Please also look at the "Division Conferences" for upcoming APSA conferences.


The Political Communication section of APSA was organized to bring together academics and practitioners who analyze communication and politics. Our members, numbering nearly 500, engage in research spanning American and comparative political communication, communication in international relations, the role of the media in agenda setting and public opinion and the role of the Internet in social and political life, among other topics.

Our section sponsors an annual pre-conference held on the day prior to the opening of the APSA conference. The day-long conference typically is held at a university venue in the host city for APSA and features scholars from all over the world. The pre-conference program features traditional research panels along with expert roundtables and noteworthy keynote speakers, and provides an opportunity for a small conference setting in the midst of the large, and ever growing, APSA meeting.

The section also holds an annual business meeting and reception at the APSA conference. During the business meeting, awards are given for best paper, best book, best graduate paper, and career achievement. In addition, the section co-sponsors the journal, Political Communication, a regular newsletter, and this website.

Please browse through this website to learn more about the APSA section as well as other political communication divisions and our current activities. We invite you to join us as new members of our respective organizations.

Johanna Dunaway
Department of Communication, Texas A&M University
Chair of APSA Political Communication Section, 2016-2018