Josh Scacco

  • Assistant Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication; Courtesy Faculty in Political Science
  • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
    M.A., Georgetown University
    B.A., Juniata College

Department Information

Communication // Faculty
Political Science // Courtesy Faculty

Office Information

  • Office: BRNG 2154
  • Office Phone: (765) 496-0095
  • Office Hours: Spring 2018: Monday 11:00am-1:00pm
  • E-mail:
  • Biography:

    Joshua M. Scacco (PhD, The University of Texas at Austin, 2014) is an Assistant Professor of Media Theory & Politics in the Brian Lamb School of Communication and courtesy faculty in the Department of Political Science. He also serves as a Faculty Research Associate with the award-winning Engaging News Project. Josh teaches courses on political communication, media, and research method-related topics.

    Josh’s research is focused on how emerging communication technologies influence established agents in American political life, including news organizations and the presidency. His work has been published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, International Journal of Communication, the International Journal of Press/Politics, New Media & Society, the American Behavioral Scientist, and the Journal of Electronic Media & Politics as well as presented at national and international conferences. He has received numerous recognitions for his work, including the Lynda Lee Kaid Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Political Communication Division of the National Communication Association, the Bill Eadie Distinguished Award for a Scholarly Article from the Applied Communication Division of the National Communication Association, and a Top 10 Paper for Digital News and Social Media Research in 2015 from Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab.

    Before coming to Purdue, Josh worked for a lobbying and public relations firm located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a member of legislative leadership in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and a U.S. senator.


  • Selected Recent Publications:

    Scacco, J. M., & Coe, K. (2016). The ubiquitous presidency: Toward a new paradigm for studying presidential communication. International Journal of Communication, 10, 2014-2037.

    Stroud, N. J., Scacco, J. M., & Curry, A. (2016). The presence and use of interactive features on news websites. Digital Journalism, 4(3), 339-358. doi:10.1080/21670811.2015.1042982

    Stroud, N. J., Scacco, J. M., Muddiman, A., & Curry, A. (2015). Changing deliberative norms on news organizations’ Facebook sites. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 20(2), 188-203. doi:10.1111/jcc4.12104

    Berkelaar, B. L., Scacco, J. M., & Birdsell, J. L. (2014). The worker as politician: How online information and electoral heuristics shape personnel selection and careers. New Media & Society. Advanced Online Publication.

    Scacco, J. M., & Peacock, C. (2014). The cross-pressured citizen in the 2012 presidential campaign: Formative factors and media choice behavior. American Behavioral Scientist, 58(9), 1214-1

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