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Kenneth J. Dautrich University of Connecticut, USA

Kenneth J. Dautrich (PhD, Rutgers, 1995) is an associate professor of public policy at the University of Connecticut. He is also the founder and former director of the Center for Survey Research & Analysis at the University of Connecticut. Previously, Dr. Dautrich was a research fellow at the Media Studies Center in New York and has served as a senior faculty fellow at the Heldrich Center at Rutgers. His first book, How the News Media Fail American Voters (Columbia University Press, 1999), received scholarly praise in numerous political science circles. He also coauthored The First Amendment and the Media in the Court of Public Opinion (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and The Future of the First Amendment (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). Dr. Dautrich’s research and teaching focus on public opinion and American elections. For the past six years he has directed a set of national surveys on civic literacy in the American public and the role of higher education in advancing knowledge about American government. He directs an annual national survey on the state of the First Amendment for the Freedom Forum’s Newseum Institute and a biannual survey of the millennial generation on the future of the First Amendment for the Knight Foundation.