Mary Layton Atkinson
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Ph.D. May 2013. Political Science. UNC-Chapel Hill.
M.A. May 2008. Political Science. The American University.
B.A. May 2004. Economics and Political Science. Guilford College.
Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, July 2013–present.
Atkinson, Mary Layton. 2017. Combative Politics: The Media and Public Perceptions of Lawmaking. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Atkinson, Mary Layton. “Gender and Policy Agendas in the Post-War House.” Policy Studies Journal. Forthcoming. doi:
Atkinson, Mary Layton and Jason Harold Windett. 2019. “Gender Stereotypes and the Policy Priorities of Women in Congress” Political Behavior, 41(3): 769–789.
Atkinson, Mary Layton, John Lovett and Frank R. Baumgartner. 2014. “Measuring The Media Agenda,” Political Communication, 31(2): 355-380.
Atkinson, Mary Layton. 2018. “Real News, Fake News: For Lawmakers, No News is Good News.” Extensions: A Journal of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center. Winter, 2018.
Schaffner, Brian F. and Mary Layton Atkinson. 2009. “Taxing Death or Estates? When Frames Influence Citizens’ Issue Beliefs,” In Winning With Words: The Origins and Impact of Political Framing, Edited by Brian F. Schaffner and Patrick J. Sellers. Routledge Press.
Atkinson, Mary Layton. Fox Populism: Branding Conservatism as Working Class, by Reece Peck and Framing Inequality: News Media, Public Opinion, and the Neoliberal Turn in U.S. Public Policy, by Matt Guardino for Perspectives on Politics. Forthcoming.
Atkinson, Mary Layton. A Nation Fragmented: The Public Agenda in the Information Age, by Jill A. Edy and Patrick C. Meirick for Public Opinion Quarterly. Forthcoming.
Works in Progress
Three Models of Opinion Dynamics (under contract with Cambridge University Press) (with Jim Stimson, Frank Baumgartner, and Elizabeth Coggins).
Women at War: Debating Defense in the U.S. Congress (article manuscript under review) (With Reza Mousavi and Jason Windett).
Process Stories: How News Coverage of Political Conflict Shapes Policy Support at the Macro Level (article manuscript).
Mixed Signals: How the public responds when party leaders take counter-stereotypical policy positions (article manuscript) (With Kevin K. Banda).
Mental Health Matters: Public debate and policy response (article manuscript).
Introduction to American Politics.
Women and Politics.
Senior Seminar: The Politics of Spin.
Media and Politics.
Service & Associations:
Referee for the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Oxford University Press, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, Research and Politics, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly.
Undergraduate Thesis Committees: Madison Tussey (Chair, 2019/20 academic year), Matthew Basal (Co-Chair, 2019/20 academic year), Oluwatobi Kalejaiye (2018/19 academic year), Hailey Sherman (Chair, 2016/17 academic year), Shea Hartley (2015/16 academic year).
Doctoral Thesis Committees (Public Policy): Samuel LaVergne (expected graduation date, spring 2021).
Affiliated Faculty, Women and Gender Studies Program (UNCC), Fall 2014–present.
Affiliated Faculty, Public Policy PhD Program (UNCC), Winter 2019-present.
Academic Advisor (UNCC Dept. of Political Science), Spring 2014-2016.
Member: American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, Southern Political Science Association.