Shapiro, Nacos, Bloch-Elkon Win Gronbeck Award

Congratulations to Brigitte Nacos and Robert Shapiro, who with Yaeli Bloch-Elkon won the 2013 Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research Gronbeck Political Communication Research Award for their book, Selling Fear: Counterterrorism, the Media and Public Opinion (University of Chicago).

The Gronbeck Award is an annual competition established by the Carl Couch Center to recognize outstanding published works that interpret or address theoretical-conceptual, historical, and critical-cultural issues of political communication. 

In Selling Fear, Nacos, Bloch-Elkon and Shapiro analyze intertwined failures of government and media in the years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which amplified fear, obscured civil liberties abuses, and suppressed informed inquiry into government statements and strategies.