Kate Kenski

Kate Kenski

Kate Kenski

Office: Communication 202
Office Hours: Fall 2023 | Tues/Thurs 8:30am-9:30am & by appt

Dr. Kate Kenski (Ph.D. 2006, University of Pennsylvania) is a Professor in the Department of Communication where she teaches political communication, public opinion, and research methods. Prior to teaching at the University of Arizona, she was a senior analyst at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She is co-author of The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Message Shaped the 2008 Election (2010, Oxford University Press) and Capturing Campaign Dynamics: The National Annenberg Election Survey (2004, Oxford University Press). She is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Political Communication with Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Dr. Kenski has published over 70 book chapters, articles, and research notes in publications such as the American Behavioral Scientist, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social ScienceCommunication Research, the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and Public Opinion Quarterly. Her current research focuses on social media and incivility, gender and politics, and online platform development that aids users’ quality of reasoning.

Selected Publications

Kenski, K., Filer, C., & Conway-Silva, B. A. (2018). Lying, liars, and lies: Incivility in 2016 presidential candidate and campaign tweets during the invisible primary. American Behavioral Scientist.

Rossini, P., Stromer-Galley, J., Kenski, K., Hemsley, J., Zhang, F., & Dobreski, B. (2018). The relationship between race competitiveness, standing in the polls, and social media communication strategies during the 2014 U.S. gubernatorial campaigns. Journal of Information Technology & Politics.

Rains, S. A., Kenski, K., Coe, K., & Harwood, J. (2017). Incivility and political identity on the internet: Intergroup factors as predictors of incivility in discussions of news online. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.

Pitts, M. J., Kenski, K., Smith, S., & Pavlich, C. (2017). Focus group discussions as sites for public deliberation, sensemaking, and civic engagement following shared political documentary viewing. Journal of Public Deliberation.

Kenski, K., Filer, C., & Conway-Silva, B. A. (2017). Communicating party labels and names on Twitter during the 2016 presidential invisible primary and primary campaigns. Journal of Political Marketing.

Martey, R. M., Shaw, A., Stromer-Galley, J., Kenski, K., Clegg, B. A., Folkestad, J. E., Saulnier, T., and Strzalkowski, T. (2017). Testing the power of game lessons: The effects of art and narrative on reducing cognitive bias. International Journal of Communication.

Kenski, K., & Jamieson, K. H., Eds. (2017).  The Oxford handbook of political communication.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Kenski, K., Coe, K., & Rains, S. A. (2017, online first). Perceptions of uncivil discourse online: An examination of types and predictors. Communication Research.

Shaw, A., Kenski, K., Stromer-Galley, J., Martey, R., Clegg, B. A., Lewis, J. E., Folkestad, J. E., and Strzalkowski, T. (2016, May). Serious efforts at bias reduction: The effects of digital games and avatar customization on three cognitive biases. Journal of Media Psychology. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/1864-1105/a000174

Conway, B. A., Kenski, K., & Wang, D.  (2015). The rise of Twitter in the political campaign: Searching for intermedia agenda-setting effects in the presidential primary. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 15, 363-380. DOI: 10.1111/jcc4.12124

Coe, K., Kenski, K., & Rains, S. (2014).  Online and uncivil?  Patterns and determinants of incivility in newspaper website comments. Journal of Communication, 64, 658-679. DOI: 10.1111/jcom.12104

Conway, B. A., Kenski, K., & Wang, D. (2013). Twitter use by presidential primary candidates during the 2012 campaign.  American Behavioral Scientist 57(11), 1596-1610.

Kenski, K., & Jamieson, K. H.  (2011). Presidential and vice presidential debates in 2008: A profile of audience composition.  American Behavioral Scientist, 33(5), 307-324.

Kenski, K.  (2010). The Palin effect and vote preference in the 2008 presidential election.  American Behavioral Scientist, 54(3), 222-238.

Kenski, K., Hardy, B. W., & Jamieson, K. H.  (2010). The Obama victory: How media, money, and message shaped the 2008 election.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Kenski, K., & Jamieson, K. H. (2010).  The effects of candidate age in the 2008 presidential election.  Presidential Studies Quarterly, 40(3), 449-463.

Stroud, N. J., & Kenski, K.  (2007). From agenda setting to refusal setting: Survey nonresponse as a function of media coverage across the 2004 election cycle.  Public Opinion Quarterly, 71(4), 539-559.

Falk, E., & Kenski, K.  (2006). Sexism vs. partisanship: A new look at the question of whether America is ready for a woman president.  Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 54(7/8), 413-428.

Romer, D., Kenski, K., Winneg, K., Adasiewicz, C., & Jamieson, K. H.  (2006). Capturing campaign dynamics 2000 & 2004: The National Annenberg Election Survey.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Kenski, K., & Stroud, N. J.  (2006). Connections between internet use and political efficacy, knowledge, and participation.  Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 50(2), 173-192.


  • Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)