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
Recent dissertations in Political/Mass Communication:
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:
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., & Daradanova, M. (2009). Conventional wisdom: Putting national party convention ratings in context.” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 86, 499-512.
Edy, J. A., & Snidow, S.M. (2011). Making news necessary: How journalism resists alternative media’s challenge. Journal of Communication, 61, 816-834.
Kramer, E. M., & Matusitz, J. (in press). There is nothing conservative about the Right-Wing Revolution in American life and politics. In J. Tumas-Serna & A. Mickunas (Eds.), Journalism and contemporary criticism: The impact of globalization. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton.
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.
Rodríguez, C. (in press for 2011) Disrupting violence: Armed conflict and citizens’ media 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.
Dalton, P., & Kramer, E.M. (2012). Coarseness in American Public Discourse. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
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.
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.
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.