Wayne State University

Dr. Elizabeth Stoycheff



Dr. Elizabeth Stoycheff teaches journalism and new media for undergraduates. She has been named a Promising Professor by the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication and earned the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts Outstanding teaching award in 2017. She was also awarded a Scripps Howard Visiting Professor in Social Media.  At the graduate level, she teaches courses in quantitative methods and democratization. 

Her research focuses on the role of new media in shaping international public opinion about democracy, media censorship, and press freedom, which is grounded in a range of contexts from the Arab Spring to Russia-Ukraine relations, to NSA internet surveillance. She approaches these topics as a quantitative social scientist, specializing in large-scale comparative surveys, polling, and experimental design. 

Despite her move to Michigan, she maintains an allegiance as an Iowa Hawkeye and Ohio State Buckeye football fan.

Area of Expertise

political communication, online surveillance, Internet censorship, democratization, public diplomacy, large-scale survey design and analysis

Degrees and Certifications

B.A., University of Iowa
M.A., The Ohio State University
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Recent Publications

Stoycheff, E. Wibowo, K., Liu, J., Xu, K. (forthcoming). Online surveillance’s effect on other extraordinary measures to prevent terrorism. Mass Communication & Society

Stoycheff, E., Pingree, R., Peifer, J., & Sui, M. (forthcoming).  Agenda cueing effects of news and social media.  Media Psychology.  

Stoycheff, E. Liu, J., Wibowo, K., Nanni, D.P. (2017). What can we learn about social media from studying Facebook? A decade in review.  New Media & Society, 19(6), 968-980.

Stoycheff, E. (2016). Under Surveillance: Facebook Online Spiral of Silence Effects in the Wake of NSA Internet Monitoring. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 93(2), 296-311.  Mass Surveillance Chills Online Speech

Stoycheff, E., Nisbet, E.C. & Epstein, D. (2016). Differential Effects of Capital-Enhancing and Recreational Internet Use on Citizens’ Demand for Democracy. Communication Research.

Stoycheff, E. & Nisbet, E.C. (2016). Priming the Costs of Conflict? Russian Public Opinion about the 2014 Crimean Conflict. International Journal of Public Opinion Research.