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Michael Xenos

Michael Xenos earned his Ph.D. in political science, with a concentration in political communication, from the University of Washington in 2005. From 2005 to 2008, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Communication arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2008, he joined the Louisiana State University faculty as an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Manship School of Mass Communication and in the Department of Political Science. He is also a Deputy Director of the Public Policy Research Lab at LSU, where he directs the Manship School Media Effects Laboratory.

Dr. Xenos has research interests in political communication, civic engagement, public opinion, and new media. He is especially interested in studying the effects of new media on politics, and has published a number of studies exploring the ways in which new technologies and media forms may be changing how candidates, activists, and ordinary citizens experience the political world. For example, some of his previous studies have examined topics such as how congressional and gubernatorial candidates use the web to campaign for office, whether political comedy programs such as The Daily Show help citizens learn about public issues, and the effectiveness of efforts to reach younger voters through the web.

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07/16 - Regular and Extraordinary: Legislative Review

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana’s budget battle?

After one regular session and two extraordinary ones, Louisiana’s Legislature has produced a balanced budget, but, at what cost? Who are the winners and losers in this year’s budget battle? And how can the state’s tax structure be reformed to avoid a future budget crisis? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Regular & Extraordinary: Legislative Review” Wednesday, July 13 at 7 pm on LPB HD. (Recording Tuesday, July 12)

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