Erik Nisbet

Associate Professor

Erik Nisbet

College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 614-247-1693
Topics: Media Conflict, American-Muslim Relations


B.A., Government/International Relations, Cornell University
M.S., Communication, Cornell University
Ph.D., Communication, Cornell University; Graduate Minor: Comparative Politics

Research Affiliations:

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies at the Ohio State University

The Communication, Opinion, and Political Studies Group at the Ohio State University

Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University

The Human Dimensions of the Environment Research Group at the Ohio State University

Courses Taught:

Communication in Society
Strategic Communication Principles
Science Communication
International Communication
Mass Communication and Social Systems (graduate)
Comparative Political & Mass Communication (graduate)
Political Communication (graduate)

Funded Grants:

The Politicalization of Media Freedom & ICT Policy: Political Cleavages and Policy Preferences within the Turkish Electorate Grant received from University of Pennsylvania Internet Policy Observatory June 2014, $10,000, Principal Investigator

Health Science Frontiers: Advancing Public Engagement, OSU Outreach Engagement Grant, 2013-2015, $85,000, Principal Investigator

Communicating Health Sciences: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities for Public Engagement, Battelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs, 2012-2013, $45,000, Co-Principal Investigator

Co-Evolution of Upstream Human Behavior and Downstream Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate; PI: J. Martin, Co-PIs: EV Irwin, S. Ludsin, E. Nisbet, E. Toman, R. Wilson; National Science Foundation, Directorate for Biological Sciences, Division for Environmental Biology, Dynamics of Coupled Natural-Human Systems Program; 2011-2015, Total grant funding $1,499,995; $245,000 allocated to E.C. Nisbet

Identity, Threat, and Mediated Intergroup Conflict: Terrorism and Immigration, Mershon Center for International Security Studies Research Grant, 2010-2011, $25,000; Principal Investigator

Identity, Threat, and Mediated Intergroup Conflict, OSU School of Communication, Miller Research Award, 2009-2011, $31,925; Principal Investigator

Select Recent Publications:

Nisbet, E.C., Cooper, K., & Garrett, R.K. (forthcoming). The Partisan Brain: How Dissonant Science Messages Lead Conservatives and Liberals to (Dis)trust science. Annals of Political Science

Nisbet, E.C., Cooper, K., & Ellithorpe, M. (forthcoming). Ignorance or bias? Evaluating the ideological and informational drivers of communication gaps about climate change. Public Understanding of Science

Stoycheff, E. & Nisbet, E.C. (2014). What's the bandwidth for democracy? Deconstructing Internet penetration and citizen attitudes about governance. Political Communication, 31(4),628-646 doi:10.1080/10584609.2013.852641

Nisbet, E.C. & Stoycheff, E. (2013). Let the people speak: a multi-level model of supply and demand for press freedom. Communication Research. 40(5), 720-741 doi: 10.1177/0093650211429117

Nisbet, E.C., Hart, P.S., Myers, T., & Ellithorpe, M. (2013). Attitude change in competitive framing environments? Open/close-mindedness and framing effects about climate change. Journal of Communication. 63(4), 766-785 doi: 10.1111/jcom.12040

Hart, P.S. & Nisbet, E.C. (2012). Boomerang effects in science communication: How motivated reasoning and identity cues amplify opinion polarization about climate mitigation policies. Communication Research., 39(6), 701-723 doi: 10.1177/0093650211416646

Nisbet, E.C., Stoycheff, E., & Pearce, K. E., (2012). Internet use and democratic demands: A multi-national, multi-level model of internet use and citizen attitudes about democracy. Journal of Communication. 62(1), 249-262 doi: 10.1111/j.1460-2466.2012.01627.x

Fahmy, S., Wanta, W., & Nisbet, E.C. (2012). Mediated public diplomacy: satellite TV news in the Arab world and perception effects. International Communication Gazette, 74, 8 728-749 doi: 10.1177/1748048512459144

Nisbet, E.C. & Myers, T. (2011). Anti-American Attitudes as a media effect? Arab media, political identity, and public opinion in the Middle East. Communication Research. 38(5), 684-709 doi: 10.1177/0093650211405648

Research Interests:

Broadly, my research interests focus on three substantive areas: a) media and international affairs - mostly in terms of American-Islamic relations, b) media and comparative democratization - primarily in Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and c) and science & environmental communication

My research agenda centers around three sets of theoretical questions exploring a) how contextual and individual factors interact to influence communication and processes of opinion formation and b) the relationship between social identity and/or value orientations, processes of communication, and consequences for public opinion c) framing effects and individual differences. I employ a range of quantitative methodologies, including survey research, experimental designs, content analysis, and secondary data analysis.

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