Paul Freedman (Ph.D. University of Michigan) is Director of the Environmental Thought and Practice major at the University of Virginia, and Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, where he serves as Director of Undergraduate Programs. Freedman teaches courses in media and politics, campaigns and elections, research methods, environmental politics, and the politics of food. He is the recipient of the UVA Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award and was the first Edward L. Ayers Advising Fellow. Freedman is co-author of Campaign Advertising and American Democracy (Temple University Press), and his work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Communication, Campaigns and Elections, Hedgehog Review, Slate and other outlets. Freedman is the academic director of the Morven Summer Institute, a member of the UVA Committee on Sustainability, and a co-leader of the UVA Sustainable Food Collaborative. He has served on the boards of Cultivate Charlottesville and the Jefferson Institute, and as a senior scholar at the UVA Center for Politics. Previously, Freedman was research director for the Pew Project on Campaign Conduct at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership and was a senior scholar at the Pew Partnership for Civic Change. Freedman oversaw the UVA Farmers Market Research Group, served on the national advisory committee of the Farmers Market Coalition’s “Indicators for Impact” project, and on the steering committee of the Virginia Sustainable Food Coalition. Since 2000, Freedman has been an election analyst for ABC News in New York.
Ph.D. University of Michigan, Political Science