Areas of Emphasis: Public opinion, mass communication, perceptions of terrorism, research methods, media effects, framing, information processing
Research Method Specializations: Statistical analysis, predictive modeling, network analysis, survey design & analysis, survey experiments, discourse analysis, content analysis
Ph.D. Communication, (anticipated) 2018
- Department of Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Ph.D. Emphasis (expected): Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
- Area of Study: Media Communication & Organizational Communication
M.S. Communication, 2014
- Department of Communication, Portland State University
- Specialization: Political Communication, Research Methods
- Thesis: Cross-cutting concerns: The varying effects of partisan cues in the context of social networks
B.S. Communication, 2012
- Department of Communication, Southern Utah University
- B.S. Emphasis: Public Relations
- Specialization: Strategic Communication, Public Advocacy
Benjamin Smith is a third-year PhD student in UCSB's Department of Communication. He is also a Graduate Research Assistant with UCSB's Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies. He earned his M.S. in Communication from Portland State University, in 2014. His thesis focused on the role of interpersonal communication networks in moderating the effects of mass media. He earned his B.S. in Communication, with an emphasis in Public Relations, from Southern Utah University, in 2012.
While broadly focused on public opinion and mass media, Benjamin’s research has looked at a variety of issues across an assortment of contexts. His research has ranged from understanding the way cross-cutting communication moderates reactions to the NSA’s bulk collection of meta-data, to the role of media pundits in promoting post-hoc inoculation from polling results. Current projects include development of a synthesized model for predicting U.S. elections based in part on Wikipedia page views, and a look at the role of print media in shaping perceptions of al Qaeda and global terrorism.
Smith, B. K., Jensen, E., & Wagoner, B. (in press). Quantification. International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy.
Smith, B. K., & Jensen, E. (2015). Critical review of the United Kingdom’s “gold standard” survey of public attitudes to science. Public Understanding of Science, 25(2), 154-170. http://doi.org/10.1177/0963662515623248