CARP June Newsletter 

Hello colleagues and friends,

You are receiving this newsletter because you have expressed interest in news and updates from the CARP team. The Research Lab for Character Assassination and Reputation Politics (CARP) includes scholars studying public character, reputation, and multiple issues concerning reputational challenges and defenses.  

CARP 2021 Conference: "Cancel Culture and Character Assassination"

Location: Virtual
Dates: September 24-26, 2021

Both participants and guests will be able to register soon online by visiting our website. The online registration system is not quite ready to go live, so watch your email for details about the registration, which will be forthcoming next month. For questions and inquiries please contact Sergei A. Samoilenko at

CARP Lab Radio Hour Podcast

We announce the launch of our official podcast, CARP Lab Radio Hour. Every month, we’ll be bringing on new guests to explore the science and history of character assassination and scandal. You can find some of our favorite interviews with fascinating guests, including crisis management specialist Eric Dezenhall and sociologist of protest James Jasper.

In the coming months, we will release conversations with various scholars, authors, and professionals who have valuable insights about the role of pubic character and reputation. In August, we plan to interview author Martin Gurri, whose 2014 book “Revolt of the Public” has been hailed as a prophecy for the Trump/populist era. 

C-suite Blueprint Radio Features a Conversation with CARP Co-Founder Dr. Jennifer Keohane

This edition of C-suite Blueprint Radio touches on reputational attacks with Jennifer Keohane, assistant professor and director of oral communication at the University of Baltimore, and a co-founder of the Character Assassination and Reputation Politics research lab (CARP).

CARP Routledge Handbook Now in Paperback

Our Routledge Handbook of Character Assassination and Reputation Management is now available for pre-order in paperback at a reduced price. Moving beyond studying corporate reputation management and how public figures enact and maintain their reputation, this lively volume offers a framework and cases to help understand, critically analyze, and effectively defend against such attacks. Written by an international and interdisciplinary team of experts, this handbook will prove invaluable to undergraduate and postgraduate students in communication, political science, history, sociology, and psychology departments.

Our Partners

New Journal of Illiberalism Studies

CARP is happy to spread the word and announce the launch of a new journal published by our partner Illiberalism Studies Program at George Washington University:

The Journal of Illiberalism Studies (JIS) is a biannual journal published by the Illiberalism Studies Program at The George Washington University. JIS aims to provide an intellectual space for critical analyses of the concept of illiberalism and its derivates. The objective in setting up this new journal is to fill a gap in current academic debates regarding the treatment of the still understudied concept of illiberalism and make a contribution to its relevance for political philosophy, political science, sociology, media studies, IR, and cultural anthropology. For a definition of illiberalism, see here.

New Book: Caricature and National Character

We congratulate our colleague Christopher J. Gilbert, Assistant Professor of English at Assumption University, on his new monograph: Caricature and National Character: The United States at War

According to the popular maxim, a nation at war reveals its true character. In this incisive work, Chris Gilbert examines the long history of US war politics through the lens of political cartoons to provide new, unique insights into American cultural identity.

Tracing the comic representation of American values from the First World War to the War on Terror, Gilbert explores the power of humor in caricature to expose both the folly in jingoistic virtues and the sometimes-strange fortune in nationalistic vices. Throughout, Gilbert portrays a US culture rooted in and riven by ideas of manifest destiny, patriotism, and democracy for all, yet plagued by ugly forms of nationalism, misogyny, racism, and violence. 

CARP New Book

Character Assassination and Reputation Management: 
Theory and Applications

By Eric B. ShiraevJennifer KeohaneMartijn Icks, and Sergei A. Samoilenko

August 17, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge

This lively textbook offers the first comprehensive examination of character assassination. How does character assassination "work" and when or why does it not? Are character attacks getting worse in the age of social media? Why do many people fail when they are under character attack? How should they prevent attacks and defend against them?

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