Marisa Smith

Marisa Smith

Assistant Professor

  • Advertising + Public Relations
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Dr. Marisa A. Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations and the School of Journalism. Her research investigates information in digital environments and examines the sociopolitical influence of these messages. A critical component for understanding the effects of digital information environments on democracy is the consideration of how identity is leveraged within political information. Through investigating the effects of political information, including disinformation, she examines the influence of race, identity, and politics on public policy support, political polarization, civic engagement, and political opinion. Her work has been published in Mass Communication & SocietyNew Media & Society, and Social Media + Society.

Research and Teaching

  • Race & Identity
  • Digital News
  • Social Media
  • Disinformation
  • Politics
  • Computational Social Science
Thematic Research Areas

Computational Communication
Political Communication and Civic Engagement

Research Centers and Labs

Health and Risk Communication Center

Recent Publications

Smith, M. A. & Haenschen, K. (forthcoming). Conservative “riots” and liberal “protestors”: Contextualizing representations of violence in #BlackLivesMatter coverage with inductive computational content analysis. Mass Communication & Society. doi: 10.1080/15205436.2024.2347317

Contact Information

College of Communication Arts & Sciences
Michigan State University
404 Wilson Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823