Research

Undergrad Amanda Damon (C'19) Explores Immigration Reform for Senior Honors Thesis

Over winter break, while many undergraduates were busy catching up on sleep, Communication major Amanda Damon (C’19) was collecting data on immigration and civil rights legislation and reform for her senior honors thesis. For months, she had been corresponding with librarians and archivists at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, Texas and the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California in preparation to visit them in January.

CARGC Focus on Connecting Global Scholars Drives Its Future Goals

Over the last two decades, the standard of living has risen for many in Vietnam, but there has also been an increase in fears around adulterated or toxic food. In light of this, many Vietnamese mothers are faced with immense anxiety over the well-being of their children.

Postdoctoral Fellow Giang Nguyen-Thu, a Vietnamese mother herself, has been conducting fieldwork in Vietnam to investigate how the internet — and particularly social media — shape the ways these mothers deal with their concerns about food, education, and the environment.

New Democracy & Information Group Studies Political Communication

How do political communication and other forms of information affect a civil society? How does political polarization impact information sharing, voting, and other parts of American democracy?

The Democracy & Information Group (DIG), a newly established working group led by Professor Yphtach Lelkes, aims to answer these questions. The group brings together graduate students interested in researching topics related to political communication, particularly how new media impact polarization and incivility.

Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication Releases CARGC Paper 10

The Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication is proud to present CARGC Paper 10, “Contextualizing Hacktivism: The Criminalization of Redhack” by Bülay Doğan (Koç University).

Through an empirical examination of the criminalization of the Turkish hacktivist group Redhack in social, legal, and cultural discourses, Doğan explores the critical conflation of hacktivism with cyber-terrorism that enables states to criminalize non-violent hacktivist groups.

Pictorial Warning Messages on Cigarette Packs Are Most Effective When Diseased Body Parts and Testimonials Are Included, New Study Finds

At least 120 countries around the world require pictorial warning labels on cigarette packages — for example gangrene feet or a dead body — but the United States is notably missing from the list. Despite a 2009 congressional act instructing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement pictorial warning labels, American cigarette packs still contain text-only warning labels. A new court order issued in September 2018 says the FDA must speed up its timeline for the implementation of pictorial warning labels.

Graduate Students Present Research Projects from SummerCulture 2018 in Berlin

For two weeks this summer, six Annenberg doctoral students traveled to Berlin to immerse themselves in some of the most haunting episodes of modern German history: the Holocaust and the Cold War. 

Led by Barbie Zelizer, Raymond Williams Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for Media at Risk, SummerCulture is a two-week intensive research experience for Annenberg graduate students held in a different foreign country each year.

Dean Delli Carpini and Lenfest Institute Issue New Report on Information Needs and Habits of Philadelphians

Despite the disruptions affecting journalism business models, shrinking newsroom resources, and growing local news deserts, Philadelphia residents say they are often overwhelmed with the amount of information that they get on a daily basis, according to a new report published today by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

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