Robert M. Entman

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About Robert M. Entman

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Robert M. Entman is J.B. and M.C. Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs and Professor of International Affairs Emeritus at The George Washington University. His most recent book is Scandal and Silence: Media Responses to Presidential Misconduct (Polity, 2012). Dr. Entman’s Projections of Power: Framing News, Public Opinion and US Foreign Policy (University of Chicago, 2004) won the 2011 Graber Award for Outstanding Book from the Political Communication Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). His other books include Mediated Politics: Communication in the Future of Democracy (2001, edited with Lance Bennett); The Black Image in the White Mind: Media and Race in America (2000, with Andrew Rojecki), which won Harvard’s Goldsmith Book Prize, the Lane Award from the American Political Science Association, and other awards; and Democracy Without Citizens: Media and the Decay of American Politics(1989). He has also published dozens of journal articles, reports, and book chapters in such fields as political communication, public opinion, race relations, and public policy.

Dr. Entman received a 2012 Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany. He is the first scholar from the field of political communication and the first from GW to win the award, which is “granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.” In 2012 he conducted research and writing at the Free University of Berlin, and returned there as Visiting Professor in 2016.

He also received the 2011 Wayne A. Danielson Award for Distinguished Contributions to Communication Scholarship, given by the Jesse H. Jones College of Communication at the University of Texas. Among his other awards are the Woolbert Research Prize from the National Communication Association (NCA); the Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Achievement Award in Political Communication (APSA); the Distinguished Career in International Communication (International Studies Association) and an NCA Distinguished Scholar award.

Dr. Entman co-edited the book series Communication, Society and Politics (with Lance Bennett) for the Cambridge University Press. He lectures frequently at universities in the U.S. and abroad, including Zhejiang University (China), Goldsmiths College and City College (London), the University of Stockholm, University of Vienna and the University of Porto (Portugal). He served as the Lombard Visiting Professor at Harvard for the fall semester of 1997, visiting professor of communication at the University of Rome during May 2005, Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Duke for the academic year 2008-09, Bonnier Visiting Professor at University of Stockholm in 2017 and at Canterbury University (NZ) in 2019.


Scandal and Silence: Media Responses to Presidential Misconduct (Polity Press, 2012)

Projections of Power: Framing News, Public Opinion and US Foreign Policy (University of Chicago, 2004)

Communication in the Future of Democracy (Cambridge, 2001, edited with Lance Bennett)

The Black Image in the White Mind: Media and Race in America (University of Chicago, 2000, with Andrew Rojecki)

Democracy Without Citizens: Media and the Decay of American Politics (Oxford, 1989)

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