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Prof. Mike Xenos, Ph.D

Former Research Fellow

Dr. Michael A. Xenos (PhD, University of Washington, Professor of Communication Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison), is working as a Senior Fellow with Research Group 13. Specifically, he will be working with scholars in the Digital Citizenship group on projects related to the ways that citizenship norms may condition the role played by social media in civic and political engagement. This work complements his ongoing research into the effects of social media use on political participation and political knowledge.

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Former Research Fellow:

Research Group "Digital Citizenship"

15 May - 4 July 2019

Fields of research

  • Citizenship norms, social media, and political engagement
  • Social media use and political knowledge/political misperceptions
  • Effects of online incivility
  • Online communication about contentious science issues



Xenos, M.A., Vromen, A., & Loader, B. L. (2014). The great equalizer? Patterns of social media use and youth political engagement in three advanced democracies. Information, Communication, & Society, 17(2): 151-167.

Xenos, M.A., Scheufele, D.A., Brossard, D., Choi, D.H., Cacciatore, M., Yeo, S., and Su, L.Y. (2018). News media use and the informed public in the digital age. International Journal of Communication, 12, pp. 706-724.

Lee, S., & Xenos, M.A. (2019). Social Distraction? Social Media Use and Political Knowledge in Two U.S. Presidential Elections. Computers in Human Behavior, 90: 18-25. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2018.08.006

Su, L. Y.-F., Xenos, M. A., Rose, K. M., Wirz, C. D., Scheufele, D. A., & Brossard, D. (2018). Uncivil and personal? Comparing patterns of incivility in comments on the Facebook pages of news outlets. New Media & Society, 20(10), 3678-3699. doi: 10.1177/1461444818757205

Cacciatore, M. A., Yeo, S. K., Scheufele, D. A., Xenos, M. A., Brossard, D., & Corley, E. A. (2018). Is Facebook making us dumber? Exploring social media use as a predictor of knowledge. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 95(2): pp. 404-424.

University of Wisconsin-Madison