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Jonathon Schuldt

Assistant Professor

465 Mann Library Building
(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.

Awards and Honors

  • Top Faculty Paper Award (2017) International Communication Association, Environmental Communication Division

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

  • Schuldt, J., McComas, K. A., & Byrne, S. (2016). Communicating about ocean health: Theoretical and practical considerations. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.
  • Song, H., & Schuldt, J. (2016). Communicating conservation status: How different statistical assessment criteria affect perceptions of extinction risk. Risk analysis : an official publication of the Society for Risk Analysis.
  • Lu, H., & Schuldt, J. (2016). Compassion for climate change victims and support for mitigation policy. Journal of Environmental Psychology. 45:192-200.
  • Schuldt, J., Chabris, C. F., Woolley, A. W., & Hackman, J. R. (2016). Confidence in dyadic decision making: The role of individual differences. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.
  • Schuldt, J., Guillory, J., & Gay, G. K. (2016). Prejudice and the plate: Effects of weight bias in nutrition judgments. Health Communication. 31:182-192.
  • Pearson, A. R., Schuldt, J., & Romero-Canyas, R. (2016). Social climate science: A new vista for psychological science. Perspectives on Psychological Science. 11:632-650.
  • Schuldt, J., & Pearson, A. R. (2016). The role of race and ethnicity in climate change polarization: Evidence from a U.S. national survey experiment. Climatic Change. 136:495-505.
  • Pearson, A. R., & Schuldt, J. (2015). Bridging climate communication divides: Beyond the partisan gap. Science Communication. 37:805-812.
  • 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.

Presentations and Activities

  • Brief exposure to Pope Francis heightens moral beliefs about climate change. International Communication Association. 2017. San Diego, CA.
  • Does the label really matter? Evidence that the US public continues to doubt "global warming" more than "climate change". Cambridge Conference on Risk and Uncertainty. June 2017. University of Cambridge. Cambridge, UK.
  • Health halos as the cause and consequence of social judgments. Department of Psychology colloquium series. November 2015. University of Grenoble 2. Grenoble, France.
  • Experimenting with climate change beliefs: 4 things that matter. Behavioral Economics and Decision Research seminar. September 2015. S.C. Johnson School of Management. Cornell University.
  • Race and climate polarization. International Communication Association. May 2015. San Juan, PR.
  • Do incidental emotions affect climate change beliefs and policy support? International Communication Association. May 2015. International Communication Association. San Juan, PR.
  • Beyond politics: Which identities matter for climate beliefs? Association for Psychological Science. 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. International Communication Association (ICA). May 2014. ICA. Seattle, WA.
  • Thought for food: How nutritional judgments are shaped by contextual cues. Union College Psychology Colloquium Series. May 2014. Union College. Schenectady, NY.