David L. Paletz

David L. Paletz

Professor Emeritus of Political Science

External Address: 
140 Science Drive, 214 Gross H, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-4300
American Politics, Political Communication, Political Institutions

Professor of Political Science. David L. Paletz is the 2012-2013 recipient of the David Swanson Award for Service to Political Communication Scholarship given by the Political Communication Sections of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the International Communication Association (ICA). He edited the journal Political Communications for six years. He founded and chaired the Political Communication Research Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). His research focuses on the relationship between the media (defined broadly to include both news and entertainment) and American government and politics (defined broadly to include the public, institutions, and processes). He teaches courses on "Politics and the Media," "Film and Politics," and "Politics and the Libido." His latest book, co-authored with Diana Owen and Tim Cook, is American Government and Politics in the Information Age, published in print and online by FlatWorld Knowledge (4th ed. 2019). He is also the author of The Media in American Politics: Contents and Consequences, 2nd ed. (Longman, 2002), co-author of Media Power Politics (Free Press, 1981 and 1983), and of Politics in Public Service Advertising on Television (Praeger, 1977); editor of and contributor to Political Communication in Action (Hampton Press, 1996); and of Political Communication Research, Vol. II (Ablex 1996), and Vol. I (Ablex, 1987); co-editor and contributor to Business as Usual (Hampton Press, 2003), Glasnost and After: Media and Change in Eastern/Central Europe (Hampton Press, 1995), Taken By Storm: Media, Public Opinion, and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Gulf War (University of Chicago Press, 1994), and of Terrorism and the Media (Sage, 1992); and author of some sixty other publications. Among his research and teaching awards are a Congressional Fellowship from the American Political Science Association, Humanities Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, two Fulbright Scholarships, and the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award from Duke University. For eleven years, he chaired the Selection Committee of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.


  • Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles 1970

Paletz, D. L., and Robert M. Entman. Media Power Politics. New York: The Free Press, 1981.

Paletz, D. L., et al. Politics in Public Service Advertising on Television. New York: Praeger, 1977.


Paletz, D. L. “Los Medio de comunicación y la violencia.” Comunicación Politica, edited by Alejandro Muñoz-Alonso and Juan Ignacio Rospir, Madrid: Editorial Universitas, S.A., 1996, pp. 331–67.

Vinson, C. Danielle, and D. L. Paletz. “The Media and the Conduct of Government.” Survey of Social Science: Government and Politics, edited by Frank N. Magill, Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 1995, pp. 11167–72.

Paletz, D. L., and Daniel Lipinski. “Movies on Congress.” The Encyclopedia of the United States Congress, edited by Donald C. Bacon et al., vol. 3, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994, pp. 1420–26.

Paletz, D. L. “Just Deserts.” Taken by Storm: The Media, Public Opinion, and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Gulf War, edited by Lance Bennett and David L. Paletz, Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press, 1994, pp. 277–92.

Paletz, D. L. “Media and Power.” International Colloquium Interactions of Mass Media, Public and Power Institutions in the Democratization Process, Belarus State University, 1992, pp. 37–39.

Paletz, D. L., and Laura Tawney. “Broadcasting Organizations.” Terrorism and the Media, edited by David L. Paletz and Alex P. Schmid, Newbury Park, Calif.: Sage, 1992, pp. 105–10.

Boiney, John, and D. L. Paletz. “In Search of the Model Model.” Television and Political Advertising, edited by Frank Biocca, vol. I, Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, 1992, pp. 3–25.

Paletz, D. L., and John Boiney. “Political Socialization and East-West Relations: The U.S. Case.” Political Socialization of the Young in East and West, edited by Bernhard Claussen and Horst Mueller, Frankfurt: Verlag Peter Lang, 1990, pp. 221–46.

Paletz, D. L., and John Boiney. “Politische Sozialisation und die Ost-West Beziehunger: das Beispiel der USA.” Politische Sozialisation Jungendlicher in Ost Und West, edited by Bernhard Claussen, Bonn: Bundeszentrale fur politische Bildung, 1989, pp. 64–82.

Paletz, D. L. “Politicization.” International Encyclopedia of Communications, edited by Erik Barnouw, New York: Oxford University Press, 1989, pp. 324–26.


Paletz, Gabriel M., and D. L. Paletz. “Mike Leigh's 'Naked' Truth.” Film Criticism, vol. 19, 1994, pp. 23–39.

Paletz, D. L., and C. Danielle Vinson. “Constructing Content and Delimiting Choice.” Argumentation, vol. 8, 1994, pp. 357–66.

Paletz, D. L., and C. Danielle Vinson. “The Media and Politics in America.” Current World Leaders, vol. 36, Apr. 1993, pp. 321–40.

Paletz, D. L., and Rocco Femia. “Death in Newsmagazines and Feature Films.” Media Development, vol. 3, 1993, pp. 19–21.

Boiney, John, and D. L. Paletz. “Regulierung von Wahwerbung im Fernsehen der USA.” Media Perspektiven, Apr. 1992, pp. 256–67.

Paletz, D. L. “Political Humor and Authority.” International Political Sciecne Review, vol. 11, Oct. 1990, pp. 483–93.

Paletz, D. L. “Pornography, Politicians, and the Press.” Journal of Communication, vol. 38, Mar. 1988, pp. 122–36.

Paletz, D. L., and K. K. Guthrie. “The Three Faces of Ronald Reagan.” Journal of Communication, vol. 37, no. 4, Jan. 1987, pp. 7–23. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1460-2466.1987.tb01005.x. Full Text

Paletz, D. L., and John Z. Ayanian. “Armageddon, El Pentagon y La Prensa.” Unda Al Comunicaciones, vol. 15, 1985, pp. 19–21.

Entman, Robert M., and D. L. Paletz. “America Conservative: Resurrection of a Handy Myth.” Cyrano’S Journal, vol. 1, Oct. 1982, pp. 19–22.