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Allison M. N. Archer

Assistant Professor
Phone: 713-743-2258

Allison M. N. Archer is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and the Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 2017 with specializations in political communication, political psychology, and experimental methods. As a former journalist, her research primarily examines questions related to the media and politics. Specifically, she studies the conditions that promote information seeking, the influence of media owners on news content, and the role of gender in politics. Her work has been published in The Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, and Political Communication. Prior to joining the faculty at UH, she was an assistant professor in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Vanderbilt University, 2017
  • M.A., Political Science, Vanderbilt University, 2015
  • B.A., Political Science and Journalism, Emory University, 2009


  • Mass Media and Politics

Selected Publications

  • Archer, Allison M. N. 2018. “Political Advantage, Disadvantage, and the Demand for Partisan News." The Journal of Politics 80(3): 845-859.
  • Archer, Allison M. N. and Joshua D. Clinton. 2018. “Changing Owners, Changing Content: Does Who Owns the News Matter for the News?” Political Communication 35(3): 353-370.
  • Kam, Cindy D., Allison M. N. Archer, and John G. Geer. 2017. “Courting the Women’s Vote: The Emotional, Cognitive, and Persuasive Effects of Gender-Based Appeals in Campaign Advertisements." Political Behavior 39(1): 51-75. help here


  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013-2017