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Political/Mass Communication

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

Hurst, Elizabeth H. (2021). Navigating political identity and identity politics in the big red dot: political conversations among rural Oklahoman college students.

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.

Recent Representative Faculty and Graduate Student Publications

Adams, T. & Edy, J. A. (2021) How the past becomes the past: The temporal positioning of collective memory. British Journal of Sociology. Online advance: doi/10.1111/1468-4446.12881

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).

Blacksher, E., Hiratsuka, V. Y., Blanchard, J. W., Lund, J. R., Reedy, J., Beans, J. A., Saunkeah, B., Peercy, M., Byars, C., Yracheta, J., Tsosie, K. S., O’Leary, M., Ducheneaux, G., & Spicer, P. G. (2021). Deliberations with American Indian and Alaska Native People about the Ethics of Genomics: An Adapted Model of Deliberation Used with Three Tribal Communities in the United States. AJOB Empirical Bioethics, 12:3, 164-178.

Edy, J. A. & Castleberry, G. (2021). The political economy of global memory: Collective memory of global conflict in Captain America: The First Avenger. Memory Studies 14(2): 521-534. doi: 10.1177/1750698019843957

Edy, J. A. & Meirick, P. C. (2019). Consensus without focus: Why news agenda setting expands the public agenda. The Agenda Setting Journal, 3 (2), 108-122.

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

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.

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   

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.

Gonzalez O'Brien, B., Hurst, E., Reedy, J., & Collingwood, L. (2019). Framing Refuge: Partisanship, Crime, and Media Coverage of Sanctuary Cities. Mass Communication & Society, 22, 756-778.

Hiratsuka, V., Beans, J., Blanchard, J., Reedy, J., Blacksher, E., Lund, J., Spicer, P. (2020) An Alaska Native community’s views on genetic research, testing, and return of results: Results from a public deliberation. PLOS ONE. 15(3): e0229540.

Hiratsuka, V., Beans, J., Reedy, J., Yracheta, J., Peercy, M., Saunkeah, B., Woodbury, R., O’Leary, M., Spicer, P. (2019). Fostering Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research in Tribal Communities: The Center for the Ethics of Indigenous Genomic Research. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, Online ahead of print.

Hsieh, E. & Kramer, E. M. (2019). Work as health: Tensions in imposing work requirements to Medicaid recipients in the U.S. In Arxer, S. and Murphy J. W. (Eds.), Community-based Health Interventions in an Institutional Context (pp. 139-157). Springer.

Kanihan, S. F., Meirick, P. C. & Segjin, C. M. (2020). Thinking, knowing, or thinking you know: The relationship between multiscreening and political learning. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. DOI: 10.1177/1077699020960066 

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). The West and the western. Ink & Letters, 8, 14-19.

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.

Lookadoo, K., Hubbard, C., Nisbett, G., & Wong, N. (2021). We’re all in this together: Celebrity influencer disclosures about COVID-19. Atlantic Journal of Communication. Advance online publication.

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.

Massey, Z., Wong, N., & Barbati, J. (2021). Meeting the trans(parent): Test of parasocial contact with transgender characters on reducing stigma toward transgender people. Communication Studies, 72(2), 232-250.

Meeks, L. (2021). Conservatives and women. In Jarvis, S. (Ed.), Conservative political communication: How right wing media and messaging (re)made American politics. (Ch. 6, pp. 102-118). Routledge.

Meeks, L. (2020). Believing Black women. US Election Analysis 2020: Media, Voters and the Campaign. Report published by Centre for Politics and Media Research and the Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community at Bournemouth University, UK.

Meeks, L. (2020). Defining the enemy: How Donald Trump frames the news media. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly97(1), 211-234.

Meeks, L. (2020). Undercovered, underinformed: Local news, local elections, and U.S. sheriffs. Journalism Studies, 21(12),1609-1626.

Meeks, L. (2019). Owning your message: Congressional candidates’ interactivity and issue ownership in mixed-gender campaigns. Journal of Information Technology & Politics16(2), 187-202.

Meeks, L. (2019). Voicing voters’ concerns? Examining 2018 mixed-gender Senate candidates’ issue agendas. In Moy, P. and Matheson, D. (Eds.), Voices: Exploring the shifting contours of communication. (Ch. 10, p. 177-200). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

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.

Meeks, L. (2018). Questioning the president: Examining gender in the White House press corps. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism19(4), 519-535.

Meeks, L. (2017). Getting personal: Effects of Twitter personalization on candidate evaluations. Politics & Gender13(1), 1-25.

Meirick, P. C., G. S. Nisbett, K. J. Harrison, L. A. Harvell, M. D. Jefferson, T. Kim, & M. W. Pfau. (2018). To tell the truth: Ad watches and the accuracy, tone, and focus of political advertising. Political Communication, 35 (3), 450-69.

Reedy, J., Anderson, C., & Conte, P. (2021). Citizen deliberation as a correction: The role of deliberative mini-publics in addressing political misperceptions. In The Politics of Truth in Polarized America, Edited by David Barker & Elizabeth Suhay, Oxford University Press.

Reedy, J., Blanchard, J., Lund, J., Byers, C., Peercy, M., Saunkeah, B., Spicer, P., Blacksher, E. (2020). Deliberations about Genomic Research and Biobanks with Citizens of the Chickasaw Nation. Frontiers in Genetics, 11:466.  

Reedy, J., Orr, R., Spicer, P., Blanchard, J., Hiratsuka, V., Ketchum, T.S., Saunkeah, B., Wark, K., Woodbury, R.B. (2020). Deliberative Democracy and American Indian/Alaska Native Political Decision-making Practices. Humanities & Social Sciences Communications. 7:16.

Ruminski, E.L., Reedy, J., & Black, L.W. (2021) Communication for development through dialogue, deliberation and civic media: How deliberative democracy and civic capital support social justice. In Handbook of Communication and Development, Melkote, S.R. & Singhal, A. (Eds.) Edward Elgar.

Spheer, M. & Meeks, L. “The stiletto in Putin’s side”: Analyzing Russian media coverage of the only female presidential candidate in 2018. International Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. Online Advance.

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.

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 disorderCommunication Studies, 68, 314-333.

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.

Wyant, M.H., Hurst, E.H. & Reedy, J. (2020) Political Socialization of International Students: Public-Issue Discourse and Discussion on the College Campus, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 49:4, 372-393, DOI: 10.1080/17475759.2020.1785529