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., et al. “How the Media Support Local Government Authority.” Public Opinion and Political Attitudes, edited by Allen R. Wilcox, New York: John Wiley, 1974, pp. 341–51.

Paletz, D. L. “Perspectives on the Presidency.” Political Behavior in the United States, edited by Fred W. Grupp and Marvin Maurer, New York: Meredith Corp., 1972, pp. 338–52.


Paletz, D. L., and Robert M. Entman. “The Rank Quality Studies of Graduate and Professional Schools: A Fresh Look.” The Journal of Irreproducible Results, vol. 25, 1979, pp. 11–12.

Paletz, D. L. “Massenmedien und Wahlen: Zum Forschungsst and und seinen Luken.” Media Perspektiven, 1979, pp. 20–28.

Paletz, D. L., and R. J. Vinegar. “Presidents on television: The effects of instant analysis.” Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 41, no. 4, Dec. 1977, pp. 488–97. Scopus, doi:10.1086/268409. Full Text

PALETZ, D. L. “GLORY AND BURDEN - TEACHING A COURSE ON POLITICS AND MEDIA.” International Journal of Political Education, vol. 1, no. 1, ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, Jan. 1977, pp. 73–88.

Paletz, D. L. “Teacher education in political science graduate programs.” Teaching Political Science, vol. 4, no. 2, Jan. 1977, pp. 131–44. Scopus, doi:10.1080/00922013.1977.11000074. Full Text

PALETZ, D. L. “'UNDERGROUND'.” Film Quarterly, vol. 30, no. 4, 1977, pp. 34–37.

Harris, William H., and D. L. Paletz. “Getting the Word Out.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 76, 1977, pp. 263–72.

Paletz, D. L., and Robert M. Entman. “Making It: The Search for Academic Quality and the Striving After Success.” Liberal Education, vol. 62, 1976, pp. 576–84.

PALETZ, D. L. “TELEVISION DRAMA - APPEALS OF THE SENATE WATERGATE HEARINGS.” Midwest Quarterly a Journal of Contemporary Thought, vol. 18, no. 1, 1976, pp. 103–09.

Paletz, David L., and Martha Elson. “Television Coverage of Presidential Conventions: Now You See It, Now You Don't.” Political Science Quarterly, vol. 91, no. 1, Wiley, 1976, pp. 109–109. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2149161. Full Text