Provost Vincent Price
Vincent Price became Penn’s 29th Provost on July 1, 2009.
Provost Price is Steven H. Chaffee Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication and Professor of Political Science in the School of Arts and Sciences. In his sixteen-year tenure at Penn, he has served as Interim Provost, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Chair of the Faculty Senate, and Associate Dean of the Annenberg School.
As the University’s chief academic officer, he has advanced initiatives to diversify the faculty, develop new forms of teaching and learning, expand Penn’s global presence, enhance arts and culture on campus, and facilitate interdisciplinary research and teaching. He led Penn’s role as one of the first partners in Coursera, the online open learning platform, and served as founding Chair of Coursera’s University Advisory Board.
He is a leading global expert on public opinion, social influence, and political communication. His Public Opinion (Sage, 1992) has been published in six languages and taught in courses around the world. His work has been widely cited on such topics as the impact of political polls, the effects of TV news coverage, and the factors that shape public opinion. His recent research conducted with Annenberg colleague Joseph N. Cappella and funded by grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Health has explored the increasingly important role of online discussion in shaping public knowledge and opinion.
Provost Price is former editor-in-chief of Public Opinion Quarterly, the leading journal of public opinion research; former guest editor of both Communication Research and Political Communication; and an active board member of several academic journals. He has taught as a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and the University of Amsterdam, and he has delivered more than 100 presentations at universities and colloquia around the world. His awards for teaching and research include the Robert M. Worcester Award from the World Association for Public Opinion Research, the K. Kyoon Hur Award from the International Communication Association, the Nafziger-White Award from the American Association in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Award of Recognition from the American Association of Public Opinion Research.
Provost Price earned a PhD (1987) and MA (1985) in Communication from Stanford University and a BA magna cum laude (1979) in English from the University Honors Program at Santa Clara University. He came to Penn in 1998 from the University of Michigan, where he was Chair and Associate Professor of Communication Studies and a Faculty Associate of the Center for Political Studies.