Impressive string of awards and recognition for Annenberg faculty and alumni

Faculty members for the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania are known for their strong academic prowess, and are routinely recognized for their academic accomplishments. A recent run of prestigious awards, all received by Annenberg faculty and graduates, underscores this point.

In May 2007, Michael X. Delli Carpini, Ph.D., the Walter H. Annenberg Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication, was presented with the 2007 American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Book award for his work, What Americans Know About Politics and Why It Matters, co-authored with Scott Keeter. The award is given yearly for a book that has a lasting impact on the study of public opinion. The book was added to AAPOR’s list of the 50-plus most influential books published in the field.

The Doris Graber book award went to Professor Joseph N. Cappella, Ph.D., Annenberg School for Communication, and Annenberg Public Policy Center Director Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Ph.D. for Spiral of Cynicism: The Press and the Public Good. The award, given by the APSA’s Political Communication section, honors the best book published on political communication in the last 10 years. Spiral of Cynicism was published in 1997 by Oxford University Press.

National Annenberg Election Survey Research Director Richard Johnston received the best book award from the APSA’s Race, Ethnicity, and Politics section for The End of Southern Exceptionalism: Class, Race, and Partisan Change in the Postwar South (Harvard University Press, 2006), which he co-wrote with Byron E. Shafer, Chair of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Johnston is a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania with a secondary appointment at the Annenberg School for Communication.

In May, Elihu Katz, Ph.D., Distinguished Trustee Professor of Communication, was honored at a seminar at the University of Rome "La Sapienza." The seminar, "Elihu Katz and Media Studies: A Scientific and Professional History," featured panels ("Re-Reading Media Studies by Protagonists" and "Media, Individuals and Networks: Do Research on Communication") and many speakers from the Sociology and Communication Science faculty at the University. Dr. Katz himself delivered a lecture titled: "Once upon a Time in America...Mass Communication Research." The program is a collaboration with the Department of Sociology and Communication, University of Rome "La Sapienza," and the Italian Sociology Association (AIS).

Caryn Lerman, Ph.D., the Mary W. Calkins Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry, with a secondary appointment the Annenberg School for Communication, and who also is Deputy Director of the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn's School of Medicine, has won two awards from the American Cancer Society. In July Dr. Lerman was recognized with the 22nd Annual Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Health for her work on pharmacogenetic approaches to nicotine dependence treatment. Just this month (September 2007) she was awarded the 2007 American Cancer Society Cancer Control Award in recognition for her contributions to cancer prevention and control.

Diana C. Mutz, Ph.D., the Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics, recently received the Robert E. Lane Award from the APSA’s Political Psychology Division for her book: Hearing the Other Side: Deliberative versus Participatory Democracy. The award recognizes the best book published in political psychology each year. Hearing the Other Side was published in 2006 by Cambridge University Press. In March, it was honored by Harvard’s Shorenstein Center with the Goldsmith Book Prize, recognizing the best academic and trade books that seek to improve the quality of government or politics through an examination of press and politics in the formation of public policy. In May, Professor Mutz was further honored with the Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award by AAPOR. She and Arthur Lupia of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research were cited for their design and implementation of Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences.

Talia Jomini Stroud (Ph.D. ’06), assistant professor in the department of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, was the winner of three awards for her dissertation, “Selective exposure to partisan information.” She was honored by the International Communication Association with presentation of the 2007 Kyoon Hur Dissertation Award. A second award for best dissertation came from the ASPA’s Political Psychology section. And come November 2007, she will be recognized a third time by the National Communications Association’s Political Communication Division, again as the year’s best dissertation. A member of the 2004 National Annenberg Election Survey team, Dr. Stroud used data from the 2004 survey in her dissertation.