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  David L. Paletz, Affliated Faculty
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  David L. PaletzProfessor Emeritus of Political Science and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies

Office Location:  140 Science Drive, 214 Gross H, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3000, (919) 660-4329
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  • Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles 1970
  • M.A. University of California, Los Angeles 1963
  • B.A. University of California, Los Angeles 1961


American Politics
Political Science/Public Policy & Media
Political Communication
Political Institutions
Behavior & Identities
Research Interests: Presidency, Media, and 20th Century

Professor of Political Science and editor of Political Communication. His degrees are all from UCLA. Dr. Paletz's specializes in political communication both in the US and internationally. 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," "International Communication," "American Government," and "Politics and the Libido." He is the author of The Media in American Politics: Contents and Consequences, 2nd ed. (Addison-Wesley Longman, 2002), co-author of Media Power Politics (Free Press, 1981 and 1983), and of Politics in Public Service Advertising on Television (Praeger, 1977); 2003), editor of and contributor 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. He has been Chair of the Political Communication Research Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research, Chair of the Political Communication Section of the American Political Science Association, and a Founding Member of the International Journal of Political Socialization and Political Psychology. 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. He chairs the Selection Committee of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.


Duke Coordinator of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Co-chair of the Selection Committee of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Editor of the Paradigm Publisher's Book Series "Media and Power."
Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)
  1. Berry, SM; Petzold, EA; Dull, P; Thielman, NM; Cunningham, CK; McClain, MT; Hoover, DL; Russell, J; Griffiss, JM; Woods, CW. "Response.." Clinical Trials 13:5 (Winter, 2016): 568-569. [doi]
  2. Paletz, DL. "Sherman’s March: Romantic Love in Documentary Films." Understanding Love: Philosophy, Film, and Fiction. Edited by Wolf, S; Grau, C. 2014: 231-250.
  3. Sutterby, JA. "Introduction." Advances in Early Education and Day Care. Edited by Paletz, DL; Jakubowicz, K; Novosel, P.  vol. 16December, 2012: ix-xi. [doi]
  4. Paletz, DL; Owen, D; Cook, T. American Government and Politics in the Information Age.  FlatWorldKnowledge, 2012. (Published both in print and online editions)
  5. Whited, JD; Edison, KE. "Introduction." Teledermatology: A User's Guide. Edited by David L. Paletz and Alex P. Schmid.  vol. 3January, 2008: 1-4. [doi]  [abs]