Michael X. Delli Carpini, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Walter H. Annenberg Dean, Annenberg School for Communication, is the recipient of the 2008 Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award, which is presented by the American Political Science Association's Political Communication Section.
The award, named after the late Murray Edelman, a trailblazing scholar of political science communication, was established in 1992 and is given to academic professionals whose research has had a lasting and significant impact on the field.
"As author (with Scott Keeter) of What Americans Know About Politics and Why it Matters," one of the most widely-cited books in political communication and political science, Michael Delli Carpini has helped to advance and re-orient the study of public opinion and democracy," said Robert M. Entman, Ph.D., of George Washington University and chair of the Edelman award committee.
"As a respected and prolific authority on the changing media landscape, with a new book (written with Bruce Williams) in the pipeline that is also likely to reshape scholarly thinking, he continues to have a profound impact on political communication research. Furthermore, as a former foundation officer and current dean, and as a teacher, Michael Delli Carpini has transcended disciplinary boundaries to augment the field in other significant ways. He exemplifies the highest ideals of political communication scholarship, service, and teaching."
Delli Carpini is the third member of the Annenberg faculty to win this award. Previous winners were Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Ph.D., the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication and the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (1995), and Elihu Katz, Ph.D., Distinguished Trustee Professor of Communication at Annenberg (1993). Dr. Katz received the honor while with the Guttman Institute of Applied Social Research, Jerusalem, Israel.
The Political Communication Section of the American Political Science Association was founded to foster the study of political communication within the discipline of political science, including research on mass media, telecommunications policy, new media technologies, and the process of communicating and understanding.