Media and Communication Studies

   Doron Taussig

Doron Taussig

Doron Taussig

Doron Taussig is working on a book about the meaning of merit in America – what American culture and individual Americans say about what people have earned, what they deserve, and whether they got lucky or unlucky. His research interests more broadly include American journalism and politics. Before coming to academia, Doron worked as a journalist for the Philadelphia City Paper and Philadelphia Daily News, covering issues including juvenile justice, immigration, labor, city politics, and local media.


Media and Communication Studies


University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication, Philadelphia, PA Ph.D. Communication October 2017 and M.A., Communication May 2014  

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA M.A., Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media January 2012  

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT B.A., Sociology May 2003


Journalistic Storytelling

Sports Journalism

Media Ethics

Political Communication

Solutions Journalism

Professional Experience

Philadelphia Daily News and WHYY, Project Manager, It’s Our Money        


Philadelphia City Paper, News Editor (February 2008 to August 2009), Senior Writer (May 2006 – February 2008), Staff Writer (September 2004 – May 2006)

University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication, ?Philadelphia, PA Annenberg School Postdoctoral Fellow   2018-2019 (offer extended)

University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg Public Policy Center,? Philadelphia, PA Vartan Gregorian Postdoctoral Fellow      2017-2018

Research Interests

American politics
Democratic deliberation and the public sphere
Meritocracy and inequality

Recent Work

Taussig, D. (Forthcoming, 2018). The presidential life: How presidential candidates become who they are in biographical campaign materials. The Atlantic Journal of Communication, 26(1).

Jamieson, K.H. and Taussig, D. (2017). Disruption, demonization, deliverance, and norm destruction: the rhetorical signature of Donald J. Trump. Political Science Quarterly.

Taussig, D. (2016). Your story is our story: Collective memory in obituaries of US military veterans. Memory Studies, doi: 1750698016653441.

Taussig, D. (2015). Living proof: Autobiographical political argument in “We are the 53 Percent” and “We are the 99 Percent.” International Journal of Communication, 9, 1256-1274.