David L. Paletz
Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Professor of Political Science. David L. Paletz is the 2012-2013 recipient of the David Swanson Award for Service to Political Communication Scholarship given by the Political Communication Sections of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the International Communication Association (ICA). He is also the former editor of the journal Political Communication. He founded and chaired the Political Communication Research Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). His research focuses on the relationship between the media (defined broadly to include both news and entertainment) and American government and politics (defined broadly to include the public, institutions, and processes). He teaches courses on "Politics and the Media," "Film and Politics," and "Politics and the Libido." His latest book, co-authored with Diana Owen and Tim Cook, is American Government and Politics in the Information Age, published in print and online by FlatWorld Knowledge in 2012. He is also the author of The Media in American Politics: Contents and Consequences, 2nd ed. (Longman, 2002), co-author of Media Power Politics (Free Press, 1981 and 1983), and of Politics in Public Service Advertising on Television (Praeger, 1977); 2003), editor of and contributor Political Communication in Action (Hampton Press, 1996); and of Political Communication Research, Vol. II (Ablex 1996), and Vol. I (Ablex, 1987); co-editor and contributor to Business as Usual (Hampton Press, 2003), Glasnost and After: Media and Change in Eastern/Central Europe (Hampton Press, 1995), Taken By Storm: Media, Public Opinion, and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Gulf War (University of Chicago Press, 1994), and of Terrorism and the Media (Sage, 1992); and author of some sixty other publications. Among his research and teaching awards are a Congressional Fellowship from the American Political Science Association, Humanities Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, two Fulbright Scholarships, and the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award from Duke University. For eleven years, he chaired the Selection Committee of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

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