College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Robert Lichter

Robert Lichter

Robert Lichter

Director, Center for Media and Public Affairs; Director, Statistical Assessment Center (STATS)

Political communications, political sociology, and health and risk communication

S. Robert Lichter is Professor of Communication at George Mason University, where he also directs the Center for Media and Public Affairs, which conducts scientific studies of the news and entertainment media, and the Statistical Assessment Service (STATS), which works to improve the quality of statistical and scientific information in the news.

He previously taught at Princeton, Georgetown, and George Washington universities. He has also served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Politics and Psychology at Yale University, Senior Research Fellow at Columbia University, and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at Smith College. He received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard Universityand his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Lichter has authored or co-authored fourteen books and over a hundred scholarly articles and monographs. His op-ed articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, and other newspapers. His most recent books are The Nightly News Nightmare: Television Coverage of Presidential Elections (2011, 3rd ed.); and The Mediated Presidency: Television News and Presidential Governance (2005). He is currently working on books about foreign media coverage of the United States and the political content and effects of late night TV comedy.