leticia_bodeOn May 26, the International Communication Association (ICA) presented CCT's Prof. Leticia Bode with the 2019 Young Scholar Award at its annual conference in Washington D.C. Dr. Bode is pictured here with her son, Jon.

To qualify for the Young Scholar Award, candidates must be no more than seven years past receipt of their doctoral degree and have made significant contributions in the field of Communication. Dr. Bode impressed the awards committee with not only the clarity, scope and originality of her research but also its ability to change practices.

From the ICA's website:
"The committee was impressed with the depth and breadth reflected in the scholarship of Associate Professor Leticia Bode. An award-winning researcher, Bode explores an area of communication, digital media, and political participation, that has significant theoretical and societal impact. Having been recognized with a stellar collection of awards, including the Walter Lippman Best Published Article in Political Communication Award (2016) and the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Fellowship from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2015), Bode’s scholarship is at the forefront of theorizing the role of new communication technologies in politics and society. In the words of her nominator, Natalie Stroud, 'The work is even more impressive because it changed practices. I have been to several internal meetings at Facebook where they directly cite this research as informing the platform’s change to using related articles to correct misinformation. To be at this stage in Dr. Bode’s career and have published research that not only is theoretically important, but that also influenced one of the most important social media platforms in the world, is impressive.' The committee agreed."

Congratulations, Dr. Bode!