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2016 Presidential Election: A Closer Look at Candidate Communication & Our Emotional Response

  • Posted by: Regina Duffy
  • Posted Date: March 28, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News

With the 2016 presidential race well underway, there is a great deal of excitement in the air about the candidates, the election process and the November results. Americans are paying close attention to mass media and social media sites to connect with the candidates and to stay on track during the race. Like political analysts, many of us have been scrutinizing both the verbal and non-verbal ways in which the candidates communicate. What have been your perceptions?


Falvey Memorial Library invites members of the Villanova Community to join us on Tuesday, March 29 at 10:00 a.m. in Speakers’ Corner to dissect and discuss these and other aspects of the presidential race with us. Several prominent Villanova scholars will present on various aspects of the 2016 United States presidential election. Billie Murray, PhD, Department of Communication, will respond to “Does Social Movement Rhetoric Matter in Elections?”; Heidi Rose, PhD, Department of Communication, will speak on “Style, Substance and the Performance of Presidential Candidates”; Camille Burge, PhD, Department of Political Science, will answer the question “How Might Emotions Shape the 2016 Election?”


This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, the Department of Political Science and the Department of Communication, is free and open to the public. Members of the student group Wildcat P.A.C. will be hosting a table at the event to encourage attendees to register to vote as well! Be sure to join us on March 29 to be a part of the conversation about the 2016 U.S. presidential election!

See below for a list of links so that you can utilize Falvey’s resources to “dig deeper” into the 2016 Presidential Election race!

Dig Deeper:

Get out the Vote:

Rock the Vote 2016 Election Center

VotesPA – college students guidance

Campus Vote Project – guides

Student Voting Guide


Other selected resources:

American Presidency Project

USA.govPresidential Election Process

Presidential podcasts – Hosted by Lillian Cunningham, Presidential podcasts feature Pulitzer Prize-winning historians like David McCullough and journalists like Bob Woodward. A new episode lands each Sunday.

American President: A Reference Resource

Five Thirty Eight


Selected Falvey databases:

America: History and Life (EBSCO)

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (ProQuest)

Lexis Nexis AcademicU.S. Presidential Campaign Tracker

National Journal Group almanac and reports – includes The Almanac of American politics, 2016 Race Tracker and Data and Charts Center.

CQ Press Library (SAGE)CQ Voting & Elections Collection (SAGE)

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) – Contains studies and files that cover a wide range of social science areas such as population, economics, education, health, social and political behavior, social and political attitudes

Communication and Mass Media Complete (ESCSO)

Resources for this blog were selected by Merrill Stein. Stein is team leader of the Assessment team and liaison to the Department of Political Science.  MerrillStein-200x300



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