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Deana Rohlinger

Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Community Engagement

Office: 221 Pepper Ctr Bldg
Phone Number: 850-644-2493
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Personal Statement:

Deana A. Rohlinger is a Professor of Sociology at Florida State University, who researches mass media, political participation, and politics in America. She is the author of Abortion Politics, Mass Media, and Social Movements in America (Cambridge University Press 2015) as well as dozens of research articles. Her new book, New Media and American Society, will be published in 2017 by New York University Press. Deana has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs and written commentary for U.S. News & World Report, Fortune, and The American Prospect. 


2004 - Doctor of Philosophy, University Of California, Irvine. Major: Sociology.
2001 - Master of Arts, University Of California, Irvine. Major: Social Science.
1999 - Master of Arts, California State University, San Bernardino. Major: Interdisciplinary Studies (Sociology and Communication Studies).
1995 - Bachelor of Arts, University of Arizona. Major: Communication (Mass Communication 

Areas of Interest:

Gender, Media, Social Movements

Selected Publications:

  • Rohlinger, D., & Proffitt, J. (2016). How Much Does Ownership Matter? Deliberative Discourse in Local Media Coverage of the Terri Schiavo Case. Journalism, 1-18. doi:10.1177/1464884916665404
  • Rohlinger, D., & Bunnage, L. (2015). Connecting People to Politics over Time? Internet Communication Technology and Activist Persistence in MoveOn and the Tea Party Movement. Information, Communication & Society, 18(5), 539-552. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2015.1008541
  • Rohlinger, D., Vaccaro, C., Session, M., & Mauney, H. (2015). Individual Claims-Making in the Terri Schiavo Case. Social Currents, 2(4), 361-376. doi:10.1177/2329496515603726
  • Rohlinger, D. (2015). Abortion Politics, Mass Media and Social Movements in America. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Awards and Honors:

Graduate Teaching Award, Sociology Graduate Student Union, Florida State University (2016).
University Graduate Teaching Award, Florida State University (2015).
Honorable Mention for Excellence in Online Teaching, Office of Distance Learning, Florida State University (2013).
Seminole Leadership Award, Division of Student Affairs, Florida State University (2013).
Graduate Mentorship Award, Sociology Graduate Student Union, Florida State University (2010).
University Teaching Award, Florida State University (2007).
J. Michael "Best" Teacher Award, Florida State University (2006).

Outreach and Service:

For a list of (and links to) Deana's public outreach activities and interviews, visit her website.