Ben Warner

Ben Warner
Associate Professor
217 Switzler Hall

Dr. Benjamin (Ben) R. Warner (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and co-director of the Political Communication Institute. His is interested in the effects of partisan media, presidential debates, campaign ads, social media, and political humor. Much of Dr. Warner’s research explores the antecedents, consequences, and remedies of political polarization. In pursuit of these objectives, he draws on theories of persuasion, intergroup processes, and media psychology. He is co-editor of An Unprecedented Election: Media, Communication, and the 2016 Campaign and has published in Communication Monographs, Mass Communication and Society, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, and a variety of other outlets. He is presently serving a three-year term that will culminate in him assuming the role of Chair of the political communication division of the National Communication Association in 2019.

Courses Taught

Comm 9630 – Political Advertising
Comm 8610 – Survey of Political Communication Research
Comm 8170 – Quantitative Methods in Communication 2
Comm 8160 – Rhetorical Criticism
Comm 8120 – Quantitative Methods in Communication 1
Comm 8001 – Structural Equation Modeling
Comm 8001 – Survey of Persuasion
Comm 8001 – Politics and New Media
Comm 8001 – Political Polarization

Comm 4474 – Theory and Research in Persuasion
Comm 4473 – Political Communication
Comm 3572 – Argumentation & Advocacy

Selected recent publications
Warner, B. R., Bystrom, D. G., McKinney, M. S., & Banwart, M. C. (Eds.) (2018). An
unprecedented election: Media, communication, and the electorate in the 2016 campaign. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Warner, B. R. (2018). Modeling partisan media effects in the 2014 U.S. midterm
elections. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. doi: 10.1177/1077699017712991

Warner, B. R., Jennings, F., Coker, C. R., Bramlett, J. C., Reed, J. L., Bolton, J. P. (2018).
A multi-media analysis of persuasion in the 2016 presidential election: Comparing the unique and complimentary effects of political comedy and political advertising. Mass Communication & Society. doi: 10.1080/15205436.2018.1472283

Warner, B. R., Villamil, A. (2017). A test of imagined contact as a means to improve
cross-partisan feelings and reduce attribution of malevolence and acceptance of political violence. Communication Monographs, 84(4), 447-465. doi: 10.1080/03637751.2017.1336779

Warner, B. R., & Banwart, M. C. (2016). A multi-factor approach to candidate image.
Communication Studies, 67, 259-279. doi: 10.1080/10510974.2016.1156005

Warner, B. R. *Hawthorne, H., & *Hawthorne, J. (2015). A dual-processing approach to
the effects of viewing political comedy. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 28(4), 541-558. doi: 10.1515/humor-2015-0099