Dr. Diana Mutz joins Annenberg School standing faculty

Research Area: 

Annenberg School is pleased to announce that, effective July 1st, Dr. Diana Mutz will join the ASC standing faculty as the Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Communication and Political Science. She also will continue to serve as Director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics at the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Dr. Mutz, who is currently a full professor in Penn’s Political Science Department, has held a secondary appointment at the Annenberg School over the past three years. Under the new arrangement, she will be jointly tenured in both the Annenberg School and the School of Arts and Sciences. "Diana is already an important member of the Annenberg community," said Dean Michael X. Delli Carpini. "This appointment acknowledges and formalizes her role at ASC, and in doing so strengthens our School immeasurably. I could not be more pleased."

Professor Mutz is one of the nation’s leading scholars of political communication, having authored or edited three books and published numerous articles in a variety of academic journals including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, the Journal of Politics, and the Journal of Communication. She is the author of Impersonal Influence: How Perceptions of Mass Collectives Affect Political Attitudes (Cambridge University Press, 1998), a book awarded the 1999 Robert Lane Prize for the best book in Political Psychology and the 2004 Doris Graber Prize for Most Influential Book on Political Communication published in the last ten years. Her recent book Hearing the Other Side: Deliberative Versus Participatory Democracy was published this year by Cambridge University Press.

Dr. Mutz served as past editor of Political Behavior and currently serves as co-Principal Investigator of Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS), an interdisciplinary infrastructure project that promotes methodological innovation across the social sciences. She is also part of the graduate group in the Population Studies Center and in the Department of Psychology at Penn. Before coming to Penn, Dr. Mutz taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Ohio State University.