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.