FACULTY

Director, Center for Political Communication
Ralph J. Begleiter
UD Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Rosenberg Professor of Communication

Begleiter teaches journalism and political science, following three decades in broadcast journalism, including two as CNN’s world affairs correspondent covering domestic and international politics. He has worked in 100 countries on all seven continents.
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Associate Director for Research
Paul R. Brewer
Professor of Communication

Brewer’s research examines political communication, public opinion, and political psychology. He is particularly interested in media framing of political issues, citizens’ uses of information shortcuts to form political judgments, and the role of entertainment media in politics.
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Coordinator, Public Opinion Initiatives
David C. Wilson
Assistant Professor of Political Science & International Relations

Wilson has served as Senior Statistical Consultant for The Gallup Organization in Washington, D.C. He teaches and researches political psychology and survey research methods, specializing in public opinion on racial attitudes, workplace politics, and survey context effects.
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Coordinator, Research in Politics and Technology

Lindsay Hoffman
Associate Professor of Communication

Hoffman’s research examines the contextual effects of media on individuals’ perceptions of public opinion in different communities; the effects of viewing The Daily Show on learning and participation; communication and political socialization; and political uses of new technology.
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Senior Fellows

David Plouffe

David Plouffe

Plouffe managed President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and was senior advisor in the White House to President Obama until early 2013. He was a student at the University of Delaware from 1985 to 1988, and graduated in political science in 2010.

 

 

Steve Schmidt

Steve Schmidt

Schmidt is Vice Chairman, Public Affairs, at Edelman public relations. He was senior campaign strategist for Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, and has advised many other political campaigns. He was a student at the University of Delaware from 1988 to 1993.


Gretchen Bauer
Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science & International Relations

Bauer specializes in African Politics and Women and Politics. She teaches classes in African Politics, African Women in Politics, Southern African Politics, and Third World Women in Politics.
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James M. Brophy
Professor, Department of History

Brophy is a historian of modern Europe who specializes in the social and political history of nineteenth-century Germany. His most recent book examined how popular culture provided sites and forms of political communication for ordinary Germans. Political literacy, publishing networks, and the role of print media in nineteenth-century politics are topics that frame his current research.
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Julio Carrion
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations

Carrion specializes in public opinion and political behavior in Latin America. He is currently researching the impact of regime performance, media consumption, and political information (among other factors) on mass support for illiberal alternatives in Latin America. He is also investigating the use of Manichean political discourse by populist leaders in the region.
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Edward Freel

Edward J. Freel
Policy Scientist and Instructor

Freel manages The Democracy Project and teaches applied politics and policy, focusing on civic education, political managment, leadership and public finance. He is Senior Advisor to U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper (D-Del).
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Phillip Jones
Assistant Professor of Political Science & International Relations

Jones’ research interests include public opinion, campaigns and elections, interest groups, political representation, and democratic accountability. His current research investigates how American voters hold their Members of Congress accountable for the policy decisions they make.
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Tracey Holden
Assistant Professor of Communication

Holden’s teaching focus is oral communication, public speaking, and business communication. Her pedagogical experience includes teaching intercultural communication to Marine Corps and Navy officers, social movement dissent in San Diego, and summer programs in politics and debate at Stanford and Princeton. Her area of broad scholarly interest is organizational and political communication, especially the American military. Other interests include social movements, civic engagement, leadership, and strategic business communication.
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Jennifer Lambe
Associate Professor of Communication


Lambe’s research interests are at the intersection among media ethics, freedom of expression, and media effects.  She is particularly interested in exploring non-governmental sources of media accountability, and understanding public opinion about these issues.
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Research

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Jason D. Mycoff
Associate Professor of Political Science & International Relations, Director of Undergraduate Studies


Mycoff's research interests include the Congress, presidency, and judiciary with special interest in committees, political leadership, and the interaction between the legislative and executive branches.
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Research
  • 'The Empirical Effects of Voter-ID Laws: Present or Absent.' with Michael W. Wagner and David C. Wilson. PS: Political Science January 2009.
  • Political Science Research Methods. With Janet Buttolph Johnson and H.T. Reynolds. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2008.
  • Confrontation and Compromise: Presidential and Congressional Leadership, 2001-2006. With Joseph A. Pika. Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.
  • 'Party Loyalty and Legislative Success: Are Loyal Majority Party Members More Successful in the U.S. House of Representatives?' With Edward B. Hasecke. Political Research Quarterly. 60:4 (2007).

Elizabeth Perse
Professor and Chair, Department of Communication

Perse grounds her research in Uses and Gratifications, a theoretical perspective that focuses on why people use the mass media. Recent research focuses on the mass media aspects of the Web.
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Joseph Pika
James R. Soles Professor of Political Science & international Relations and Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Pika specializes in American Government with an emphasis on the presidency, political leadership, White House staffing, education policy and Delaware politics. His “Politics of the Presidency” (with John Maltese) is a popular college textbook.
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David Suisman
Assistant Professor of History

Suisman's scholarly interests concern the relationship between different forms of cultural and economic power, particularly in relation to the development of modern consumer capitalist society, and crystalizing around citizenship, critiques of capitalism, intellectual property, advertising, photography, film, literature, and music.
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Danna Young
Assistant Professor of Communication

Young’s research includes political media effects, public opinion, political satire and the psychology of political humor. Her work on the role and effects of late-night comedy in the changing political environment has been widely published.
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