Michael X. Delli Carpini, Ph.D.

The extent, sources, and impact of public deliberation. The causes and consequences of the blurring between news and entertainment. Generational differences in political and civic participation. The impact of the media on political knowledge and democratic engagement.
Michael X. Delli Carpini, Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication, received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (1975) and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (1980). Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania faculty in July of 2003, Dean Delli Carpini was Director of the Public Policy program of the Pew Charitable Trusts (1999-2003), and member of the Political Science Department at Barnard College and graduate faculty of Columbia University (1987-2002), serving as chair of the Barnard department from 1995 to 1999. Delli Carpini began his academic career as an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Rutgers University (1980-1987). His research explores the role of the citizen in American politics, with particular emphasis on the impact of the mass media on public opinion, political knowledge and political participation.


  • The extent, sources and impact of public deliberation in the United States
  • The causes and consequences of the blurring between news and entertainment in the United States
  • Generational differences in civic and political participation
  • The impact of new media on democratic community
  • Political knowledge and democratic engagement

    Talking Together: Public Deliberation and Political Participation in America (with Lawrence R. Jacobs and Fay Lomax Cook), University of Chicago Press, 2009.

    A New Engagement? Political Participation, Civic Life and the Changing American Citizen
    . With Scott Keeter, Cliff Zukin, Molly Andolina and Krista Jenkins. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

    What Americans Know About Politics and Why It Matters. With Scott Keeter. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996

    Stability and Change in American Politics: The Coming of Age of the Sixties Generation. New York: New York University Press, 1986

    "Public Deliberation, Discursive Participation and Citizen Engagement: A Review of the Empirical Literature" with Fay Lomax Cook and Lawrence Jacobs. Annual Review of Political Science 7 (2004).

    "News From Somewhere: Journalistic Frames and the Debate about Public Journalism," Nayda Terkilsden, Frauke Schnell and Karen Callaghan (editors), Framing American Politics. University of Pittsburgh Press, (2004).

    "Mediating Democratic Engagement: The Positive and Negative Impact of Mass Media on Citizens Engagement in Political and Civic Life," in The Handbook of Political Communication Research, edited by Linda Lee Kaid. Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers (2004).

    "The Internet and an Informed Citizenry," with Scott Keeter, in The Civic Web: Online Politics and Democratic Values, edited by David Anderson and Michael Cornfield. Rowman and Littlefield. (2002).

    "Gen.Com: Youth, Civic Engagement and the New Information Environment."Political Communication 17 (2000): 341-349.

    "In Search of the Informed Citizen: What Americans Know About Politics and Why It Matters." The Communication Review 4 (2000): 129-164.

    "Unchained Reaction: The Collapse of Media Gatekeeping and the Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal, with Bruce Williams." Journalism 1 (2000): 61-85.

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    Dean Michael X. Delli Carpini can be available for news interviews.  Please contact Joseph J. Diorio at 215-746-1798 to make arrangements.


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