Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award

2018: Penney, J. (2017). The Citizen Marketer: Promoting Political Opinion in the Social Media Age. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2017: Kraidy, M. M. (2017). The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

2016: Lee, M. (2014). Creating Conservatism: Postwar Words that Made an American Movement. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.

2015: Stromer-Galley, J. (2014). Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age. New York: Oxford University Press.

2014: Stuckey, M. (2013). The Good Neighbor: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Rhetoric of American Power. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.

2013: Kaylor, B. (2012). Presidential Campaign Rhetoric in an Age of Confessional Politics. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

2012: Kenski, K., Hardy, B. W. & Jamieson, K. H. (2010): The Obama Victory:  How Media, Money, and Message Shaped the 2008 Election. Oxford University Press.

2011: Kraidy, M. M. (2010). Reality television and Arab politics: Contention in public life. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.

2010: Baym, G. (2009). From Cronkite to Colbert: The evolution of broadcast news. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

2009: Domke, D., & Coe, K. (2007). The God strategy: How religion became a political weapon in America. New York: Oxford University Press.

2008: Winkler, C. K. (2006). In the name of terrorism: Presidents on political violence in the post-world war II era. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

2007: Jarvis, S. E. (2005). The talk of the party: Political labels, symbolic capital and American life. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.


Bruce E. Gronbeck Political Communication Research Award


2017: Hariman, R., & Lucaites (2016). The Public Image: Photography and Civic Spectatorship. University of Chicago Press.

2016: O'Gorman, N. (2015). The Iconoclastic Image: Image, Catastrophe, and Economy in America From the Kennedy Assassination to September 11. University of Chicago Press.

2015: Lee, M. (2014). Creating Conservatism: Postwar Words that Made an American Movement. Michigan State University Press.

2014: Smith, C. (2014). Confessions of a Presidential Speechwriter. Michigan State University Press.

2013: Nacos, B., Bloch-Elkon, Y., & Shapiro, R. (2011). Selling Fear: Counterterrorism, The Media, And Public Opinion. University of Chicago Press.

2012: Groeling, T. (2010). When Politicians Attack: Party Cohesion in the Media. Cambridge University Press.

Michael Pfau Outstanding Article Award



2018: Warner, B. R., & Villamil, A. (2017). A Test of Imagined Contact as a Means to Improve Cross-Pratisan Feelings and Reduce Attribution of Malevolence and Acceptance of Political Violence. Communication Monographs, 84, 447-465.

2018: Lee, M. J. (2017). Us, Them, and the War on Terror: Reassessing George W. Bush's Rhetorical Legacy. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 14, 3-30.

2017: Scacco, J., & Coe, K. (2016). The Ubiquitous Presidency: Toward a New paradigm for Studying Presidential Communication. International Journal of Communication, 10, 2014-2037.

2016: Serazio, M. (2014). The New Media Designs of Political Consultants: Campaign Production in a Fragmented Era. Journal of Communication, 64, 743-763.

2015: Butterworth, M. L. (2014). Nate Silver and Campaign 2012: Sport, the Statistical Frame, and the Rhetoric of Electoral Forecasting. Journal of Communication, 64, 895-914.

2014: McKinney, M.S., & Warner, B. R. (2013). Do Presidential Debates Matter? Examining a Decade of Campaign Debate Effects. Argumentation and Advocacy, 49, 238-258.

2013: Coe, K., & Schmidt, A. (2012). America in Black and White: Locating Race in the Modern Presidency, 1933-2011. Journal of Communication, 62, 609-627.

2012: Anderson, K. V. (2011). “Rhymes with Blunt”: Pornification and U.S. Political Culture. Rhetoric and Public Affairs, 14(2), 327-368.

2011: Stroud, N. J. (2010). Polarization and partisan selective exposure. Journal of Communication, 60(3), 556-576.

2010: Anderson, F. D., King, A., & McClure, K. (2009). Kenneth Burke’s dramatic form criticism. In J. A. Kuypers (Ed.), Rhetorical Criticism: Perspectives in Action (pp. 143-163). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

2009: Rowland, R., & Jones, J. (2007). Recasting the American dream and American politics: Barack Obama’s keynote address to the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 93, 425-448.

2008: Coe, K., & Domke, D. (2006). Petitioners or prophets? Presidential discourse, God, and the ascendancy of religious conservatives. Journal of Communication, 56, 309-330.

2007: Mitchell, G. R. (2006). Team B intelligence coups. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 92, 144-173.

Lynda Lee Kaid Outstanding Dissertation Award


2018: McGregor, S. C. Social (Media) Construction of Public Opinion by Political Elites. University of Texas.

2017: Kearney, M. A Network-Based Approach to Estimating Partisanship and Analyzing Change in Polarization During the 2016 General Election. University of Kansas.

2016: Scacco, J. Presidential Prediction: The Strategic Construction and Influence of Expectation Frames. University of Texas.

2015: Hinck, A. Fan-Based Performances of Citizenship: Fandom, Public Engagement, and Politics. University of Wisconsin, Madison.

2014: Muddiman, A. The instability of incivility: How news frames and citizen perceptions shape conflict in American politics. University fo Texas, Austin.

2013: Reedy, J. Political discussion and deliberative democracy in immigrant communitie. Doctoral Dissertation University of Washington.

2012: Barney, T. (Re)Placing America: Cold War Mapping and the Mediation of International Space. Doctoral Dissertation University of Maryland.

2011: Brinson, M. D. Muslims in the media: Intercultural consequences of an Islamaphobic media system. Doctoral Dissertation University of California, Santa Barbara.

2010: Rill, L. A. Information, pleasure, and persuasion: How motivations function in talking politics. Doctoral Dissertation University of Missouri.

2009: Richards, K. C. The awakening: Rhetoric and the rise of new women in the new Northwest, 1868 – 1912. Doctoral Dissertation Northwestern University.

2008: n/a

2007: Stroud, N. Selective Exposure to Partisan Information. Doctoral Dissertation University of Pennsylvania.

Outstanding Service to the Division


2018: Rebekah Watson Gaidis, NCA Political Communication Division Chair, 2017

2017: Kristina Horn Sheeler, NCA Political Communication Division Chair, 2016

2016: Jay Childers, NCA Political Communication Division Chair, 2015

2015: Sharon Jarvis, NCA Political Communication Division Chair, 2014

2014: Mary Banwart, NCA Political Communication Division Chair, 2013

2013: Jill Edy, NCA Political Communication Division Chair, 2012

2012: Kate Kenski, NCA Political Communication Division Chair, 2011

Top Papers

2017 || Top Papers in Political Communication

"Contextualizing Democratic Ideals into an Islamic Idiom? The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Counterpublic Dynamics in Ikhwanweb"." Soumia Bardhan, Kansas State University.

"Millennial Engagement Myth-Busting: Active Disengagement and the Future of Digital Politics." Alison Nicole Novak, Rowan University.

"Political Pornification Gone Global: Teresa Rodriguez as Fungible Object in the 2015 Spanish Regional Elections." Ignacio Moreno, Universidad Complutense of Madrid ; Karrin Anderson, Colorado State University.

"Tweeting Presidential Primary Debates: Debate Processing through Motivated Twitter Instruction." Mitchell S. McKinney, University of Missouri; Freddie J. Jennings, University of Missouri; Calvin R. Coker, University of Missouri; Benjamin Warner, University of Missouri.

2017 || Top Student Papers in Political Communication

"Domesticating International Responsibilities: U.S. Gubernatorial Resistance to Obama’s Syrian Refugee Resettlement Plan." Loretta J. Rowley, University of Utah.

"Hope and its Place in Politics." Sohyun Choi, University of Texas, Austin.

"Reaching Muslims from the Bully Pulpit: Analyzing Presidential Discourse on Islam and Muslims from FDR to Obama." Rico Neumann, University of Washington, Seattle; Devon Geary, University of Washington.

"The Difference of Four Years: How Students’ Political Views Change During College." Lauren Fine, University of Washington.

2016 || Top Papers in Political Communication

"Analyzing Iranian Leaders’ Conflict Framing with Leximancer Automated Text Analysis." Kenneth Hacker, New Mexico State University; Ahmed Abdelali, New Mexico State University; Jennifer Johnston, Institute for Social Innovation Fielding Graduate University; David M. Boje, New Mexico State University.

"Online Communication Regarding Ohio’s 2016 Presidential Primary: Using Social Media Analysis Software for Communication Research." Jeffrey Kuznekoff, Miami University, Middletown; Leland G. Spencer, Miami University, Hamilton; Robert N. Burt, Miami University.

"Talking Politics: Discussion Partner and Group Preferences." Alyssa Morey, University at Albany, SUNY; Steven Kleinman, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Mark Boukes, University of Amsterdam.

"The Culmination of American Exceptionalism in the Age of Obama: Presidential Discourse, National Crises, and Challenges to Patriotism." Jason Gilmore, Utah State University; Penelope Sheets, University of Amsterdam; Charles Rowling, University of Nebraska, Kearney.

2016 || Top Student Papers in Political Communication

"Assembling the Living Archive: A Media-Archaeological Excavation of Occupy Wall Street." Jason Buel, North Carolina State University.

"Critiquing Hashtag Movements: Examining the Limitations of #BlackLivesMatter through Episodic Framing, Slacktivism, and Appropriation." Diana Zulli, University of Utah.

"From Scandal to Mistake: Rhetorical Transformations in the Clinton Email Controversy." Anna Walling, University of Georgia.

"Political Authenticity Expectation Frameworks: The 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary Candidate Announcements." Devin Scott, University of Maryland.

2015 || Top Papers in Political Communication

"An Axis of One: The Problem of Evil in Bush’s Iran Strategy." Travis Cram, University of Wyoming.

"Self-Affirmation, Moral Foundations, and Disrupting Partisan Selectivity." Natalie Jomini Stroud, University of Texas, Austin.

"Physical and Attitudinal Responses to Music in Political Ads: Effects of Message Valence, Musical Tempo, Modal Congruity and Political Sophistication." Jonathan Ezell, Tennessee Technological University.

"Correcting Political Misinformation: Humor as a Vehicle to Increase Interest and Overcome Motivated Reasoning." Dannagal Young, University of Delaware; Abigail Goldring, University of Delaware; Shannon Poulsen, University of Delaware; Kathleen Jamieson, University of Pennsylvania.

2015 || Top Student Papers in Political Communication

"Political Events, Actors, and Issues: The News Media’s Construction of the 2013 Government Shutdown Narrative." Angela M. McGowan, State University of New York, Fredonia.

"Subordination of the Feminine Voice: Hillary Clinton's Speech to the 2008 Democratic National Convention." Rachael K. Jensen, University of Arkansas.

""Two Parent Seeds, Education and Ignorance": Reconstructing Social Hierarchy in the Congressional Department of Education Debate, 1866-1868." Michael J. Steudeman, University of Maryland.

"The Presidential Life: Biographical Campaign Ads and the Mythical Guidelines for How Presidents Explain Themselves." Doron Taussig, University of Pennsylvania.

"Frame Reconstruction in Hegemonic Discourse: A Theory of Rhetoric Applied to Social Movements for a $15 Minimum Wage." Kristiana N. Wright, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

2014 || Top Papers in Political Communication

Robin Stryker, Bethany Anne Conway, and J. Taylor Danielson: “What is political incivility?”

Thomas McCloskey: “‘We must not forget that God created us equal’: Putin and American exceptionalism”

Benjamin Warner and Mary Banwart: “How image matters: Constructing a measure of campaign communication effects”

Lindsey Meeks: “Let’s get personal: Examining the effects of personalization in candidates’ online self-presentations”

2014 || Top Student Papers in Political Communication

Sarah Turner McGowen: “Political advertisements in the 2012 election: Affect, the female body and rhetorical strategies”

Rachel Neo: “Examining the influence of SNS network homogeneity on actual voting behavior via affective responses toward in and out-group presidential candidates as intervening variables”

Arielle Cardona: “Having it all: A narrative analysis in negotiating the double binds on candidate websites”

Athena Murray: "'Shaking up the campaign': Immediacy, hypermediacy, and the etch a sketch gaffe."

2013 || Top Four Papers in Political Communication

"Communicating Openness in Deliberation". Sonia Ivancic & Leah Sprain, University of Colorado Boulder.

"Social Networking Sites and Knowledge of the 2012 Presidential Election". Jeffrey Gottfried, Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Bruce Hardy, Kenneth Winneg & Kathleen Jamieson, University of Pennsylvania.

"Nate Silver’s Presidential PECOTA: Sport, the Statistical Frame, and the Rhetoric of Electoral Forecasting". Michael Butterworth, Ohio University.

"Why Do Knowledgeable Partisans Polarize? Cueing Knowledge, General Political Knowledge, and Policy Attitudes". Daniel Bergan, Michigan State University.

2013 || Top Four Student Papers in Political Communication

"‘Citing’ the Other Side: The Nature of Engaging Political Messages from the Opposing Camp in the Political Blogosphere". Rebecca Yu & Yu Won Oh, University of Michigan.

"He Tweets, She Tweets: Examining Gendered Presentations of Self in 2012 Senate Elections". o Lindsey Meeks, University of Washington.

"Cossack Consubstantiality: The Ukrainian Pursuit of a Unified Nationalist Discourse". Thomas McCloskey, University of Maryland.

"‘Build Your Own Conspiracy Theory!’ Conspiracy Discourse After the Osama Bin Laden Assassination". Athena Murry, University of Georgia.

2012 || Top Four Papers in Political Communication

"Decoupling Selective Approach and Selective Avoidance". R. Kelly Garrett, The Ohio State University & Natalie Jomini Stroud, University of Texas at Austin.

"Political Efficacy on the Internet: A Media System Dependency Approach". Katherine Ognyanova, University of Southern California.

"Communicating to the Fringe: The Character of Political Extremism in America ". Benjamin Warner, University of Missouri.

"The Kids Just Aren't Right: A Mediation Model to Identify Factors that Explain Why Young Adults Don't Consume Political News". Andrea M. Quienette, The Ohio State University.

2011 || Top Four Papers in Political Communication

"Undermining the Corrective Effects of Media-based Political Fact Checking". R. Kelly Garrett, Emily Lynch, & Erik Nisbet, The Ohio State University.

"Agitating for a Voice: A Theory of Third Party Presidential Campaign Style". Ryan M. Neville-Shepard, Indiana U-Purdue U, Columbus.

"Revisiting the Rigidity-of-the-Right Hypothesis: An Assessment of Ideological Polarization and News Media Use in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election". Rico Neumann, U for Peace & Kate Kenski, U of Arizona.

"Assessing Belief in Online Political Rumors and Its Impact on Vote Choice". Brian Weeks & R. Kelly Garrett, The Ohio State University.

2011 || Top Four Student Papers In Political Communication

“Emergent Voices of Citizenship: The Relationship between Communication, Citizenship Orientation, and Political Participation in Colombia“. Matthew Barnidge, Timothy Macafee, & Alexandra Rogers, U of Wisconsin-Madison

“The Making of Deliberative Citizens: Role of Reflexivity and Relational Citizenship Identity”.  Kyurim Kyoung, U of Wisconsin-Madison

“Negotiating the Persona of Progress or the Rhetoric of Corporate Personhood”.  Stephen Rahko, Indiana U

“A New Digital Divide? Generational Differences in the Effects of Niche News”. Elizabeth Roodhouse, U of Pennsylvania

2010 || Top Four Papers in Political Communication

“Antapologia in the 1960 Spy Plane Incident“. Kevin A. Stein, South Utah U

“Intimacy Appeals in Israeli Televised Political Advertising”.  Galit Marmor-Lavie, U of Texas at Austin Department of Advertising, & Gabriel Weimann, U of Haifa Department of Communication

“Contested Meanings: Public Perceptions of Feminist Ideology in the Clinton-Jones-Lewinsky Scandal”.  Shereen Bingham, Barbara Pickering, & Deborah Smith-Howell, U of Nebraska Omaha

&ldquoExamining Media Coverage and Casualty Intolerance for Post Invasion Iraq”. Glenn Hansen, Michael M. Haigh, & Michael Pfau, U of Oklahoma,

2003 || Top Four Papers In Political Communication

“The West Wing as Endorsement of the American Presidency: Expanding the Bounds of Priming in Political Communication.”  R. Lance Holbert, University of Delaware; Owen Pillion, David Tschida, Greg Armfield, University of Missouri, Columbia, Kelly Kinder, Kristen Cherry, Amy Daulton, University of Missouri, Columbia

“Audiences Implicadas e Ignoradas in English and Spanish Lanquage Questions in the 2002 Texas Gubernatorial Debates.”  Sharon E. Jarvis, University of Texas, Austin, Stacey E. Connaughton, Rutgers University

“Examining the Effects of Perceived Political Sophistication on Political Participation.” J. Kanan Sawyer, University of Texas, Austin

“Political Websites: Female Senatorial and Gubernatorial Candidates and Their Opponents in the 2002 Election.”  Terry A. Robertson, University of South Dakota, Erica A. Raabe, Kelly A. McKay-Semmler, University of South Dakota

2002 || Top Five Papers In Political Communication

“Images of the 2000 Presidential Candidates on the Internet.” Rebecca Tillery, University of Arkansas, Robert H. Wicks, University of Arkansas

“Debate Issue and Image Effects: An Exploration of Agenda Setting and Selective Perception In the 2000 Presidential Debates.” John C. Tedesco, Virginia Tech University, Lori M. McKinnon, University of Alabama

“The Role of Political Ad Recall, News Use, Political Discussion, and Debate Viewing in Campaign Issue Knowledge and Salience.” R. Lance Holbert, University of Missouri, Columbia, William L. Benoit, University of Missouri, Columbia

“Candidates and Young Americans Discuss the Youth Vote: A Closer Examination of the Cycle of Neglect.” Sharon E. Jarvis, University of Texas, Austin, Nancy A. Jennings, University of Texas, Austin, William P. Jennings, University of Texas, Austin, Jerry T. Pharr Jr., University of Texas, Austin

“Actual or Perceived Learning: An Analysis Of the 200 Presidential Debates.” Benjamin R. Bates, University of Georgia, Edward M. Panetta, University of Georgia

2002 || Top Student Papers In Political Communication

“Televised Post-Debate Focus Groups.” Steven E. Martin, Pennsylvania State University

“Perestroika and the Press: How the Soviet Media Helped Bring About the Second Russian Revolution.” Melissa McElroy, University of Alabama

“A Rhetoric of (In)Civility: Burke’s Theory of Form and the John Ashcroft ‘Debates’.” Christopher R. Darr, Purdue University

“Hillary Rodham Clinton: The Rhetorical Examination of the Three Communicative Stages of an Historic First Lady.” Carol Lynn Bower, Arizona State University

“Bill Clinton and Rhetoric of Common Sense Populism: ‘The Last Dog is Still Barking’.” Neil H. Mansharamani, University of Maryland

“Framing the Performance of the First Lady Position: The Case of Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Candidates’ Wives.”  Lisa M. Burns, University of Maryland

“Presidential War Rhetoric in Response to Sept. 11: Using ‘Unconditional Surrender’ as Counter-terrorism Rhetoric.”  Alane Lockwood, San Diego State University

2001 || Top Four Papers In Political Communication

“Impact of Communication Forms in Presidential Campaigns: Influences on Candidate Perceptions and Democratic Process.”  Michael Pfau, University of Oklahoma

“Campaigning from the Bully Pulpit: The Effects of Gender and Status on the Rhetorical Style of Barbara Boxer’s 1992 and 1998 Senate Campaigns.” Amy  J. Pierce, Saginaw Valley State University

“Presidential Television Advertising and the Public Agenda, 1952-2000*.” Glenn J. Hansen, University of Missouri, Columbia

“A Comprehensive Evaluation of Television Network News Coverage of the 1996 Presidential Election.” Jennifer T. Cartwright, University of Arizona, Henry C. Kenski, University of Arizona

2000 || Top Three Papers In Political Communication

“Constructing Welfare As We Know It: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Welfare     Reform Hearings and Debates Resulting in the 1996 Personal Responsibility   and Work Opportunity Reconciliation.”  Lisa Gring-Pemble, University of Maryland

“Clinton’s Address to the Nation: A Case Study of Apologetic Goals.” Robert A. Vartabedian, Western Carolina University, Laurel Vartabedian, Western Carolina University

“Internet Presidential Campaigning: The Influence of Candidate Internet Sites on the 2000 Election.” Glenn J. Hansen, University of Missouri, Columbia