Assistant Professor


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  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
  • Concentration:

    • American Politics (political communication, public opinion, science communication)
  • Department:

    • Political Science
  • Education:

    • PhD University of British Columbia 2018
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Dominik A. Stecuła (Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 2018) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Colorado State University. His research interests encompass the intersection of political communication, political behavior, and science communication, in the American, but also in a comparative context. Stecula's research focuses on examination of the news media environment and it's effects on society by examining both the supply side (content of the news and it's effects on political polarization and attitudes about topics like climate change or vaccines) and demand side of news consumption (analysis of what sources people deem credible and why). His research appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Canadian Journal of Political Science, American Journal of Public Health, Harvard Kennedy School's Misinformation Review, International Journal of Press/Politics, Science Communication, and others. His writing has also appeared in popular outlets like the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsweek, and others. As an immigrant from Poland, he also comments and writes about American politics for Polish publications like Polityka, Gazeta Wyborcza, and Kultura Liberalna.

Prior to joining CSU, Stecula was a postdoctoral fellow in the science of science communication at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He was also a nonresident Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre For Public Opinion and Political Representation at Simon Fraser University. Before that, he completed his PhD in political science at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and an MA in political science at McGill University in Montreal.


Recently published peer-reviewed articles

Stecula, D.A., Kuru, O., Albarracin, D., and Jamieson, K.H., “Policy views and negative beliefs about vaccines in the United States, 2019” forthcoming in the American Journal of Public Health.

Merkley, E. and Stecula, D.A. (2020). "Party Cues in the News: Democratic Elites, Republican Backlash and the Dynamics of Climate Skepticism," British Journal of Political Science.

Pickup, M., Stecula, D.A., and van der Linden, C. (2020). "Novel coronavirus, old partisanship: COVID-19 attitudes and behaviors in the United States and Canada," Canadian Journal of Political Science.

Motta, M., Stecula, D.A., and Farhart, C. (2020). "How Right-Leaning Media Coverage of COVID-19 Facilitated the Spread of Misinformation in the Early Stages of the Pandemic," Canadian Journal of Political Science.

Stecula, D.A., Kuru, O., and Jamieson, K.H. (2020). "How trust in experts and media use affect acceptance of common anti-vaccination claims," HKS Misinformation Review 1(1)

Motta, M., Chapman, D., Stecula, D.A. and Haglin, K. (2019). "An Experimental Examination of Measurement Disparities in Public Climate Change Beliefs," Climatic Change.

Stecula, D.A. and Merkley, E. (2019). "Framing Climate Change: Economics, Ideology, and Uncertainty in American News Media Content from 1988 to 2014," Frontiers in Communication.

Merkley, E. and Stecula, D.A. (2018). "Party Elites or Manufactured Doubt? The Informational Context of Climate Change Polarization," Science Communication.

To see a complete list of my academic work, visit my Google Scholar profile or my website.