Professor’s Book on Political Communication Named Best of Decade

Sept. 2, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — "Campaign Talk: Why Elections Are Good for Us," written by Roderick P. Hart, the Shivers-Cronkite Chair in Communication at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named the best political communication book in the past decade by the American Political Science Association (APSA).

Hart, dean of the College of Communication and an expert on politics and the mass media, will be honored with the Graber Book Award at the annual APSA meeting in Toronto on Sept 4.

In "Campaign Talk" (Princeton University Press, 2000) Hart conducts a long-term (1948-1996) analysis of thousands of texts from several genres of campaign discourse, including campaign speeches, print and television news coverage, debates, advertisements and letters to the editor, with his computerized content analysis program DICTION. By analyzing the language candidates, media and citizens' use, the book sheds light on the important role campaigns play in sustaining democracy by creating a national dialogue.

Dr. Hart has previously won the 2000 Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award from the APSA.

Named for Doris Graber, professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the award honors the "best book of the past 10 years" in the field of political communication. The award is not made every year.

For more information, contact: Erin Geisler, KUT Radio, Moody College of Communication, (512) 475-8071.

6 Comments to "Professor’s Book on Political Communication Named Best of Decade"

1.  Kim Brown Cain said on Sept. 10, 2009

Dr. Hart has been one of the most influential people in my life. I find, in more instances than I can count, that I rely on the tools I learned from him in my classes on leadership and social change at the university.

I've just ordered the new book and can't wait to read it. I have no doubt that it will be inspiring and enlightening, as he is.

2.  Trey Greene said on Sept. 10, 2009

Does our library need this book?

3.  virginiaconnally said on Sept. 10, 2009

Where can it be obtained? What's the price?

4.  Kimberly Cain said on Sept. 21, 2009

Just received the book. I ordered by clicking on the first link above. Library: I'm sure it will be a good edition!

5.  Justo Montoya said on Oct. 15, 2009

Campaigns are nothing but sound bites and pandering. I don't see how they can be for political discourse.

6.  Becky LaVally said on Dec. 30, 2009

See, Justo? You gotta read the book! It has some good lines, like this one: "And so the newspaper editorials may be unkind, the broadcasts biased, the candidates poorly informed, and the advertising offensive, but a campaign never really fails unless it inspires silence" (p. 11).