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College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication

The Ohio State University School of Communication
William "Chip" Eveland
William "Chip" Eveland
Professor of Communication, Associate Director, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Professor of Political Science (by courtesy)
(614) 247-6004
(614) 292-2055
School of Communication
The Ohio State University
3139 Derby Hall; 154 North Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210-1339


B.A., University of Delaware (1991)
M.A., University of Delaware (1993)
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (1997)

Quick Introduction:

Political communication, social network analysis, and new technologies.


Dr. Eveland teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in communication theory (COMM 1100, COMM 6807), political communication (COMM 4814, COMM / PoliSci 7168), public opinion (COMM 4820, COMM 4820H), mass media and society (COMM 3440, COMM 7840), and communication research methods (COMM 3160).

Dr. Eveland is interested in the role of interpersonal as well as technologically-mediated political communication (print newspapers, television, online news, online discussion networks) in developing informed and participatory citizens of democracy. His recent research has emphasized the contributions of political discussion and social network characteristics in communication effects. He is currently analyzing recordings of "real world" political conversations and social network data to understand the content and structure of informal political discussions, and how they impact political knowledge and participation.

In addition to his faculty position in the School of Communication, Dr. Eveland has a courtesy appointment in OSU's Department of Political Science. Since his research on political communication and social networks is inherently interdisciplinary, Dr. Eveland is involved in a number of collaborative centers on campus, including OSU's Mershon Center for International Security Studies (as part of the Comparative National Elections Project with Richard Gunther, Paul Beck, and Erik Nisbet) and the OSU Moritz College of Law's Democracy Studies Program.

Dr. Eveland has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in major edited books. His published articles have won awards from the World Association for Public Opinion Research (2002) and the Political Communication division of the International Communication Association (2006). His broader academic achievements have been recognized by the International Communication Association's "Young Scholar Award" (2003) and the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication's "Krieghbaum Under-40 Award" (2007). The University of Delaware recognized his contributions with the University of Delaware Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement (2008).

Dr. Eveland's former doctoral advisees hold positions at major research universities across the globe:

Andrea Quenette (Ph.D., 2013): Assistant Professor, University of Kansas

Steven Kleinman (Ph.D., 2013): Assistant Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Alyssa Morey (Ph.D., 2013): Assistant Professor, University at Albany [SUNY])

Ivan Dylko (Ph.D., 2011): Assistant Professor, New Mexico State University

Myiah Hutchens (PhD., 2010): Assistant Professor, Washington State University

Fei Shen (Ph.D., 2009): Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong

Tiffany Thomson (Ph.D., 2007): Program Manager, OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center

Lindsay Hoffman (Ph.D., 2007): Associate Professor, University of Delaware

Mihye Seo (Ph.D, 2006): Associate Professor, University at Albany [SUNY]

Juliann Cortese (Ph.D., 2005): Associate Professor, Florida State University


Selected Publications

Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Garrett, R. K. (in press). Communication modalities and political knowledge. In K. Kenski & K. H. Jamieson (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of political communication.

Eveland, W. P., Jr. (2013). Linking social network analysis to the spiral of silence, coorientation, and political discussion: The intersection of political perceptions and political communication. In W. Donsbach, C. Salmon, & Y. Tsfati (Eds.), The spiral of silence: New perspectives on communication and public opinion. Routledge. 

Liu, Y. I., Shen, F., Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Dylko, I. (2013). The impact of news use and news content characteristics on political knowledge and participationMass Communication & Society, 16, 713-737.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Cooper, K. (2013). An integrated model of communication influence on beliefs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(3), 14088-14095

Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Hutchens, M. J. (2013). The role of conversation in developing accurate political perceptions: A multilevel social network approach. Human Communication Research, 39, 422-444.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., Hutchens, M. J., & Morey, A. C. (2013). Political network size: Micro and macro implications. Political Communication, 30, 371-394

Hayes, A. F., Matthes, J., & Eveland, W. P., Jr. (2013). Stimulating the quasi-statistical organ: Fear of social isolation motivates the quest for knowledge of the opinion climateCommunication Research, 40, 439-462.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Kleinman, S. B. (2013). Comparing general and political discussion networks within voluntary organizations using social network analysis. Political Behavior, 35, 65-87.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., Hutchens, M. J., & Morey, A. C. (2012). Social networks and political knowledge. In H. A. Semetko & M. Scammell (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of political communication (pp. 241-252). Los Angeles: Sage.

Morey, A. C., Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Hutchens, M. J. (2012). The 'who' matters: Types of interpersonal relationships and avoidance of political disagreementPolitical Communication, 29, 86-103.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., Morey, A. C., & Hutchens, M. J. (2011). Beyond deliberation: New directions for the study of informal political conversation from a communication perspective. Journal of Communication, 61, 1082-1103. DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-2466.2011.01598.x

Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Morey, A. C. (2011). Challenges and opportunities of panel designs. In E. P. Bucy & R. L. Holbert (Eds.) The sourcebook for political communication research: Methods, measures, and analytical techniques (pp. 19-33). New York: Routledge.

Hoffman, L. H., & Eveland, W. P., Jr. (2010). A panel study of community attachment and local news media use. Mass Communication & Society, 13, 174-195.

Shen, F., & Eveland, W. P., Jr. (2010). Testing the intramedia interaction hypothesis: The contingent effects of news. Journal of Communication, 60, 364-387.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., Hutchens, M. J., & Shen, F. (2009). Exposure, attention, or 'use' of news? Validating measurement of a central concept in political communication and public opinion research. Communication Methods and Measures, 3, 223-244.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Hively, M. H. (2009). Political discussion frequency, network size, and 'heterogeneity' of discussion as predictors of political knowledge and participation. Journal of Communication, 59, 205-224.

Hively, M. H., & Eveland, W. P., Jr. (2009). Contextual antecedents and political consequences of adolescent political discussion, discussion elaboration, and network diversity. Political Communication, 26, 30-47.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Glynn, C. J. (2008). Theories on the perception of social reality. In W. Donsbach & M. Traugott (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of public opinion research. Sage.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Hively, M. H. (2008). Political knowledge. In W. Donsbach (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Communication. Wiley-Blackwell.

Park, H.S., Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Cudeck, R. (2007). Multilevel modeling: People within groups and contexts. In A. F. Hayes, M. D. Slater, & L. B. Snyder (Eds.), The SAGE sourcebook of advanced data analysis methods for communication research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Seo, M. (2007). News and politics. In D. Roskos-Ewoldsen & J. Monahan (Eds.), Communication and social cognition: Theories and methods. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Dylko, I. (2007). Reading political blogs during the 2004 election campaign: Correlates and consequences. In M. Tremayne (Ed.), Blogging, citizenship and the future of media. New York: Routledge.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Thomson, T. (2006). Is it talking, thinking, or both? A lagged dependent variable model of discussion effects on political knowledge. Journal of Communication, 56, 523-542.

Liu, Y.-I., & Eveland, W. P., Jr. (2005). Education, need for cognition, and campaign interest as moderators of news effects on political knowledge: An analysis of the knowledge gap. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 82, 910-929.

Eveland, W. P., Jr, .Hayes, A. F., Shah, D. V., & Kwak, N. (2005). Understanding the relationship between communication and political knowledge: A model-comparison approach using panel data. Political Communication, 22, 423-446.

Eveland, W. P., Jr, .Hayes, A. F., Shah, D. V., & Kwak, N. (2005). Observations on estimation of communication effects on political knowledge and a test of intracommunication mediation. Political Communication, 22, 505-509.

Eveland, W. P., Jr. (2005). Information processing strategies in mass communication research. In S. Dunwoody, L. B. Becker, G. Kosicki, & D. McLeod (Eds.), The evolution of key mass communication concepts: Honoring Jack McLeod (pp. 217-248). Hampton Press.

Shah, D. V., Cho, J., Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Kwak, N. (2005). Information and expression in a digital age: Modeling Internet effects on civic participation. Communication Research, 32, 531-565.

Eveland, W. P., Jr. (2004). The effect of political discussion in producing informed citizens: The roles of information, motivation, and elaboration. Political Communication, 21, 177-193.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., Cortese, J., Park, H., & Dunwoody, S. (2004). How Web site organization influences free recall, factual knowledge, and knowledge structure. Human Communication Research, 30, 208-233.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., Marton, K., & Seo, M. (2004). Moving beyond 'just the facts': The influence of online news on the content and structure of public affairs knowledge. Communication Research, 31, 82-108.

Eveland, W. P., Jr. (2003). A mix of attributes approach to the study of media effects and new communication technologies. Journal of Communication, 53(3), 395-410.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., Shah, D. V., & Kwak, N. (2003). Assessing causality in the cognitive mediation model: A panel study of motivations, information processing and learning during campaign 2000. Communication Research, 30, 359-386.

Abrams, J. R., Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Giles, H. (2003). The effects of television on group vitality: Can television empower nondominant groups? In P. J. Kalbfleisch (Ed.),Communication yearbook #27 (pp. 193-219). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Eribaum.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Shah, D. V. (2003). The impact of individual and interpersonal factors on perceived news media bias. Political Psychology, 24, 101-117.

Political Communication, Social Networks