Academic Research

Research

I study political communication. I examine how political actors communicate with the public and how the media represents such actors. I have two areas of particular focus - how minor political voices attempt to transmit their message, and the role of religion in political messaging. I use mixed methods research with an emphasis on content analysis, depth interviewing and ethnography.

Journal articles:

Hughes, C. (2016) It’s not easy (not) being green: Agenda dissonance of Green

Party press relations and newspaper coverage. European Journal of Communication. 31 (6):625-41. DOI: 10.1177/0267323116669454 

  

Work in progress:

Hughes, C. [Paper on religious language in political discourse]. Title withheld due to Revise and Resubmit (2nd round), International Journal of Communication


Hughes, C. [Paper on UKIP and Brexit]. Title withheld due to Revise and Resubmit (2nd round - minor revision), European Journal of Communication.


Hughes, C. Debatable sphere: major party hegemony, minor party marginalization in the UK leaders’ debate. Under review.


Hughes, C. ”We're not whores, that's why we're poor”: antipartyism, Fundi-Realo positioning and the Frowland Green Party. Preparing for submission.


Hughes, C. Your name’s not down, you’re not coming in: gatekeeping barriers to minor political parties. Data collection (interviews).


Hughes, C. Paper on President Trump’s use of religious language. Data collection. 


Ethnographic fieldwork and interviewing with the Frowland Green Party has been ongoing since August 2016. 

Conference Papers:

Hughes, C. (2018)  Debatable sphere: major party hegemony, minor party marginalization in the UK Leaders’ debate. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, Washington D.C. August 6-9 2018   (2nd place – best graduate student paper. Political Communication Interest Group) 


Hughes, C. (2018) [Paper on religious language in political discourse – Revise and Resubmit at International Journal of Communication]. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, Washington D.C. August 6-9 2018  (2nd place – best graduate student paper, Religion and Media Interest Group) 


Hughes, C. (2018) [Paper on UKIP and Brexit - Revise and Resubmit at European Journal of Communication]. International Communication Association Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, May 24-28 2018. 


Hughes, C. (2018) “We're not whores, that's why we're poor”: antipartyism, Fundi-Realo positioning and the Frowland Green Party. Chicago Ethnography Conference, Chicago, Il, March 17 2018 (the state name is changed for confidentiality) 


Hughes, C. (2017) God on our side: Presidential Religious Rhetoric, Issue Ownership and Competing Gospels. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, Chicago, Il, August 8-12 2017. 


Hughes, C. (2017) Anti-Europe, anti-immigrant and anti-party: UKIP rhetoric and the road to Brexit. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, Chicago, Il, August 8-12 2017. 


Li, Jianing †; Conathan, D. & Hughes, C. (2017) Rethinking Emotional Desensitization to Violence: Methodological and Theoretical Insights from Social Media Data. International Conference on Social Media & Society, Toronto, Canada, Jul 28-30 2017. † - presenter 


Hughes, C. (2016) Not agreeing with Nat: major party hegemony, minor party marginalization in the UK Election debate. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, August 3-7 2016.