John C. Tedesco

John C. Tedesco

John C. Tedesco



115 Shanks Hall
181 Turner St. NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership



  • Research Methods
  • Campaign Communication
  • Presidential Campaigns
  • Public Relations
  • Political Communications

Professional Activities

  • National Communication Association (Past Chair, Political Communication Division)
  • International Academy of Business Disciplines (Chair, Communication & Technology)
  • International Communication Association
  • Eastern Communication Association (Past Chair, Political Communication)
  • American Political Science Association


  • Ph.D. University of Oklahoma 
  • M.A. University at Albany 
  • B.A. University at Albany 

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    2006 Phi Beta Delta, International Studies Honor Society

    2004 Top Paper – Political Communication Division, National Communication Association

    2004 Scholarship and Professional Recognition Award, Alpha Chi Omega – Virginia Tech

    Selected Publications


    Kaid, L. L., McKinney, M., & Tedesco, J. C. (2000). Civic Dialogue in the 1996 Presidential Campaign: Candidate, Media, and Public Voices. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

    Edited Books

    Williams, A. P., & Tedesco, J. C. (2006) (Eds). The Internet Election: Perspectives of the Web in Campaign 2004. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.


    Kavanaugh, A., Sheetz, S., Sandoval, R., & Tedesco, J. C. (Under Review). Media use during conflicts: Political information efficacy and information reliability, influence, and sharing during the 2012 Mexican elections. Government Information Quarterly.

    VanDyke, M., & Tedesco, J. C. (Revise & Resubmit). Understanding green content strategies: An analysis of environmental advertising frames from 1990 – 2010. International Journal of Strategic Communication.

    Kavanaugh, A., Tedesco, J., Madondo, K. (2014). Social media vs. traditional Internet use for community Involvement: Toward broadening participation. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 8654, 1-12.

    Sweetser, K. D., & Tedesco, J. (2014). Effects of bipartisan messaging and candidate exposure on the political organization-public relationship. American Behavioral Scientist, 58(6), 776-793.

    Sponsored Research

    $8,675, Summer 2015, TLOS Design and Development Award

    $749,999, 2011-2015, National Science Foundation, Participation on the Virtual Town Square in the Era of Web 2.0., Social Computational Sciences. Kavanaugh, Perez-Quinones, Tedesco, and Ramakrishnan.

    $5,500, Summer 2006, CLAHS Grant Writing Institute, Virginia Tech Office of Research