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
Lindsey Meeks
Pat Meirick
Jill Edy
Justin Reedy

Recent Dissertations in Political/Mass Communication:

Hayes, Erich M. (2015). Television's Cultivation of Attitudes about Online Romantic Relationships.

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: 

Bingham, C., & Kramer, E. M. (2016). “Neoliberalism and the Production of Enemies: The Commercial Logic of Yahoo! News, In V. Berdayes and J. Murphy, (Eds.), Neoliberalism, economic radicalism, and the normalization of violence (pp. 53-69). New York: Springer.

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. (2016) “Communication and Collective Memory.” In Moy. P. (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Communication. New York: Oxford University Press

Edy, J. A., and Risley-Baird, E. E. (2016) “Rumor Communities: The Social Dimensions of Internet Political Rumors.” Social Science Quarterly, 97(3), 588-602. DOI: 10.1111/ssqu.12309 

Edy, J. A., and Risley-Baird, E. E. (2016) “Misperceptions as Political Conflict: Using Schattschneider’s Conflict Theory to Understand Rumor Dynamics.” International Journal of Communication, 10, 2596-2615. 

Edy, J. A., Snidow, S. M., and Rozzell, B. L. (2016) “Authenticating the Political: How Journalism Redefines Its Social Relevance.” Journalism Studies, 17(2), 43-56. 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. (2016). Examining partisan men and women’s issue emphases from campaigns to legislation. In Paludi, M. (Ed.), Why congress needs women: Bringing sanity to the House and Senate (Ch. 1, p. 1-18). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers Inc. 

Meeks, L. (2016). Gendered styles, gendered differences: Candidates’ use of personalization and interactivity on Twitter. Journal of Information Technology & Politics. Online advance publication.

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. (2016). Motivated reasoning, accuracy, and updating in perceptions of Bush’s legacy. Social Science Quarterly, 97, 699-713. Published online, May 31, 2016. DOI: 10.1111/ssqu.12301

Meirick, P. C. & Elena Bessarabova (2015). Epistemic factors in selective exposure and political misperceptions on the right and left. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. Published online, November 25, 2015. DOI:10.1111/asap.12101

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