Dr. Joe Uscinski is an assistant professor in the University of Miami Political Science Department

Professor Joe Uscinski originally hails from New Hampshire.  He received his B.A. in political science from Plymouth State University and his M.A. in political science from University of New Hampshire.  Joe earned his PhD in American politics at the University of Arizona and currently teaches and researches at the University of Miami.

Joe teaches courses on and researches media bias, public opinion, popular culture, elections, Congress, the Constitution, and the presidency and vice-presidency.  

Professor Uscinski's Vita

Student Course Evaluations 2008-2013

Professor Uscinski's Google Scholar Page
Joseph E. Uscinski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Conspiracy Theory Research

Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?

Conspiracy Theories are for Losers

Why are Conspiracy Theories so Popular?

In an ideal world, journalists act selflessly and in the public interest regardless of the financial consequences. However, in reality, news outlets no longer provide the most important and consequential stories to audiences; instead, news producers adjust news content in response to ratings, audience demographics, and opinion polls. While such criticisms of the news media are widely shared, few can agree on the causes of poor news quality. The People’s News argues that the incentives in the American free market drive news outlets to report news that meets audience demands, rather than democratic ideals.In short, audiences’ opinions drive the content that so often passes off as “the news.”
Available from NYU Press in February 2014
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