Lars Willnat is the John Ben Snow Endowed Research Professor in the Newhouse School. Most of his research focuses on media effects on political attitudes and behaviors, global journalism studies and cross-national and comparative survey research.
He is currently working on a number of survey studies that explore the impact of media use on political polarization and national images, public perceptions of journalists and the media, and the work of foreign correspondent around the world. He also is preparing the next wave of The American Journalist survey, which is a representative survey of U.S. journalists conducted every 10 years. The study represents the most comprehensive analysis of the demographic backgrounds, working conditions and professional values of U.S. journalists.
Willnat’s teaching include media theory, political communication, quantitative research methods, survey methods and global communication. His research has been published in journals such as Digital Journalism, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Studies, Journalism, Journalism Practice, International Journal of Communication, Mass Communication and Society, and International Journal of Public Opinion Research. He is also the author of several books, including "Political Communication in Asia" (2009), "The Global Journalist in the 21st Century" (2012), "Social Media, Culture and Politics" (2014), "Empirical Political Analysis: Research Methods in Political Science" (2018), and "The American Journalist in the Digital Age"(2017), which won the 2017 Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Willnat is on the editorial boards of several academic journals, including Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly and the Chinese Journal of Communication. He has lectured and conducted research in more than 30 countries and served as a Thousand Talents Distinguished Professor in China and as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia and South Korea. He also has been a guest professor at leading national universities in China, Hong Kong, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Poland, Singapore, South Korea and Switzerland.
Before joining Syracuse University, Willnat was the director of the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Kentucky, and earlier taught at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.