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: 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:

  1. Each person can nominate one article, which may include self-nominations.
  2. The nomination should include a short rationale (min. 100 words) for why the article is nominated.
  3. The article deals with an aspect of political communication in the broad sense.
  4. The article is published in 2017 in a journal that deals with communication, political science, journalism, or public opinion (see list).

This year’s award committee consists of Scott Althaus (chair), Carsten Reinemann, Regina Lawrence, Václav Štětka, and Fei 'Chris' Shen. 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 15, 2018. Late submissions will not be accepted. All nominations should be emailed 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 Prague. 

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 

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.  The joint award committee includes representatives of the ICA division and APSA section. This year committee consists of Tamir Sheafer (ICA), Shanto Iyengar (ICA), Barbara Pfetsch (ICA), Stuart Soroka (APSA), and Talia Stroud (APSA).

Nominations are now open for the 2018 David Swanson Award. Please send your suggestions to the committee chair Tamir Sheafer (, by March 1, 2018. Include the name and a brief letter describing the service to political communication.

Past Recipients of the David Swanson Award.

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