A compendium of theory and research of candidate images and image formation in the US presidential elections. The book integrates issues of voter decision-making, media messages, campaigning, debate effects and political advertising into the development of political communication theory.
KENNETH L. HACKER is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. He holds degrees from Sonoma State University, California State University at Sacramento, and the University of Oregon. He has presented numerous papers and published articles and book chapters about political communication, with a primary focus on political images, language, and politics, and voter discourse and candidate images. His primary focus in studying candidate images is to describe and explain how voters influence each other through conversation and how that influence modifies their perceptions of candidates. He is also researching the effects of computer-mediated communication on political communication.