Amy Jasperson | Associate Professor (on sabbatical 2015-2016)
Office: 305 Buckman | Phone: (901) 843-3434 | Email:


Amy E. Jasperson is associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.  


Her teaching has centered on courses in American politics and political communication at the undergraduate, Honors, and graduate levels. She also earned certification in hybrid teaching through UTSA’s Hybrid Academy (2011). Her research interests focus on media framing and its resonance with citizens, communication during crises, campaign advertising strategies, gender and media, and citizens′ real-time responses to candidate campaign messages. She has published research on these topics in range of journals including Political Communication, Polity, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Journal of Advertising, American Behavioral Scientist, American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law, and the Journal of Political Marketing. Her research also appears in several edited volumes, including a recent chapter examining candidate and citizen-generated social media frames during the presidential campaign in alieNATION: The Divide and Conquer Election of 2012. Currently, she is working on an edited volume that focuses on insights gathered through measuring the dynamics of public opinion through real time response methodology in political communication.


In an effort to keep her teaching and research informed by real-world developments, she was a Visiting Professor at JWT in New York City as part of the Advertising Education Foundation’s Visiting Professor Program, and she worked as a 2005-2006 American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow during the 109th Congress in Washington, D.C. She was awarded the President′s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Core Curriculum Teaching (2001) as well as the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Recognition of Teaching Excellence (2010) at UTSA. In addition, her students selected her as a 2009 Amber Award winner. In 2011, she was honored with a University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, and she was inducted into UTSA’s Academy of Teaching Scholars in May 2012. 


She earned her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota, focusing in the fields of American politics and comparative politics with a minor in political psychology. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and art history. 


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Ph.D. University of Minnesota

*(American Politics, Comparative Politics, Minor in Political Psychology)


B.A. Wellesley College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

*(Political Science, Art History)


POL 151 - United States Politics
POL 208 - Media and Politics
POL 308 - TOPIC: Political Advertising
POL 330 - Campaigns and Elections

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