Asstistant Professor
School of Communication  |  Ohio State University
garrett.258 [ at ] osu.edu


November 2012

A paper I coauthored with my advisee, Brian Weeks, has been accepted at CSCW.

    Garrett, R. K., & Weeks, B. E. (2013, February 2327). The Promise and Peril of Real-Time Corrections to Political Misperceptions. Paper to be presented at CSCW '13, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

September 2012

For more information about my misperceptions research, please see the new project website (http://wp.comm.ohio-state.edu/misperceptions/ ) and the accompanying Twitterfeed (@FalseBeliefNews ).

August 2012

A paper that I coauthored with Talia Stroud has received a top-four paper award from the political communication division of the National Communication Association.  Talia and I will be presenting the work in November.

    Garrett, R. K., & Stroud, N. J. (2012). Decoupling selective approach and selective avoidance. Paper to be presented at the Annual Conference of the National Communication Association, Orlando, FL.

March 2012

I have been awarded an NSF CAREER award, providing five years of funding to examine the consequences of online news and social media on political misperceptions.  I'm joined in my efforts by a great team of graduate students, including Dustin Carnahand, Ben Johnson, Emily Lynch, Rebecca Riley, and Brian Weeks. More information about the project can be found here.

About me

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at the Ohio State University.  My research concerns online political communication, online news, and the ways in which citizens and activists use new technologies to shape their engagement with contentious political topics.

Before joining the faculty at OSU, I was a Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO) at the University of California, Irvine.  My work at CRITO focused on the role of information and communication technologies in the work environment and in local politics.

I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Michigan School of Information in 2005.  My dissertation, which examines whether individuals are using the control afforded by the Internet to limit their exposure to information supporting viewpoints other than their own, received the NCA's Miller Outstanding Dissertation Award.  My committee was chaired by Paul Resnick, and members included Paul N. Edwards, W. Russell Neuman (University of Michigan, Communication Studies), and Bruce Bimber (UC Santa Barbara, Communication and Political Science).

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Curriculum Vitae

Recent and noteworthy publications

Garrett, R. K., & Weeks, B. E. (2013, February 2327). The Promise and Peril of Real-Time Corrections to Political Misperceptions. Paper to be presented at CSCW '13, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Garrett, R. K., Carnahan, D., & Lynch, E. (2011). A turn toward avoidance?  Selective exposure to online political information, 2004-2008. Political Behavior.  doi: 10.1007/s11109-011-9185-6

Garrett, R. K., Bimber, B., Gil de Zuniga, H., Heinderyckx, F., Kelly, J., & Smith, M. (2012). New ICTs and the study of political communication. International Journal of Communication. [Open access at IJOC]

Garrett, R. K. & Resnick, P. (2011). Resisting Political Fragmentation on the Internet. Daedalus. [Prepress]

Kim, Y.M. & Garrett, R.K. (2011).  On-line and memory-based: Revisiting the relationship between candidate evaluation processing models.  Political Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s11109-011-9158-9

Garrett, R. K. (2011). Troubling consequences of the Internet for political rumoring. Human Communication Research, 37(2), 255-274. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2958.2010.01401.x [ Prepress]

Garrett, R. K., & Danziger, J. N. (2011). Internet electorate. Communications of the ACM. 54(3), 117-123. doi: 10.1145/1897852.1897881 [Prepress]

Garrett, R. & Jensen, M. J. (2011). E-Democracy writ small: The impact of the Internet on citizen access to local elected officials. Information, Communication & Society, 17(2), 177-197. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2010.490558 [Prepress]

Holbert, R. L., Garrett, R. K., & Gleason, L. S. (2010). A new era of minimal effects? A response to Bennett and Iyengar. Journal of Communication, 60(1), 15-34. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-2466.2009.01470.x

Garrett, R. K. (2009). Politically motivated reinforcement seeking:  Reframing the selective exposure debate Journal of Communication, 59(4), 676-699. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-2466.2009.01452.x. Received the ASCoR Denis McQuail Award 2009.

Garrett, R. K. (2009). Echo chambers online?: Politically motivated selective exposure among Internet news users. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. 14(2), pp. 265-285.  doi:

Click here for abstracts and links to these and other papers.


2012 Top-four paper in Political Communication at the National Communication Association Annual Convention. ("Decoupling selective approach and selective avoidance")

2012 NSF award:
"CAREER: Information Misperception in the Internet Era".  Five-year grant supporting research into the effects of social media and online news on political misperceoptions and the underlying mechanisms driving inaccurate beliefs. 

2011 Two top-four papers in Political Communication at the National Communication Association Annual Convention. ("Undermining the corrective effects of media-based political fact checking" and "Assessing Belief in Online Political Rumors and its Impact on Vote Choice")

2010-2011. ASCoR Honorary Fellow (ASCoR Denis McQuail Award 2009). Amsterdam School of Communication Research. Awarded for the best article advancing communication theory published in a peer-reviewed journal in the previous year (" Politically motivated reinforcement seeking: Reframing the selective exposure debate").

2010. OSU School of Communication Faculty Member of the Year. The Ohio State University School of Communication, Columbus, OH

2006. Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, National Communication Association (NCA), Washington, DC

R. Kelly Garrett, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University, 154 N. Ovall Mall, 3080 Derby Hall, Columbus, OH 43210
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