Professor Dixon is a media effects scholar dedicated to investigating the prevalence of stereotypes in the mass media and the impact of stereotypical imagery on audience members. Much of Dr. Dixon's work has been focused on racial stereotyping in television news. His new investigations examine the content and effects of stereotypes and counter-stereotypes in major news events, online news, and musical contexts.
After graduating from UCLA and the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Dixon worked as a faculty member in the department of Communication Studies and a faculty associate in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. In the Fall of 2003, he accepted a faculty position in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Dixon will be spending the fall 2013 semester at the Clinton School conducting interdisciplinary research, engaging in classroom activities, interacting with students and faculty and participating in ongoing scholarship of the Center on Community Philanthropy.