See the calendar on the right for the full schedule.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

COPS Mini Retreat

Members of the COPS group attended a mini-retreat, organized by Dr. Hillary Shulman, during OSU's fall break this past Thursday. 

The mini-retreat contained long-form presentations and a high-density panel, during which graduate students and faculty members shared projects at various points of completion. Presenters elicited feedback on a range of topics including identifying the most compelling framing of complete pieces, how to code complex qualitative data, how to frame a piece for communication journals, and how to build a comprehensive research plan for future job talks.

The retreat also featured small-group discussions. One discussion focused on in-progress study ideas for members to bounce off others with different expertise and to also seek potential collaboration. The other small-group discussion concerned the future of political communication studies.

The itinerary of the mini-retreat is listed below.

Long form presentations: approx 20 minutes with 10 minutes of questions
9:00-9:30: Robert Bond, faculty
9:30-10:00: Jacob Long, graduate student

High-density panel: approximately 5 minutes, 15 minutes of feedback
10:00-10:20: Olivia Bullock, graduate student
10:20-10:40: Matt Sweitzer, graduate student
10:40-11:00: Daniel Sude, graduate student

Lunch (featuring delicious pizza)

Small group discussions:
11:45-12:15: In-progress study ideas, brainstorming excercises
12:15-12:45: The future of political communication- what is the next big idea? Next hurdle for the discipline to tackle? Areas of opportunity?

Recap: Closing thoughts
12:45-1:00: Ending thoughts and group picture.

PhD student Olivia Bullock presenting during the high-density panel

PhD student Daniel Sude sharing the variables used in his past studies

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Garrett on The Conversation

Check out Dr. Kelly Garrett's new piece that just appeared on The Conversation about how people make decisions about the truth of information. The piece references work done in collaboration with former OSU School of Communication PhD student Brian Weeks. Read it here:

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Cooper & Nisbet on Climate Change Documentaries and "Edutainment"

Check out OSU Ph.D. student Kaatie Cooper and Dr. Erik Nisbet's chapter on climate change documentaries and edutainment programs.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Morey Dissertation Study Appears in Political Communication

Dr. Alyssa Morey (University at Albany, Department of Communication), a former OSU School of Communication Ph.D. student and COPS member, recently published an interesting paper based on her OSU dissertation in the journal Political Communication. The study, which evaluated learning of negative and positive TV ads, employed innovative electroencephalography (EEG) recordings ("brain waves" to the uninitiated), may be of some interest to current COPS members. You can check the study out here:

Monday, September 25, 2017

Katherine Cramer to Visit OSU, Deliver Lecture on the Politics of Resentment

Katherine Cramer, a Professor and Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will visit OSU on Wednesday, September 27 to deliver a lecture on her recent, highly publicized book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott WalkerDuring her lecture, Dr. Cramer will discuss the nature of current right-wing populism in the United States, drawing on her extensive examination of rural voters in Wisconsin. The talk, held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in room 165 of Thompson Library, is hosted by the Democracy Studies Program and is open to the public. Please plan to attend and join many members of the COPS group there!

Rockin' Politics

If you're interested in considering the role that music may play in politics, check out the talk next week over at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies on "Rockin' the Free World: How the Rock and Roll Revolution Changed America and the Free World."

Friday, September 22, 2017

Former COPS members doing neat things!

Former OSU School of Communication doctoral student and COPS member Dr. Lindsay Hoffman is Associate Professor at the University of Delaware and also the Associate Director of the UD Center for Political Communication. You might find this video interesting as one of many in a speaker series Lindsay runs dealing with understanding and addressing difference in our society. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

COPS Doctoral Candidate Pens Column Analyzing Clinton and Trump's Convention Speeches

COPS member and Doctoral Candidate David Clementson wrote a column for the journalism website The Conversation comparing the language intensity of Clinton and Trump's contrasting convention speeches.  A must read!  Congrats Dave!

Friday, June 10, 2016

First-Authored Published Research by Current and Former COPS Students

Over the last month, some current and former COPS students have had several peer-reviewed manuscripts published or accepted for publication.

Golnoosh Behrouzian (first author) and Aysenur Dal had their paper "Resisting Censorship: How Citizens Navigate Closed Media Environments" accepted for publication to the International Journal of Communication.  Drawing upon survey data from Turkey, the paper outlines a news theoretical construct based on reactance theory, motivated resistance to censorship, that influences individual's use of alternative online sources of information in censored mass media environments.

COPS Alumnus Elizabeth Stoycheff, now an assistant professor at Wayne State University, has had her first authored paper "Differential Effects of Capital-Enhancing and Recreational Internet Use on Citizens’ Demand for Democracy" published, prior to print, online at Communication Research.  Her paper examines how different forms of Internet use are associated with citizen attitudes about democratization in Russia and Ukraine based upon surveys she conducted as part of her doctoral dissertation in each country.

Stoycheff also recently had a paper first-authored accepted for publication to the International Journal of Public Opinion Research entitled "Priming the Costs of Conflict? Russian Public Opinion about the 2014 Crimean Conflict."  This study employed an online survey experiment with Russian Internet users to examine how different  informational cues interact with Russian nationalism to influence support for the Russian takeover of the Crimean peninsula. 

Congrats to Golnoosh, Aysenur, and Elizabeth!


Behrouzian, G., Nisbet, E.C., Dal, A., Carkoglu, A. (in press) Resisting Censorship: How Citizens Navigate Closed Media Environments. International Journal of Communication

Stoycheff, E., Nisbet, E.C., and Epstein, D. (in press). Differential effects of capital-enhancing and recreational Internet use on citizens' demand for democracy. Communication Research.

Stoycheff, E. & Nisbet, E.C. (in press). Priming the Costs of Conflict? Russian Public Opinion about the 2014 Crimean Conflict. International Journal of Public Opinion Research

Friday, May 20, 2016

COPS Students win Chaffee-McLeod Top Student Paper award from the Communication Theory & Methods (CT&M) division of AEJMC

It is great pleasure that I announce that three of our OSU students: Golnoosh Behrouzian, Aysenur Dal, and Emma Fete were awarded the Chaffee-McLeod Top Student Paper award from the Communication Theory & Methods (CT&M) division of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC).  Their co-authored paper submission was entitled "Defying censorship: A framework for reactance and learning in the face of media control."

They will receive their award at the 2016 annual meeting of AEJMC in August. Congrats on a job well done!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Neo accepts Assistant Professor position at Hawaii

It gives me great pleasure to announce that my former advisee, Rachel Neo, has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the School of Communications at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Rachel plans to continue her work on online bandwagon effects. She will also expand her research program to include cross-national comparative work on how digital media influence political expression and public engagement.

Friday, April 01, 2016

COPS Alumnus Elizabeth Stoycheff research about online surveillance is highlighted by Washtingon Post and international media

ElizabethDr. Elizabeth Stoycheff, assistant professor at Wayne State University and OSU COPS alumnus, recently published "Under Surveillance: Examining Facebook's Spiral of Silence Effects in the Wake of NSA Internet Monitoring" in the peer-reviewed journal Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.  Her article is getting a great deal of media coverage, including a write-up in the Washington Post, Think Progress, and others.

Congrats Elizabeth!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Clementson Research Gets Play at Home and Abroad

Picture for clementson.3COPS member David Clementson's forthcoming research (this fall) in Presidential Studies Quarterly on candidate communication styles is getting a lot of attention in U.S. and international media through its application to the current presidential race. After an interview of David in Pacific Standard was shared by each of the three major communication associations (ICA, NCA, and AEJMC), the story has been picked up by the Huffington Post as well as The Daily Mail.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Thursday talk in Political Science

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us this Thursday for our next Workshop in American Politics speaker, J. Eric Oliver from the University of Chicago. Prof. Oliver will be giving a talk titled “Enchanted America: How Intuitions Shape Public Opinion.” Chapter 5 from a book of the same title is attached.

The talk will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Spencer Room, with a graduate student meeting at the same place 2:30 to 3 p.m.



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Pearson & Kosicki publish paper in Journalism Studies

How Way-Finding is Challenging Gatekeeping in the Digital AgeCongratulations to George Pearson and Jerry Kosicki for their paper -- now available online -- "How way-Finding is Challenging Gatekeeping in the Digital Age" in Journalism Studies. The paper "re-evaluates the relevance of the gatekeeping framework in the twenty-first century, arguing that in an age of digital journalism the gatekeeping metaphor has begun to restrict our study of journalism."