Assistant Professor of Political Science
Department of Political SciencePeace and Conflict Studies Program
Jenifer Whitten-Woodring is an Assistant Professor of Political Science Department at
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.