Political Communication

The Communication Department is home to the world’s leading scholars studying political communication. The area focuses on how communication and media affect political attitudes and behaviors, as well as what communication reveals about the workings of political institutions and political systems. The area is also known for its innovation in research methods and focus on scientific inference.

James Fishkin directs the Center for Deliberative Democracy, devoted to research and applications of Deliberative Polling, a method of public consultation for engaging representative and informed opinion on policy issues. The center has collaborated on projects in more than 24 countries.

James Hamilton directs the Journalism Program. His research focuses on the economics of news, including the effects of market failures on reporting, the relationship between income and information, and computational journalism.

Shanto Iyengar directs the Political Communication Laboratory, which focuses on the role of mass media in democratic societies. Much of his work uses experimental methods to measure the causal effects of news media and mass communication on political opinion and behavior.

Jon Krosnick directs the Political Psychology Research Group, which focuses on (1) the effects of political communication on attitude formation, change, and impact, and (2) optimizing methods of survey research in order to study political cognition and action.

Jennifer Pan’s research focuses on revealing the political choices and outcomes of non-democratic societies through their patterns of communication and information control using computational and experimental methods.

Selected Graduates

  • Sean Westwood, Ph.D. 2014, Assistant Professor of Government, Dartmouth College
  • Yphtach Lelkes, Ph.D. 2012, Assistant Professor of Political Communication, University of Amsterdam
  • Michael Weiksner, Ph.D. 2010, General Partner, Rostrum Capital
  • Alice Siu, Ph.D. 2009, Associate Director, Stanford Center for Deliberative Democracy
  • Philip Garland, Ph.D. 2008, Visiting Scholar, CCDE, University of Washington
  • Daniel Schneider, Ph.D. 2008, Head of Product Management, Zalando SE
  • Brett Bannon, Ph.D. 2008, Founder, LearnRig
  • Kyu Hahn, Ph.D. 2006, Associate Professor of Communication, Seoul National University
  • Markus Prior, Ph.D. 2003, Associate Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
  • Hye-Ryeon Lee, Ph.D. 2000, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Humanities, University of Hawaii
  • Michael McDevitt, Ph.D. 1998, Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Diana Mutz, Ph.D. 1988, Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Vincent Price , Ph.D. 1987, Provost and Professor and Steven H. Chaffee Chair in Communication and Political Science, Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania