Dr. Benjamin R. Warner's research focuses on political extremism. He is interested in the communication phenomena that contribute to political polarization including but not limited to digital media technology and group homogeneity. Ben also researches the role of emerging technology in the campaign context and in the public sphere.
Frequently Taught Courses
Comm 3572 – Argumentation & Advocacy
Comm 4473 – Political Communication
Comm 4474 – Theory and Research in Persuasion
Comm 8120 – Quantitative Methods in Communication
Comm 8160 – Rhetorical Criticism
Comm 8610 – Survey of Political Communication Research
Selected recent publications
Warner, B. R. & Neville-Shepard, R. (2013 - Accepted). Pushed to the extreme: Ideological media as a driver of belief in conspiracy theory. Communication Quarterly.
Warner, B. R., & McKinney, M. S. (2013). The polarizing effect of presidential debates. Communication Studies, 64, 1-20.
McKinney, M. S., & Warner, B. R. (2013). Do presidential debates matter? Examining a decade of campaign debate effects. Argumentation and Advocacy, 49, 238-258.
Winfrey, K. L., Warner, B. R., & Banwart, M. C. (2013 – Accepted). Gender identification and young voters: Predicting candidate evaluations and message effectiveness. American Behavioral Scientist.
Warner, B, R., McGowen, S. T., & Hawthorne, J. (2012). Limbaugh’s social media nightmare: Facebook and Twitter as spaces for political action. Journal of Radio and Audio Media, 19(2), 257-275. doi: 10.1080/19376529.2012.722479
Warner, B. R., & Neville-Shepard, R. (2011). The polarizing influence of fragmented media: Lessons from Howard Dean. The Atlantic Journal of Communication, 19, 201-215. doi: 10.1080/15456870.2011.606100
Warner, B. R. (2010). Segmenting the electorate: The effects of exposure to political extremism online. Communication Studies, 64, 430-444. doi: 10.1080/19376529.2012.722479