International Communication Association
Political Communication Division Leadership

Kimberly Gross
George Washington University
School of Media and Public Affairs

805 21st Street NW
Washington, DC, 20052
Tel: +1 202 994 0387

Vice Chair

Sophie Lecheler
University of Vienna
Department of Communication

Althanstraße 14
1090 Wien
Tel.: +43 1 4277 493 75

Nayla Fawzi
University of Munich
Department of Communication Studies and Media Research

Oettingenstr. 67
80538 München
Tel: +49 89 2180 9430

Division Committee Members

Joint Publications Committee

Members from the Political Communication Divisions of ICA and APSA form an advisory board to the journal Political Communication.  For the ICA, it is either three or four people, depending on who is the current chair of the committee.

This year's committee is: Patricia Moy (Chair, ICA, 2017-2020), Frank Esser (ICA, 2017-2020), Sebastian Valenzuela (ICA, 2017-2020), Eike Mark Rinke (ICA, 2017-2020), Kathleen Searles (APSA, 2015-2018), Ann Crigler (APSA, 2016-2019), and Emily Thorson (APSA, 2017-2020).

Ex officio: Johanna Dunaway, Texas A&M University (Chair, APSA Political Communication Section), Peter Van Aelst, University of Antwerp (Chair, ICA Political Communication Division), Claes de Vreese, University of Amsterdam (Editor, Political Communication), and Björn Buß, Leuphana University Lüneburg (APSA-ICA Political Communication Webmaster/Social Media Manager).

The Kaid-Sanders Best Political Communication Article of the Year Award Committee

Every year the ICA Political Communication Division awards the best article published in our field. The award will be given based on nominations using the following criteria:

  • Each person can nominate one article, which may include self-nominations.
  • The nomination should include a short rationale (min. 100 words) explaining why the article is nominated.
  • The article deals with an aspect of political communication in the broad sense.
  • The article was published in 2018 in a journal that deals with communication, political science, journalism, or public opinion (see list at the end).

This year’s award committee consists of Frank Esser (chair), Weiyu Zhang, Lilach Nir, Kelly Garrett and Stuart Soroka. The award committee judges each article on several criteria including the importance of the topic it addresses, theoretical depth, the strength of evidence it presents, and the significance of its conclusions. The committee will also consider the overall contribution to the field of Political Communication.

Deadline: February 25, 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted. All nominations should be sent by email to 

The award for the winner (a 1000$ cash prize) and the first runner up (250$) will be given during the division’s business meeting in Washington DC.  

Best Dissertation Award

This award, begun in 2013, is for the best dissertation in the field of political communication during the previous two years.  We are now accepting nominations for the award for dissertations defended in 2017 and 2018, self nominations are possible and all materials must be submitted in English. 

The award committee consists of Anamaria Dutceac Segesten (chair), Daniel Kreiss, Kevin Coe and Paul Brewer.  All nominations should be emailed to the committee chair at The nomination package should include:

  • A publication from the dissertation. This can be an exemplary article or chapter from the dissertation. Both published and un-published articles or chapters can be submitted. Co-authored articles are permitted, but the PhD student must be the lead author on the article. Alternatively, a 35-page (max) outline of the dissertation can be submitted.
  • A memo (max 2 pages) outlining the overall thrust and evidence in the dissertation as well as an overview of any other publications stemming from the dissertation (either published, under review, or in press).
  • Dated evidence of successful defense.
  • A nomination letter from a scholar outside the candidate's school outlining the merits of the dissertation.

Deadline: February 25, 2019.

David Swanson Award for Service to Political Communication Scholarship Committee 

The Service to Political Communication Scholarship Award recognizes those distinguished in their sustained contributions to the field as planners, editors, and leaders and in other roles that require time and energy, innovation, and personal dedication.  The award honours David Swanson, one of the founders of political communication who gave exemplary service to the ICA Political Communication Division and APSA Political Communication Section.  In his memory, the ICA division presents the award every other year.  

Nominations are now open for the 2020 David Swanson Award.

Past Recipients of the David Swanson Award.

2018 Claes de Vreese

2016 Shanto Iyengar

2014 Patricia Moy

2012 David Paletz

2010 Doris Graber

2008 Wolfgang Donsbach

2006 Ann Crigler


Past chairs of the ICA Political Communication Division

Past officers and committee members of the ICA Political Communication Division