Jonathon Schuldt

Assistant Professor

329 Kennedy
(607) 255-1543

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.

Research Focus

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.

Outreach and Extension Focus

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.

Teaching Focus

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.

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

  • Lu, H., & Schuldt, J. (2015). Exploring the role of incidental emotions in support for climate change policy. Climatic Change Letters.
  • Schuldt, J., & Pearson, A. R. (2015). Nutrient-centrism and perceived risk of chronic disease. Journal of Health Psychology. 20:899-906.
  • Schuldt, J., Guillory, J., & Gay, G. K. (2015). Prejudice and the plate: Effects of weight bias in nutrition judgments. Health Communication.
  • Clarke, C. E., Hart, P. S., Schuldt, J., Evensen, D. T., Boudet, H. S., Jacquet, J. B., & Stedman, R. C. (2015). Public opinion on energy development: The interplay of issue framing, top-of-mind associations, and political ideology. Energy Policy. 81:131-140.
  • Schuldt, J., Roh, S., & Schwarz, N. (2015). Questionnaire design effects in climate change surveys: Implications for the partisan divide. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 658:67-85.
  • Bowman, N. A., & Schuldt, J. (2014). Effects of item order and response options in college student surveys. New Directions for Institutional Research. 161:99-109.
  • Pearson, A. R., & Schuldt, J. (2014). Facing the diversity crisis in climate science. Nature Climate Change. 4:1039-1042.
  • Schuldt, J., & Roh, S. (2014). Media frames and cognitive accessibility: What do "global warming" and "climate change" evoke in partisan minds?. Environmental Communication. 8:529-548.
  • Schuldt, J., & Roh, S. (2014). Of accessibility and applicability: How heat-related cues affect belief in "global warming" versus "climate change". Social Cognition. 32:219-240.
  • Roh, S., & Schuldt, J. (2014). Where there's a will: Can highlighting future youth-targeted marketing increase support for soda taxes?. Health Psychology. 33:1610-1613.

Presentations and Activities

  • Race and climate polarization. May 2015. San Juan, PR.
  • Do incidental emotions affect climate change beliefs and policy support?. May 2015. International Communication Association. San Juan, PR.
  • Beyond politics: Which identities matter for climate beliefs?. May 2015. New York, NY.
  • Experimenting with public opinion on climate change. November 2014. Cornell Club of Monmouth/Ocean Counties. Red Bank, NJ.
  • How do people think about marine health? Exploring motivated reasoning about the links between climate change, oyster disease, and human health. May 2014. ICA. Seattle, WA.
  • Thought for food: How nutritional judgments are shaped by contextual cues. May 2014. Union College. Schenectady, NY.
  • Hot or not? Differential associations of “global warming” vs. “climate change” across the partisan divide. June 2013. International Environmental Communication Association. Uppsala, Sweden.
  • Emphasis frames and Americans’ perceptions of scientific consensus: Scientists agree on “climate change” but not on “global warming". May 2013. American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR). Boston, MA.
  • The "organic" cookie diet? How food labels bias our judgment. April 2013. Alumni Affairs and Development. Cornell University.
  • Climate communication partisanship: Is "global warming" the problem?. March 2013. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. ILR Conference Center.