Mira Sotirovic

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Journalism
119 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801


Doctor of Philosophy, Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996. Dissertation Title: Habits of the Mind: Media Influences on Ways of Thinking.

Master of Arts, Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993.
Thesis Title: Exposure to Diverse Views and Political Participation.

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Faculty of Political Science, Department of Journalism, University of Belgrade-Yugoslavia, 1984.

Academic Employment

Associate Professor, Department of Journalism and Institute of Communication Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002 – present.

Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Institute of Communication Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996 – 2002.

Courses taught: Media and Public Opinion; Research Methods in Journalism; News gathering and reporting; News Media & Propaganda, Science Journalism


Sotirovic, M. (2020). Trumpaganda: The War on Facts, Press and Democracy. In Paul Baines, Nicholas O’Shaughnessy and Nancy Snow (Eds.) The Sage Handbook on Propaganda. Sage.

Sotirovic, M. (2019). Propaganda and Journalism. In Henrik Ornebring (Ed.) Oxford Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. Oxford University Press.

Sotirovic, M., & Benson, C. (2018). Donald Trump “Tells you what he thinks.” In Arthur S. Hayes (Ed.) Communication in the age of Trump, pp. 51-71. Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.

Sotirovic, M. (2016). Heuristic information-processing. In Gianpietro Mazzoleni (Ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Political Communication. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Sotirovic, M. (2008). Gender differences in news media use and their political implications. Media Report to Women, vol. 36, 3, 14-20.

Sotirovic, M. (2008). Political knowledge. In L. L. Kaid & C. Holtz-Bacha (Eds.), Encyclopedia of political communication, Volume 2, pp. 593-600. Sage Publications, Inc.

Sotirovic, M., & McLeod, J. M. (2008). Media coverage of U.S. elections: Persistence of tradition. In J. Stromback & L.L. Kaid (Eds.), The Handbook of election news coverage around the world, pp. 21-40. New York: Routledge.

Sotirovic, M., & McLeod, J. M. (2004). Knowledge as understanding: The information processing approach to political learning. In L. L. Kaid (Ed.), Handbook of political communication research, pp. 357-394. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Sotirovic, M. (2003). How individuals explain social problems: The influences of media use. Journal of Communication, 53, 122-137.

Sotirovic, M. (2001). Media use and perceptions of welfare. Journal of Communication, 51, 750-774.

Sotirovic, M. (2001). Affective and cognitive processes as mediators of media influences on crime policy preferences. Mass Communication & Society, 4, 311-329.

Sotirovic, M. & McLeod, J. M. (2001). Values, communication behavior, and political participation. Political Communication, 18, 273-300.

Sotirovic, M. (2001). Effects of media use on complexity and extremity of attitudes toward the death penalty and prisoners’ rehabilitation. Media Psychology, 3, 1-24.

Sotirovic, M. (2000). Effects of media use on audience framing and support for welfare. Mass Communication & Society, 3, 269-296.

McLeod, J. M., Sotirovic, M., Voakes, P. S., Guo, Z., & Huang, K. (1998). A model of public support for First Amendment rights. Communication Law and Policy, 4, 479-514.

McLeod, J. M., Sotirovic, M., & Holbert, R. L. (1998). Values as sociotropic judgments influencing communication patterns. Communication Research, 5, 453-485.

Friedland, L., Sotirovic, M., & Daily, K. (1998). Public journalism and social capital: The case of Madison, Wisconsin. In E. B. Lambeth, P. E. Meyer, and E. Thorson (Eds.), Assessing public journalism (pp. 191-220). University of Missouri Press.

Reprinted in D. A. Graber (Ed.), Media power in politics (4th ed., pp. 128-135). Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.