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Diana C. Mutz

Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication, Carnegie Fellow (2017), Guggenheim Fellow (2016)

Diana C. Mutz, Ph.D. Stanford University, teaches and does research on public opinion, political psychology and mass political behavior, with a particular emphasis on political communication. At Penn she holds the Samuel A. Stouffer Chair in Political Science and Communication, and also serves as Director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics.

Mutz is a Carnegie Fellow (2017) and Guggenheim Fellow (2016).  In 2011, she received the Lifetime Career Achievement Award in Political Communication from the American Political Science Association. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008.

Mutz has published articles in a variety of academic journals including American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political SciencePublic Opinion QuarterlyJournal of Politics and Journal of Communication. She is also the author of Impersonal Influence: How Perceptions of Mass Collectives Affect Political Attitudes(Cambridge University Press, 1998), a book awarded the Robert Lane Prize for the Best Book in Political Psychology by the American Political Science Association, and the 2004 Doris Graber Prize for Most Influential Book on Political Communication published in the last ten years. In 2006, she published Hearing the Other Side: Deliberative Versus Participatory Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2006) which was awarded the 2007 Goldsmith Prize by Harvard University and the Robert Lane Prize for the Best Book in Political Psychology by the American Political Science Association.

Mutz served as founding co-PI of Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS), an interdisciplinary infrastructure project that continues to promote methodological innovation across the social sciences (see For creating and implementing this ongoing project, Mutz and co-PI Skip Lupia received the Warren Mitofsky Innovators Award in 2007. She subsequently wrote Population-Based Survey Experiments (Princeton University Press, 2011) which offers the first book-length treatment of this new method drawing examples from across the social sciences.

In 2014, Mutz and co-author Seth Goldman published The Obama Effect: How the 2008 Campaign Changed White Racial Attitudes (Russell Sage Foundation), which won the Frank Luther Mott - Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism & Mass Communication Research Award.

Mutz’s latest book, In-Your-Face Politics: The Consequences of Uncivil Media , was published by Princeton University Press in 2015 and won the David O. Sears Best Book Award from the International Society for Political Psychology in 2016, and the Doris Graber Award from the APSA Political Communication division in 2017 for the Most Influential Book on Political Communication.

Before coming to Penn, Professor Mutz taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Ohio State University.  A personal web page can be found here.

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