Michael X. Delli Carpini, Ph.D.

Portrait of Michael X. Delli Carpini
Professor of Communication

Michael X. Delli Carpini is a Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication. He served as Walter H. Annenberg Dean of the school from 2003 until the end of 2018.

“Michael Delli Carpini has helped to advance and re-orient the study of public opinion and democracy. As a respected and prolific authority on the changing media landscape, he continues to have a profound impact on political communication research.” – the American Political Science Association

Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania faculty in July of 2003, 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.

Selected Publications


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Dean Michael X. Delli Carpini and co-author Bruce Williams (University of Virginia) talk about their book After Broadcast News: Media Regimes,...

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  • 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.
Courses Taught
  • COMM 522: Introduction to Communication Research
  • COMM 525: Introduction to Political Communication
  • COMM 697: Popular Culture and Politics
  • COMM 712: Race, Media, and Politics
  • COMM 897: Entertainment and Politics

Michael X. Delli Carpini's research focuses on 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; and the impact of the media on political knowledge and democratic engagement.

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Delli Carpini's Network

  • Digital Media and Social Networks
  • Media and Communication Effects
  • Political Communication
  • Center for Media at Risk