Welcome to politicalcommunication.org

From the International Communication Association (ICA)
and the American Political Science Association (APSA)
Political Communication Divisions!

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, USA
Chair of APSA Political Communication Section, 2016-2018

The International Communication Association (ICA) includes 31 divisions and interest groups, each representing a special subfield in the study of communication. The Political Communication Division is one of the largest and oldest divisions of ICA, with about 700 members from over 50 countries. PolComm members explore the interplay of citizens, media and politics. Our main event is the annual meeting with competitively-selected full papers and some of the best attended panels. During the annual meeting we have a business meeting where members are informed about our activities and several awards are granted for conference papers, best article, and career achievement and service.

The ICA Political Communication Division and the Political Communication Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) also co-sponsor the prestigious journal Political Communication and the online semi-annual newsletter, Political Communication Report. You can also stay up to date on the latest news and activities related to Pol Com via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Peter Van Aelst
Department of Political Science, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Chair of ICA Political Communication Division, 2016-2018


Political Communication Division at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)

Political Communication Division of the National Communication Association

American Association for Public Opinion Research

World Association for Public Opinion Research

AAPOR Annual Conference
New Orleans, LA, 18-21 May 2017

ICA Annual Conference
San Diego, CA, 25-29 May 2017

AEJMC Annual Conference
Chicago, IL, 9-12 August 2017

APSA Annual Meeting
San Francisco, CA, 31 August-3 September 2017