Dan Schill (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Schill currently teaches courses in political communication, media and politics, social media, telecommunications policy and law, and quantitative and qualitative research methods at SMU.
His research is centered at the intersection of communication, politics, technology, and the mass media. His book Stagecraft and Statecraft: Advance and Media Events in Political Communication (Lexington Books, 2009) was the first of its kind to comprehensively study the techniques, functions and effects of media events in political affairs. His forthcoming book, Presidential Campaigning and Social Media, is to be published by Oxford University Press in 2013. Dr. Schill’s work has appeared in American Behavioral Scientist, Review of Communication, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, PS: Political Science & Politics, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Real Time Response Measurement in the Social Sciences. He has also received top paper awards from the Political Communication Divisions of theInternational Communication Association, National Communication Association, and the Central States Communication Association.
In addition to his academic research, Dr. Schill conducts research for media outlets. Since 2008, he has organized and moderated on-air dial focus groups for CNN and provided real time analysis of debates, speeches, and ads. His focus groups are prominently featured on CNN during coverage of major communication events, such as presidential debates, conventions, and major speeches. His research and analysis has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, CNN, ABC News, Chronicle of Higher Education, Dallas Morning News, The American Prospect, and other local and regional media outlets. Dr. Schill is also an expert in telecommunications and Internet policy and spent the 2009-2010 academic year working on these issues in Washington, DC for the United States Senate as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow.
Ph.D. in Communication Studies, University of Kansas, 2006
M.A. in Communication Studies, University of Kansas, 2004
B.A. in Communication and Sociology, University of North Dakota