Welcome to politicalcommunication.org
From the International Communication Association (ICA)
and the American Political Science Association (APSA)
Political Communication Divisions!
The Political Communication section of APSA was organized to bring together academics and practitioners who analyze communication and politics. Our members, numbering nearly 500, engage in research spanning American and comparative political communication, communication in international relations, the role of the media in agenda setting and public opinion and the role of the Internet in social and political life, among other topics.
Our section sponsors an annual pre-conference held on the day prior to the opening of the APSA conference. The day-long conference typically is held at a university venue in the host city for APSA and features scholars from all over the world. The pre-conference program features traditional research panels along with expert roundtables and noteworthy keynote speakers, and provides an opportunity for a small conference setting in the midst of the large, and ever growing, APSA meeting.
The section also holds an annual business meeting and reception at the APSA conference. During the business meeting, awards are given for best paper, best book, best graduate paper, and career achievement. In addition, the section co-sponsors the journal, Political Communication, a regular newsletter, and this website.
Please browse through this website to learn more about the APSA section as well as other political communication divisions and our current activities. We invite you to join us as new members of our respective organizations.
Travis N. Ridout
International Communication Association (ICA) includes 31 divisions and
interest groups, each representing a special subfield in the study of
communication. The Political Communication Division is one of the
largest and oldest divisions of ICA, with about 700 members from over
50 countries. PolComm members explore the interplay of citizens, media
and politics. Our main event is the annual meeting with
competitively-selected full papers and some of the best attended
panels. During the annual meeting we have a business meeting where
members are informed about our activities and several awards are
granted for conference papers, best article, and career achievement and