About

This is a collaborative blog dedicated to fostering the qualitative study of political communication.

While the boundaries are fuzzy, we take ‘qualitative research’ to be rigorous inquiry into political communication processes through an established set of empirical methods including (but not limited to): participant observation, ethnography, interviewing, archival research, and content analysis.  While the borders around ‘political communication’ are also ill-defined (rightfully so), this term broadly encompasses studies of the institutional (campaigns, legislative bodies, the presidency, the press, civil society organizations) and extra-institutional (movements) actors, events, and processes that constitute democratic life.

We hope that this blog will provide a language for what a diverse community of scholars are doing in the course of their research and create an identifiable community of scholars working on similar substantive concerns and using a shared set of qualitative methods for empirical inquiry.

To this end, this blog will provide a forum for this community to publicize new articles/books, share syllabi and resources, and discuss the field and note developments in theory/methodology in and outside of it.  In addition, we hope this blog will provide others with a sense of the institutions that support and foster this work.

If this work fits your interests and you are interested in contributing, contact Daniel Kreiss.