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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.




Jones, P.E., Brewer, P.B. (2018). Elite cues and public polarization on transgender rightsPolitics, Groups, and Identities.

Rubino, C., Avery, D.R., McKay, P.F., Moore, B., Wilson, D.C., VanDriel, M.S., Whitt, L.A., McDonald, D.P. (2018). And Justice for All: How Organizational Justice Climate Deters Sexual Harassment. Personnel Psychology.

Wilson, D.C. (2018). Context, Gender Framing, and Ideology Effects on Public Support for Spanking. International Journal of Public Opinion Research. 30(2): 282–304.

Wilson, D. C., Davis, D. W. (2018). The Racial Double Standard: Attributing Racial Motivations in Voting Behavior. Public Opinion Quarterly, 82(1), pp. 63–86.

Collingwood, L., Lajevardi, N., Oskooii, K. (2018). A Change of Heart? Why Individual-Level Public Opinion Shifted Against Trump’s ‘‘Muslim Ban’’. Political Behavior, 39, pp. 1–38.

Jones, P. E., Brewer, P. R., Young, D. G., Lambe, J. L., Hoffman, L. H. (2018). Explaining Public Opinion Toward Transgender People, Rights, and Candidates. Public Opinion Quarterly.


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.

Young, D. G., Jamieson, K. H., Poulsen, S., & Goldring, A. (2017). Fact-checking Effectiveness as a Function of Format and Tone: Evaluating and FlackCheck.orgJournalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.

Young, D. G. & Anderson, K. (2017). Media Diet Homogeneity in a Fragmented Media Landscape. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 25(1), 33 - 47.

Young, D. G. & Lukk, J. M. (2017). Humor use and Policy Mentions in Candidate Interviews across Talk show Sub-genres in the 2016 Presidential Election. In D. Schill and J. Hendricks (Eds.) Media and the 2016 Election: Discourse, Disruption, and Digital Democracy. Routledge Press.

Young, D. G. (2017). Can satire and irony constitute misinformation? In B. Southwell and E. Thorson (Eds.) Misinformation and Mass Audiences, University of Texas Press.

Poulsen, S. and Young, D. G. (2017). A history of fact-checking in U.S. political and election contexts. In B. Southwell and E. Thorson (Eds.) Misinformation and Mass Audiences, University of Texas Press.


Jones, P. E., Brewer, P. R., & Young, D. G. (2016). The effects of traditional news, partisan talk, and political satire programs on perceptions of presidential candidate viability and electability. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 24(3), 172-184.

Milton Heumann, Al Friedes, David Redlawsk, Lance Cassak, and Aniket Kesari. 2016. Public Perceptions of WhistleblowersPublic Integrity 18:1, 6-24. 

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.

Young, D. G. (2016). Political Humor and Satire. In G. Mazzoleni (Ed), The International Encyclopedia of Political Communication. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons Publishers.


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.

Wilson, D. C., Owens, M. L., David, D. W. (2015). How Racial Attitudes and Ideology Affect Political Rights for Felons. Du Bois Review, 12:1, 73-93.


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.

Young, D. G. (2014). Theories and Effects of late-night Political Humor: Discounting Cues, Gateways, and the Impact of Incongruities. In K. Kenski and K. H. Jamieson (Eds.), Handbook of Political Communication Theories. Oxford University Press.

LaMarre, H., Landreville, K. & Young, D. G. (2014). Humor Works in Funny Ways: Examining Satirical Tone as a Key Determinant in Political Humor Message Processing. Mass Communication and Society, 17, 400 - 423.

Young, D. G., Holbert, R. L., & Jamieson, K. H. (2014).  Successful Practices for the Strategic use of Political Parody and Satire:  Lessons from the P6 Symposium and the 2012 Election Campaign. American Behavioral Scientist, Election Issue, 58, 1111 - 1130.


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.

Hoffman, L. H. (2013). When the World Outside Gets Inside Your Head: The Effects of Media Context on Perceptions of Public OpinionCommunication Research, 40(4), 463-485

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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