Ph.D. Program

Political Political

Political Communication, Ethics and Law

Explore issues of how public opinion and communication practice are shaped through traditional and interactive media, laws, policies, and ethical codes.

Distinguished Faculty Include:

  • Clay Calvert, Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication
  • Linda Childers Hon, director, Public Relations and Social Advocacy Project
  • Spiro Kiousis, executive associate dean and professor of Public Relations
  • Jasmine McNealy, assistant professor, Department of Telecommunication
  • David Ostroff, chair, Department of Telecommunication
  • Ronald Rogers, associate professor, Department of Journalism
  • Wayne Wanta, professor, Department of Journalism

Recent Publications and Papers

  •  Alkazemi, M. F., & Wanta, W. (2015). Kuwaiti political cartoons during the Arab Spring: Agenda setting and self-censorship. Journalism16(5), 630-653.
  • Calvert, C. (2014). Content-Based Confusion and Panhandling: Muddling a Weathered First Amendment Doctrine Takes Its Toll on Society’s Less Fortunate.  JL & Pub. Int.18, 249.
  • Hon, L. (2015). Digital Social Advocacy in the Justice for Trayvon Campaign.Journal of Public Relations Research27(4), 299-321.
  • McDevitt, M., & Kiousis, S. (2015). Active Political Parenting: Youth Contributions During Election Campaigns*. Social Science Quarterly96(1), 19-33.