Alumni (National Fellow)

Kevin Wallsten

National Fellow
Ph.D. University of California (2007)
Professional Sector:
Dream Mentor:
Michael Schudson
Columbia University
Fields of Interest:
Media and The Press
Political Science
Public Health
Social Issues


Kevin Wallsten is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach and former President of the American Political Science Association’s Section on Information Technology and Politics. He has published over 20 research articles in the areas of American elections, public opinion, political communication, social media and race and ethnic politics. His most recent book, “Politics of the Pill: Gender, Framing, and Policymaking in the Battle over Birth Control,” (co-authored with Rachel VanSickle-Ward), was published in November 2019 by Oxford University Press. His research has been discussed in mainstream news outlets, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and he has authored numerous opinion pieces in the Washington Post. Additionally, Wallsten frequently appears as a political analyst on television news programs such as ABC 7 News, Charter Local Edition and CSULB’s Beach TV. Dr. Wallsten completed his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in May 2008.

Thesis Description:

Political Blogs and the Bloggers Who Blog Them: An Analysis of the Who’s, What’s and Why’s of Political Blogging

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