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Benjamin Toff is an assistant professor at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a faculty affiliate of the Center for the Study of Political Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He studies media audiences and political engagement, public opinion, and changing journalistic practices. From 2016-2017, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford where he led a still ongoing project examining attitudes toward news and media habits among people who largely reject conventional forms of news. He is also working on completing a book project, which examines the role played by quantitative survey data in news coverage of American politics. This work extends research conducted as part of his doctoral dissertation, which received the American Political Science Association’s E.E. Schattschneider Award for best doctoral dissertation in the field of American government. His work has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Communication, Perspectives on Politics, Political Communication, the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Research and Politics, Journalism, and Journalism Studies. He received his PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016 and a BA in social studies from Harvard in 2005. Prior to entering academia, he worked as a journalist and researcher at The New York Times.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Wisconsin

Award Date: May 14 2016

BA, Harvard University

Award Date: Jun 3 2005

External Positions

Research Associate, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Aug 1 2017 → …

Research Fellow, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Aug 1 2016Jul 31 2017

Research interests

  • journalism studies
  • political communication
  • public opinion
  • news audiences
  • political psychology

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Avoiding the News: Vanishing Audiences for Journalism

Toff, B. J., Nielsen, R. K. & Palmer, R. A.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

8/1/16 → …

Project: Research project

  • Research Output

    Explaining the Gender Gap in News Avoidance: “News-Is-for-Men” Perceptions and the Burdens of Caretaking

    Toff, B. & Palmer, R. A., 2019, In : Journalism Studies. 20, 11, p. 1563-1579 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Horse-Race and Game-Framed Journalism’s Effects on Turnout, Vote Choice, and Attitudes toward Politics

    Toff, B. J., May 2019, The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Persuasion.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Partisan Conformity, Social Identity, and the Formation of Policy Preferences

    Toff, B. J. & Suhay, E., 2019, In : International Journal of Public Opinion Research. 31, 2, p. 349-367 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations
  • 3 Scopus citations
  • 2 Scopus citations

    Press / Media

    Nieman Lab: From News Avoidance to News Fatigue

    Benjamin J Toff


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Fellowships, Honors, and Prizes

    E.E. Schattschneider Award

    Benjamin J Toff (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Heinz I. Eulau Award

    Benjamin J Toff (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Thomas Patterson Dissertation Award

    Benjamin J Toff (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)