Annenberg Faculty and Alumni in New Publication by the International Journal of Communication

The International Journal of Communication (IJoC) published a Special Section collection of essays on the topic of political entertainment, co-edited by alumna Dannagal G Young, Ph.D. (Gr. ‘07) and Jonathan Gray (University of Wisconsin-Madison) titled “Breaking Boundaries: Working Across the Methodological and Epistemological Divide in the Study of Political Entertainment.”   According to the IJoC press release, “The Special Section brings together a collection of scholars whose work is leading the field of political entertainment studies, and yet it crosses methodological divides to do so, with quantitative and critical/cultural perspectives both represented. Indeed, each author worked as a part of a pair, addressing a similar topic as a colleague from across the divide. The result is a series of essays that add to and move beyond the state of political entertainment research—not only in content, but also in approach—by challenging readers to expand their thinking on these topics outside of the regular strictures.”   The special section contains work by Michael X. Delli Carpini, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Walter H. Annenberg Dean; Lauren Feldman, Ph.D. (Gr ’08) from American University. The issue of IJoC also contains a book review written by Paul Messaris, Ph.D., the Lev Kulsheov Professor of Communication.   The special section grew out of a symposium that took place in April 2011 at the University of Delaware's Center for Political Communication on the topic of political entertainment entitled "Breaking Boundaries."  That symposium, featuring a diverse set of prominent scholars of political entertainment from cultural studies, political science, and media effects research traditions, resulted in the special section.