Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a Professor and Starch Faculty Fellow at The University of Iowa. He received his BA ('85) and MA ('91) from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota ('96). He served as a Board member of the American Association of Political Consultants and now sits on the National Law Enforcement Museum Advisory Committee for its Media Exhibit. He has been principal or co-principal investigator in multidisciplinary grants totaling about $400,000. He is a graduate of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication Leadership Workshop. A documentary photographer, he is the author or editor of nine books on political communication and persuasion including: Blogwars: The New Political Battleground, Political Communication, and New Media, Campaigning and the 2008 Facebook Election.