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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

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).

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.

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.

Edy, J. A. and 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. & 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.

Edy, J.A. and Risley-Baird, E.E. (2016). Rumor Communities: The Social Dimensions of Internet Political Rumors. Social Science Quarterly, 97, 588-602.

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.

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.

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.

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. In J. F. Nussbaum (Ed.), Oxford research encyclopedia of communication. Oxford University Press.

Kramer, E. M. (2016). Immigrant identity: Parts I and II. Social Inquiry into Well-Being, 2(2), 1-23.;

Kramer, E. M. (2019). The West and the western. Ink & Letters, 8, 14-19.

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.

Lee, S., Lindsey, N. J., Kim, K., & Howe, W. T. (2019). Revisiting hearing the other side: Differential effects of social network characteristics on crosscutting discussion and political participation. International Journal of Communication, 13, 4130-4154.

Liu, Y., & Kramer, E. (2019). Conceptualizing the Other in intercultural encounters: Review, formulation and typology of the Other-identity. Howard Journal of Communications, 30(5), 446-463.

Liu, Y., & Kramer, E. (in press). Cultural value discrepancies, strategic positioning and integrated identity: American migrants’ experiences of being the Other in mainland China. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication.

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

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.

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 Criticism, 19(4), 519-535.

Meeks, L. (2017). Getting personal: Effects of Twitter personalization on candidate evaluations. Politics & Gender, 13(1), 1-25.

Meeks, L. (2016). Aligning and trespassing: Candidates’ party-based issue and trait ownership on Twitter. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 93(4), 1050-1072.

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

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 disorder. Communication 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