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Studying the rapidly developing field of political communication requires collaborative and multi-dimensional scholarship, which is at the heart of the Center for Political Communication, drawing from Political Science, Communication, Sociology, Anthropology, History and Psychology, among other disciplines. Several academic journals, such as Electronic NewsInternational Journal of CommunicationJournal of Experimental Political Science, and Social Science Quarterly, have published research projects sponsored by the University of Delaware Center for Political Communication. Below is a list of work published since 2012.




Lau, Richard R., Andersen, David J., Ditonto, Tessa M., Kleinberg, Mona S., Redlawsk, David P. (2017). Effect of Media Environment Diversity and Advertising Tone on Information Search, Selective Exposure, and Affective Polarization. Political Behavior, 39:231, pp. 1-25.


Pierce, Douglas R., Redlawsk, David P., Cohen, William W. (2016). Social Influences on Online Political Information Search and EvaluationPolitical Behavior, pp. 1-23.

Hoffman, L.H., & Schechter, A.L. (2016). Technical Skills Required: How Technological Efficacy Influences Online Political Behavior, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 60, pp. 484-502.

Brewer, P.R., Wilson, D.C., Habegger, M. (2016). Wedding Imagery and Public Support for Gay Marriage. Journal of Homosexuality, pp. 1-11.

Brewer, P. R., Habegger, M., Harrington, R., Hoffman, L. H., Jones, P. E., & Lambe, J. L. (2016). Interactivity between Candidates and Citizens on a Social Networking Site: Effects on Perceptions and Vote Intentions. Journal of Experimental Political Science, pp. 1-13.

Jones, P.E., (2016). Constituents' Responses to Descriptive and Substantive Representation in Congress. Social Science Quarterly.

Wilson, D.C., Brewer, P.R., (2016). Do Frames Emphasizing Harm to Age and Racial-Ethnic Groups Reduce Support for Voter ID Laws? Social Science Quarterly.


Brewer, P.R., Begleiter, R.J., Anderson, D., Isaacs, M. (2015). Using Tablet Devices and Social Media in a Course about the 2012 US Election Campaign. PS: Political Science & Politics, 48:1, pp. 171-175.

Brewer, P.R., McKnight, J. (2015). Climate as Comedy: The Effects of Satirical Television News on Climate Change PerceptionsScience Communication, 37:5, 635-657.

Lefky, T., Brewer, P.R., Habegger, M. (2015). Tweets on Television News: The Nature and Effects of Campaign Coverage of Twitter. Electronic News, 9:4, 257-269.


Brewer, P., Hoffman, L. H., Harrington, R., Jones, P. E., Lambe, J. (2014). Public Perceptions Regarding the Authenticity of the 2012 Presidential Candidates. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 44:4, pp. 742-747.

Brewer, P., Wilson, D. (2014). Racial Imagery and Support for Voter ID Laws. SpringerLink, 6:4, pp 365-371.

Hoffman, L. H., & Fang, H. (2014). Quantifying Political Behavior on Mobile Devices over Time: A User Evaluation Study. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 11:4, 435-445.


Brewer, P.R., Young, D.G., Jones, P.E. (2013). Campaign News Genres, Audience Characteristics, and Media Perceptions: A Field Experiment. Electronic News, 7:4, 189-203.

Brewer, P.R., Young, D.G., Morreale, M. (2013). The Impact of Real News about “Fake News”: Intertextual Processes and Political Satire. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 25:3, 323-343.

Hoffman, L. H., Jones, P. E., & Young, D. G. (2013). Does My Comment Count? Perceptions of Political Participation in an Online Environment. Computers in Human Behavior, 29:6, 2248–2256.

Hoffman, L. H. (2013). Political Interviews: Examining Perceived Media Bias and Effects across TV Entertainment Formats. International Journal of Communication, 7, 471-488.

Wilson, D.C., Brewer, P.R. (2013). The Foundations of Public Opinion on Voter ID Laws: Political Predispositions, Racial Resentment, and Information Effects. Public Opinion Quarterly, 77:4, 962-984.

Young, D.G., Gray, J. (2013). Breaking Boundaries: Working Across the Methodological and Epistemological Divide in the Study of Political Entertainment. International Journal of Communication, 7, 552-555.

Young, D.G. (2013). Political Satire and Occupy Wall Street: How Comics Co-opted Strategies of the Protest Paradigm to Legitimize a Movement. International Journal of Communication, 7, 371-393.


Hoffman, L. H. (2012). Participation or Communication? An Explication of Political Activity in the Internet Age. Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 9:3, 217–233.

Jones, P. E., Hoffman, L. H., & Young, D. G. (2012). Online emotional appeals and political participation: The effect of candidate affect on mass behavior. New Media and Society, 15:7, 1132-1150.

Young, D. G., & Hoffman, L. H. (2012). Acquisition of Current Events Knowledge from Political Satire Programming: An Experimental Approach. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 20, 290-304.

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