Research


 

Conference Activity


Nolan, Scott N. “Institutions, Politicians, Parties, and Political Information in Media Coverage of LGBT Issues”.

Presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 2016.

Nolan, Scott N. “Religious and Moral Language in Media Coverage of LGBT Issues”.

Presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Political Science Association Conference, Las Vegas, March 2016.

Nolan, Scott N. "Judicial and Legal Information in Media Coverage of LGBT Issues”.

Presented at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Las Vegas, April 2015.

Nolan, Scott N. “The Mainstream Media’s Obsession with Same-Sex Marriage: Is it a good thing or a bad thing?”

Presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, January 2015.

Nolan, Scott N. “Quantifying LGBT Issues in News Coverage”.

Presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 2014.


 

Working Papers


Nolan, Scott N. “Same-Sex Couple Divorce in State Courts since Obergefell”

Nolan, Scott N. “The ‘Gay Blood Ban’ in the United States: Is there Legal, Political, and Scientific Consensus?

Nolan, Scott N. “State-Based Public Policy, Juvenile Courts, and Legal Responses to LGBT Homelessness in the United States”

Nolan, Scott N. “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Legal-Leftist Hero of Social Media”

 

Dissertation


"Quantification of Political Information in Media Coverage of LGBT Issues: Legal, Religious and Institutional Frames"

This dissertation creates an original new dataset of 1,000 randomly sampled news items, published between 2007 and 2016, that cover LGBT political issues. The data reveal that there are 13 broad LGBT issues covered often by media – and the raw number / ranking of these 13 issues changes from year to year. Expanding on past qualitative literature on LGBT Politics, I use quantitative content analysis on these 1,000 news items to reveal three competing media frames of political discussion in coverage of LGBT political issues. Some coverage is especially framed via legal and court-related language, some coverage is especially framed via religious and morality-based language; some coverage especially frames via conventionally political / institution-based language – and a majority of coverage has a blend of two or three of these frames. A results chapter on the legal frame further details language that involves the constitution, trial courts, supreme courts, litigation tactics, and appellate procedures. A results chapter on the religious frame further details language that involves religious texts (including the Bible), religious figures (including Jesus), reparative or curative therapy, evangelicals as political participators, and members of clergy. A results chapter on the institutional frame further details language that involves elections, political parties, direct democracy, constitutional amending, local state and federal legislation, and the presidency. The data reveal that language within each frames varies widely over time – in some cases ebbing and flowing up and down over time and in some cases slowly decreasing or increasing over time. A chapter of results on same-sex marriage shows how the media focus on marriage eclipses coverage of less-covered but still important LGBT political issues. A chapter of results specifically on trans- issues shows how the media focus, since same-sex marriage was legalized nation-wide in 2015, has been more focused on trans- issues than 11 other important LGBT political issues.

In summation content analysis reveals broad and specific trends regarding how media coverage of LGBT political issues changes over time – this dissertation is a deep examination of how, where, and when different types of media cover LGBT political issues, where we have been, and where we might be going. This is the first academic work in the field of Political Science and the subfield of LGBT Politics that examines LGBT media coverage with this level of detail. It is being written as a book manuscript.