Michael X. Delli Carpini is the Oscar H. Gandy Professor of Communication and Democracy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, serving as Dean from 2003 to 2018. He is also the Penn PIT-UN Faculty Coordinator on the Penn PIT-UN Steering Committee.
His research and teaching explores the role of the citizen in democratic politics, with particular emphasis on the impact of mass media and information and communications technologies on public opinion, public deliberation, political knowledge, and political participation. He is author of Stability and Change in American Politics: The Coming of Age of the Generation of the 1960s (New York University Press, 1986); What Americans Know about Politics and Why It Matters (Yale University Press, 1996); A New Engagement? Political Participation, Civic Life and the Changing American Citizen (Oxford University Press, 2006); Talking Together: Public Deliberation and Political Participation in America (University of Chicago Press, 2009); and After Broadcast News: Media Regimes, Democracy, and the New Information Environment (Cambridge University Press, 2011); as well as numerous articles, essays and edited volumes. Delli Carpini was awarded the 2008 Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award from the Political Communication Division of the American Political Science Association, and elected as a Fellow of the International Communication Association in 2018. In October of 2019 he was named as the inaugural faculty director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Paideia Program at the University of Pennsylvania.