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Panelist Bio

Martin Johnson, Ph.D.
LSU Manship School of Mass Communication

Martin Johnson is the Kevin P. Reilly, Sr. Chair in Political Communication and Professor of Mass Communication and Political Science at LSU, where he has served since 2014. He was previously on faculty at the University of California Riverside.

Johnson received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism at LSU and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at Rice University.

He has published numerous scholarly articles on U.S. and state politics, public policy, elections and mass media. His book, Changing Minds or Changing Channels? Partisan News in an Age of Choice, won the 2014 Goldsmith Book Prize awarded by the Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. Johnson teaches classes on U.S. and Louisiana politics, media and politics and public opinion. He also serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication.

Current Topic

     03/18 - Making Schools Safe

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion?
The school shooting in Broward County Florida that took the lives of 17 people has reignited the debate over how to make our schools safe. Energized students nationwide are calling for restricted access to certain guns. Congress is considering broader background checks and age limits on gun purchases. President Donald Trump is most enthusiastic about training school staff members to carry concealed weapons.

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion? How would gun control proposals affect the 45% of Louisianans who own guns? What mental health services are available to prevent teenagers from acting out violently? What increased security measures should schools take and how much will they cost? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Making Schools Safe” airing Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and WLAE in New Orleans. (Taping Tuesday, March 27.)
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