stuart Soroka received a PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He came to Michigan in 2014, after 12 years in the Department of Political Science at McGill University, Montreal. Dr. Soroka is now the Michael W. Traugott Collegiate Professor of Communication Studies and Political Science, and Faculty Associate in the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research.
Representative democracy requires informed citizens; and traditional and social media are influential sources of (accurate or inaccurate) information about governments and policies. Dr. Soroka's research consequently focuses on the nature and impact of political news coverage. Current projects address two questions in particular.
First, Does media coverage offer an adequate amount of accurate information about public policy? Concerns about the quantity and quality of news coverage have been around as long as there have been mass media, but they are especially prescient given recent changes in the media landscape, and in press-government relations. Soroka's work relies on automated content-analytic techniques to identify and analyze policy information in newspapers, television and social media, and examine the accuracy of that information using data on government expenditures and policymaking. This research offers insight into the accuracy of coverage across media outlets, across policy domains, and over time.
Second, Are citizens able to efficiently process mediated information? Dr. Soroka's work in this area has addressed several issues. Recent research relies on cross-national psychophysiological experiments to better understand the human tendency to prioritize negative information over positive information. Other research focuses on the tendency for cognitive access to information to decrease when video is consumed on smaller screens, i.e., on mobile phones. Still other work examines the ways in which information about public affairs changes when filtered through social media.
Each of these fields of study contribute to what we know about media, and about media's role in representative democracy. Dr. Soroka's recent books include Degrees of Democracy and Negativity in Democratic Politics; these, and the forthcoming Information and Democracy, are published by Cambridge University Press. His papers have been published in major journals including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Communication, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
- Collaborative Research: The Future of Quantitative Research in Social Science. (Pamela E. Davis-Kean, Michael W. Traugott, Joshua M. Pasek, Ceren Budak, Stuart Soroka, Zeina N. Mneimneh, Trivellore E. Raghunathan) 2019-2024. NSF.
- Collaborative Research: Mass Media and Representative Democracy. (Stuart Soroka) 2017-2019. NSF.
- Konitzer, Tobias B., Shanto Iyengar, Nicholas A. Valentino, Stuart Soroka, and Raymond M. Duch. 2019. "Ethnocentrism versus group-specific stereotyping in immigration opinion: cross-national evidence on the distinctiveness of immigrant groups." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 45(7): 1051-1074.
- Valentino, Nicholas A., Stuart Soroka, Shanto Iyengar, Toril Aalberg, Raymond Duch, Marta Fraile, Kyu S. Hahn, Kasper M. Hansen, et al. 2019. "Economic and Cultural Drivers of Immigrant Support Worldwide." British Journal of Political Science 49(4): 1201-1226.
- Wlezien, Christopher, and Stuart Soroka. 2019. "Mass Media and Electoral Preferences During the 2016 US Presidential Race." Political Behavior 41(4): 945-970.
- Bachleda, Sarah, Fabian G. Neuner, Stuart Soroka, Lauren Guggenheim, Patrick Fournier, and Elin Naurin. Forthcoming. "Individual-level differences in negativity biases in news selection." Personality and Individual Differences : 109675.
- Naurin, Elin, Stuart Soroka, and Niels Markwat. 2019. "Asymmetric Accountability: An Experimental Investigation of Biases in Evaluations of Governments' Election Pledges." Comparative Political Studies 52(13-14): 2207-2234.
- Joly, Jeroen, Stuart Soroka, and Peter Loewen. 2019. "Nice guys finish last: personality and political success." Acta Politica 54(4): 667-683.
- Soroka, Stuart, Patrick Fournier, and Lilach Nir. 2019. "Cross-national evidence of a negativity bias in psychophysiological reactions to news." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(38): 18888-18892.
- Neuner, Fabian G., Stuart Soroka, and Christopher Wlezien. 2019. "Mass Media as a Source of Public Responsiveness." The International Journal of Press/Politics 24(3): 269-292.
- Dunaway, Johanna, and Stuart Soroka. 2019. "Smartphone-size screens constrain cognitive access to video news stories." Information, Communication & Society 0(0): 1-16.
- Soroka, Stuart, and Christopher Wlezien. 2019. "Tracking the Coverage of Public Policy in Mass Media." Policy Studies Journal 47(2): 471-491.
- Soroka, Stuart, Patrick Fournier, Lilach Nir, and John Hibbing. 2019. "Psychophysiology in the Study of Political Communication: An Expository Study of Individual-Level Variation in Negativity Biases." Political Communication 36(2): 288-302.
- Proksch, Sven-Oliver, Will Lowe, Jens Wäckerle, and Stuart Soroka. 2019. "Multilingual Sentiment Analysis: A New Approach to Measuring Conflict in Legislative Speeches." Legislative Studies Quarterly 44(1): 97-131.
- Hiaeshutter-Rice, Dan, Stuart Soroka, and Christopher Wlezien. Forthcoming. "Freedom of the Press and Public Responsiveness." Perspectives on Politics : 1-13.
- Soroka, Stuart, Mark Daku, Dan Hiaeshutter-Rice, Lauren Guggenheim, and Joshua M. Pasek. 2018. "Negativity and Positivity Biases in Economic News Coverage: Traditional Versus Social Media." Communication Research 45(7): 1078-1098.
- Neundorf, Anja, and Stuart Soroka. 2018. "The origins of redistributive policy preferences: political socialisation with and without a welfare state." West European Politics 41(2): 400-427.
- Sheffer, Lior, Peter John Loewen, Stuart Soroka, Stefaan Walgrave, and Tamir Sheafer. 2018. "Nonrepresentative Representatives: An Experimental Study of the Decision Making of Elected Politicians." American Political Science Review 112(2): 302-321.
- Kevins, Anthony, and Stuart Soroka. 2018. "Growing Apart? Partisan Sorting in Canada, 1992-2015." Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique 51(1): 103-133.
- Lamberson, P. J., and Stuart Soroka. 2018. "A Model of Attentiveness to Outlying News." Journal of Communication 68(5): 942-964.
- Arceneaux, Kevin, Johanna Dunaway, and Stuart Soroka. 2018. "Elites are people, too: The effects of threat sensitivity on policymakers' spending priorities." PLOS ONE 13(4): e0193781.
- Harell, Allison, Stuart Soroka, and Shanto Iyengar. 2017. "Locus of Control and Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom." Political Psychology 38(2): 245-260.
- Branham, J. Alexander, Stuart Soroka, and Christopher Wlezien. 2017. "When Do the Rich Win?" Political Science Quarterly 132(1): 43-62.
- Wright, Matthew, Richard Johnston, Jack Citrin, and Stuart Soroka. 2017. "Multiculturalism and Muslim Accommodation: Policy and Predisposition Across Three Political Contexts." Comparative Political Studies 50(1): 102-132.
- Wlezien, Christopher, Stuart Soroka, and Dominik Stecula. 2017. "A Cross-National Analysis of the Causes and Consequences of Economic News." Social Science Quarterly 98(3): 1010-1025.
- Amsalem, Eran, Tamir Sheafer, Stefaan Walgrave, Peter John Loewen, and Stuart Soroka. 2017. "Media Motivation and Elite Rhetoric in Comparative Perspective." Political Communication 34(3): 385-403.
- Harell, Allison, Stuart Soroka, Shanto Iyengar, and Valerie Lapointe. 2017. "Attitudes toward Work, Motherhood, and Parental Leave in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom." Pp. 247-268 in Mothers and Others: The Role of Parenthood in Politics, edited by Thomas, Melanee, Bittner, Amanda. Vancouver: UBC Press.
- Johnston, Richard, Matthew Wright, Stuart Soroka, and Jack Citrin. 2017. "Diversity and Solidarity: New Evidence from Canada and the US." in The Strains of Commitment: The Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies, edited by Banting, Keith, Kymlicka, Will. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Harell, Allison, Stuart Soroka, and Shanto Iyengar. 2016. "Race, prejudice and attitudes toward redistribution: A comparative experimental approach." European Journal of Political Research 55(4): 723-744.
- Yang, JungHwan, Stuart Soroka, Hernando Rojas, Magdalena Wojcieszak, Toril Aalberg, Sharon Coen, James Curran, Kaori Hayashi, et al. 2016. "Why Are "Others" So Polarized? Perceived Political Polarization and Media Use in 10 Countries." Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 21(5): 349-367.
- Stolle, Dietlind, Allison Harell, Stuart Soroka, and Jessica Behnke. 2016. "Religious Symbols, Multiculturalism and Policy Attitudes." Canadian Journal of Political Science-Revue Canadienne De Science Politique 49(2): 335-358.
- Soroka, Stuart, Elisabeth Gidengil, Patrick Fournier, and Lilach Nir. 2016. "Do Women and Men Respond Differently to Negative News?" Politics & Gender 12(2): 344-368.
- Soroka, Stuart, Richard Johnston, Anthony Kevins, Keith Banting, and Will Kymlicka. 2016. "Migration and welfare state spending." European Political Science Review 8(2): 173-194.
- Soroka, Stuart, Peter Loewen, Patrick Fournier, and Daniel Rubenson. 2016. "The Impact of News Photos on Support for Military Action." Political Communication 33(4): 563-582.
- Soroka, Stuart, and Christopher Wlezien. 2015. "The majoritarian and proportional visions and democratic responsiveness." Electoral Studies 40: 539-547.
- Soroka, Stuart, Lori Young, and Meital Balmas. 2015. "Bad News or Mad News? Sentiment Scoring of Negativity, Fear, and Anger in News Content." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 659(1): 108-121.
- Soroka, Stuart, Dominik A. Stecula, and Christopher Wlezien. 2015. "It's (Change in) the (Future) Economy, Stupid: Economic Indicators, the Media, and Public Opinion." American Journal of Political Science 59(2): 457-474.
- Soroka, Stuart, and Stephen McAdams. 2015. "News, Politics, and Negativity." Political Communication 32(1): 1-22.
- Soroka, Stuart, Olga Redko, and Quinn Albaugh. 2015. "Television in the Legislature: The Impact of Cameras in the House of Commons." Parliamentary Affairs 68(1): 203-217.
- Harell, Allison, Stuart Soroka, and Kiera Ladner. 2014. "Public opinion, prejudice and the racialization of welfare in Canada." Ethnic and Racial Studies 37(14): 2580-2597.
- Curran, James, Pauline Jones, Stuart Soroka, Sharon Coen, Toril Aalberg, Kaori Hayashi, Zira Hichy, Shanto Iyengar, et al. 2014. "Reconsidering 'virtuous circle' and 'media malaise' theories of the media: An 11-nation study." Journalism 15(7): 815-833.
- Trussler, Marc, and Stuart Soroka. 2014. "Consumer Demand for Cynical and Negative News Frames." International Journal of Press-Politics 19(3): 360-379.
- Tiffen, Rodney, Stuart Soroka, Paul K. Jones, David Rowe, Toril Aalberg, Sharon Coen, James Curran, Kaori Hayashi, et al. 2014. "Sources in the news: A comparative study." Journalism Studies 15(4): 374-391.
- Fournier, Patrick, Fred Cutler, Stuart Soroka, Dietlind Stolle, and Eric Belanger. 2013. "Riding the Orange Wave: Leadership, Values, Issues, and the 2011 Canadian Election." Canadian Journal of Political Science-Revue Canadienne De Science Politique 46(4): 863-897.
- Soroka, Stuart, Antonia Maioni, and Pierre Martin. 2013. "What Moves Public Opinion on Health Care? Individual Experiences, System Performance, and Media Framing." Journal of Health Politics Policy and Law 38(5): 893-920.
- Soroka, Stuart, Pauline Jones, Blake Andrew, Toril Aalberg, Shanto Iyengar, James Curran, Sharon Coen, Kaori Hayashi, et al. 2013. "Auntie Knows Best? Public Broadcasters and Current Affairs Knowledge." British Journal of Political Science 43: 719-739.
- Aalberg, Toril, Stuart Soroka, Stylianos Papathanassopoulos, James Curran, Kaori Hayashi, Shanto Iyengar, Paul K. Jones, Gianpietro Mazzoleni, et al. 2013. "International TV news, foreign affairs interest and public knowledge: a comparative study of foreign news coverage and public opinion in 11 countries." Journalism Studies 14(3): 387-406.
- Iyengar, Shanto, Nicholas A. Valentino, Stuart Soroka, Simon Jackman, Solomon Messing, Toril Aalberg, Raymond Duch, Kyu S. Hahn, et al. 2013. "Do Attitudes About Immigration Predict Willingness to Admit Individual Immigrants? A Cross-National Test of the Person-Positivity Bias." Public Opinion Quarterly 77(3): 641-665.
- Belanger, Eric, and Stuart Soroka. 2012. "Campaigns and the prediction of election outcomes: Can historical and campaign-period prediction models be combined?" Electoral Studies 31(4): 702-714.
- Wlezien, Christopher, and Stuart Soroka. 2012. "Political Institutions and the Opinion-Policy Link." West European Politics 35(6): 1407-1432.
- Soroka, Stuart. 2012. "The Gatekeeping Function: Distributions of Information in Media and the Real World." Journal of Politics 74(2): 514-528.
- Young, Lori, and Stuart Soroka. 2012. "Affective news: the automated coding of sentiment in political texts." Political Communication 29(2): 205-231.
- Banting, Keith, and Stuart Soroka. 2012. "Minority nationalism and immigrant integration in Canada." Nations and Nationalism 18(1): 156-176.
- Harell, Allison, Stuart Soroka, Shanto Iyengar, and Nicholas A. Valentino. 2012. "The Impact of Economic and Cultural Cues on Support for Immigration in Canada and the United States." Canadian Journal of Political Science-Revue Canadienne De Science Politique 45(3): 499-530.
- Wlezien, Christopher, and Stuart Soroka. 2011. "Federalism and Public Responsiveness to Policy." Publius-the Journal of Federalism 41(1): 31-52.