Ph.D, Mass Communication, University of Minnesota, 1996


David Domke worked as a journalist for several newspapers in the 1980s and early 1990s before earning a Ph.D. in 1996. He is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, and from 2008-2019, he served as Department Chair. His research has focused on communication, politics, and public opinion in the United States, and in recent years Domke has worked closely with several organizations on communication and engagement in the public arena. He is committed to inter-racial and inter-generational community building, and was one of a group of community members who created civil rights pilgrimages to the US South in 2014; that work is now led and organized by non-profit Project Pilgrimage. In 2002, he received the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s highest honor for teaching. In 2006, he was named the Washington state Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2008 he was selected as the favorite professor of the UW graduating class.

Selected publications

  • “Why do (we think) they hate us?: Anti-Americanism, patriotic messages, and attributions of blame,” International Journal of Communication, 2013, volume 7: 701-721 (with Jason Gilmore and Lindsey Meeks).
  • “America, America: National identity, presidential politics, and national mood.” Mass Communication & Society, 2011, volume 14: 765-786 (with Penelope Sheets, Christopher Wells, Colin Lingle, Amanda Ballantyne, Fahed Al-Sumait, & Kaetlyn Cordingley).
  • “God and country: The partisan psychology of the presidency, religion, and nation,” Political Psychology, 2011, 32: 459-484 (with Penelope Sheets and Anthony Greenwald).
  • The God strategy: How religion became a political weapon in America. Oxford University Press: New York, August 2010, Updated Edition (with Kevin Coe). Original edition published January 1, 2008.
  • “Terrorism’s cause and cure: The rhetorical regime of democracy in the US and UK,” Critical Studies on Terrorism, 2009, 2: 7-25 (with Fahed al-Sumait and Colin Lingle).
  • “The something we can do,” Antipode, 2008, 40: 389-395 (Reprinted in Beyond the Ivory Tower: A symposium honoring mass media historian Hazel Dicken-Garcia (pp. 83-89). Spokane: Marquette Books, 2010.
  • “Going public, crisis after crisis: The Bush administration and the press from September 11 to Saddam,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 2007, 10: 195-220 (with Sue Lockett John, Kevin Coe, and Erica Graham).
  • “Masculinity as political strategy: George W. Bush, the ‘war on terrorism,’ and an echoing press,” Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy, 2007, 29: 31-55 (with Kevin Coe, Meredith Bagley, Sheryl Cunningham, and Nancy Van Leuven).
  • God Willing? Political Fundamentalism in the White House, the “War on Terror,” and the Echoing Press. Published August 2004, Pluto Press.
  • “U.S. national identity, political elites, and a patriotic press following September 11,” Political Communication (January-March 2004), 21, 27-51, with John Hutcheson, Andre Billeaudeaux, and Philip Garland.
  • “Insights into U.S. racial hierarchy: Racial profiling, news sources, and September 11,” Journal of Communication (December 2003), 53: 606-623, with Philip Garland, Andre Billeaudeaux, and John Hutcheson.
  • “News framing and cueing of issue regimes: Explaining Clinton’s public approval in spite of scandal,” Public Opinion Quarterly (fall 2002), 66: 339-371, with Dhavan V. Shah, Mark D. Watts, and David P. Fan.
  • “The primes of our times?: An examination of the ‘power’ of visual images,” Journalism (August 2002) 3(2): 131-159, with David Perlmutter and Department of Communication Ph.D. student Meg Spratt.
  • “Racial cues and political ideology: An examination of associative priming,” Communication Research (December 2001), 28: 772-801.


  • 2015 University of Washington Freshman Convocation keynote speaker
  • 2009 Outstanding Book of the Year, The God Strategy, Political Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2009 (with Kevin Coe)
  • 2008 University of Washington Graduating Class Favorite Professor
  • 2006 Washington state Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • 2006 Hillier Krieghbaum Under-40 Award for Oustanding Achievement in Research, Teaching, and Public Service, Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication
  • 2005 National Doctoral Honors Seminar leader, National Communication Association
  • 2004 Inaugural Knight Forum in Media and Religion Lecture, University of Southern California
  • 2002 University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 1998 Catherine Covert Award for Year’s Outstanding Article in Journalism and Mass Communication History
  • 1997 Nafziger-White Award for field’s outstanding dissertation (given by Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication).