CARP September Newsletter 

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

The third international CARP conference will kick off on Friday, September 24 at 10 a.m. (Eastern Time/New York) with a focus on cancel culture and character assassination. The CARP co-founders are going to talk about the lab's recent accomplishments, present a new textbook, and share an accompanying syllabus with all participants. Dr. Eric Shiraev will also teach the audience how to use a new online database designed for all CA scholars.

On Saturday, September 25, we will hold a variety of panels on different topics from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on both cancel culture and character assassination theory and practice. The day will be concluded with a networking session.

On Sunday, September 26, panels will be in session until noon. The conference will conclude with a wrap up discussion and closing remarks provided by Dr. Shiraev. 

You may see the preliminary program here 

Guests interested in observing the presentations can register as observers here

For questions and inquiries please contact Sergei A. Samoilenko at

CARP Lab Radio Hour Podcast with Sarah Isgur

Every month, we’ll be bringing on new guests on our new official podcast CARP Lab Radio Hour 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.

The new episode features Sarah Isgur, former Justice Department spokeswoman and legal podcaster par excellence. In this interview hosted by our media outreach director Deirdre Jane Prigge, Sarah draws from her experience on three presidential campaigns and in all three branches of government to explain what political communications professionals really do, why some character attacks work and others fail, and why Olympic curling is the best metaphor for political communications. She also shares what it was like to prepare Carly Fiorina for the 2016 Republican primary debates, her experiences as a target of character assassination, and her tips for aspiring communications professionals. 

Sarah Isgur is a staff writer for the Dispatch. She writes about political campaigns for her weekly newsletter, the Sweep, and discusses the courts with her co-host David French on the Advisory Opinions podcast. You can also find her on Twitter @Whignewtons.


CARP New Textbook is Out

Character Assassination and Reputation Management: 
Theory and Applications

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

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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