Kjerstin Thorson is an assistant professor in USC Annenberg's School of Journalism. Her research explores the effects of digital and social media on political engagement, activism and persuasion. Recent research projects have investigated the video activism in response to California’s Proposition 8, the contributions of media use in shifting conceptions of politics among young adults, and the impact of uncivil political blogging on emotions, partisan social identity, and political participation.
Kjerstin’s research has been published in scholarly journals, including Mass Communication and Society, Journal of Computer Mediated Communication and Information, Communication & Society.
Prior to completing her Ph.D. in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kjerstin worked for several years in public relations and corporate communications. Most recently, she worked in corporate communications at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She holds an M.A. from the Missouri School of Journalism.