ABOUT THE CENTER


The Center for Political Communication consolidates faculty expertise in emerging communication technologies, to explore their effects on elections and policy debates, to establish graduate and undergraduate research opportunities, and to encourage public engagement.

The Center promotes research in politics, policy and new technologies in political communication, both in the United States and internationally. It supports events designed to engage students, scholars, media and the public.

In 2008, a revolution in political communication unleashed new ways to foster citizen engagement through social networking technologies such as Facebook, blogs, text messaging and non-traditional media. The result was a new style of political communication that is spreading globally. Studying these changes requires multi-dimensional scholarship, which is at the heart of the Center for Political Communication, drawing from Political Science, Communication, Sociology, Anthropology, History and Psychology, among other disciplines.

Political communication is an emerging field of study, with politicians and the electorate increasingly turning to new digital technologies.

The University of Delaware is in a unique position to host the center, having been dubbed the "epicenter" of the 2008 presidential campaign because of the work of former UD students Joseph Biden, David Plouffe and Steven Schmidt. Biden is the Vice President of the United States; he was a U.S. Senator from Delaware for more than three decades. Plouffe was manager of President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign and Schmidt was a senior campaign strategist in 2008 for Republican presidential candidate John McCain. In 2010, another University of Delaware alum, Chris Christie, became Governor of New Jersey, joining the "epicenter" of politics.

Contact Information:

Center for Political Communication
University of Delaware
Suite 190 Graham Hall
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-7771

www.udel.edu/epicenter