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Tuesday, October 19 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Political Research and Video Content Analysis

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These papers take both a longitudinal and single-event approach to political phenomena including behavior in televised presidential debates, analysis of farm policy, and the visual symbols in the second Trump impeachment trial.   From violations of traditional “debate space” to visuals including video exhibits in the once staid Senate, to the evolution of farm policy, we see change across very different political arenas.  


Detecting Nonverbal Aggression in Presidential Debate: A Longitudinal Computer Vision Analysis of Candidate Behavior, 1976-2020 
Erik P. Bucy, Texas Tech University, College of Media and Communication
Dhavan Shah, University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Non-Presenting Authors
Porismita Borah, Washington State University, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
Sang Jung Kim, University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
William A. Sethares, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Zhongkai Sun, Amazon, Alexa AI

U.S. Congress’ Moral Sentiments Toward Farmers and Farming From 2012-2021
Jacob A. Miller, Kansas State University, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Visualizing the Incitement of Insurrection: A Content Analysis of Visual Symbols used in Donald J. Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial 
Stephanie Wideman, University of Indianapolis, Department of Communication
Laura M. Wilson, University of Indianapolis, History and Political Science

Non-Presenting Author:
Whitney Tipton, University of Indianapolis, Department of Communication
 

Moderators
avatar for Alison Novak

Alison Novak

College of Communication & Creative Arts, Rowan University
Alison N. Novak is an associate professor at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She received her Ph.D. in Communication, Culture and Media from Drexel University. Her work examines political engagement, discursive construction of policy, and digital media. She is the author of three... Read More →

Speakers
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Erik P. Bucy

College of Media and Communication, Texas Tech University
Erik Bucy is the Marshall and Sharleen Formby Regents Professor of Strategic Communication in the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University. He teaches and conducts research on disinformation, visual communication, political nonverbal behavior, and public opinion... Read More →
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Dhavan Shah

School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Dhavan V. Shah is the Louis A. & Mary E. Maier-Bascom Professor at the University of Wisconsin, where he is Director of the Mass Communication Research Center (MCRC) and Scientific Director in the Center for Health Enhancement System Studies (CHESS). Shah’s research focuses on the... Read More →
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Jacob A. Miller

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Kansas State University
Jacob Miller is a Ph.D. Student, Kansas State University and an NSF-funded NRT-R3 Research Trainee broadly interested in the relationship between social systems and sustainable agriculture and climate change's effects. He has been published in The Rhetoric of Fascism: Devices From... Read More →
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Stephanie Wideman

Department of Communication, University of Indianapolis
Stephanie L. Wideman holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Rhetoric from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She received her M.A. degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration, and her B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Public... Read More →
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Laura Merrifield Wilson

History and Political Science, University of Indianapolis
Laura Merrifield Wilson is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Indianapolis, where she also serves as the Pre-Law Advisor and Co-Director of the Gender Center. Her specializations include gender politics, campaigns and elections, and state government... Read More →

Non-Presenting Authors
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Porismita Borah

Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University
Porismita Borah is an Associate Professor at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and a graduate faculty in the Prevention Science program at the Washington State University. Her research focuses on the interplay of emerging technology, politics, and health. Borah primarily... Read More →
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Sang Jung Kim

School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Sang Jung Kim is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Sang studies the interaction between technology, politics, and social identity. She explores the identities of message creators and message receivers on social media... Read More →
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Whitney Tipton

Department of Communication, University of Indianapolis
Whitney Tipton holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Information Science with an emphasis in Organizational Communication and a Master’s degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership. Since moving to Indiana, Whitney has been involved with voter registration and engagement efforts... Read More →
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William A. Sethares

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison
William A. Sethares received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University,and is currently Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Prof Sethares has held visiting positions at the Australian... Read More →
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Zhongkai Sun

Faculty, WISC
Zhongkai Sun is currently an Applied Scientist at Amazon Alexa AI. Before joining Amazon, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his main research is about multi-modal language analysis such as sentiment analysis and emotion recognition. Outside of work... Read More →


Tuesday October 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT