International Communication Association
Political Communication Division Leadership

Frank Esser
Department of Communication and Media Research
University of Zurich 

Vice Chair
Kate Kenski
Department of Communication and School of Government and Public Policy
University of Arizona

Student and Early Career Representative
Ernesto de León
Institute of Media and Communication Studies
University of Bern

Lukas Otto
Amsterdam School of Communication Research
University of Amsterdam

International Liaison for the Political Communication Division
Taberez Ahmed Neyazi
Department of Communications and New Media
National University of Singapore

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.  The 2022 committee is:

Travis Ridout, Washington State University (APSA term 2022-2025)

Joshua Darr, Louisiana State University (APSA term 2020-2023)

Cynthia Peacock, University of Alabama (APSA term 2021-2024)

Patricia Moy, University of Washington (Chair, ICA Term)

Eike Rinke, University of Leeds (ICA Term)

Sebastian Valenzuela, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (ICA Term)

Ex officio

Sharon Jarvis, University of Texas at Austin (Chair, APSA Political Communication Section)

Frank Esser, University of Zurich (Chair, ICA Political Communication Division)

Regina Lawrence, University of Oregon (Editor, Political Communication)

Curd Knüpfer, Freie Universität Berlin (APSA-ICA Political Communication Webmaster/Social Media Director)


Past chairs of the ICA Political Communication Division

Past officers and committee members of the ICA Political Communication Division



As we begin another year, the Political Communication Division invites members to submit expressions of interest in serving the division. In line with ICA’s mission statement and its principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access, we hope that members across epistemological and methodological areas, geographical spaces, and myriad identities are interested in becoming more active. Such service opportunities allow individuals to engage with one of the most robust divisions of ICA, and we hope to hear from junior and senior scholars alike.

Each year, we have a number of award committees, elections, and ad-hoc initiatives that would benefit from input from a broad swath of our members. If you are interested in serving in some capacity, please reach out to Division Chair Frank Esser (University of Zurich, and/or Vice Chair Kate Kenski (University of Arizona,

Specific to the 2022 autumn election, the Political Communication Division seeks nominations and self-nominations for Secretary. The elected individual will assume office immediately following the 2023 ICA conference in Toronto and will serve in this role until the end of the 2025 conference.

As part of the division’s leadership, the Secretary serves as the treasurer, administers travel grants, and records minutes for various meetings. The Secretary also supports various initiatives in partnership with the Chair, Vice Chair, International Liaison, Student and Early Career Representative, and Social Media Officer. The position is currently held by Lukas Otto (GESIS).

Nominations and expressions of interest should be directed to the Nominations Committee Chair, Patricia Moy (University of Washington), at Committee members include Idit Manosevitch (Kinneret Academic College), Christina Peter (University of Klagenfurt), Chris Fei Shen (City University of Hong Kong), and Brian Weeks (University of Michigan). Committee deliberations will begin 5 July 2022.