Michael X. Delli Carpini, Ph.D.

Portrait of Michael X. Delli Carpini
Oscar H. Gandy Professor of Communication & Democracy
Secondary Appointment, Political Science

Michael X. Delli Carpini is the Oscar H. Gandy Professor of Communication & Democracy 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

Delli Carpini's research explores the role of the citizen in democratic politics, with particular emphasis on the impact of mass media and information and communication technologies on public opinion, public deliberation, political knowledge, and political participation. He is editor of Digital Media and Democratic Futures (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), and author of After Broadcast News: Media Regimes, Democracy and the New Information Environment (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Talking Together: Public Deliberation and Political Participation in America (University of Chicago Press, 2009), A New Engagement? Political Participation, Civic Life and the Changing American Citizen (Oxford University Press, 2006), What Americans Know About Politics and Why It Matters (Yale University Press, 1996), and Stability and Change in American Politics: The Coming of Age of the Generation of the 1960s (New York University Press, 1986), as well as numerous articles, book chapters, and essays. Delli Carpini received the 2008 Best Book Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research (for What Americans Know About Politics and Why It Matters), and the 2008 Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award from the Political Communication Division of the American Political Science Association. He was elected as a Fellow of the International Communication Association in 2018.   

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. He began his academic career as an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Rutgers University (1980-1987). 

Selected Publications


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Michael X. Delli Carpini delivered this 2012 lecture entitled "US Media Regimes, Democracy and the New Information Environment" at the Prince...
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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,...

Related News

  • 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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Carpini's Network

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