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Nearly 10 years ago when social media and its use by decision makers had just begun, the Center for Political Communication (CPC) was established to examine the impact of new technologies on political discourse. Today, tracking Twitter feeds and social media accounts are as common as checking news headlines. 

The CPC remains at the forefront of understanding the intersection of political communication methods and influence. It owes its success to the collaborative spirit of an ever-expanding University of Delaware community that includes alumni and leadership in industry, government, and academia, all of whom share common interests in public opinion, American electoral politics, messaging and politics, free speech, and media. The list of publicity below highlights some of the media attention generated by CPC-sponsored programs and research.


Delaware Humanities Facts Matter Podcast, June 26, 2020,

The News Journal's Delaware Online, June 16, 2020, Students push University of Delaware to commit to diversity efforts

The News Journal's Delaware Online, June 8, 2020, Civility is lost online: Sharing views during tense times can produce strong backlash

ABC 13 News, June 3, 2020, Under fire from within Facebook, Zuckerberg defends inaction on Trump posts

Washington Post, February 14, 2020, Mass propaganda used to be difficult, but Facebook made it easy

UDaily, February 12, 2020, UD Students register to vote

Washington Post, February 11, 2020, Why Trump’s rage is exactly what conservatives want

Delaware Public Media's The Green, February 7, 2020, UD professor reflects on Iowa Caucuses

Great Bend Tribune, February 6, 2020, Witch Hunt?

The Courier, February 3, 2020, New caucus reporting could mean multiple ‘winners’

Roll Call, January 29, 2020, Wildest Iowa Caucus ever?

SunLive, January 18, 2020, American university group aids conservation effort

Bossier Press-Tribune, January 7, 2020, Trump, Sanders and Warren have more in common than you might think


"University of Delaware" YouTube channel, December 20, 2019, Professor Khan: If ISIS and al-Qaida are not Islam, what is Islam?

Slate Podcast’s The Gist, December 12, 2019, The Politics of Humor

WHYY’s Radio Times, December 4, 2019, Irony and Outrage

The Review, December 2, 2019, Opinion: The eyes of history are on us, so let’s get to work

The News Journal's Delaware Online, November 27, 2019, 2020 Iowa caucus preview: Bottom tier of Democrats in trouble

ACMCU, November 20, 2019, Islam and Good Governance: A Political Philosophy of Ihsan

The News Journal's Delaware Online, November 18, 2019, Sen. Chris Coons faces a primary challenge from a progressive millennial. Does she have a shot?

The News Journal's Delaware Online, November 18, 2019, Report from Iowa: How October went for 2020 candidates

WHYY-TV Online, November 7, 2019, At UDel, Christie muses on impeachment, this week’s election results, and dining with Trump

UDaily, November 4, 2019, Can We Talk?

Campus Watch, November 2, 2019, Muqtedar Khan Spins Islamism as Liberal Reform

Delaware Public Media's The Green, October 18, 2019, Enlighten Me: Celebrating Free Speech Week

CNN, October 22, 2019, Witch hunts and lynchings: How Trump appropriates victimhood

The News Journal's Delaware Online, September 30, 2019, More University of Delaware students are voting. Here's what it could mean for 2020

The Review, September 29, 2019, National Agenda 2019: Times columnist Jamelle Bouie examines Democratic race, political history and impeachment

CNN, September 17, 2019, Why race is moving center stage for 2020

UDaily, September 10, 2019, Identity and Islam

Delaware Public Media's The Green, September 6, 2019, Direction Democracy series opens with Pod Save America co-host Dan Pfeiffer

Rewire News, September 4, 2019, The GOP Candidate Who Supports Abortion Rights

Radio Iowa, September 2, 2019, Why Iowa? author back, observing and teaching UI class on Caucuses

FiveThirtyEight, July 15, 2019, Americans Say They Would Vote for a Woman, But…

WWMT West Michigan, June 29, 2019, Female candidates challenge electability question in debates

Stitcher’s The Ezra Klein Show, June 20, 2019, Why liberals and conservatives create such different media

The News Journal's Delaware Online, June 9, 2019, Delaware’s minimum wage bill: what you need to know

WWDEL Delaware’s News Radio, March 30, 2019, University of Delaware professor opines on healthcare debate

CNBC’s Closing The Gap, March 5, 2019, Despite gains, the US ranks 75th globally in women’s representation in government

Washington Post, February 26, 2019, Motherhood was once a campaign liability. The 2020 female candidates are making it an asset.

WHYY’s Radio Times, February 6, 2019, Evaluating Trump’s State of the Union Address

Yahoo! Finance, January 23, 2019, Eyeing Trump, wave of women join 2020 White House race


University of Delaware Magazine, Volume 26, Number 3, What Will Tomorrow Bring?: 20 Questions With Blue Hen Experts on the Future of the World

Center for Global Policy, December 12, 2018, The Changing Face of Islamophobia in America

WNCU's The Measure of Everyday Life, December 5, 2018, Technology and Political Engagement

Dallas News, November 3, 2018, Ted Cruz’s jokes often skewer Beto O’Rourke, who prefers to rib himself

Delmarva Now, October 29, 2018, Senate candidate Rob Arlett shows how Trump is changing Delaware politics

Delaware Online, October 18, 2018, Disagreements are few, but odd, in Blunt Rochester-Walker U.S. House debate

Delaware Public Media, October 18, 2018, UD political scientist reflects on congressional candidate debates

Delaware Public Media, October 18, 2018, Sen. Carper, Arlett clash in U.S. Senate debate

Delaware Public Media, October 18, 2018, U.S. House candidates Blunt Rochester, Walker debate at UD

C-SPAN, October 17, 2018, Delaware Senate Debate

The Review, October 17, 2018, Blunt Rochester sticks to moderate script in debate against volatile Walker

The Review, October 17, 2018, Arlett takes hits at Carper in Senate debate

Delaware State News, October 17, 2018, Heated moments as Carper and Arlett face off at UD

WHYY's Morning Edition, October 10, 2018, Del., N.J., Pa. universities make ‘best of’ list for voter engagement efforts

Washington Post, October 8, 2018, The battle in your ear buds: The bros of political podcasting and their quest to reinvent punditry

Vox, October 4, 2018, Will Kavanaugh save the GOP in the midterms? Here’s what the polling says.

Boston Globe, October 3, 2018, They’re outraged, and women politicians aren’t afraid to show it

Delaware Online, October 2, 2018, Delaware midterms: What Delaware is Googling ahead of election day

Delaware Online, September 26, 2018, Democrats Carper, Blunt Rochester have big leads, University of Delaware poll says

Delaware State News, September 25, 2018, UD poll projects heavy leads for Carper, Blunt Rochester

Pacific Standard, September 17, 2018, Saving critical thinking, one joke at a time

The Review, September 10, 2018, National Agenda Series works to combat political apathy among students

PBS NewsHour, September 3, 2018, How seeing a political logo can impair your understanding of facts

Delaware Public Media's The Green, August 30, 2018, "Midterm Matters" podcast: Candidate diversity, campus voter engagement and the Delaware primary

Delaware Online, August 2, 2018, Delaware House candidate paid former Pussycat Doll to record endorsement video

Forbes, July 31, 2018, Why Conservatives Find Few Laughs On Late-Night Television

The Travel Mug Podcast With Matt O'Donnell, July 29, 2018, The Reset

NBC Philadelphia, July 25, 2018, CPC RABA Poll NBC 10

Delaware Public Media's The Green, July 20, 2018, "Midterm Matters" podcast: Voter anger and anxiety poll and Carper/Harris primary

101.7FM/1150AM WDEL, July 16, 2018, New national poll from University of Delaware: Which negative things are motivating voters in 2018?

Delaware Public Media, July 12, 2018, Anger, anxiety motivating voters in upcoming election, poll shows

The Globe Post, June 30, 2018, We Must Hold Ourselves and Each Other Accountable to Defend Press Freedom

Delaware State News, June 4, 2018, Busy final month for lawmakers

The Laughter Effect, May 23, 2018, John Oliver as Information Subsidizer

LSE Blogs, January 29, 2018, Here’s what the Democrats need to do to get the DREAM Act through Congress

Vox, January 10, 2018, Study suggests Trump’s “Muslim ban” actually improved attitudes toward Muslims


Columbus Dispatch Online, October 18, 2017, "Kasich, Biden call for civility, compromise in dysfunctional Washington"

CINCINNATI.COM, October 18, 2017, "Kasich would say no 'hate speech' speakers if he were university president"

Delaware Public Media, October 17, 2017, "Biden and Kasich discuss partisan politics and loss of civility at UD"

WHYY-TV Online, October 17, 2017, " Twitter Email Biden, Kasich tout compromise and consensus at Delaware forum"

CBS3, October 17, 2017, "Politics Of Inclusion Takes Center Stage At University Of Delaware Forum With Biden, Kasich"

The Review, September 11, 2017, "Brianna Wu: From video game creator to political player"

The News Journal's Delaware Online, August 16, 2017, "Donald Trump has morally failed America: Khan"

USA Today, July 11, 2017, "Majority of Republicans say colleges have negative impact on country, poll says"

The News Journal's Delaware Online, May 22, 2017, "A less divided America starts with promoting inclusiveness at home"

WHYY's Radio Times, May 23, 2017, "Breaking down ideological battle lines"

The Review, May 9, 2017, "Hate speech: Professor talks problems and solutions"

UDaily, May 1, 2017, "'The Problem of Hate Speech'"

Politico, May 1, 2017, "The Strange Psychological Power of ‘Fox & Friends’"

Wired, April 29, 2017, "Here’s What Comes Next in the Fight to Save Net Neutrality"

UDaily, April 19, 2017,  "CPC Survey: March participants interested in both promoting, defending science."

The Open Notebook, February 21, 2017, "How to Talk to Your Facebook Friends About Fake News." 

The National, February 10, 2017, "The Power of Political Comedy."

Delaware Public Media, February 12, 2017, "Delaware Special Election Gets National Attention."

LSE US Centre, February 13, 2017, "Protests against Trump's immigration executive order may have helped shift public opinion against it."

The News Journal's Delaware Online, February 10, 2017, "Middletown race will decide control of state Senate."

The New York Times, January 22, 2017, "End of Biden Vice Presidency Dims Eight-Year Spotlight on Delaware."


The Atlantic, Dec 27, 2016, "How Comedy Became Education's Best Critique."  

TEDxWilmington, December 15, 2016, "A New Algorithm For Civic Life."  

The Atlantic, Nov 30, 2016, "How to Deal With 2016 Despair."       

PBS Newshour, Dec 5, 2016, "The very real consequences of fake news stories and why your brain can't ignore them."

The News Journal's Delaware Online, October 20, 2016, "'16 election: UD political satire guru talks late night."

WHYY's Radio Times with Marty Moss Coane, October 27, 2016, "Casting a ballot: distrust and security in our voting system."  

Huffington Post, October 10,  2016, "BREXIT: It Might Just Affect You."

The Globe and Mail, October 06, 2016, "The daily punchline: How late-night TV jokes are framing Trump and Clinton."   

Penn State College of Communications, October 28, 2016, Pockrass Memorial Lecture: "The Promise and Peril of Political Humor as a Rhetorical Device."

The News Journal's Delaware Online, September 26, 2016, "Delaware registered voters surpass 2012 totals."

The News Journal's Delaware Online, September 14, 2016, "Experienced Candidates Triumph in Delaware Primaries."

The News Journal's Delaware Online, September 12, 2016, "What to Look for in Tuesday's Primaries."

Tampa Bay Times, August 18, 2016, "Trump Clinton campaigns a gold mine for comedians."

London School of Economics US Centre Blogs, August 9, 2016,  "Awkward and theatrical as they were, for the public the conventions will soon be a distant memory."

Variety, August 9, 2016, "Before Wrestling Donald Trump, Seth Meyers Fought for His 'Late Night' Voice."

WHYY's Newsworks, July 22, 2016, "The convention's role in an unconventional campaign."

The News Journal's Delaware Online, July 10, 2016, "Matt Meyer seeks to stop Tom Gordon victory at polls."

The News Journal's Delaware Online, July 9, 2016,  "Bonini vows to make Carney fight for governor's seat."

The News Journal's Delaware Online, June 28, 2016, "Candidates bust a move vying for young voters online."

WVUD's Campus Voices, May 12, 2016, "Lindsay Hoffman and Courtney Bollinger: Continuing the Legacy."

The New York Times, May 9, 2016, "Conservatives Accuse Facebook of Political Bias."

The News Journal's Delaware Online, May 6, 2016, "Governor's race shows power of Delaware establishment."

The News Journal's Delaware Online, April 27, 2016, "No comment from Carper on awkward Clinton statements."

New York Magazine, April 27, 2016, "Could Facebook Swing the Election?"

Bustle, April 25, 2016, "Delaware Primary Predictions Project Sweeping Victories In The Diamond State."

Bustle, April 25, 2016, "Will Donald Trump Win Delaware? Victory Could Pay Off In An Unexpectedly Big Way."

Delaware Public Media, April 22, 2016, "Sanders supporters make a play for Delaware super delegates."

The News Journal's Delaware Online, April 21, 2016, "Delaware role grows larger in primary season."

The Wall Street Journal, April 19, 2016, "Delaware Presidential Primary Attracting More Attention Than Usual."

International Business Times, April 13, 2016, "Election 2016: Town Halls Are Cable News Staples In 2016, But They Don’t Always Help Democracy."

The Washington Post, April 12, 2016, "John Kasich has played Mr. Nice Guy. But can you ever be kind and finish first?"

WDEL 101.7 FM, March 29, 2016, "EdWatch: The Facebook Effect: What you say on social media matters."

The Review, March 15, 2016, "Clinton finds success in Delaware fundraising."

Raw Story, March 14, 2016, "Here’s how you can use the ‘Facebook effect’ to stop Donald Trump."

KJWP The Delaware Way for MeTV2, March 1, 2016, "Delaware Politics."

Wired, March 1, 2016, "Net Neutrality Is in More Danger Than Ever."

USA Today, February 29, 2016, "Battle brewing over transgender bathroom laws in state capitals."

Salon, February 20, 2016, "American elections enter a dangerous new era: Here’s what you need to know about Voter ID laws in 2016."

The News Journal's Delaware Online, January 13, 2016, "Delaware's place in the State of the Union."

Huffington Post, January 13, 2016, "Affirmative Action in College Admissions: Yes or No?"


Wired, December 19, 2015, "2015 Is the Year the FCC Finally Grew a Spine.", December 15, 2015, "National survey shows public still opposes Internet 'fast lanes' but resists government regulation."

Delaware Public Media, December 14, 2015, "UD poll finds large support for 'net neutrality'."

U.S. News and World Report, November 6, 2015, "Presidential candidates don't need the media."

BYU Radio, Matt Townsend Show, October 28, 2015, "Facebook Effect, Disability Awareness, Workplace Culture."

The New York Times, The Opinion Pages, October 19, 2015, "Invitation to a Dialogue: Our Meager News Diet."

WHYY's NewsWorks, October 8, 2015, "Facebook comments influence at the ballot box."

6abc Action News, WPVI-TV, Philadelphia, PA, October 2, 2015, "Speculation swirls about Biden presidential run."

Minnesota Star Tribune, May 15, 2015, "Periscope ups the ante for sports, media and politics."

The Atlantic, February 14, 2015, "Waiting for the Conservative Jon Stewart."

The News Journal's Delaware Online, February 13, 2016, "Philadelphia Democratic convention 'great' for Delaware."

CBS News, Feb 5, 2015, "Obamacare for the Internet? GOP evolves on net neutrality."


Forbes, Dec, 17, 2014, “If Comcast Loses, Millennials Win.”

Providence Journal, November 24, 2014, “A Net Neutrality Push.”

Quartz, November 12, 2014, "Fox News viewers are the least informed about net neutrality."

The Washington Post, November 12, 2014, “New poll: Republicans and Democrats both overwhelmingly support net neutrality.”

The Washington Post, October 20, 2014, “New poll finds marijuana legalization enjoys strong support in Delaware, a 2016 target for advocates.”

Huffington Post, October 15, 2014, “People’s Opinions On Voter ID Laws Can Be Racialized Thanks To One Image, Study Shows.”

The News Journal's Delaware Online, October 3, 2014, “Beau Biden Remains Popular, Poll Shows.”

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