Graduate Student Publications

We are very proud of the high productivity of our graduate students.

Although our doctoral program took in its first class in 2011 with only five doctoral students, our small band of students have been remarkably prolific writers. As our program has grown, their scholarly output has accelerated quickly.

2016 (Through July)

Ahmed, S., Jaidka, K., & Cho, J. (2016). The 2014 Indian Elections on Twitter: A comparison of campaign strategies of political parties. Telematics and Informatics, 33(4), 1071-1087.

Ahmed, S., Jaidka, K., & Cho, J.  (in press). Tweeting India’s Nirbhaya Protest: A Study of Emotional Dynamics in an Online Social Movement. Social Movement Studies.

Ahmed, S., Jaidka. K., & Skoric, M. (2016, May).  Tweets and Votes: A Four-Country Comparison of Volumetric and Sentiment Analysis Approaches. In Proceedings of the Tenth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM). (pp. 507-510). IEEE.

Ahmed, S., & Matthes, J. (in press). Media Representation of Muslims and Islam from 2000 to 2015: A Meta-analysis. International Communication Gazette.

Barnett, G. A., & Jiang, K. (in press). Issues in intercultural communication research. In L. Chen (Ed.), Handbook of Intercultural Communication (vol. 9), Handbooks of Communication Science. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Benefield, G.A. & Shen, C. (in press). Gender and networks in virtual worlds. In B. Foucault-Welles & S. Gonzales-Bailon (Eds.), Communication Science in the Digital Age: New Frontiers in Theory and Research. Oxford University Press.

Benefield, G. A., Shen, C., & Leavitt, A. (2016). How group social capital affects team success in a massively multiplayer online game. Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW '16).

Berger, C., Ya, H., & Chen, M. (2016). Story appraisal theory: From story kernel appraisal to implications and impact. Communication Research, 1,1-30

Chen, M., Bell, R.A., Taylor, L.D. (in press). Narrator point of view and persuasion in health narratives: The role of protagonist-reader similarity, identification, and self-referencing. Journal of Health Communication.

Cho, J., Ahmed, S., Keum, H., Choi, Y., & Lee, J. (in press). Influencing myself: Self-reinforcement through online political expression. Communication Research.

Henry, S. G., Chen, M., Matthias, M. S., Bell, R. A., & Kravitz, R. L. (2016). Development of the Chronic Pain Coding System (CPCS) for Characterizing Patient-Clinician Discussions About Chronic Pain and Opioids. Pain Medicine, pnw005.

Jiang, K., Barnett, G., & Taylor, L. D. (in press). Dynamics of cultural frames in international news coverage: A semantic network analysis. International Journal of Communication. 

Muscanell, N., Ewell, P.J., & Wingate, V.S. (in press). S/he posted that?! Perceptions of topic appropriateness and reactions to status updates on SNS. Translational Issues in Psychological Science.

Peña, J., Khan, S., & Alexopoulos, C. (2016). I am what I see: How avatar weight affects physical activity among male gamers. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 21, 195-209.

Peña, J., & Pan, W. (2016). Words of advice: Exposure to website model pictures and online persuasive messages affects the linguistic content and style of women’s weigh-related social support messages. Computers in Human Behavior, 63, 208-217.

Taylor, L. D., Alexopoulos, C., & Ghaznavi, J. (2016). Touchy subjects: Sex in the workplace on broadcast, cable, and internet television. Sex Roles. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11199-016-0642-x

Taylor, L. D. & Ghaznavi, J. (In press). Media effects research. In M. Allen (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods.

Wingate, V.S., & Minney, J.A. (2016). Cyberbullying requires more than a virtual response: Suggestions for prevention. In M. Wright (Ed.), A Social Ecological Approach to Cyberbullying. Happauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.


Ahmed, S., & Skoric, M. (2015). Twitter and 2013 Pakistan general election: The case of David 2.0 against Goliaths. In Case Studies in e-Government 2.0 (pp. 139–161). Springer International Publishing.

Alexopoulos, C., Grasso, K. G., & Palomares, N. A. (in press). Social cognition. In SAGE encyclopedia of communication research methods.

Barnett, G. A., & Benefield, G. A. (2015, September 9). Predicting international Facebook ties through cultural homophily and other factors. New Media & Society. doi:10.1177/1461444815604421

Barnett, G. A., Lee, M., Jiang, K., & Park, H. W. (2015, March 27). The flow of international students from a macro perspective: A network analysis. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. doi:10.1080/03057925.2015.1015965

Barnett, G. A., Ruiz, J. B., & Park, H. W. (2015). Globalization or decentralization of hyperlinked content among websites: An examination of website co-citations. Proceedings of Hawaii International Conferences on System Science (HICSS-48), 1779–1787.

Chen, M., McGlone, M. S., & Bell, R. A. (2015). Persuasive effects of linguistic agency assignments and point of view in narrative health messages about colon cancer. Journal of Health Communication, 20 (8), 977–88.

Ghaznavi, J., & Taylor, L. D. (2015). Bones, body parts, and sex appeal: An analysis of #thinspiration images on popular social media. Body Image14, 54–61.

Grasso, K. L., & Bell, R. A. (2015). Understanding health information seeking: a test of the risk perception attitude framework. Journal of Health Communication, 20 (12), 1406–14.

Jaidka, K., & Ahmed, S. (2015). The 2014 Indian general election on Twitter: An analysis of changing political traditions. In Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (p. 43), ACM.

Li, S., Feng, B., Chen, M., & Bell, R. A. (2015). Physician review websites: Effects of the proportion and position of negative reviews on readers' evaluations of the doctor. Journal of Health Communication, 4, 453–461.

Li, S., Feng, B., Li, N., & Xuan, T. (2015). How social context cues in support seeker profile influence support provider's self-disclosure in online support forums. Communication Quarterly, 63, (5), 586–602.

Palomares, N. A., Grasso, K. L., & Li, S. (2015, October). Understanding others' goals depends on the efficiency and timing of goal pursuit. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 34 (5), 564–576.

Ruiz, J., & Barnett, G. A., Online HPV vaccine information: Moving toward a positive frame. Vaccine.

Ruiz, J. B., & Barnett, G. A. (2015). Exploring the presentation of HPV information online: A semantic network analysis of websites. Vaccine33, 3354–3359.

Ruiz, J. B., & Barnett, G. A. (2015). Who owns the international Internet networks? The Journal of International Communication21, 38–57.



Ahmed, S. & Lang, J. (2014). Online public opinion: Transforming agenda setting and shaping the public sphere in China. Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, 4, 100.

Ahmed, S., & Skoric, M. M. (2014, January). My name is Khan: the use of Twitter in the campaign for 2013 Pakistan general election. In System Sciences (HICSS), 2014 47th Hawaii International Conference (pp. 2242–2251). IEEE.

Barnett, G. A., & Jiang, K. (2014). Social network analysis: A research method for China. In J. H. Hong (Ed.), New Trends in Communication Studies (pp. 861–887). Beijing: Tsinghua University Press (in Chinese).

Barnett, G.A., Park, H. W., Jiang, K., Tang, C., & Aguillo, I. F. (2014). A multi-level network analysis of web-citations among the world's universities. Scientometrics, 99, 5–26.

Bell, R. A., McGlone, M. S., & Dragojevic, M. (2014), Bacteria as bullies: Effects of linguistic agency assignment in health messages. Journal of Health Communication, 19, 340–58.

Bell, R. A., McGlone, M. S., & Dragojevic, M. (2014). Vicious viruses and vigilant vaccines: Effects of linguistic agency assignment in health policy advocacy. Journal of Health Communication, 19, 1178–95.

Dragojevic, M., Bell, R. A., & McGlone, M. S. (2014). Giving radon gas life through language: Effects of linguistic agency assignment in health messages. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 33, 89–98.

Guadagno, R. E., & Wingate, V. S. (2014). Internet: Facebook and social media sites. In T.R. Levine & J. G. Golson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of lying and deception. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Hwang, H., Kim, Y. J., & Huh, C. (2014). Seeing is believing: Effects of uncivil online debate on political polarization and expectations of deliberation. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 58, 621–633.

Jiang, K. (2014). International student flows between Asia, Australia, and Russia: A network analysis. Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia, 13.

Lee, T. K., & Taylor, L. D. (2014). The motives for and consequences of viewing television medical dramas. Health Communication29, 13–22.

Li, N., Orrange, S., Kravitz, R. L., & Bell, R. A. (2014). Reasons for and predictors of patients' online health information seeking following a medical appointment. Family Practice, 31, 550–556.

Li, S., & Feng, B. (2014). What to say to an online support-seeker? The influence of others' responses and support seekers' replies. Human Communication Research. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/hcre.12055

Ruiz, J. B., & Bell, R. A. (2014). Vaccine understanding vaccination resistance: Vaccine search term selection bias and the valence of retrieved information. Vaccine, 32, 5776–80.


Ahmed, S. (2013). Aids and the Muslim world: A challenge. Asian Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities, 2, 451–459.

Ahmed, S. (2013). The role of the media in a democracy: The Asian perspective. Journal of Society and Communication, 447–491.

Ahmed, S., & Jaidka, K. (2013). Protests against #delhigangrape on Twitter: Analyzing India's Arab spring. eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government, 5, 28–58.

Ahmed, S., & Jaidka, K. (2013). The common man: An examination of content creation and information dissemination on Twitter during the 2012 New Delhi gang-rape protest. In Digital Libraries: Social Media and Community Networks (pp. 117–126). Springer International Publishing.

Barnett, G. A., Ruiz, J. B., Hammond, J. R., & Xin, Z. (2013). An examination of the relationship between international telecommunication networks, terrorism and global news coverage. Social Network Analysis and Mining, 3, 721–747.

Feng, B., Li, S., Li, N. (2013). Is a profile worth a thousand words?: How online support-seeker's profile features may influence the quality of received support messages. Communication Research. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0093650213510942

Feng, B., Srinivasan, M., Hoffman, J., Rainwater, J., Griffin, E., Dragojevic, M., Day, F., & Wilkes, M. (2013). Physician communication regarding prostate cancer screening: Analysis of unannounced standardized patient visits. Annals of Family Medicine, 11, 315–323.

Im, H., & Cho, J. (2013). The role of unequal information resources distribution in health information seeking. Health Communication Research, 8, 41–80.

Jenkins, M., & Dragojevic, M. (2013). Explaining the process of resistance to persuasion: A politeness theory based approach. Communication Research, 40, 559–590.

Jiang, K., & Barnett, G. A. (2013). Guanxi networks in China. Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia, 12, 89–97.

Taylor, L. D., & Ruiz, J. (2013). See Jane hit: Why girls are growing more violent and what we can do about it. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 13, 401–403.

Wingate, V. S., Minney, J. A., & Guadagno, R. E. (2013). Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will always hurt you: A review of cyberbullying. Social Influence, 8, 87–106.

Ye, Z., & Palomares, N. A. (2013). Effects of conversation partners' gender-language consistency on references to emotion, tentative language, and gender salience. Journal of Language and Social Psychology32, 433–451.


Ahmed, S. (2012). Media portrayals of Muslims and Islam and their influence on adolescent attitude: An empirical study from India. Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research5, 279–306.

Cho, J., & Ha, Y. (2012). On the communicative underpinnings of campaign effects: Presidential debates, citizen communication, and polarization in evaluations of candidates. Political Communication, 29, 184–204.

Hu, X., Bell, R. A., Kravitz, R. L., & Orrange, S. (2012). The prepared patient: Information seeking of online support group members before their medical appointments. Journal of Health Communication, 17, 960–978.


Barnett, G. A., Huh, C., Kim, Y. & Park, H. W. (2011). Citations among communication journals and other disciplines: A network analysis. Scientometrics, 88, 449–469.

Bell, R.A., Hu, X., Orrange, S.E., & Kravitz, R.L. (2011). Lingering questions and doubts: Online information-seeking of support forum members following their medical visits. Patient Education and Counseling, 85, 525-528.

Cho, J., & Choy, S.P. (2011). From podium to living room: Elite debates as an emotional catalyst for citizen communicative engagements. Communication Research, 38, 778-804.