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John C. Tedesco

John Tedesco, Director of the School of Communication

John Tedesco
John Tedesco, Director of the School of Communication

School of Communication 
130E1 Shanks Hall
181 Turner Street NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-7166 |

John Tedesco is the director of the School of Communication. 

  • Research Methods
  • Campaign Communication
  • Presidential Campaigns
  • Public Relations
  • Political Communications
  • PhD, University of Oklahoma 
  • MA, University at Albany 
  • BA, University at Albany 
  • 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
  • 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


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.

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

Journal Articles

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.

  • $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

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