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College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication

The Ohio State University School of Communication
Kelly Garrett
Kelly Garrett
Associate Professor
(614) 247-7414
(614) 292-2055
School of Communication
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210

Honors and Recognitions:

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

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

Recent Papers:

See my website for more information

Garrett, R. Kelly, Erik C. Nisbet, & Emily K. Lynch* (2013). Undermining the corrective effects of media-based political fact checking? The role of contextual cues and naïve theory. Journal of Communication. doi: 10.1111/jcom.12038

Garrett, R. Kelly & Brian Weeks*. 2012. Promoting bias with real-time fact checking. In: Proceedings of the 2013 Computer-Supported Cooperative Work Conference.

Garrett, R. Kelly, Dustin Carnahan*, Emily K. Lynch*, "A turn toward avoidance? Selective exposure to online political information, 2004-2008". Political Behavior, 35(1), 113-134. doi: 10.1007/s11109-011-9185-6

Garrett, R. Kelly, Bruce Bimber, Homero Gil de Zúñiga, François Heinderyckx, John Kelly, Marc Smith, "New ICTs and the study of political communication". International Journal of Communication. Vol. 6, 214-231. 2012.  http://ijoc.org/ojs/index.php/ijoc/article/view/1112/694

* denotes student co-authors


B.Arch., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Courses Taught:

240 Introduction to Communication Technologies (under quarter system)

650 Investigating Communication through Interactive Technologies (under quarter system)

3165 Evaluation and Usability Testing

3545 Human-Computer Interaction

4557 Communication Networks

4814 Political communication (focus on political misperceptions during the 2012 election)

760 Introduction to Research Methods -- graduate level (under quarter system)

Research Interests:

New communication technologies and contentious politics


I teach courses in the area of communication technologies. Some of these courses are technical in nature, while others are more concerned about technology applications. My approach to teaching in all these courses emphasizes understanding basic principles through interaction and application so that these principles can be applied in a variety of settings. In a class dealing with computer networks students will learn about concepts that inform network design, not just how networks operate today. Students studying interactive technologies’ role in research will learn how to select and use technologies to support their research approach, and not the other way around. Ultimately, I want students to leave the classroom with an understanding of how to make more informed decisions about the technological world.

My research interests include the study of online political communication, online news, and the ways in which citizens and activists use new technologies to shape their engagement with contentious political topics. My current work focuses on how people’s exposure to and perceptions of political information is related to their political beliefs. I have also done some research on the role of computer and Internet technology in the workplace, especially as it is related to productivity, interruption, and work avoidance. More information about my recent research is available by following the link to the left.

Political Communication, Communication Technology