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
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
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
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”.