Ceri Hughes

Lecturer in Media and Communications, Media, Swansea University

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 a Lecturer in Media and Communications, Media at Swansea University.


Real Voting Equality

    Lewis Friedland , Michael W. Wagner , Dhavan Shah , Jordan Foley , Katherine Cramer

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

    Jordan Foley , Michael W. Wagner , Lewis Friedland , Dhavan Shah , Katherine Cramer

In the News

Quoted by Sarah Pulliam Bailey in "Seeking Power in Jesus’ Name: Trump Sparks a Rise of Patriot Churches," The Washington Post, October 26, 2020.
Research discussed by Dan Kaufman, in "How Suffering Farmers May Determine Trumps Fate," The New Yorker, August 17, 2020.
Opinion: "What Makes Wisconsin Swing?," Ceri Hughes (with Michael W. Wagner, Dhavan Shah, Lewis Friedland, Jordan Foley, Katherine Cramer, Jiyoun Suk, Josephine Lukito, and Chris Wells), Vox, March 29, 2019.


"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.

"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.

"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.