Ceri Hughes

Knight Research Fellow of Communication and Civic Renewal, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chapter Member: Wisconsin SSN

About Ceri

Hughes' research focuses on political communication and journalism studies. Overarching themes in Hughes' writings include minor party politics, religious rhetoric in politics and communication and civic renewal. Hughes is the Knight Research Fellow of Communication and Civic Renewal at the Centre for Communication and Civic Renewal, University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Real Voting Equality

  • Ceri Hughes
  • Lewis Friedland
  • Michael Wagner
  • Dhavan Shah
  • Jordan Foley

Wisconsin is Scheduled to Vote Today. How will the Pandemic Affect Turnout?

  • Jordan Foley
  • Michael Wagner
  • Lewis Friedland
  • Dhavan Shah
  • Ceri Hughes

In the News

Ceri Hughes quoted on Trump has used religious language in his public remarks far more often than previous presidents by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, "Seeking Power in Jesus’ Name: Trump Sparks a Rise of Patriot Churches" The Washington Post, October 26, 2020.
Ceri Hughes's research on As rural Wisconsin’s fortunes have declined, its political importance has grown discussed by Dan Kaufman, "How Suffering Farmers May Determine Trumps Fate," The New Yorker, August 17, 2020.
"Wisconsin Is Scheduled to Vote Today. How Will the Pandemic Affect Turnout?," Katherine Cramer (with Ceri Hughes, Michael Wagner, Lewis Friedland, and Dhavan Shah), Monkey Cage, Analysis, The Washington Post, April 7, 2020.
"What Makes Wisconsin Swing?," Katherine Cramer (with Ceri Hughes, Michael Wagner, Dhavan Shah, Lewis Friedland, Jordan Foley, Jiyoun Suk, Josephine Lukito, and Chris Wells), Vox, March 29, 2019.


"The God Card: Strategic Employmentof Religious Language in U.S. Presidential Discourse" International Journal of Communication 13 (2019): 528–549.

Identifies how the United States, despite official separation of church and state, is a country dominated
politically by Christianity.

"Thou Art in a Deal: The Evolution of Religious Language In the Public Communications of Donald Trump" International Journal of Communication 14 (2020): 4826–4846,.

Identifies how Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign, his candidacy was far from embraced by the Religious Right. Explains how Trump gained a higher percentage of the White Evangelical vote than any prior nominee.

"Do Improving Conditions Harden Partisan Preferences? Lived Experiences, Imagined Communities, and Polarized Evaluations" (with Jiyoun Suk, Dhavan V Shah, Chris Wells, Michael W Wagner, Lewis A Friedland, Katherine J Cramer, and Charles Franklin). International Journal of Public Opinion Research (2020).

Discusses how county-level conditions—economic resilience, population change, and community health—intersect with individuals’ political orientations and communication patterns to shape partisan evaluations.

"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 (2020).

Discusses how the US electoral system is not kind to third parties. Details how the party operates in a narrow window of antiparty sentiment, with the emphasis on the intersection of their four core policy pillars, and party practices.

"Debatable Sphere: Major Party Hegemony, Minor Party Marginalization in the UK Leaders’ Debate" Communication and the Public 4, no. 3 (2019): 189–203.

Elaborates on how the United Kingdom political landscape has historically been dominated by the two main political parties: Labour and the Conservatives.

"It’s the EU Immigrants Stupid! UKIP’s Core-Issue and Populist Rhetoric on the Road to Brexit" European Journal of Communication 34, no. 3 (2019): 248-266.

Discusses how the 2016 vote to leave the European Union was one of the biggest developments in recent United Kingdom political history. Finds one political party was wholly united for Brexit – the United Kingdom Independence Party.