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Dr. Glenn W. Richardson Jr., Professor

Office: 304 OM A Wing
Office Hours (Fall 2018): 11:00 a.m. MWF; 3:00-4:30 p.m. W; 11:00-11:30 a.m. TH
Phone: 610-683-4450


B.A., M.A., Southern Illinois University; Ph. D., University of Iowa

Areas of specialization: American government (especially the presidency), political communication, (especially campaigns and elections, political advertising, social media and news coverage of politics). Professor Richardson's research has been published in the Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, Journal of Communication, Political Communication, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, American Communication Journal, Political Research Quarterly and Poroi. He is the author of the chapter on political advertising in Communication in U.S. Elections: New Agendas, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2001, and of "Visual Storytelling and the Competition for Political Meaning in Political Advertising and News in Campaign 2000" which earned the 2002 American Communication Journal Article of the Year Award. His book, Pulp Politics: How Political Advertising Tells the Stories of American Politics was published in a second edition by Rowman and Littlefield in August, 2008. His article "Media Literacy and Political Communication," appears in The Journal of Media Literacy 56:1-2 (2009). He is also the author of "Ad Watch 3.0: Developing Audiovisual and Narrative Techniques for Engaging the Audiovisual Content of Political Advertising," published in Poroi: (2012) Vol. 8: Iss. 1. He is the co-author (with G.R. Boynton) of "Re-framing Audience: Co-Motion at #SOTU" in Political Campaigning in the Information Age (2014), "The Language of Threat in Our Political Discourse" in the Handbook of Research on Political Activism in the Information Age (2014), and "Agenda setting in the twenty-first century," in New Media & Society 18 (9) (2016).  His essay Trial, Transformation, and Redemption: Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Banks, and Women in Competition-Popular Culture and the Audiovisual Transformation of My "Fight Song" into Our "Fight Song" was published on the website in September, 2016.  He is the editor of Social Media and Politics, a two-volume series published by Praeger in 2017.

He is currently working on research projects focusing on the use of Twitter and politics and on political advertising. Dr. Richardson serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Political Marketing. At KU he has served as advisor to the Political Science Club, College Republicans and College Democrats. He teaches courses in American Government, the American Presidency, American Political Thought, Constitutional Law, American Political Parties, Public Opinion and Propaganda and the Senior Seminar in Political Science. He is currently the APSCUF-KU CAP Chair and the chair of the APSCUF-KU Legislative Committee. He serves as state APSCUF CAP treasurer and is the Chair of the state APSCUF Legislative Committee. Dr. Richardson's research has been featured on the front-page of the New York Times and he has appeared on MSNBC.