Markus Prior

Markus Prior (M.A., political science, Ohio State University) is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication at Stanford University. His dissertation analyzes the political implications of changes in the media environment over the last half-century. He examines the ways in which broadcast television, cable television and the Internet have altered the distribution of political knowledge and participation in the U.S. electorate. He argues that changes in the media environment help to explain both decreasing importance of party identification starting in the 1960s (for example in House elections) and the current resurgence of partisan polarization among voters.