Political/Mass Communication

Faculty in the OU Department of Communication pursue the study of political and mass communication with a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches. The department is also the home of the Political Communication Center, which holds the world’s largest archive of political advertising. Mass communication research typically concerns the production, content, audiences, reception, and/or effects of messages transmitted via the mass media. Because contemporary politics is largely (but not exclusively) mass mediated, political communication research often addresses these same concerns with regard to political campaigns, issues, ideology, and power.

Typical Graduate Level Course Offerings:

Comm 5363 Communication and Technology
Comm 5383 Survey of Political Communication
Comm 5553 Persuasive Communication Campaigns
Comm 6373 Seminar in Mass Communication
Comm 6463 Media and Political Behavior
Comm 6473 Communication and Public Opinion
Comm 6483 Media and Civic Life
Comm 6023 Communication Research Task Groups
Comm 6960 Directed Readings

Current Faculty with Research and/or Teaching Interests

Eric Kramer
Clemencia Rodriguez
Lindsey Meeks
Pat Meirick
Jill Edy
Justin Reedy

Recent Dissertations in Political/Mass Communication:

Castleberry, Garret. Imitating and innovating: A Critical Television Studies Model for Communication (2015)

Thornton, Tyler. Communication Functions of the South Africa Apartheid and the U.S./Mexico Security Fence (2015)

Schartel Dunn, Stephanie. Picking Our Pundits: Identifying Factors of Source Credibility in Politics (2014)

Vincent, Cindy. (2014). Can You Spare Some (Social) Change? Participatory Media as Catalyst for Change in Poor and Homeless Communities.

Igiel, Magdalena. (2014). National Symbols and Social Change: A Case Study of Poland.


Recent Representative Faculty and Graduate Student Publications:


Dalton, P., & Kramer, E. M. (2012). Coarseness in American Public Discourse. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Gilmore, J., Meeks, L., and Domke, D. (2013) Why do (we think) they hate us: Anti-Americanism, patriotic messages, and attributions of blame. International Journal of Communication, 7, 701-721.

Edy, J.A., Snidow, S.M., & Rozzell, B.L. (Online Advance). Authenticating the Political: How Journalism Redefines Its Social Relevance. Journalism Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2014.974992

Edy, J.A., Bisel, R.S., & Overton, J.E. (2015). Hail to the Chief: The Use of Honorfics When Referring to the President in Cable News. Howard Journal of Communications, 26(1):43-56.

Edy, J. A. (2014) “Collective Memory in a Post-Broadcast World” In Zelizer, B. and Teneneboim-Weinblatt, K. (Eds.), Memory and Journalism. London: Palgrave-Macmillan.

Knobloch, K., Gastil, J., Reedy, J., & Walsh, K.C. (2013). Did they deliberate? Applying an evaluative model of democratic deliberation to the Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 41, 105-125.

Kramer, E. M., Adkins, G., Kim, S-H., & Miller, G. (2014). Environmental Communication and the Extinction Vortex: Technology as Denial of Death. New York: Hampton Press.

Meeks, L. & Domke, D. (Online Advance). When politics is a woman’s game: Party and gender ownership in woman-versus-woman elections. Communication Research.

Meeks, L. (Online Advance). Aligning and trespassing: Candidates’ party-based issue and trait ownership on Twitter. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.

Meeks, L. (2013). All the gender that’s fit to print: New York Times coverage of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin in 2008. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 90, 520-539.

Meeks, L. (2013). He wrote, she wrote: Journalist gender, political office, and campaign news. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 90, 58-74.

Meeks, L. (2012). Is she “man enough”?: Women candidates, executive political offices, and news coverage. Journal of Communication, 62, 175-193.

Meirick, P.C. & Schartel Dunn, S. (2015). Obama as Exemplar: Debate Exposure and Implicit and Explicit Racial Affect. Howard Journal of Communications 26 (1), 57-73

Meirick, P. C. (2013). Motivated misperception? Party, education, partisan news, and belief in “death panels.” Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 90, 39–57.

Reedy, J. (2015). Paths to the practices of citizenship: Political discussion and Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 44, 201-223.

Reedy, J., Gastil, J., & Moy, P. (2015). From the secret ballot to the public vote: Examining political discussion in vote-by-mail elections. Political Communication. Published online ahead of print, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10584609.2014.969462

Reedy, J., & Gastil, J. (2015). Deliberating while voting: The antecedents, dynamics, and consequences of talking while completing ballots in two vote-by-mail states. Journal of Public Deliberation, 11(1). Retrieved from http://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/vol11/iss1/art6

Reedy, J., Wells, C., & Gastil, J. (2014). How voters become misinformed: An investigation of the emergence and consequences of false factual beliefs. Social Science Quarterly, 95, 1399-1418 

Reedy, J., Wells, C., & Gastil, J. (2014). How voters become misinformed: An investigation of the emergence and consequences of false factual beliefs. Social Science Quarterly. Early online publication.

Ricnon, O. & Rodriguez, C. (2015). How Can We Tell the Story of the Columbian War?: Bastardized Narratives and Citizen Celebrities. Popular Communication 13 (2), 170-182

Rodríguez, C., Ferron, B., & Shamas, K. (2014). Four challenges in the field of alternative, radical and citizens’ media research. Media, Culture & Society, 36, 150–166.