Brandon Bosch

Assistant Professor of Practice Sociology & Political Science

Assistant Professor of Practice of Sociology and Political Science

Ph.D. University of Washington

Areas of Specialization:

  • Mass Media
  • Political Communication
  • Political Sociology



 My work focuses on representations in mass media (both news and entertainment) and their linkage to culture and public opinion. My research includes work on news media sourcing and perceptions of public opinion on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. More recently, I am looking at ideological messages on authority figures and gender in the superhero genre. I received an Interdisciplinary Certificate in Political Communication from the University of Washington, and my work integrates research from Sociology, Political Science, Communication, and Psychology.

 As a Professor of Practice, much of my work centers on being an instructor. I teach Sociology of Mass Media, Political Sociology, and the Senior Seminar in the Sociology Department. I teach Political Communication, Democracy and Citizenship, and Public Issues in America in the Political Science Department.

 I am the internship coordinator for both Political Science and Sociology, and I strongly encourage undergraduates to work at an internship before graduation. Former internship activities have included such things as researching legislative bills, working on a documentary film, working on public opinion surveys, and supporting victims of domestic abuse. If you want to learn more, please email me about setting up a meeting or check out this list of internships

 Selected Publications:

Bosch, Brandon. 2016. "Why So Serious?” Threat, Authoritarianism, and Depictions of Crime, Law, and Order in Batman Films. Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law, & Society17, 37-54.

Bosch, Brandon. 2014.Beyond Vox Pop: The Role of News Sourcing and Political Beliefs in Exemplification Effects.” Mass Communication & Society 17: 217-235.

Moy, Patricia, and Bosch, Brandon. 2013. “Theories of Public Opinion.” Pp. 289-308 in Handbook of Communication Science. Vol. 1, Theories and Models of Communication, edited by P. J. Schulz and P. Cobley. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.