Faculty in the OU Department of Communication pursue the study of political and mass communication with a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches. The department is also the home of the Political Communication Center, which holds the world’s largest archive of political advertising. Mass communication research typically concerns the production, content, audiences, reception, and/or effects of messages transmitted via the mass media. Because contemporary politics is largely (but not exclusively) mass mediated, political communication research often addresses these same concerns with regard to political campaigns, issues, ideology, and power.
Typical Graduate Level Course Offerings
Comm 5363 Communication and Technology
Comm 5383 Survey of Political Communication
Comm 5553 Persuasive Communication Campaigns
Comm 6373 Seminar in Mass Communication
Comm 6463 Media and Political Behavior
Comm 6473 Communication and Public Opinion
Comm 6483 Media and Civic Life
Comm 6023 Communication Research Task Groups
Comm 6960 Directed Readings
Current Faculty with Research and/or Teaching Interests
Recent Dissertations in Political/Mass Communication
Maiorca, Cheryl. (2019). For every action there is a story: Narratives Of Oklahoma teachers about the 2018 walkout and teaching In Oklahoma.
Bingham, Christopher. (2017). An Ethnography of Twitch Streamers: Negotiating Professionalism in New Media Content Creation.
Lookadoo, Kathryn. (2017). The Addition of Valence and Narrative Endings’ Influence on the Risk Convergence Model.
Van Gilder, Bobbi. (2016). (De)centering Heteronormativity in the U.S. Military: Identity (Re)negotiation and Cultural Change Following the Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Hayes, Erich M. (2015). Television's Cultivation of Attitudes about Online Romantic Relationships.
Castleberry, Garret. Imitating and innovating: A Critical Television Studies Model for Communication(2015)
Thornton, Tyler. Communication Functions of the South Africa Apartheid and the U.S./Mexico Security Fence (2015)
Recent Representative Faculty and Graduate Student Publications
Anderson, C., & Reedy, J. (2019) Compensatory Control Theory and Public Opinion on Nuclear Policy: Developing an Experimental Measure in an Applied Environmental Context. Frontiers in Communication (Science and Environmental Communication). https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcomm.2019.00027/full
Bingham, C., & Kramer, E. (2016). “Neoliberalism and the Production of Enemies: The Commercial Logic of Yahoo! News, In V. Berdayes and J. Murphy, (Eds.), Neoliberalism, economic radicalism, and the normalization of violence (pp. 53-69). New York: Springer.
Croucher, S. M. & Kramer, E. M. (2017). Cultural fusion theory: An alternative to acculturation. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 10, 97-114.
Gastil, J., Knobloch, K., Reedy, J., Henkels, M., & Cramer, K. (2018). Assessing the electoral impact of the 2010 Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review. American Politics Research, 46, 534-563. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1532673X17715620
Gastil, J., Reedy, J., Morrell, M., & Anderson, C. (2017). Assessment of the 2016 Arizona Citizens’ Initiative Review on Proposition 205. State College, PA: Pennsylvania State University. Published at http://sites.psu.edu/citizensinitiativereview/publications/
Gastil, J., Reedy, J., Wells, C. (2018). Knowledge distortion in direct democracy: A longitudinal study of biased empirical beliefs on statewide ballot measures. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 30, 540–560. https://academic.oup.com/ijpor/article/doi/10.1093/ijpor/edx012/4210390/Knowledge-Distortion-in-Direct-Democracy-A
Edy, J. A. and Meirick, P.C. (2019). A Nation Fragmented: The Public Agenda in the Information Age. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Edy, J. A. & Castleberry, G. (2019). The political economy of global memory: Collective memory of global conflict in Captain America: The First Avenger. Memory Studies. Online advanced. doi: 10.1177/1750698019843957
Edy, J. A. & Meirick, P.C. (2018). The Fragmenting public agenda: Diversity and volatility in responses to the ‘most important problem’ question.” Public Opinion Quarterly, 82(4), 661-685. doi:10.1093/poq/nfy043
Edy, J. A. (2016). Communication and Collective Memory. In Moy. P. (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Communication. New York: Oxford University Press. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199756841/obo-9780199756841-0126.xml
Edy, J.A. and Risley-Baird, E.E. (2016). Rumor Communities: The Social Dimensions of Internet Political Rumors. Social Science Quarterly, 97, 588-602. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/ssqu.12309
Edy, J.A. and Risley-Baird, E.E. (2016). Misperceptions as Political Conflict: Using Schattschneider’s Conflict Theory to Understand Rumor Dynamics. International Journal of Communication, 10, 2596-2615. http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/viewFile/4430/1668
Edy, J.A., Snidow, S.M., and Rozzell, B.L. (2016). “Authenticating the Political: How Journalism Redefines Its Social Relevance.” Journalism Studies, 17, 43-56. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1461670X.2014.974992
Kramer, E. M. (2017). Cassirer as revolutionary Cassirer as revolutionary: Semiotics as embodied worldview: Appreciating the Other in ourselves (Special Issue: Ernst Cassirer on Communicology and Cultural Semiotics, ed. Richard L. Lanigan), The American Journal of Semiotics, 33 (3/4), 1-100.
Kramer, E. M. (2019). Cultural fusion: An alternative to assimilation. In S. Croucher, J. Caetano & E. Campbell (Eds.), The Routledge companion to migration, communication and politics (pp. 96-120). New York, NY: Routledge.
Kramer, E. M. (2019). Cultural fusion theory. Oxford University Press Research Encyclopedia of Communication. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.679.
Kramer, E. M. (2016). Immigrant identity: Parts I and II. Social Inquiry into Well-Being, 2(2), 1-23. http://dx.doi.org/10.13165/SIIW-16-2-2-01; http://dx.doi.org/10.13165/SIIW-16-2-2-02
Kramer, E. M. (2016). The working poor: Two perspectives on reality—a communication to the Editor inviting a discussion. Poverty & Public Policy, 8, 263-274.
Kramer, E. M. & Hsieh, E. (2019). Gaze as Embodied Ethics: Homelessness, the Other, and Humanity. In M. J. Dutta, & D. B. Zapata (Eds.), Communicating for social change: Meaning, power, and resistance (pp. 33-62). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.
Liu, Y., & Kramer, E. (in press). Conceptualizing the Other in intercultural encounters: Review, formulation and typology of the Other-identity. Howard Journal of Communications.
Lookadoo, K. L., & Wong, N. C. H. (2019). “Hey guys, check this out!”: Investigating media figure-user relationships and celebrity endorsements on Twitter. Journal of Social Media in Society, 8(1), 178-210.
Meeks, L. (2019). Owning your message: Congressional candidates’ interactivity and issue ownership in mixed-gender campaigns. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 16(2), 187-202. https://doi.org/10.1080/19331681.2019.1620149
Meeks, L. (2018). Appealing to the 52%: Exploring Clinton and Trump’s appeals to women voters during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. International Journal of Communication, 12, 2527-2545. http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/8763/2377
Meeks, L. (2018). Questioning the president: Examining gender in the White House press corps. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 19(4), 519-535. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884916669737
Meeks, L. (2017). Getting personal: Effects of Twitter personalization on candidate evaluations. Politics & Gender, 13(1), 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1743923X16000696
Meeks, L. (2016). Aligning and trespassing: Candidates’ party-based issue and trait ownership on Twitter. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 93(4), 1050-1072. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077699015609284
Meeks, L. and Domke, D. (2016). When politics is a woman’s game: Party and gender ownership in woman-versus-woman elections. Communication Research, 43(7), 895-921. https://doi.org/10.1177/0093650215581369
Meirick, Patrick C., Gwendelyn S. Nisbett, Kylie J. Harrison, Lindsey A. Harvell, Matthew D. Jefferson, Tae-Sik Kim, & Michael W. Pfau. (2018). To tell the truth: Ad watches and the accuracy, tone, and focus of political advertising. Political Communication, 35 (3), 450-69. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10584609.2017.1414089
Meirick, Patrick C. (2016). Motivated reasoning, accuracy, and updating in perceptions of Bush’s legacy. Social Science Quarterly, 97, 699-713. Published online, May 31, 2016. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/ssqu.12301
Meirick, Patrick C. & Elena Bessarabova (2016). Epistemic factors in selective exposure and political misperceptions on the right and left. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 16 (1), 36-68. https://spssi.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/asap.12101
Wong, N. C. H. & Bostwik, E. (2017). # WhyITold: A Pilot Test of Twitter Messages Aimed at Promoting Bystander Intervention against Domestic Violence. Studies in Media and Communication, 5, 166-175. http://redfame.com/journal/index.php/smc/article/viewFile/2763/2992
Wong, N. C. H., Lookadoo, K.L., & Nisbett, G. S. (2017) “I’m Demi and I have bipolar disorder”: Effect of parasocial contact on reducing stigma toward people with bipolar disorder. Communication Studies, 68, 314-333. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10510974.2017.1331928
Wong, N. C. H., Nisbett, G. S., & Harvell, L. A. (2017). Smoking is so Ew!: College smokers’ reactions to health-versus social-focused antismoking threat messages. Health Communication, 32, 451-460. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10410236.2016.1140264