Academic Research

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Research

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

Journal articles:

Hughes, C. (forthcoming) Debatable sphere: major party hegemony, minor party marginalization in the UK leaders’ debate. Communication and the Public.


Hughes, C. (2019) It’s the EU immigrants stupid! UKIP’s core-issue and populist rhetoric on the road to Brexit. European Journal of Communication. doi: 10.1177/0267323119830050 


Hughes, C. (2019) The God card: Strategic employment of religious language in U.S. presidential discourse. International Journal of Communication. https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/8484/2547


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.  It’s not easy being green, white, red and blue: constituency representations versus electoral competition in the Wisconsin Green Party. Under review.

 

Hughes, C. Thou art in a deal: the evolution of religious language in the public communications of Donald Trump. Under review.


Hughes, C. Christian Broadcasting Network and the interpretation of Donald Trump. Data collection (content analysis).


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


Communication Ecologies, Political Contention, and Democratic Crisis working group (PIs: Cramer, K., Shah, D., Friedland, L., Wagner, M., Wells, C., Sathares, W., Rohe, K.) Paper series on communication and politics in the state of Wisconsin. 


Suk, J., Shah, D., Cramer, K., Friedland, L., Hughes, C., Wagner, M. & Wells, C. Do improving conditions harden partisan preferences? Communication, context, and political evaluations during periods of contention. Revise and resubmit.


Foley, J., Hughes, C., Wagner, M., Friedland, L., Suk, J. & Shah, D. Free and Fair? The Differential Experiences of Administrative Burdens, Voting Barriers and Voting Policies in American Midterm Elections. Under review.

  

Foley, J., Wagner, M., Lukito, J., Hughes, C., Suk, J., Friedland, L. & Shah, D. Do Conspiracy Theories “Find Me?”: How Communication Ecologies, Information Seeking preferences and Racial Resentment Fuel Conspiratorial Thinking. Under review.


Ethnographic fieldwork and interviewing with the Frowland Green Party took place from August 2016 to December 2018. 

Conference Papers:

Hughes, C. (2019) When Pat met Donald: Christian Broadcasting News and the interpretation of Trump. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, Toronto, Canada, August 2019.

 

Hughes, C. (2019) Thou art in a deal: the evolution of religious language in the public communications of Donald Trump. International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Washington D.C., May 2019

 

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) The God card: Strategic employment of religious language in U.S. presidential discourse.  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) It’s the EU immigrants stupid! UKIP’s core-issue and populist rhetoric on the road to Brexit. 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, J. †, 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.