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Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Political Communication Scholar

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is a nationally recognized authority on political communication, campaigns, and political rhetoric. The Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, she is also the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the University’s Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Jamieson has authored or co-authored 16 books, including Packaging the Presidency: A History and Criticism of Presidential Campaign AdvertisingPresidents Creating the Presidency: Deeds Done in WordsEcho Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment, and unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation. The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Messages Shaped the 2008 Election, which she co-authored with Kate Kenski and Bruce Hardy, won the 2010 PROSE Award in government and politics from the Association of American Publishers, the 2011 International Communication Association’s Outstanding Book Award, and most recently the Diamond Anniversary Book Award from the National Communication Association.

In 2011 Jamieson was named to the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, whose mission is to bolster teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences. She has won numerous teaching awards from the University of Maryland, University of Texas, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Jamieson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Political and Social Science and the International Communication Association.

Jamieson helped create  and, nonpartisan websites that monitor deception and confusion in U.S. politics. has become a go-to resource for the 2012 campaign season, often cited by the press and used by candidates from both sides of the aisle.