Diana Carlin

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Diana B. Carlin
Born (1950-06-25) June 25, 1950 (age 70)
Pittsburg, Kansas
Spouse(s)Joseph Pierron[1]
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Nebraska
University of Kansas
Academic work
DisciplineCommunication Studies
Sub-disciplinePolitical Communication
InstitutionsSaint Louis University (2011 - 2015)
University of Kansas (1987 - 2011)

Diana B. Carlin (born June 25, 1950) is a Professor Emerita of Communication at Saint Louis University.[2] She is known for her work centering on debate communication, specifically her focus on political debates.[3] Carlin has authored several scholarly articles, and has co-authored several books, including her most recent, Gender and the American Presidency: Nine Presidential Women and the Barriers They Faced.[4] Carlin has also been featured in The New York Times regarding the value of debate.[5] Carlin views presidential debates as valuable due to their ability to summarize a candidates platform, put both candidates on display at once, and show how candidates respond to unexpected or difficult questions when unprepared.[5]

Focus of Research

Much of Carlin's research looks at politics and the role that communication plays in it. Many of her articles concern practices used in presidential debates. She has participated in research looking at perceptions and reactions to Presidential debates during campaigns from 1992 to 2008.[6][7] Carlin was the lead author on The Third Agenda in U.S. Presidential Debates: DebateWatch and Viewer Reactions, 1996-2004, which looked at viewer feedback of the 1996, 2000, and 2004 debates, and examined how the feedback could have affected candidate performance[8]. She has also coauthored textbooks on debate communication and public speaking for educational use.[9][10]

Carlin also examines gender with an attempt to understand the biases and issues that it causes in politics. Of note is her research that considers gender's influence in Presidential campaign coverage. A popular article that she co-authored with Kelly Winfrey of the University of Kansas, "Have You Come a Long Way, Baby? Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Sexism in 2008 Campaign Coverage" looks at the sexism and stereotypes that were present in the 2008 election.[11] The article found that sexism targeted both Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, with Clinton receiving criticism for her stern demeanor and age, and Palin being thought of largely as a cheerleader for John McCain. The article concluded that society needs to attack this sexism head on, and that the media needs to be more aware of the sexism present in their information distribution.[11]

Carlin has also co-authored the book, Gender and the American Presidency: Nine Presidential Women and the Barriers They Faced. The book looks at multiple women that the authors deemed possible Presidential contenders and examines the reasons that they struggled to achieve the status.[4]

Journal Editor

  • Editorial Board of the Western Journal of Communication[12]

Awards and honors

Carlin has received many awards throughout her career in academics. Carlin was a recipient of the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award at the University of Kansas in 1998.[13] Additionally, Carlin received a Steeples Award for Service to Kansas in 1999.[14] She was named a KU Woman of Distinction in 2007, an award for accomplished women of the University of Kansas.[15] Additionally, Carlin has received a TIAA-CREF Faculty Award, an Outstanding Faculty Award from the Central States Communication Association, and College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Graduate Mentor Award.[3]

Further reading

  • Benoit, W. L.; Bostdorff, D. M.; Carlin, D. B.; Coe, K.; Holbert, R. L.; Murphy, J. M.; Miller, K. (2013). "Decision 2012: Presidential election analysis from the CM café". Communication Monographs. 80 (2): 243–254. doi:10.1080/03637751.2013.783959.
  • Beom, K.; Carlin, D. B.; Silver, M. D. (2005). "The world was watching—and talking: International perspectives on the 2004 presidential debates". American Behavioral Scientist. 49 (2): 243–264. doi:10.1177/0002764205279395.
  • Carlin, D. (2016). Debates are the most valuable form of presidential campaign communication. The New York Times. Retrieved from
  • Carlin, D. B.; Bicak, P. J. (1993). "Toward a theory of vice presidential debate purposes: An analysis of the 1992 vice presidential debate". Argumentation & Advocacy. 30 (2): 119. doi:10.1080/00028533.1993.11951581.
  • Carlin, D. B.; Schill, D.; Levasseur, D. G.; King, A. S. (2005). "The post-9/11 public sphere: Citizen talk about the 2004 presidential debates". Rhetoric & Public Affairs. 8 (4): 617–638. doi:10.1353/rap.2006.0005.
  • Carlin, D. B.; Winfrey, K. L. (2009). "Have You Come a Long Way, Baby? Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Sexism in 2008 Campaign Coverage". Communication Studies. 60 (4): 326–343. doi:10.1080/10510970903109904.
  • Levasseur, D. G.; Carlin, D. B. (2001). "Egocentric argument and the public sphere: Citizen deliberations on public policy and policymakers". Rhetoric & Public Affairs. 4 (3): 407–431. doi:10.1353/rap.2001.0045.
  • Sheckels, T. F., Gutgold, N. D., & Carlin, D. B. (2012). Gender and the American presidency: Nine presidential women and the barriers they faced. Lanham, Md: Lexington Books.
  • Warner, B. R.; Carlin, D. B.; Winfrey, K.; Schnoebelen, J.; Trosanovski, M. (2011). "Will the "real" candidates for president and vice president please stand up? 2008 pre- and post-debate viewer perceptions of candidate image". American Behavioral Scientist. 55 (3): 232–252. doi:10.1177/0002764210392160.

See also


  1. ^ Hyland, Andy (March 2, 2011). "Longtime KU professor Diana Carlin takes job at St. Louis University". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  2. ^ "Department of Communication Faculty : Saint Louis University College of Arts and Sciences : SLU". www.slu.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  3. ^ a b "Carlin, Diana | Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity". emilytaylorcenter.ku.edu. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  4. ^ a b Sheckels, Theodore; Gutgold, Nichola; Carlin, Diana (2012). Gender and the American Presidency: Nine Presidential Women and the Barriers They Faced. Lexington Books. ISBN 978-0739166789.
  5. ^ a b "A Better Approach to Presidential Debates". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  6. ^ Carlin, Diana; McKinney, Mitchell (1994). The 1992 Presidential Debates in Focus. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0275948467.
  7. ^ Warner, Benjamin R.; Carlin, Diana B.; Winfrey, Kelly; Schnoebelen, James; Trosanovski, Marko (2011-03-01). "Will the "Real" Candidates for President and Vice President Please Stand Up? 2008 Pre- and Post-Debate Viewer Perceptions of Candidate Image". American Behavioral Scientist. 55 (3): 232–252. doi:10.1177/0002764210392160. ISSN 0002-7642.
  8. ^ Carlin, Diana; Vigil, Tammy; Buehler, Susan; McDonald, Kelly (2008). The Third Agenda in U.S Presidential Debates: DebateWatch and Viewer Reactions, 1996-2004. Praeger. ISBN 978-0275967734.
  9. ^ Hensley, Dana; Carlin, Diana (1993). Lincoln-Douglas Debate Teacher's Manual. Clark Pub. ISBN 978-0931054280.
  10. ^ Carlin, Diana; Payne, James (2001). Public Speaking Today. McGraw-Hill Education. ISBN 978-0844203690.
  11. ^ a b Carlin, Diana B.; Winfrey, Kelly L. (2009-08-10). "Have You Come a Long Way, Baby? Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Sexism in 2008 Campaign Coverage". Communication Studies. 60 (4): 326–343. doi:10.1080/10510970903109904. ISSN 1051-0974.
  12. ^ "Editorial Board". Western Journal of Communication. 79 (5). 2015 – via EBSCOhost.
  13. ^ "KU Mortar Board names 5 outstanding educators". archive.news.ku.edu. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  14. ^ "KU News - KU professor Diana Carlin to speak on U.S. election process in Belarus". archive.news.ku.edu. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  15. ^ "KU News - Fifth edition of KU Women of Distinction calendar available Aug. 13". archive.news.ku.edu. Retrieved 2017-04-28.

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