Doris Graber

Doris Appel Graber (11 November 1923 – 17 February 2018) was an American political scientist.

Doris Appel was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on 11 November 1923, to Ernst and Marta Appel. She had a sister, Ruth.[1] Doris Appel earned bachelor's and master's degrees in political science from the Washington University in St. Louis, and completed a doctorate at Columbia University.[2] She taught at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and North Park College, prior to accepting a position as lecturer at University of Illinois at Chicago in 1963.[3] Graber was founding editor of the journal Political Communication.[4] She won the academic Goldsmith Book Prize in 2003, for Learning From Television in the Internet Age, published in 2001.[5] She retired from teaching at UIC in 2012.[3] The Political Communication Section of the American Political Science Association has awarded the Doris Graber (Book) Award since 2000, in her honor.[6][7]

Doris Appel was married to Thomas M. Graber from 1941 until his death.[1][2] The couple had five children, including Lee Graber, an orthodontist.[2][3] Doris Appel Graber died in Evanston, Illinois, on 17 February 2018.[1][3]

Selected worksEdit

  • Verbal Behavior and Politics (1976)
  • Mass Media and American Politics (1980)
  • Crime News and the Public (1980)
  • President and the Public (1982)
  • Processing the News: How People Tame the Information Tide (1984)
  • Processing Politics (2001)
  • The Power of Communication: Managing Information in Public Organizations (2002)
  • On Media: Making Sense of Politics (2012)


  1. ^ a b c "Doris Graber". Chicago Tribune. 25 February 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Crigler, Ann; Semetko, Holli A. (2018). "Introduction: A Forum on Doris A. Graber in Political Communication". Political Communication. 35 (3): 494–497. doi:10.1080/10584609.2018.1481552.
  3. ^ a b c d "Deaths: Doris Graber". University of Illinois at Chicago. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Doris Graber". Center for Politics and Communication. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  5. ^ Semetko, Holli A. Kaid, Lynda Lee; Holtz-Bacha, Christina (eds.). "Graber, Doris A. (1923—)". Encyclopedia of Political Communication. doi:10.4135/9781412953993.n248.
  6. ^ "Organized Section 23: Doris Graber Award". American Political Science Association. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Book awards: Doris Graber Book Award". LibraryThing. Retrieved 11 December 2018.