International Communication Association
Political Communication Division Leadership

Peter Van Aelst
University of Antwerp
Department of Political Science

2000 Antwerpen
Tel: +32 032 655 723

Vice Chair
Kimberly Gross
George Washington University
School of Media and Public Affairs

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

Thomas Zerback
LMU Munich
Department of Communication Studies and Media Research

Oettingenstr. 67
80538 München
Tel: +49 89 2180 9460

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: Michael Traugott, University of Michigan (Chair, APSA, 2013) Kate Kenski, University of Arizona (ICA, 2015) Frank Marcinkowski, University of Münster (ICA, 2015) Yariv Tsfati, Haifa University (ICA, 2015) Jörg Matthes, University of Vienna (ICA, 2015) Erika Franklin Fowler, Wesleyan University (APSA, since 2014) Kathleen Searles, Louisiana State University (APSA, since 2015) Ann Crigler, University of Southern California (APSA, since 2016)

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) Eike Mark Rinke, University of Mannheim (Editor, Political Communication Report, 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. Until last year the winner was selected by a special committee who went through all articles on political communication published in established journals during the year before. Since this became too much work the annual award is from now on given on the basis of nominations. This year’s award committee consists of Lance Bennett, Frank Esser, Kate Kenski, Sophie Lecheler (chair), and Toshio Takeshita.

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.

All nominations should be emailed to before February 15, 2017.

Best Dissertation Award

This award, begun in 2013, is for the best dissertation in the field of political communication during the previous year. This year's committee is:

Toril Aalberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway (Chair) Michael Xenos, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA Erik P. Bucy, Texas Tech University, USA

David Swanson Award for Service to Political Communication Scholarship Committee 

This is a joint ICA-APSA nomination committee that includes representatives of both divisions of Political Communication.  It is appointed by the two chairs of the divisions every two years, as the Award in memory of one of the founders of our discipline is presented every other year.  The aim of the Award is to recognize the service of those who distinguished in contributing to the field as program planners, journal editors, division leaders, webmasters, in several activities that require dedication of time and often of personal resources.

This award was created to honor David Swanson's service to the ICA and APSA political communication divisions.

The current committee (serving until 2016) is: Gianpietro Mazzoleni, University of Milan (Chair, ICA) Magdalena Wojzieszak, University of Amsterdam (ICA) Lindsay H. Hoffman, University of Delaware (ICA) Steven Livingston, George Washington University (APSA) David L. Paletz, Duke University (APSA)

Past chairs of the ICA Political Communication Division Past officers and committee members of the ICA Political Communication Division