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Dickinson College to Host Lecture on the Political Influence of Entertainment Media

The Bruce R. Andrews Lecture in Political Science

by Isa Mester '26

Portrait of Eunji Kim standing in front of trees.

Eunji Kim. Photo by John Russell/Vanderbilt University.

Columbia University professor Eunji Kim will discuss her research on the influence of entertainment media on political opinion during a special lecture at Dickinson. The event, “Unseen Politics: Hidden Impact of Entertainment Media in Unequal America,” will take place Monday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture will also be livestreamed and available via a link on The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues website.

Kim, an assistant professor in Columbia’s political science department, will discuss her newest book project that explores the role entertainment media plays in American politics. The lecture will examine how the “rags-to-riches” trope in American entertainment programs promotes opportunistic economic thinking, which leads to reduced support for redistributive policies and increased tolerance for income inequality.

Kim’s work focuses on political communication and public opinion in the realm of American politics. She taught at Vanderbilt University prior to her appointment at Columbia. She is the recipient of Facebook parent company Meta’s Foundational Research Award. Her writing has garnered numerous awards, and her work has appeared in the American Journal of Political ScienceProceedings of the National Academy of SciencesPolitical Behavior, Political PsychologyInternational OrganizationResearch & Politics and Quarterly Journal of Political Science.

This lecture is a part of the Bruce R. Andrews Lecture Series in political science, which commemorates its namesake, a beloved and influential professor of political science at Dickinson who passed away in 2005. The Bruce R, Andrews Fund continues political debate and discussion in his memory.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Bruce R. Andrews Fund and co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science.

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Published February 2, 2024