Political Communication Division

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The purpose of the Political Communication Division (PCD) is to support the work of scholars and practitioners engaged in the research, teaching, and practice of political communication. The scope of the PCD is broad, as the study of communication and politics may encompass the communicative activity of citizens, individual political figures, public and governmental institutions, the media, political campaigns, advocacy groups, and social movements. The PCD recognizes and encourages research that addresses political communication topics in all contexts and levels of analysis, employing a variety of methodologies. Research presented by PCD members at NCA’s Annual Convention regularly addresses such topics as political campaigns, media and politics, presidential rhetoric, social movements, political advertising, campaign debates, civic engagement, the public sphere, women and politics, international and comparative politics, and new media and politics.

2024 Interest Group Leadership

  • Chair: Joshua Scacco, University of South Florida
  • Vice Chair: Cynthia Peacock, University of Alabama
  • Vice Chair-Elect: Kurt Braddock, American University
  • Immediate Past Chair: Kelly Winfrey, Iowa State University
  • Nominating Committee Chair: Shannon McGregor, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill


2024 NCA Positions

  • Legislative Assembly
    • Joshua Scacco, University of South Florida
    • Cynthia Peacock, University of Alabama
    • Kurt Braddock, American University
  • Nominating Committee 
    • Kurt Braddock, American University

PCD Membership (2013-2024)

*Official count taken each January.


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