Jonathon Schuldt joined the Cornell faculty as an Assistant Professor of Communication in the summer of 2012. His research focuses on everyday judgment and decision making in the domains of environmental and health communication. Prior to Cornell, he was a faculty member at California State University - Northridge. He holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
My research focuses on the factors that influence judgments, decisions, and public opinion in the health and environment domains. Specific topics of interest include message framing, health claims and food labeling, and political communication. Recent work examines the intersection of online search behavior, issue framing, and political identity.
A primary goal of our lab is to apply and extend theory in ways that inform real problems facing New York State and the world. Findings from the lab are routinely shared with local and national media outlets in order to maximize the potential public benefit of the work.
My overarching goal in teaching (whether the class is large or small) is to create an environment in which students can engage with the course material in ways that are relevant to their everyday lives. To that end, assignments in my courses typically focus on application: whether it's a writing assignment that applies a course concept to a real-world event, an op-ed piece that students actually submit for publication, or a group project that introduces students to active and collaborative social science research.