Regina Lawrence holds the Jesse H. Jones Centennial Chair in the School of Journalism. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington in 1997. Dr. Lawrence’s books include The Politics of Force: Media and the Construction of Police Brutality (University of California Press, 2000); When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina (University of Chicago Press, 2007, co-authored with W. Lance Bennett and Steven Livingston); and Hillary Clinton’s Race for the White House: Gender Politics and the Media on the Campaign Trail (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009, co-authored with Melody Rose).
Dr. Lawrence has written numerous articles analyzing media coverage of high profile news events and policy issues, including the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, shootings in public schools, the obesity epidemic, welfare reform, and the “death panels” controversy. Her current research includes journalists’ use of social media to cover politics; media coverage of female political candidates; and film and politics. Articles she has authored and co-authored have appeared in Journal of Communication, Political Communication, Political Research Quarterly, Journalism, and the International Journal of Press/Politics. Dr. Lawrence was a research fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2003), and has served as chair of the Political Communication section of the American Political Science Association. She also directs the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life in the UT-Austin College of Communication.