Kathleen Hall Jamieson

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Kathleen Hall Jamieson (born 1946) is an American Professor of Communication and the director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. The Annenberg Public Policy Center runs FactCheck, a nonprofit devoted to examining the factual accuracy of U.S. political campaign advertisements.

Early life, education[edit]

Kathleen Hall Jamieson was born on November 24, 1946, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her BA in Rhetoric and Public Address from Marquette University in 1967, her MA in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison the following year and her PhD in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1972.[1]

Academic career[edit]

From 1971 to 1986, Jamieson served as a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland. She spent the following three years teaching at the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1989, Jamieson joined the faculty at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has since become the director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. She serves on the board of multiple academic societies, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the International Journal of Communication.[1]

Publications, awards[edit]

Jamieson is the author or co-author of over one hundred works, many of which primarily focus on campaign criticism and the discourse of the presidency. Some of her most notable books include Presidents Creating the Presidency (University of Chicago Press, 2008), Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment (Oxford University Press, 2008) and unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation (Random House, 2007). She has received political science or communication awards for four of her books, as well as university-wide teaching awards at all three of the universities where she has worked.[2]

Theoretical contributions[edit]

Dirty Politics: Deception, Distraction and Democracy (1993)[edit]

In this book Jamieson provides her readers with a new way to interpret political campaigns in attempt to uncover the truth. She analyzes the various advertising techniques used by candidates, attempting to show themselves in a more positive light than their opponents. Jamieson also provides her readers with many advertising strategies. For example, she explains that many advertisements attempt to impersonate the news, hoping to gain legitimacy.[3]

Packaging the Presidency: A History and Criticism of Presidential Campaign Advertising (1996)[edit]

Covering the media campaigns of America's first presidents to Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign, Jamieson looks at the importance of political advertising. In her book she writes that, "If political advertising did not exist, we would have to invent it". She argues that although campaigns can be somewhat sleazy and vague, political advertising is a necessity in America, as they remind voters that they really do have a say in their government.[3]

The Spiral of Cynicism: The Press and the Public Good (1997)[edit]

Together with Joseph N. Cappella, Jamieson looks at voter turnout and what causes certain people to vote. From their findings, Jamieson and Cappella pioneered the idea that the manner in which the media presents politics leads to some people to choose not to vote. They argue that the media should be focusing substance, but instead displays politics as more of a game. This, in turn, creates the "spiral of cynicism" that leads to the decline of interest and participation in elections.[3]

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Messages Shaped the 2008 Election coauthored with Kate Kenski and Bruce W. Hardy (Oxford, 2010)
  • Presidents Creating the Presidency: Deeds Done in Words coauthored with Karlyn Kohrs Campbell (University of Chicago, 2008)
  • Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment, coauthored with Joseph N. Cappella (Oxford, 2008)
  • unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation coauthored with Brooks Jackson (Random House, 2007)
  • Capturing Campaign Dynamics 2000 & 2004: The National Annenberg Election Survey coauthored with Dan Romer, Kate Kenski, Ken Winneg, and Christopher Adasiewicz (University of Pennsylvania, 2006)
  • The 2000 Presidential Election and the Foundations Of Party Politics coauthored with Richard Johnston and Michael Hagen (Cambridge, 2004)
  • Capturing Campaign Dynamics: The National Annenberg Election Survey: Design, Method and Data coauthored with Dan Romer, Kate Kenski, Paul Waldman, and Christopher Adasiewicz (Oxford, 2003)
  • The Press Effect: Politicians, Journalists and the Stories that Shape the Political World coauthored with Paul Waldman (Oxford, 2003)
  • Everything You Think You Know About Politics...and Why You're Wrong (Basic Books, 2000)
  • Spiral of Cynicism: Press and Public Good coauthored with Joseph N. Cappella (Oxford, 1997)
  • Beyond the Double Bind: Women and Leadership (Oxford, 1995)
  • Dirty Politics: Deception, Distraction and Democracy (Oxford, 1992)
  • Deeds Done in Words: Presidential Rhetoric and The Genres of Governance coauthored with Karlyn Kohrs Campbell (University of Chicago, 1990)
  • Presidential Debates: The Challenge of Creating an Informed Electorate coauthored with David Birdsell (Oxford, 1988)
  • Eloquence in an Electronic Age (Oxford, 1988)
  • Packaging the Presidency (Oxford, 1984)
  • The Interplay of Influence: Media and Their Publics in News, Advertising and Politics coauthored with Karlyn Kohrs Campbell (Wadsworth, 1983)
  • Debating Crime Control coauthored with Hugo Hellman and William Semlak (Marquette Publishing, 1967)

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