Communications Media Professor Receives Top Paper Award

Posted on 9/21/2016 12:10:05 PM

A research paper on interpersonal political discussion by Communications Media faculty member Steven Kleinman is being named top paper in the political communication category by the National Communication Association. Kleinman’s co-authored research paper, “Talking Politics: Discussion Partner and Group Preferences,” will be presented at NCA’s 102nd national conference in November 2016.

Kleinman and co-author Alyssa Morey, from the University of Albany, conducted research on how the average person chooses who to engage with in political discussions. Previous research has shown, while political discussion is rare, people tend to engage in dialogue about politics when they know the other individual shares their political ideologies. What Kleinman and Morey set out to do with their research was to challenge this notion and uncover under what conditions the average person is more willing to discuss politics. While their findings were similar to those found in previous studies, Kleinman and Morey discovered people are more likely to talk to close family and friends about politics. Those close family members and friends tend to share similar views as the subject.

Kleinman explained initially, neither he nor Morey realized their paper had been chosen as the top political paper. “We didn’t even realize it until we got our scheduled time and saw we were in the top paper session.”

Kleinman and Morey will present their research paper at NCA’s 102nd annual conference, which runs from November 10–13.  NCA is the largest professional association in the country for scholars, teachers, and practitioners who research and teach about communication.  NCA’s mission is advancing “communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry”.