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Brittany Shaughnessy
(PhD Student)

Brittany Shaughnessy is a doctoral student in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. She researches political public relations, partisan media, and political philosophy. As for political public relations, her master’s thesis examined agenda building affects between presidential candidates and gun-related interest groups during the 2020 election. She is continuing this line of research in the Political Public Relations Lab.


Beyond political public relations, her interests also explore the intersection of partisan media and American populist beliefs. Does partisan media impact one’s political worldview? Are those consuming partisan media predisposed to populist beliefs? She is interested in exploring the relationship between populism and media consumption.



Duncan, M., Perryman, M. & Shaughnessy, B. R. (2020). Same scandal, different standards: The effect of partisanship on expectations of news reports about whistleblowers. Mass Communication and Society, 1-16. Doi: 10.1080/15205436.2021.1936558


Holody, K. J., Shaughnessy, B. R. (2020). #NEVERAGAIN: Framing in community and national news coverage of the parkland mass shootings. Journalism Practice, 1-23. doi:

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