Martin H. Kaplan

Expert on the media, entertainment, politics and popular culture

Director, USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center

Holder of Norman Lear Chair in Entertainment, Media and Society

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism


  • the convergence of politics and entertainment
  • political communication
  • politics and the media
  • political campaigns
  • local television news coverage of politics
  • Hollywood and the entertainment industry
  • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • presidential candidates
  • culture wars
  • celebrity

Additional Information

  • Host, “So What Else Is News?” on Air America Radio
  • Frequent guest on network, cable and public television and radio
  • Screenwriter and executive producer, The Distinguished Gentlemen (1992), starring Eddie Murphy
  • Screenwriter, Noises Off (1992), directed by Peter Bogdanovich
  • Disney Studios feature films vice president (1985-88)
  • Deputy campaign manager and chief speechwriter for Mondale’s presidential campaign (1983-84)
  • Chief speechwriter to Vice President Walter Mondale (1978-80)
  • Executive assistant to USC Commissioner of Education Ernest L. Boyer (1977-78)
  • Holder of degrees in modern thought and literature (Stanford, 1975), English (Cambridge, 1973, Marshall Scholar) and molecular biology (Harvard, 1971)
  • President, The Harvard Lampoon (1970-71)

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