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 5343 Mass Communication Perspectives
Comm 5363 Communication and Technology
Comm 5383 Survey of Political Communication
Comm 5553 Persuasive Communication Campaigns
Comm 6283 Political Advertising
Comm 6373 Seminar in Mass Communication
Comm 6383 Seminar in Political Communication
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:

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.

Shamas, Kristin. (2011). Lebanese subjectivities and media use: Post/global contexts.

Flippin-Wynn, Monica. (2010). Causing a ruckus: Racial framing in political blogs during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Ju, Hyejung. (2010). Glocalization of Korean popular culture in east Asia: Theorizing the Korean Wave.

Kim, Hyunjung. (2010). The third-person effect of news coverage of opinion poll results.

Moellinger, Terry. (2010). To think different: The unexpected consequences of personal computer and internet use.

Semmler, Shane. (2010). Medium-same versus medium different inoculation against candidate and political stealth group sponsored political attack advertising.

Recent Representative Faculty and Graduate Student Publications:

Beam, R., & Meeks, L. (2011).“So many stories, so little time.” In Lowrey, W. and Gade, P. J.
(Eds.) Changing the news: The forces shaping journalism in uncertain times (Ch. 13, p.
230-248). New York: Routledge.

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

Edy, J. A. (2011). “The Democratic Potential of Mediated Collective Memory.” In Meyers, O., Neiger, M. and Zandberg, E. (Eds). On Media Memory: Collective Memory in a New Media Age, London: Palgrave McMillan.

Edy, J. A., & Snidow, S.M. (2011). Making news necessary: How journalism resists alternative media’s challenge. Journal of Communication, 61, 816-834.

Edy, J. A., & Daradanova, M. (2009). Conventional wisdom: Putting national party convention ratings in context.” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 86, 499-512.

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

Meirick, P. C., & Nisbett, G. S. (2011). I approve this message: Effects of sponsorship, ad tone, and reactance in 2008 presidential advertising. Mass Communication and Society, 14, 666-689.

Meirick, P. C., Nisbett, G. S., Jefferson, M. D., & Pfau, M. W. (2011). The influence of tone, target, and issue ownership on political advertising effects in primary versus general elections. Journal of Political Marketing, 10, 275-296.

Meirick, P. C., Sims, J. D., Gilchrist, E. S., & Croucher, S. M. (2009). All the children are above average: Parents’ perceptions of education and materialism as media effects on their own and other children. Mass Communication and Society, 12, 217-237.

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.

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.

Rodríguez, C. (2011) Citizens' media against armed conflict: Disrupting violence in Colombia. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Rodríguez, C., Kidd, D., & Stein, L. (eds.). (2010). Creating new communication spaces. Volume I of Making our media: Global initiatives toward a democratic public sphere. Cresskill, NJ:Euricom Monographs, Hampton Press.

Stein, L., Kidd, D., & Rodríguez, C. (eds.). (2009). National and global movements for democratic communication. Volume II of “Making Our Media: Global Initiatives Toward a Democratic Public Sphere." Euricom Monographs, Hampton Press.

Wells, C., Reedy, J., Gastil, J., & Lee, C. (2009). Information Distortion and Voting Choices: The Origins and Effects of Factual Beliefs in Initiative Elections. Political Psychology, 30, 953-969.