Michael X. Delli Carpini, Ph.D.
Michael X. Delli Carpini is Professor of Communication and the Walter H. Annenberg Dean of The Annenberg School for Communication.
“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, 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.
COMM 522: Introduction to Communication Research
COMM 525: Introduction to Political Communication
COMM 712: Race, Media, and Politics
COMM 897: Entertainment and Politics
Dean 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.