Benjamin J Toff

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Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication
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Benjamin Toff will be joining the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities as an Assistant Professor starting in Fall 2017. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford where he is studying how and why people “avoid” the news and its relationship to matters of trust, civic engagement, and work/life routines. His broad research interests include public opinion, political communication, and changing journalism norms and practices, and he is currently developing a book manuscript focused on the use of public opinion surveys in news coverage of American politics. Previously, he worked for several years as a professional journalist, mostly as a researcher at the New York Times from 2005-2011. In 2016, he received his PhD in Political Science with a minor in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a master’s degree from Wisconsin in Political Science and a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies from Harvard University.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016.
  • M.A.: Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012.
  • B.A.: Social Studies, Harvard University, 2005.

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