Topics and Readings 2024


July 12th

Michael Chan


  • Vaccari, C., Chadwick, A., & Kaiser, J. (2022). The Campaign Disinformation Divide: Believing and Sharing News in the 2019 UK General Election. Political Communication, 40(1), 4-23. doi:10.1080/10584609.2022.2128948

  • Murphy, G., de Saint Laurent, C., Reynolds, M., Aftab, O., Hegarty, K., Sun, Y., & Greene, C. M. (2023). What do we study when we study misinformation? A scoping review of experimental research (2016-2022). Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review. doi:10.37016/mr-2020-130

  • IPIE. (2023). Countermeasures for Mitigating Digital Misinformation: A Systematic Review (SR2023.1). Zurich, Switzerland



Scott Althaus

Less than Meets the Eye? Leveraging History to Reveal the Negligible Effects of War News on Domestic Support for America’s Wars

  • Gartner, S. S. and G. M. Segura (2021). Costly calculations: A theory of war, casualties, and politics. New York, Cambridge University Press.
  • Baum, M. A. and T. Groeling (2010). War stories: The causes and consequences of public views of war. Princeton, N.J., Princeton University Press.
  • Althaus, S. L. and K. Coe (2011). “Priming patriots: Social identity processes and the dynamics of public support for war.” Public Opinion Quarterly 75(1): 65-88.
  • Althaus, S. L., et al. (2012). “When war hits home: The geography of military losses and support for war in time and space.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 56(3): 382-412.
  • Althaus, S. L., et al. (2011). “Assumed transmission in political science: A call for bringing description back in.” Journal of Politics 73(4): 1065-1080.
  • Althaus, S. L., et al. (2014). “Uplifting Manhood to Wonderful Heights? News Coverage of the Human Costs of Military Conflict From World War I to Gulf War Two.” Political Communication 31(2): 193-217.

Kate Kenski

Political Communication, Elections, and Conflict

  • Druckman, J. N., Klar, S., Krupnikov, Y., Levendusky, M., & Ryan, J. B. (2022). (Mis)estimating affective polarization. The Journal of Politics, 84, 1106-1117.
  • Eady, G., Hjorth, F., & Dinesen, P. T. (2023). Do violent protests affect expressions of party identity? Evidence from the Capitol insurrection. American Political Science Review, 117, 1151–1157. DOI: 10.1017/S0003055422001058
  • Goldstein, S. B. (1999). Construction and validation of a conflict communication scale. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 29, 1777-2000.
  • Jamieson, K. H., & Kenski, K. (2017). Political communication: Then, now, and beyond. In K. Kenski & K. H. Jamieson (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of political communication (pp. 3-11). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Kenski, K., & Jamieson, K. H. (2017). Political communication: Looking ahead. In K. Kenski & K. H. Jamieson (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of political communication (pp. 913-918). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Kenski, K., Coe, K., & Rains, S. A. (2020). Perceptions of uncivil discourse online: An examination of types and predictors. Communication Research, 47, 795-814. DOI: 10.1177/0093650217699933


Other Readings

  • Levendusky, M. et al. (2023). Democracy amid crises : Polarization, pandemic, protests, and persuasion. Oxford University Press.
  • Mutz, D. C. (2006). Hearing the other side: Deliberative versus participatory democracy. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. DOI: https://doi. org/10.1017/CBO9780511617201
  • Sydnor, E. (2019). Disrespectful Democracy : The Psychology of Political Incivility.

Eike Mark Rinke

Open and Reproducible Political Communication Research: Why You Should Get Ahead of the Curve, and How You Can Do It

  • Brodeur, A., Esterling, K., Ankel-Peters, J., Bueno, N. S., Desposato, S., Dreber, A., Genovese, F., Green, D. P., Hepplewhite, M., Hoces de la Guardia, F., Johannesson, M., Kotsadam, A., Miguel, E., Velez, Y. R., & Young, L. (2024). Promoting reproducibility and replicability in political science. Research & Politics, 11(1). DOI

  • Dienlin, T., Johannes, N., Bowman, N. D., Masur, P. K., Engesser, S., Kümpel, A. S., Lukito, J., Bier, L. M., Zhang, R., Johnson, B. K., Huskey, R., Schneider, F. M., Breuer, J., Parry, D. A., Vermeulen, I., Fisher, J. T., Banks, J., Weber, R., Ellis, D. A., … de Vreese, C. (2021). An agenda for open science in communication. Journal of Communication, 71(1), 1–26. DOI

  • Rinke, E. M. (2022). Open research case study: Political Science, Politics and International Studies (UKRN Open & Transparent Research Practices Series). UK Reproducibility Network. DOI


Further readings:

  • Alvarez, R. M., & Heuberger, S. (2022). How (not) to reproduce: Practical considerations to improve research transparency in political science. PS: Political Science & Politics, 55(1), 149–154. DOI
  • Christensen, G. S., Freese, J., & Miguel, E. (2019). Transparent and reproducible social science research: How to do open science. University of California Press. [Publisher Link]
  • Dyrstad, K., & Moses, J. W. (2023). Big data meets open political science: An empirical assessment of transparency standards 2008–2019. European Political Science, 22(2), 182–201. DOI
  • Kapiszewski, D., & Karcher, S. (2021). Transparency in practice in qualitative research. PS: Political Science & Politics, 54(2), 285–291. DOI
  • Miguel, E., Camerer, C., Casey, K., Cohen, J., Esterling, K. M., Gerber, A., Glennerster, R., Green, D. P., Humphreys, M., Imbens, G., Laitin, D., Madon, T., Nelson, L., Nosek, B. A., Petersen, M., Sedlmayr, R., Simmons, J. P., Simonsohn, U., & Laan, M. V. der. (2014). Promoting transparency in social science research. Science, 343(6166), 30–31. DOI
  • Rinke, E. M., & Wuttke, A. (2021). Open minds, open methods: Transparency and inclusion in pursuit of better scholarship. PS: Political Science & Politics, 54(2), 281–284. DOI
  • van Atteveldt, W., Strycharz, J., Trilling, D., & Welbers, K. (2019). Toward open computational communication science: A practical road map for reusable data and code. International Journal of Communication, 13, 3935–3954. DOI

Sebastian Valenzuela

When algorithms are editors: How social media and AI are reshaping democratic citizenship

  • Arguedas, A. R., Robertson, C. T., Fletcher, R., and Nielsen, R. K. (2022). Echo chambers, filter bubbles, and polarisation: A literature review. LINK
  • Feezell, J. T., Wagner, J. K., & Conroy, M. (2021). Exploring the effects of algorithm-driven news sources on political behavior and polarization. Computers in Human Behavior, 116, Article 106626. DOI
  • Klinger, U. (2023). Algorithms, power and digital politics. In S. Coleman & L. Sorensen (Eds.), Handbook of Digital Politics (2nd ed) (pp. 210–258). Edward Elgar Publishing. DOI
  • Lee, S., Diehl, T., & Valenzuela, S. (2022). Rethinking the virtuous circle hypothesis on social media: Subjective versus objective knowledge and political participation. Human Communication Research48(1), 57-87. DOI
  • Ohme, J. 2021). Algorithmic social media use and its relationship to attitude reinforcement and issue-specific political participation–The case of the 2015 European immigration movements. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 18(1), 36-54. DOI
  • Scheffauer, R., Gil de Zúñiga, H., & Correa, T. (2024). Algorithmic news versus non-algorithmic news: Towards a principle based Artificial Intelligence (AI) theoretical framework of news media. Profesional de la Información33(1). DOI
  • Valenzuela, S., Diehl, T., Lee, S., & Halpern, D. (2023). A Panel Study on the Dynamics of Social Media Use and Conspiracy Thinking. Media Psychology. Advance online publication. DOI

Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

Protest, mediated emotion and social change: Developing a typology
International Political Communication Summer School


Brian Weeks

The Problem of Partisanship in Political Communication

  • Mason, L. (2018). Ideologues without issues. Public Opinion Quarterly, 82, 280-301.
  • Slater, M. D. (2007). Reinforcing spirals: The mutual influence of media selectivity and media effects and their impact on individual behavior and social identity. Communication Theory, 17(3), 281-303.
  • Van Aelst, P., Strömbäck, J., Aaelberg, T., Esser, F., de Vreese, C., Matthes, J.,…& Stanyer, J. (2017). Political communication in a high-choice media environment: A challenge for democracy? Annals of the International Communication Association, 41, 3-27.

Moran Yarchi

Fighting over international perceptions and legitimacy: The Image War as a battleground

  • Archetti, C. (2017) “Narrative Wars: Understanding Terrorism in the Era of Global Interconnectedness,” in A. Miskimmon, B. O’Loughlin, and L. Roselle (eds) Forging the World: Strategic Narratives and International Relations (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press), pp. 218- 245.
  • O’Loughlin, B. (2011). Images as weapons of war: representation, mediation and interpretation. Review of International Studies, 37, 71–79.
  • Rabasa, A. (2011). Where Are We in the ‘War of Ideas’? In B. M. Jenkins and J. P. Godges (eds.). The Long Shadow of 9/11: America’s Response to Terrorism (P.61–70), California: RAND Corporation.
  • Roger, N. (2013). Image Warfare in the War on Terror. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Pp. 1-7.
  • Van Evera, S. V. (2006). Assessing US strategy in the war on terror. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 607 (1), 10–26.
  • Yarchi, M. (2024). Digital Diplomacy During Wars and Conflicts, in Corneliu Bjola, and Ilan Manor (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Digital Diplomacy, Oxford Handbooks (online edition, Oxford Academic, 23 Jan. 2024).

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