Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program
Barnidge, M., Rojas, H., Beck, P., & Schmitt-Beck, R. (Forthcoming). Comparative corrective action: Perceived media bias and political action in 17-countries. International Journal of Public Opinion Research.
We show that corrective action, the notion that our biased perceptions on the effects of media on others lead us to take political action, can be extended from its original context, Colombia, to 17 countries.
Rojas, H. & Valenzuela, S. (Forthcoming). A call to contextualize public opinion-based research in political communication. Political Communication (The Forum).
In this piece we advocate for contextualizing public opinion research to make it more theoretically relevant as context/history are accounted for. To engage contextualization, cross-national, cross cultural, cross group and historical comparisons are particularly useful.
Mun, K., Rojas, H., Coppini, D. & Cho, H. (September 19, 2019). Political tolerance of demobilizing armed actors: The case of FARC in Colombia. Media, War & Conflict. https://doi.org/10.1177/1750635219874734
This study integrates media exposure, interpersonal communication and attitudes toward political elites in shaping tolerance levels toward the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a rebel group transitioning from a military force to a political one.
Interactive technologies are changing the ways we learn facts, develop attitudes and participate in politics, with the ensuing risk of increasing pre-existing inequalities in these domains.
Barnidge, M., Diehl, T. & Rojas, H. (2019). Second screening for news and digital divides. Social Science Computer Review, 37, 55-72.
Second screening is a relatively new set of media practices that arguably empower audiences to shape public narratives alongside news organizations and political elites. But in developing countries. We examine how (SES) relates to the adoption of second screening practices in Colombia. Results show evidence of persistent digital divides in Colombia in terms of ICT access, ICT use, and second screening for news.
Coppini, D., Alvarez, G., & Rojas, H. (2018). Entertainment, news, and income inequality: How Colombian media shape perceptions of income inequality and why it matters. International Journal of Communication, 12, 1651-1674.
This study explores the relationships between media exposure, perceptions of inequality, and political outcomes. Showing a negative relationship between news exposure and perceptions of income inequality but a positive link between entertainment content and citizens’ understanding of income gaps. Moreover, our findings suggest that more realistic perceptions of inequality, shaped by media exposure, are positively associated with redistributive policy preferences.