Kate Kenski

About Kate Kenski

Kate Kenski (Ph.D. 2006, University of Pennsylvania) teaches political communication, public opinion, and research methods at the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona. Prior to teaching at the UofA, she was a Senior Analyst at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the National Annenberg Election Survey (NAES) team in 2000 and 2004. She is co-author of The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Message Shaped the 2008 Election  (2010, Oxford University Press) with Bruce W. Hardy and Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Capturing Campaign Dynamics: The National Annenberg Election Survey (2004, Oxford University Press) with Daniel Romer, Paul Waldman, Christopher Adasiewicz, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson. She has published articles and research notes in the American Behavioral Scientist, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Communication Research, the  International Journal of Public Opinion Research, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Psychology, Health, & Medicine, Public Opinion Quarterly, the Social Science Computer Review, and Women & Politics.

Selected Publications

Conway, B. A., Kenski, K., & Wang, D.  (forthcoming). The rise of Twitter in the political campaign: Searching for intermedia agenda-setting effects in the presidential primary. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.


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


Martey, R. M., Kenski, K., Folkestad, J., Feldman, L., Gordis, E., Shaw, A., Stromer-Galley, J., Clegg, B., Zhang, H., Kaufman, N., Rabkin, A. N., Shaikh, S., & Strzalkowski, T. (2014).  Measuring game engagement: Multiple methods and construct complexity.  Simulation & Gaming: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theory, Practice and Research, 45, 528-547. DOI: 10.1177/1046878114553575


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


Kenski, K., Hardy, B., & 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.


Kenski, H. C., & Kenski, K. M. (2009). Explaining the vote in the election of 2008: The Democratic revival. In R. E. Denton, Jr. (Ed.), The 2008 presidential campaign: A communication perspective (pp. 244-290). Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield.


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.


Romer, D., Kenski, K., Winneg, K., Adasiewicz, C., & Jamieson, K. H. (2006). Capturing campaign dynamics: The National Annenberg Election Survey 2000 and 2004. 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, 173-192.


Kenski, K., & Tisinger, R. (2006). Hispanic voters in the 2000 and 2004 presidential general elections. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 36, 189-202.


Pasek, J., Kenski, K., Romer, D., & Jamieson, K. H. (2006). America's youth and community engagement: How use of mass media is related to civic activity and political awareness in 14- to 22-year-olds. Communication Research, 33, 115-135.​

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Kate Kenski
Associate Professor
Telephone: (520) 626-3066
Fax: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 202

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