Magdalena Wojcieszak (Ph.D., Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and MA, Sociology, University of Warsaw) is an Assistant Professor of Political Communication and the Academic Director of the Masters in Political Communication Program at IE School of Communication, IE University.
Her research focuses on political communication, public opinion, and the effects of mass and new media on citizens' attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions. In particular, her publications include journal articles and edited volumes on deliberation and political disagreement; psychological biases that engender extreme views; sociopolitical factors that mobilize people to action; and how social networks, public opinion perception, and media use influence polarization, tolerance, knowledge and political participation. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Communication, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Communication, Communication Research, Political Psychology, New Media & Society, and the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, and other journals.
She has received grants from the Spanish Ministry of Science, the Spanish Sociological Research Center, and Junta de Castilla y León, Spain and awards from the American Association of Public Opinion Research, Journal of Technology, Knowledge & Society and the Polish Ministry of Education. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Communication, the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, and EastBound electronic journal.
Applying her research to real world conflicts, she has been working with the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, assessing public opinion about the conflict in Darfur and examining how Iranian citizens and journalists inside and outside Iran engage with and use various media outlets and online, mobile and offline communication tools.