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Welcome to Wonks and War Rooms, where political communication theory meets on the ground strategy. Each episode Professor Elizabeth Dubois introduces use to a political communication theory and then chats with a with political staffers, journalists, comms experts, lobbyists, activists and other political actors. They talk through examples in the applied world of politics and communication to illustrate just how ridiculous (or super helpful) that theory actually is.


Elizabeth Dubois (PhD, University of Oxford) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa. Her work examines political uses of digital media including media manipulation, citizen engagement, and political opinion development.

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Welcome to Wonks and War Rooms, where political communication theory meets on the ground strategy. I'm your host Elizabeth Dubois, and I’m an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa.


In academia, we have all of these theories of how political communication works. Some of them maybe you’ve heard of—hello, echo chambers; hello, fake news—and others are obscure—assemblages, two-step flow hypothesis. All of them can be complex and confusing and hard to imagine how they can be applied.


In this podcast, I pick a pol[itical] comm[unication] theory, I explain it to a practitioner, and then we have a chat about whether or not it makes any sense at all out in the world of politics and communications. I chat with political staffers, journalists, comms experts, lobbyists, activists and other political actors. I quiz them on a polcomm theory, and they’ll tell me just how ridiculous or super helpful that theory actually is.

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