Political Communication Division Awards


Doris A. Graber Outstanding Book Award

The Doris Graber Outstanding Book Award is given to the most outstanding book in the field of political communication that was published in the past decade. The nominated book and a nomination letter should be sent to all three members of the award committee. The nomination letter should clearly explicate how the book has made a significant theoretical, methodological, and/or empirical contribution to political communication scholarship in the last decade. Copies of book reviews may also be included with the nomination letter and book.

Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2024


Award committee:

Name Affiliation Email
Michael Wagner (Chair) University of Wisconsin Madison mwagner8@wisc.edu
Jessica Feezell University of New Mexico jfeezell@unm.edu
Rachel Kuo University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign rskuo2@illinois.edu
Lala Muradova Universitat Pompeu Fabra lala.muradova@upf.edu


Past Recipients

2023 - Daniel J. Hopkins, The Increasingly United States: How and Why American Political Behavior Nationalized [Publisher]

2022 - Kevin Arceneaux and Martin Johnson, Changing Minds or Changing Channels? Partisan News in an Age of Choice [Publisher]

2021 - Bethany Albertson and Shana Kushner Gadarian, Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World [Publisher]

2020 - Rodney Benson, Shaping Immigration News: A French American Comparison [Publisher]

2019 - Matthew Hindman, The Myth of Digital Democracy [Publisher]

2018 - Amber E. Boydstun, Making the News: Politics, the Media and Agenda Setting [Publisher]

2017 - Diana C. Mutz, In Your Face Politics: The Consequences of Uncivil Media [Publisher]

2016 - Lance Bennett, Regina Lawrence, and Steven Livingston, When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina [Publisher]

2015 - Ted Brader, Campaigning for Hearts and Minds: How Emotional Appeals in Political Ads Work [Publisher]

2014 - Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Ground Wars: Personalized Communication in Political Campaigns [Publisher]

2013 - Susan Herbst, Rude Democracy: Civility and Incivility in American Politics [Publisher]

2012 - Robert Huckfeldt, Paul E. Johnson, and John Sprague, Political Disagreement: The Survival of Diverse Opinions within Communication Networks [Publisher]

2011 - Robert M. Entman, Projections of Power: Framing News, Public Opinion and US Foreign Policy [Publisher]

2010 - Markus Prior, Post-Broadcast Democracy: How Media Choice Increases Inequality in Political Involvement and Polarizes Elections [Publisher]

2009 - Roderick P. Hart, Campaign Talk: Why Elections Are Good for Us [Publisher]

2008 - Kirsten A. Foot and Steven M. Schneider, Web Campaigning [Publisher]

2007 - Joseph N. Cappella and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Spiral of Cynicism: The Press and the Public Good [Publisher]

2006 - Pippa Norris, A Virtuous Circle [Publisher]

2004 - Timothy E. Cook, Governing With the News: The News as a Political Institution [Publisher]

2003 - Marion R. Just, Ann N. Crigler, Dean E. Alger, Timothy E. Cook, Montague Kern, and Darrell M. West, Crosstalk: Citizens, Candidates, and the Media in a Presidential Campaign [Publisher]

2002 - Thomas Patterson, Out of Order [Publisher]

2001 - John Zaller, The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion [Publisher]

2000 - William A. Gamson, Talking Politics [Publisher]


Walter Lippmann Best Article of the Year Award

The Walter Lippmann Best Published Article Award recognizes the best article published in the field of political communication in the previous calendar year. Articles will be proposed by nomination or self-nomination.

Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2024


Award committee:

Name Affiliation Email Address
Patricia Rossini (Chair) University of Glasgow Patricia.Rossini@glasgow.ac.uk
John Cluverius UMass Lowell John_Cluverius@uml.edu
Philipp Darius The Hertie School darius@hertie-school.org
Stephanie DeMora University of Pennsylvania stephanie.demora@appc.upenn.edu


Past Recipients

2023 - Patricia Rossini, "Beyond Incivility: Understanding Patterns of Uncivil and Intolerant Discourse in Online Political Talk," published in Communication Research [Publisher]

2022 - Constantine Boussalis, Travis G. Coan, Mirya R. Holman, and Stefan Müller, "Gender, candidate emotional expression, and voter reactions during televised debates," published in American Political Science Review [Publisher]

2021 - Jason C. Coronel, Shannon Poulsen, and Matthew D. Sweitzer, "Investigating the generation and spread of numerical misinformation," published in Human Communication Research [Publisher]

2020 - Talia Jomini Stroud and Ashley Muddiman, "Social Media Engagement With Strategy- and Issue-Framed Political News," published in Journal of Communication [Publisher]

2019 - Johanna Dunaway, Kathleen Searles, Mingxiao Sui, and Newly Paul, "News Attention in a Mobile Era," published in Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication [Publisher]

2018 - Jessica T. Feezell, "Agenda-Setting Through Social Media: The Importance of Incidental News Exposure and Social Filtering in the Digital Era," published in Political Research Quarterly [Publisher]

2017 - Leticia Bode, "Political News in the News Feed: Learning Politics from Social Media," published in Mass Communication and Society [Publisher]

2016 - Cristian Vaccari, Andrew Chadwick, Ben O’Loughlin, "Dual Screening the Political: Media Events, Social Media, and Citizen Engagement," published in Journal of Communication [Publisher]


Paul Lazarsfeld Best Paper Award

The Paul Lazarsfeld Award recognizes the best paper on political communication presented at the previous year’s APSA annual meeting or Political Communication preconference. Preference will be given to papers presented in the Political Communication Section.

Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2024


Award committee:

Name Affiliation Email Address
Rune Slothuus (Chair) Aarhus University slothuus@ps.au.dk
Chelsea Butkowski American University butkowski@american.edu
Meredith Pruden Kennesaw State University mpruden@kennesaw.edu


Past Recipients

2023 - Rune Slothuus, Rasmus Skytte, and Martin Bisgaard, "Party Cues Change How Citizens Understand Policy."

2022 - Andrew Chadwick, Johannes Kaiser, Cristian Vaccari, Daniel Freeman, Sinéad Lambe, Bao S. Loe, Samantha Vanderslott, Stephan Lewandowsky, Meghan Conroy, Andrew R. N. Ross, Stefania Innocenti, Andrew J. Pollard, Felicity Waite, Michael Larkin, Laina Rosebrock, Lucy Jenner, Helen McShane, Alberto Giubilini, and Ariane Petit & Ly-Mee Yu, “Online Social Endorsement and Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in the United Kingdom."

2021 - Sumitra Badrinathan, "Educative Interventions to Combat Misinformation: Evidence from a Field Experiment in India."

2020 - Eunji Kim, "Entertaining Beliefs in Economic Mobility."

2019 - Christopher Bail, Lisa Argyle, Taylor Brown, John Bumpus, Haohan Chen, M.B. Fallin Hunzaker, Jaemin Lee, Marcus Mann, Friedolin Merhout, and Alexander Volfovsky, "Exposure to Opposing Views Can Increase Political Polarization: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment on Social Media."

2018 - Thomas J. Leeper and Rune Slothuus, “Can Citizens Be Framed? How Information More than Emphasis Changes Political Opinions.”

2017 - Brendan J. Nyhan and Jason Reifler, "Do People Actually Learn from Fact-Checking? Evidence from a Longitudinal Study during the 2014 Campaign."

2016 - Yanna Krupnikov and Adam Seth Levine, "Citizen Engagement (and Disengagement) in Response to Social Ills."

2015 - Joanne M. Miller, Kyle L. Saunders, and Christina Farhart, "Conspiracy Endorsement as Motivated Reasoning: The Roles of Political Knowledge and Trust."

2014 - Tali Mendelberg, Christopher F. Karpowitz, and John Oliphant, "Gender Inequality in Deliberation: Unpacking the Black Box of Interaction."

2013 - James N. Druckman, Erik Peterson, and Rune Slothuus, "How Elite Partisan Polarization Affects Public Opinion Formation."

2012 - Tali Mendelberg and Christopher F. Karpowitz, "Do Women Deliberate with a Distinctive Voice? How Decision Rules and Group Gender Composition Affect the Content of Deliberation."

2011 - Kevin Arceneaux and Martin Johnson, "Does Media Fragmentation Produce Mass Polarization? Selective Exposure and a New Era of Minimal Effects."

2010 - James N. Druckman, Martin J. Kifer and Michael Parkin, “Timeless Strategy Meets New Medium: Going Negative on Congressional Campaign Websites, 2002-2006.”

2009 - Scott L. Althaus, Nathaniel Swigger, Christopher Tiwald, Svitlana Chernykh, David J. Hendry, and Sergio C. Wals, "Uplifting Manhood to Wonderful Heights: Newspaper Framing of Casualties from World War One to Gulf War Two."

2008 - Seth J. Hill, James Lo, Lynn Vavreck, and John Zaller, “The Duration of Advertising Effects in Political Campaigns.”

2007 - T.K. Ahn, Robert Huckfeldt, and John B. Ryan, "Information Costs, Information Sources, and the Implications for Democratic Politics."

2006 - Jennifer Jerit, "Reform, Rescue, or Run Out of Money? Problem Definitions in the Social Security Reform Debate."

2004 - Kenneth Goldstein, Charles H. Franklin, Matthew Hale, and Daniel Stevens, "Political Information Flows and Their Effects in the 2002 Elections."

2003 - Matthew A. Baum, "Making Politics Fun: What Happens When Presidents Hit the Talkshow Circuit."

2002 - Roderick P. Hart and J. Kanan Sawyer, "Reconstructing a Presidency: A Linguistic Map."

2001 - Scott L. Althaus and David Tewksbury, "Agenda Setting and the "New" News."

2000 - Milton Lodge, Charles Taber, and Aron Chase Galonsky, "The Political Consequences of Motivated Reasoning: Partisan Bias in Information Processing."

1999 - Nicholas A. Valentino, "Who Are We On Election Day? Crime News and the Priming of Group Identities During Candidate Evaluation."

1998 - Marion R. Just  and Ann N. Crigler, "Emotional Interactions With the Campaign: A Constructionist Approach to Campaign Effects."

1997 - Larry M. Bartels, "Politicians and the Press: Who Leads, Who Follows?"

1996 - Thomas E. Patterson, "News Decisions: Journalists as Partisan Actors."

1995 - Timothy E. Cook, "The Fourth Branch and the Other Three: The Washington News Media and The Politics of Shared Power."

1994 - Richard Johnston, Elisabeth Gidengil, and Neil Nevitte, "The Dynamics of Referendum Preferences: Canada 1992."

1993 - Ann N. Crigler, "Character, Issues, and Performance: The Discourses of Voters, Candidates, and Media in the 1992 Presidential Campaign."

1992 - John Zaller, "Information and Incumbency Advantage in Congressional Elections."

1991 - Diana C. Mutz, "Information and the Politicization of Personal Experience."


Thomas E. Patterson Best Dissertation Award

The Thomas E. Patterson Best Dissertation Award recognizes the best dissertation completed in the field of political communication in the previous year. Nominations for the award should be made by the adviser of the dissertation or by a faculty member from the department in which the dissertation was completed. Nomination letters should explain the central argument advanced by the dissertation and specify its original contribution to the field. Letters should be no more than one page in length. Eligible dissertations must have been defended successfully in the calendar year preceding the award (e.g., candidates whose degrees were awarded in 2021 will be eligible for the 2022 dissertation award). The nominating letter and digital copies of the dissertation, abstract of the dissertation (500 words or less), and the nominee’s curriculum vita (with current address) should be sent to the chair of the dissertation award committee.

Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2024


Award committee:

Name Affiliation Email Address
Jianing Li (Chair) University of South Florida jianingli@usf.edu
Eunji Kim Columbia University ek3307@columbia.edu
Emily Lynch University of Rhode Island emilylynch@uri.edu
Tarah Williams Allegheny College twilliams@allegheny.edu


Past Recipients

2023 - Jianing Li, "False Beliefs and ‘Healthy’ Skepticism: Understanding the Multilevel and Enduring Challenges of Misinformation."

2022 - Ine Goovaerts, "Destructive or Deliberative? An Investigation of the Evolution, Determinants, and Effects of the Quality of Political Debate." [Link]

2021 - Yini Zhang, "A network approach to understanding public attention, public opinion and communication flows in the digital media system." [Link]

2020 - William L. Allen, "Messaging Migration: Media Agenda-Setting, Immigration Attitudes, and the Effects of Evidence on Perceptions and Policy Preferences." [Link]

2019 - Fabian Guy Neuner, "Elite Framing and the Legitimacy of Global Governance." [Link]

2018 - Katie McCabe, "The Consequences of Imperfect Partisanship for Political Decisions," [Link] and Juan Larosa Fuentes, "Communication and the Body Politic: Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign in Philadelphia’s Latino Community." [Link]

2017 - Benjamin J. Toff, "The blind scorekeepers: Journalism, polling, and the battle to define public opinion in American politics." [Link]

2016 - Emily Sydnor, "Fighting Words and Fiery Tone: The Interaction of Political Incivility and Psychological Conflict Orientation." [Link]

2015 - Margaret (Molly) E. Roberts, "Fear, Friction, and Flooding: Methods of Online Information Control." [Link]


Timothy E. Cook Best Graduate Student Paper Award

The Timothy E. Cook Award recognizes the best paper on political communication presented by a graduate student at the previous year’s APSA Annual Meeting or Political Communication pre-conference. Preference will be given to papers presented in the Political Communication Section.

Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2024


Award committee:

Name Affiliation Email
Nina Obermeier (Chair) King’s College London nina.obermeier@kcl.ac.uk
Emilija Gagrcin University of Mannheim gagrcin@uni-mannheim.de
Dan Meyers University of Minnesota cdmyers@umn.edu
Pelekeh Tapang York University pelekeh@gmail.com


Past Recipients

2023 - Rachel Smilan-Goldstein, "'The Most Horrible Psycho-Sexual Fears': Political Consequences of Racialized Sexual Violence Cues."

2022 - Nina Obermeier, "Right-Wing Populism and the Rise of Internationalism in Europe."

2021 - Erin Rossiter, "The Consequences of Interparty Conversation on Outparty Affect and Stereotypes."

2020 - Marc Trussler and Michael Shepherd, "Look Up at That Mansion on the Hill: Does Mass Media Activate the Politics of Resentment?"

2019 - Taylor N. Carlson, "Through the Grapevine: Informational Consequences of Interpersonal Communication."

2018 - Kevin Munger, "Experimentally Reducing Partisan Incivility on Twitter," and Mark Trussler, "The Effects of High Information Environments on Local Accountability in the US House of Representatives.”

2017 - Fabian Guy Neuner, "From a Central Organizing Idea in a Frame to a Central Organizing Idea in the Brain: The Psychology of Framing Effects Revisited"

2016 - Nick Anspach, "The Inadvertent Audience: How Online Peer Influence Mitigates Selective Exposure"

2015 - Matthew N. Tokeshi, "Countering Implicit Appeals: Which Strategies Work?"

2014 - Brian Weeks, "Feeling is Believing: The Influence of Emotions on Citizens' False Political Beliefs."

2013 - Brian Harrison, "Bully Partisan or Partisan Bully? Partisanship, Elite Polarization, and U.S. Presidential Communication."

2012 - Thomas J. Leeper and James N. Druckman, "Learning More from Political Communication Experiments: The Importance of Pretreatment Effects."

2011 - Sarah Esralew and Dannagal Young, "The Influence of Parodies on Mental Models: Exploring the Tina Fey - Sarah Palin Phenomenon."

2010 - Dino Christenson, “Learning from Campaigns: Political Information and Context in Presidential Elections.”

2009 - Blake Andrew, "Making Broadcast News Headlines: Heuristic Signals in Campaign Coverage."

2008 - Christopher Weber, “Exploring the Role of Discrete Emotions in Political Campaigns”

2007 - Daniela Stockmann, "The New Chinese Media and Public Opinion: Adaptation of a Propaganda Machine or Instrument for Political Change?"

2006 - Michael Parkin, "Engaging with Late Night Comedy's Serious Message: How Late Night Candidate Apperances Affect Young People's Political Decisions."


Murray Edelman Lifetime Distinguished Career Award

The Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award recognizes a lifetime contribution to the study of Political Communication. The award is now given only in odd-numbered years. This year's award goes to:

  • Robert Huckfeldt, University of California, Davis


Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Pippa Norris (Chair) Harvard University Pippa_Norris@hks.harvard.edu
Jaeho Cho University of California, Davis jaecho@ucdavis.edu
Georgia Kernell  University of California, Los Angeles gkernell@ucla.edu


Past Recipients

2021 - Pippa Norris, Harvard University
2019 - Ann Crigler, University of Southern California
2019 - Paolo Mancini, University of Perugia
2017 - Gadi Wolfsted, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2015 - John Zaller, University of California, Los Angeles
2013 - Denis McQuail, University of Amsterdam
2011 - Diana C. Mutz, University of Pennsylvania
2009 - Daniel C. Hallin, University of California, San Diego
2008 - Michael X. Delli Carpini, University of Pennsylvania
2007 - Marion R. Just, Wellesley College, & W. Russell Neuman, University of Michigan
2006 - Robert M. Entman, George Washington University
2005 - Jay G. Blumler, University of Leeds, & Michael Gurevitch, University of Maryland
2004 - Michael Schudson, Columbia University
2003 - W. Lance Bennett, University of Washington
2002 - Thomas E. Patterson, Harvard University
2001 - Steven H. Chaffee, Stanford University, & Jack McLeod, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2000 - Roderick P. Hart, University of Texas at Austin
1999 - Bernard C. Cohen, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1998 - Shanto Iyengar, Stanford University
1997 - Ellen Mickiewicz, Duke University
1996 - Maxwell McCombs & Donald L. Shaw, both University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1995 - Kathleen Hall Jamieson, University of Pennsylvania
1994 - Kurt Lang and Gladys Engel Lang, University of Washington
1993 - Elihu Katz, University of Pennsylvania & Hebrew University of Jerusalem
1992 - Doris A. Graber, University of Illinois at Chicago


David Swanson Award for Service to Political Communication Scholarship

The David Swanson Award for Service to Political Communication Scholarship recognizes distinguished and sustained contributions to the field as planners, editors, and leaders and in roles that require time and energy, innovation, and personal dedication. The award honors David Swanson, one of the founders of political communication who gave exemplary service to the ICA Political Communication Division and the 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.

The ICA division chair appoints members with the advice of the APSA chair, and the committee receives nominations and generates additional candidates, deliberates on the pool of potential awardees, and makes a selection. The winner receives the award plaque at the annual business meeting of the ICA Political Communication Division. The award is given in even-numbered years.

The 2022 David Swanson Award goes to:

Yariv Tsfati, University of Haifa

Past Recipients

2020 - ‪Gianpietro Mazzoleni‬, University of Milan
2018 - Claes de Vreese, University of Amsterdam
2016 - Shanto Iyengar, Stanford University
2014 - Patricia Moy, University of Washington
2012 - David L. Paletz, Duke University
2010 - Doris A. Graber, University of Illinois at Chicago
2008 - Wolfgang Donsbach, Technical University of Dresden
2006 - Ann N. Crigler, University of Southern California

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