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 John Boiney. “Interest Groups and Public Opinion.” Communication Yearbook, edited by James A. Anderson, vol. II, Beverly Hills, Calif.: Sage Publications, 1988, pp. 534–46.

Paletz, D. L. “A Personal Memoir.” The Fulbright Experience, 1946-1986, edited by Arthur P. Dudden and Russell R. Dynes, New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Books, 1987, pp. 81–87.

Paletz, D. L., and John Z. Ayanian. “Armageddon, the Pentagon and the Press.” Communicating Politics, edited by Peter Golding et al., New York: Holmes and Meier, 1986, pp. 197–208.

Paletz, D. L., and Robert M. Entman. “Accepting the System.” Media Power in Politics, edited by Doris A. Graber, Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 1984, pp. 81–88.

Paletz, D. L. “What If America Had a Monarch?.” What If?, edited by Nelson W. Polsby, Lexington, Mass.: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1982, pp. 17–25.

Entman, Robert M., and D. L. Paletz. “Tunnel Vision on Television: The War in Southeast Asia.” Television Coverage of International Affairs, edited by William C. Adams, Norwood, New Jersey: Ablex Publishing Corp., 1982, pp. 181–201.

Paletz, D. L., et al. “Terrorism on TV News: The IRA, The FALN, and the Red Brigades.” Television Coverage of International Affairs, edited by William C. Adams, Norwood, New Jersey: Ablex Publishing Corp., 1982, pp. 143–65.

Paletz, D. L. “Influence of the Media on the 1976 Presidential Election.” Parties and Elections in an Anti-Party Age, edited by Jeff Fishel, IN: Indiana University Press, 1978, pp. 256–62.

Paletz, D. L., and Roberta E. Pearson. “The Way You Look Tonight: A Critique of Television News Criticism.” Television Network News: Issues in Content Research, edited by William C. Adams and Fay Schreibman, Washington, D.C.: The George Washington University Press, 1978, pp. 65–85.

Paletz, D. L., and Martha Elson. “Television Coverage of Presidential Nominating Conventions: Now You See It, Now You Don’t.” Broadcast Handbook 1: Television and Politics, Milton Keynes, England: The Open University Press, 1977, pp. 34–43.


Paletz, D. L., et al. “The I.R.A., the Red Brigades, and the F.A.L.N. in the New York Times.” Journal of Communication, vol. 32, no. 2, Jan. 1982, pp. 162–71. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1460-2466.1982.tb00503.x. Full Text

Paletz, D. L. “The Wondering Scholar: A Personal Memoir.” American Studies International, vol. 20, 1982, pp. 30–36.

Paletz, D. L. “Holocaust.” International Journal of Political Education, edited by David L. Paletz, vol. 4, 1981.

Paletz, D. L. “Holocaust.” International Journal of Political Education, edited by David L. Paletz, vol. 4, 1981.

Paletz, D. L. “Gestzliche Regelungen uber Wahlsendungen im amerikanischen Fernsehen....” Media Perspektiven, 1981, pp. 637–44.

Paletz, D. L., and Deanna Robinson. “Zum Ausseneinfluss auf des kommerzielle Fernsehen....” Media Perspektiven, 1981, pp. 101–10.

Paletz, D. L., and Robert M. Entman. “Eliten, Massenmedien Und Meinungsklima.” Media Perspektiven, 1980, pp. 605–12.

Paletz, D. L., and Robert M. Entman. “Presidents, Power and the Press.” Presidential Studies Quarterly, vol. 10, 1980, pp. 416–26.

Entman, R. M., and D. L. Paletz. “Media and the Conservative Myth.” Journal of Communication, vol. 30, no. 4, Jan. 1980, pp. 154–65. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1460-2466.1980.tb02027.x. Full Text

Paletz, D. L., et al. “Polls in the Press.” Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 44, 1980, pp. 495–513.