Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-14-2015

Faculty Advisor(s)

Christine Ann Gordon


American foreign policy in regards to Iran has been among the most visible stories in recent years and will certainly continue to be as negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program continue. Although many factors influence how Americans view other countries, one of the most important factors is the media and how it covers Iran. In addition to investigating how specific media outlets shape our views of Iran, it will also investigate how the medium (print, TV, online, radio) influences our perception. It will use data from the 2012 American National Election Study, which asked participants whether they believe Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and what action they favored taking (sanctions, invasion, etc.). The research will review whether “experts” believe these options are prudent. The research will also review literature to determine whether people choose a particular media outlet because it conforms with and reinforces their views, or whether the outlet influences the consumer’s views; additionally, it will review what other factors, such as history, influence Americans’ views of Iran.


Presented at the Spring 2015 Student Research Day at Chapman University.