Social & Education Policy

Melissa Tully

  • Senior Research Fellow, Media, Policy, and Public Opinion Research Program
  • Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication


Melissa Tully is an associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. Dr. Tully received her Ph.D. in Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a minor in Political Science and Graduate Certificate in African Studies. Her research focuses on news literacy and social media use in the United States and Kenya, primarily. Dr. Tully's current project explores issues of misinformation flows and information ecosystems in Kenya with a particular focus on how news literacy influences these dynamics. She is currently involved on developing a Media, Policy and Public Opinion program at the Public Policy Center. Other ongoing work explores how news literacy interventions deployed on social media sites can be used to encourage critical news consumption.

Research Interests

  • News literacy
  • Digital and social media use
  • Online political and civic participation
  • African media studies
  • Global media studies

Educational Background

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011
  • MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007
  • BA, Boston College, 2005