- Ph.D., Communication (concentration in Linguistics), Michigan State University, 1976
- M.A., Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1972
- B.A., Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1971
George Barnett has expertise in international and intercultural communication, and in social networking and other communication networks — notably, the roles of international telephone and Internet communications in social and economic development, cultural change, and the process of globalization. He has served as chair of the Communication and Technology Division of the International Communication Association, and as president of the International Network of Social Network Analysis.
Professor Barnett studies structural models of the role of communication in social and cultural processes. His numerous publications encompass analyses of social and cognitive system dynamics, and the ways in which social and communication networks evolve over time. He investigates the development of tools and methods for examination of cognitive, organizational, social, and communication networks; diffusion of communication and information technologies; and mathematical models of adoption and discontinuance of innovations.
- Barnett, G. A., & Jiang, K. (2015). Social network analysis: A research method for China. In J. H. Hong (Ed.), New Trends in Communication Studies. Beijing: Tsinhua University Press (in Chinese).
- Barnett, G. A., Lee, M., Jiang, K., & Park, H.W. (2015). 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., Jiang, K., & Hammond, J.R. (2015). The use of coherencies to examine network evolution and co-evolution. Social Network Analysis & Mining, 5(1). doi:10.1007/s13278-015-0297-6.
- Brummitt, C.D., Barnett, G.A. & D’Souza, R.M. (2015). Coupled catastrophes: Sudden shifts cascade and hop among interdependent systems. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. arXiv:1410.4175.
- Barnett, G.A., & Benefield, G. (2015). Predicting international Facebook ties through cultural homophily and other factors. New Media & Society.
Professor Barnett teaches CMN 139 (Advanced Organizational Communication), which is an introduction to communication systems analysis and a variety of graduate level courses. He has directed more than 40 doctoral dissertations and numerous masters theses.
- Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award, International Communication Association, 2012
- Top three Interactive Paper, International Communication Association, 2009
- Top four in Peace and Conflict Communication, National Communication Association, 2007
- Top three Interactive Paper, International Communication Association, 2006
- Top paper, Conference Theme, International Communication Association, 2006