I am a Research Associate at JOMEC working on an AHRC-funded study - 'Countering disinformation: enhancing journalistic legitimacy in public service media' (2020-2022), led by Prof Stephen Cushion.
Before joining Cardiff I lectured at Brunel and Middlesex universities and at CAPA.
I received my PhD from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Returning to Cardiff is a return to an academic home as I did both my MA and BA in JOMEC.
There is more about me on my personal website: cerihughes.com
2021 - Present. Research Associate, JOMEC, Cardiff University
2019 - Present. Visting Lecturer, Middlesex University
2019 - Present. Knight Research Fellow of Communication and Civic Renewal – Centre for Communication and Civic Renewal, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
2019 - 2020. Visiting Lecturer, Brunel University
2019 - 2020. Lecturer. CAPA.
Before my PhD studies I worked for several years for the Welsh Government - right across the road from the Bute Building where JOMEC was sited for many years.
PhD Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA Political Communication, JOMEC, Cardiff University
BA Journalism, Film and Broadcasting, JOMEC, Cardiff University
I have taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Subjects include: Ethics and the Media; Strategic Communication and Social Media; Research Methods; Mass Communication Practices; Principles and Practices of Reporting and International Politics and Social Change
Political communication scholar studying the democratic implications of communication acts by political actors. This work is undertaken within three current work strands. Firstly, communication by and about minor political parties. Secondly, the use of religious rhetoric within political speech. Thirdly, contentious politics and communication and its influence on civic life. Main methodologies are content analysis, ethnography, and in-depth interviewing.
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
Foley, J., Hughes, C., Wagner, M., Friedland, L., Suk, J. & Shah, D. (forthcoming) Free and Fair? The differential experiences of administrative burdens, voting barriers and voting policies in American midterm elections. International Journal of Public Opinion Research.
Wells, C., Friedland, L., Hughes, C., Shah, D, Suk, J. & Wagner, M. (2021) News media use, talk networks and anti-elitism across geographic location: Evidence from Wisconsin. International Journal of Press/Politics. doi: 10.1177/1940161220985128
Hughes, C. (2020) Thou art in a deal: the evolution of religious language in the public communications of Donald Trump. International Journal of Communication, 13: 4826–4846, https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/12691/3220
Hughes, C. (2020) It’s not easy being green, white, red and blue: Constituency representations versus electoral competition in the Wisconsin Green Party. International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society. doi: 10.1007/s10767-020-09365-5
Suk, J., Shah, D., Wells, C., Wagner, M., Friedland, L., Cramer, K., Hughes, C. & Franklin, C. (2020). Do improving conditions harden partisan preferences? Lived experiences, imagined communities, and polarized evaluations. International Journal of Public Opinion Research. doi: 10.1093/ijpor/edz051
Hughes, C. (2019) Debatable sphere: major party hegemony, minor party marginalization in the UK leaders’ debate. Communication and the Public. 4 (3): 189–203. doi: 10.1177/2057047319875863
Hughes, C. (2019) It’s the EU immigrants stupid! UKIP’s core-issue and populist rhetoric on the road to Brexit. European Journal of Communication. 34 (3): 248–266. doi: 10.1177/0267323119830050
Hughes, C. (2019) The God card: Strategic employment of religious language in U.S. presidential discourse. International Journal of Communication. 13: 528–549. https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/8484/2547
Hughes, C. (2016) It’s not easy (not) being green: Agenda dissonance of Green Party press relations and newspaper coverage. European Journal of Communication. 31 (6): 625–41. doi: 10.1177/0267323116669454
PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Li, J. †, Suk, J., Lukito, J., Hughes, C., Foley, J., Friedland, L., Wells, C., Shah, D., Wagner, M. When the Desert Matters: Contextual Differences in Local News Environment and Polarized Perceptions of Local Economy. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference, San Francisco, US, August 2020. † - presenter
Wells, C.†, Friedland, L., Hughes, C., Suk, J., Wagner, M. & Shah, D. (2019) Integrating the social geography of the lifeworld into the study of media use and opinion formation. International Journal of Press/Politics Conference, Loughborough, UK, September 2019. † - presenter
Hughes, C. (2019) When Pat met Donald: Christian Broadcasting News and the interpretation of Trump. (AEJMC) Conference, Toronto, Canada, August 2019.
Hughes, C. (2019) Thou art in a deal: the evolution of religious language in the public communications of Donald Trump. International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Washington D.C., May 2019
Hughes, C. (2018) Debatable sphere: major party hegemony, minor party marginalization in the UK leaders’ debate. AEJMC Conference, Washington D.C., August 2018.
Hughes, C. (2018) The God card: Strategic employment of religious language in U.S. presidential discourse. AEJMC Conference. Washington, D.C., August 2018.
Hughes, C. (2018) It’s the EU immigrants stupid! UKIP’s core-issue and populist rhetoric on the road to Brexit. ICA Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, May 2018.
Hughes, C. (2018) “We're not whores, that's why we're poor”: antipartyism, Fundi-Realo positioning and the Frowland Green Party. Chicago Ethnography Conference, Chicago, IL, March 2018.
Hughes, C. (2017) God on our side: Presidential religious rhetoric, issue ownership and competing gospels. AEJMC Conference, Chicago, IL, August 2017.
Hughes, C. (2017) Anti-Europe, anti-immigrant and anti-party: UKIP rhetoric and the road to Brexit. AEJMC, Chicago, IL, August 2017.
Li, J.†, Conathan, D. & Hughes, C. (2017) Rethinking Emotional Desensitization to Violence: Methodological and Theoretical Insights from Social Media Data. International Conference on Social Media & Society, Toronto, Canada, July 2017. † - presenter
Hughes, C. (2016) Not agreeing with Nat: major party hegemony, minor party marginalization in the UK election debate. AEJMC, Minneapolis, MN, August 2016.
Seeking power in Jesus’ name: Trump sparks a rise of Patriot Churches. Washington Post.
How Suffering Farmers May Determine Trump’s Fate. The New Yorker.
Wisconsin is scheduled to vote today. How will the pandemic affect turnout? Washington Post Monkey Cage.
Real voting equality. Scholars Strategy Network.
What Makes Wisconsin Swing? Vox.
UW-Madison Communication and Civic Renewal team want nonpartisan redistricting and a voice for political minorities. Capital Times.
Why the Green Party’s whistleblowing manifesto was so important, and what we should learn from it. Screen Shot.