Stephanie Edgerly

Stephanie Edgerly
Assistant Professor

Phone: 847-467-2528

Office: MFC 4-121


Stephanie Edgerly is an assistant professor with a specialization in audience insight. Her research explores how features of new media alter the way audiences consume news and impact political engagement. She is particularly interested in the mixing of news and entertainment content, how individuals and groups create and share news over social networking websites, and how audiences selectively consume media.

Prior to joining the Medill faculty in 2012, Edgerly earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is also a faculty associate at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research.

Edgerly teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, in journalism as well as Integrated Marketing Communications. Her teaching philosophy prioritizes making connections between theory and daily life, learning by doing and encouraging discussion.

Edgerly’s work has been published in several leading communication and journalism journals, including Journal of Communication, Communication Research, and Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. In 2010, she earned two “top paper” awards from the Communication Theory & Methodology division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Recent research projects have examined the effects of uncivil and humorous news talk shows, YouTube video activism in political movements (e.g., the Occupy movement, California’s Proposition 8), and online news searching behavior. She is currently researching how young people understand and make sense of the news media landscape. Combining qualitative and quantitative methods, Edgerly is exploring how young adults define and distinguish news in creative and diverse ways. She is also involved in a multi-year study examining the political socialization of adolescents.

Edgerly is a member of several professional associations including: the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass (AEJMC), and the International Communication Association (ICA). 

Stephanie Edgerly selected publications.

Edgerly takes an in-depth look at patterns of media consumption