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Lindita Camaj (PhD, Indiana University), Associate Professor

University of Houston
    3347 Cullen Blvd
    Houston, TX 77204
    

Short Bio

Lindita Camaj is an associate professor and the director of graduate studies at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, University of Houston. She is also a visiting fellow at the Leverhulme Center for the Future of Intelligence, at the University of Cambridge. Dr.Camaj is a former journalist with a doctoral degree from Indiana University and a research agenda at the intersection of journalism, technology, politics and access to information. Her overall research examines structural and individual factors that determine how citizens engage with political information and how that shapes their communication patterns, perceptions, and behavior. Her latest research explores citizen engagement with quality news in digital spaces and tries to identify best journalism practices that foster civic behavior.

Dr.Camaj’s work connects journalism with broader societal problems in mature and emerging democracies. For example, she has explored causes and consequences of news audience fragmentation; the role of social media for voter deliberation and incivility; media effects on political trust and protest behavior in post-conflict societies; structural conditions under which news media can help curb corruption; and the impact of Freedom to Information and Open Data policies on journalists’ access to information in a variety of contexts. Her scholarly work has been awarded by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and published at numerous high impact journals at the intersection of media, technology, politics, international communication and journalism studies.


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