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Department Faculty Leadership

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Poppy McLeod

Professor
Professor McLeod serves as the Chair for the Department of Communication.

Academic and Research Interests
Communication within and between groups; persuasion and social influence; information effects in group decision-making; influence of technology on group processes; influence of social identity and emotions in groups.
 

Department Faculty and Academic Staff

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Poppy McLeod

Professor
Professor McLeod serves as the Chair for the Department of Communication.

Academic and Research Interests
Communication within and between groups; persuasion and social influence; information effects in group decision-making; influence of technology on group processes; influence of social identity and emotions in groups.
 
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Dominic Balog-Way

Post Doctoral Associate
Academic and Research Interests
Risk communication, management and policy, with a particular focus on: pharmaceuticals, healthcare, food safety and the environment; transparency and big data in risk regulation; risk perception and decision-making; risk-risk tradeoffs.
Teaching
Risk Communication.
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Jenny Barnett

Courtesy Lecturer
Academic and Research Interests
Media writing and editing; the media industry; fashion and popular culture; professional writing. 
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Natalie Bazarova

Associate Professor
Academic and Research Interests  
Communication technology and personal relationships; self-disclosure and privacy online; social cognition and attributional judgments; group communication. 
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Academic Interests
Social media content; writing for media; script writing; podcasts; short documentary film; vlogging.
Teaching
Writing & Producing Narrative for Digital Media; Connecting Experience: Creating a Personal Brand & Implementing an ePortfolio.
Professional Development Responsibilities
Organizing the NYComm student-alumni network trip; advising the Cornell Media and Entertainment student organization.
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Sahara Byrne

Associate Professor
Academic and Research Interests
Media effects; media and human development; persuasion; strategic communication.
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E. Lauren Chambliss

Senior Lecturer
Academic Interests
Communication skills; communication strategy; message development; reporting and writing.
Teaching
Writing about Communication; Environmental & Sustainability Communication.
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Yoon Hyung Choi

Postdoctoral Associate
Academic and Research Interests
Mediated interpersonal communication; self-disclosure and privacy management on social media; communication technology use and psychological well-being; digital literacy education.
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Jodi Cohen

Senior Lecturer
Academic Interests
Critical studies of rhetoric; communication and democracy; communication and culture. 
Teaching
Oral Communication.
Professional Development Responsibilities
Managing student internship program.
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Brooke Erin Duffy

Assistant Professor
Academic and Research Interests
New media and society; digital labor; gender and identity; media work and online cultural production; consumer culture; qualitative research methods.
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Danielle Eiseman

Visiting Lecturer
Academic and Research Interests
Climate change policy planning, public engagement on climate change and food as engagement tool for climate literacy and action.
Teaching
Science Writing, Risk Communication, Communication and the Environment, Public Opinion and Social Processes.
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Academic and Research Interests
Computer-mediated communication; social computing; computer-supported cooperative work; human-robot interaction. One of her major research projects focuses on understanding how people's cultural backgrounds influence computer-mediated communication.
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Tarleton Gillespie

Adjunct Associate Professor
Academic and Research Interests
New media technologies and society; the technical, legal, political, and economic structuring of public culture; information policy, especially copyright; technology and discourse.
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Amelia Greiner Safi

Senior Research Associate
Academic and Research Interests
Health and environmental communication; process analysis; translation of research into practice and policy; links among policy, health and environment; urban planning and public health.
 
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Lee Humphreys

Associate Professor
Professor Humphreys serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Academic and Research Interests
Sociology of mobile and social media; historicizing media practices through qualitative research methods.
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Bruce Lewenstein

Professor of Science Communication
Academic and Research Interests
Public communication of, public understanding of, and public engagement in science and technology; history of science communication, science journalism, and science museums; informal science education.
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Neil Lewis, Jr.

Assistant Professor
Academic and Research Interest
Motivation and goal pursuit processes, particularly as they relate to disparities in education, health, and the environment; behavioral science and policy.

Jiawei Liu

Postdoctoral Associate
Jiawei Liu is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Communication at Cornell University. Liu’s research interests revolve around using empirical methods to investigate the effects of mass media messages regarding various public policy issues and public health issues with an emphasis on message framing and its effects. Liu earned a B.A. in International Journalism from the Communication University of China, an M.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Academic and Research Interests
Effects of mass media messages regarding public policy issues and public health issues.
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Drew Margolin

Assistant Professor
Dr. Drew Margolin holds the Geri Gay Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellowship in Communication and Technology.

Academic and Research Interests
Social and semantic network analysis of organizations and institutions; social media measures of state and evolution of populations and communities; role of communication technology in shaping organizational and institutional behavior. 
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J. Nathan Matias

Assistant Professor
Academic and Research Interests
Digital governance: policies enacted and enforced by governments, tech platforms, volunteers, and algorithms, focusing on the nature of this power and the effects of policies that govern conflict, harassment, information in democracies, social justice, and human rights; behavior change in groups and networks shaped by algorithms; pervasive experimentation in society: methods, ethics, and accountability, with a special focus on citizen behavioral science and behavioral consumer protection.
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Academic and Research Interests
Risk communication related to health and the environment, particularly examining the influence of trust and fairness; community engagement in environmental decision making; communication about zoonotic and infectious disease in the context of climate change.
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Jeff Niederdeppe

Associate Professor
Professor Niederdeppe serves as Director of Graduate Studies.

Academic and Research Interests
Effects of mass media campaigns and news coverage on health behavior and social policy.
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Norman Porticella

Research Associate
Academic and Research Interests
How people attend to, process, and are influenced by messaging with a focus on the interplay between motivation, attention, attitudes, and decision making across contexts (e.g., health, entertainment); outreach and evaluation in informal science education.
Teaching
Science Writing for Media; Communication, Environment, Science, and Health; Cases in Communication.
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Dawn Schrader

Associate Professor
Academic and Research Interests
Privacy issues, including the psychological value of privacy and increasing awareness of privacy implications for the individual and society; adolescent girls' social aggression; the protection of self-integrity and the promotion of ethical behavior in bystanders.
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Jonathon Schuldt

Associate Professor
Academic and Research Interests
Environmental and health communication; everyday judgment and decision making; public opinion.
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Academic and Research Interests
Media and sexuality; LGBTQ media; television studies; audiences; cultural production; globalization; consumer culture; qualitative research methods.
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Academic and Research Interests
Media psychology; psychology of narrative; psychology of entertainment media; psychology of narrative health and risk messages, particularly the role of realism, emotion, and empathy in processing story characters and in attitude change and persuasion.
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Andrea Stevenson Won

Assistant Professor
Academic and Research Interests
Virtual reality; immersive media; visual communication; avatars; nonverbal communication; synchrony.
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Academic and Research Interests
Organizational knowledge management; social network analysis; intercultural communication; group decision-making; technology use in organizations.