Stouffer Professor: Dr. Mutz
Diana C. Mutz has been appointed the Samuel A. Stouffer
Professor of Political
Science and Communication in the
School of Arts and Sciences with a secondary appointment
in the Annenberg
School for Communication. She also serves
as director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens
and Politics (ISCAP) at the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
Mutz joined the faculty this fall from Ohio State University,
where she was a professor of political science and journalism
and communication. She completed both her Ph.D. and M.A.
at Stanford University after earning a B.S. with highest
distinction at Northwestern University.
scholar of mass media and political behavior, Dr. Mutz
specializes in public opinion, research design, and political
psychology, and she has received numerous research grants
to support her contributions to these fields. Her latest
work focuses on the role of interpersonal communication
and mass media in exposing citizens to political disagreement.
recently, Dr. Mutz was awarded a grant from the National
Science Foundation to sponsor a five-year project entitled
"TESS: Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences," which
provides opportunities for methodological innovation
and original data collection to faculty and graduate
students across the social sciences. As the co-principal
investigator of TESS, Dr. Mutz is responsible for overseeing
this infrastructure project that aims to advance social
science research by combining the advantages of survey
and experimental methods through experimentation on representative
national population samples.
In addition to writing several
award-winning papers, her book Impersonal Influence:
How Perceptions of Mass Collectives Affect Political
Attitudes received the American Political Science
Association's award for the best book in political psychology
in 1999. She co-edited the book Political Persuasion
and Attitude Change and is the former editor of Political
Behavior. Dr. Mutz is an active member of several
professional organizations, serving as vice-president
of the elections, public opinion, and political behavior
section of the American Political Science Association,
as a council member of the Midwest Political Science
Association, and on the board of overseers of the National
Mutz named this chair in memory of political scientist
Samuel A. Stouffer, a scholar who pioneered the study
of political tolerance in the United States. Dr.
Stouffer is remembered as a proponent of social science
research that addresses contemporary political concerns.
He conducted his classic research on political tolerance
in America during the height of the McCarthy era.
chair was established through the generosity of Walter
and Leonore Annenberg. The Honorable Leonore Annenberg
is an emeritus trustee, as was the late Ambassador Annenberg,
who received Penn's Alumni Award of Merit in 1991. The
Annenbergs endowed many chairs in SAS and have made countless
contributions to Penn, including the founding of the
Annenberg School in 1958.