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Message from the Director

​Nancy Karibjanian, Director, Center for Political Communication

From policy debates to election outcomes and social discourse, the Center for Political Communication continues to track the impact of what can best be described as a revolution in political communication. For me, it is an exciting time to shift my perspective as a journalist to Director of the CPC. I’ve followed a candidate through the New Hampshire primaries, interviewed the Vice President, moderated debates, and reported election results. This is an opportunity to go below the surface of the news and to engage.

Last year's “Race in America” National Agenda Series highlighted the reach and impact of the CPC. Through Associate Director Lindsay Hoffman’s discussions with National Agenda students, and the thought-provoking speakers series, the topic engaged new voices and awakened the University of Delaware community to a national conversation that continues to reverberate in the political discourse this election year. (You can view all of these talks at https://www.cpc.udel.edu/events/event-archive.)

For the CPC, an election year is always exciting. This year National Agenda delves into the “Road to the Presidency," Delaware Debates focuses on the race for Governor and the U.S. House of Representatives, and we will once again host Election Central, a collaborative campus event organized by the CPC that encourages students to participate in the election process and witness the outcome.  

Innovative research and social engagement don't stop when the votes are counted. Understanding the outcome will drive the next phase of CPC research and events, collaborating with students, scholars and the public.

For me, it is an exciting time to step in as Director. The depth of information generated by the CPC is a tribute to the work of founding Director Ralph Begleiter, whose vision to harness the political legacy of University of Delaware alumni led to the creation of the CPC in 2010. With Ralph’s retirement, Paul Brewer fostered our mission and will continue to serve as Research Director at the CPC.

We envision an exciting future for the CPC including expanded faculty affiliations, more innovative research and revelatory topics for opinion surveys, while engaging students and the community to examine and comprehend why and how political communication impacts our society.

As political communication has evolved from sound bites on the nightly news to candidates speaking directly to voters with rapid-fire tweets, the CPC is equipped and prepared to tackle issues in the moment which is something more essential now than ever before.

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