Coe

Kevin Coe

Associate Professor of Communication, University of Utah
Areas of Expertise:
  • Media & Public Opinion
  • Revitalizing U.S. Democracy
  • Religion

About Kevin

Coe is an expert in American political discourse whose body of research focuses on presidents and news media. He has conducted numerous studies uncovering over-time changes in how presidents address the public and work to get their messages transmitted in news coverage. This research has especially focused on presidential communication about military action and presidents’ use of religious messages. Coe is a member of the research network for the National Institute for Civil Discourse.

Podcast

Publications

"The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America" (with David Domke). Oxford University Press (2010).

Tracks the political use of religion across the past eight decades, showing a massive and enduring increase since the early 1980s.

"Television News, Public Opinion, and the Iraq War: Do Wartime Rationales Matter?" Communication Research 40 (2013): 486-505.

Demonstrates that the rationales for war circulating in television news during the Iraq War had only a limited impact on public support for the war.

"The American Presidency at War: An Examination of Three Possibilities for Presidential Rationales" Communication Studies 64, no. 5 (2013): 470-487.

Shows that all modern presidents have relied on six primary rationales for war, but that their emphasis on these rationales varies considerably. Argues that this variation is caused more by wartime circumstances than by a president’s individual characteristics. 

"The Evolution of Christian America: Christianity in Presidential Discourse, 1981-2013" (with Sarah Chenoweth). International Journal of Communication 9 (2015): 753-773.

Demonstrates that the last three presidents have been much more likely than their predecessors to link Christianity to other faiths and to nonbelievers, but have deemphasized linkages between Christianity and America’s heritage

In the News

Guest to discuss the effect of recognition by a president on Utah Public Radio, Kevin Coe, November 13, 2017.
"Happy 35th, ‘God Bless America'," Kevin Coe (with David Domke), Time, April 29, 2008.