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William "Chip" EvelandProfessor
School of Communication 
112C Mershon Center
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B.A., University of Delaware (1991)
M.A., University of Delaware (1993)
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (1997)

William "Chip" Eveland is a professor in the School of Communication specializing in political communication, public opinion, and mass media effects.

Eveland's research centers on how and why people engage in political communication behaviors – such as talking about politics and trying to persuade others, as well as using various forms of traditional news media and online communication – and the implications of these communication behaviors for outcomes such as political knowledge, political participation, support for democratic norms, and political polarization.

His most recent research emphasizes the role of interpersonal communication networks in exposure to disagreement along partisan as well as racial lines. He has applied this in settings with adults but also in parent-child interactions (i.e., political socialization).

His current research interests could best be summed up as: Who talks about politics, with whom, for what purpose, through which channels, what do they say, and what effects does it have on the functioning of democracy?

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Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
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Mershon Projects
Mershon Center Conference of the Comparative National Elections Project, with Richard Gunther, William "Chip" Eveland, and Erik Nisbet (2016-17)
Consolidating and Institutionalizing the Comparative National Election Project (2014-15)
The Fourth Wave of Democratization and the Comparative National Elections Project, with Richard Gunther, Paul Beck, Erik Nisbet, and William Liddle (2013-14) 
Comparative National Elections Project, with Richard Gunther, Paul Beck, and Erik Nisbet (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13)
Understanding Informal Political Discussion of U.S. National Security (2010-11)