Diana C. Mutz, Ph.D.

Portrait of Diana C. Mutz
Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication
Director, Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics

Diana C. Mutz studies public opinion, political psychology, and mass political behavior, with an emphasis on political communication. At Penn, she holds the Samuel A. Stouffer Chair in Political Science and Communication, and also serves as Director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics.

She received a 2017 Carnegie Fellowship and a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship to pursue research on globalization and public opinion. In 2011, she received the Lifetime Career Achievement Award in Political Communication from the American Political Science Association. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008.

In addition to many journal articles, Mutz is the author of Impersonal Influence: How Perceptions of Mass Collectives Affect Political Attitudes (Cambridge University Press, 1998), a book awarded the Robert Lane Prize for the Best Book in Political Psychology by the American Political Science Association, and the 2004 Doris Graber Prize for Most Influential Book on Political Communication published in the last ten years. In 2006, she published Hearing the Other Side: Deliberative Versus Participatory Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2006) which was awarded the 2007 Goldsmith Prize by Harvard University and the Robert Lane Prize for the Best Book in Political Psychology by the American Political Science Association. Most recently it received the Best Book Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Her 2015 book, In Your Face Politics: The Consequences of Uncivil Media, was awarded the David Sears Best Book Award by the International Society for Political Psychology, as well as the Doris Graber Prize by the APSA Political Communication section. She has a new book coming out in 2021 from Princeton University Press entitled, Winners and Losers: The Psychology of Foreign Trade.

Mutz served as founding co-PI of Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS), an interdisciplinary infrastructure project that continues to promote methodological innovation across the social sciences. For creating and implementing this ongoing project, Mutz and co-PI Skip Lupia received the Warren Mitofsky Innovators Award in 2007. She subsequently wrote Population-Based Survey Experiments (Princeton University Press, 2011) which offers the first book on this method, drawing examples from across the social sciences.

Before coming to Penn, Mutz taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Ohio State University.

Selected Publications


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Courses Taught

COMM 404: Media and Politics

COMM 498: Experimental Design

COMM 615: Experimental Design and Issues in Causality

COMM 715: Political Communication

Diana Mutz studies political communication, political psychology, and public opinion. Her research focuses on how the American mass public relates to the political world, and how people form opinions on issues and candidates.

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Mutz's Network

  • Global and Comparative Communication
  • Media and Communication Effects
  • Political Communication
  • Visual Communication
  • Center for Media at Risk
  • Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics