Julius M. Riles

Assistant Professor
210 Switzler Hall

Dr. Julius Matthew Riles (Ph.D., University of Illinois) researches the interplay between media use and social relationships.  He psychologically approaches this examination from several perspectives.  Specifically, Dr. Riles theoretically explores how exposure to social group portrayals can influence social perceptions and inclinations pertaining to those groups, the mechanisms by which social relationships influence media use, and the experience of parasocial relationships with figures in the media. His research agenda concerns practices pertaining to both traditional and new media, and his interdisciplinary approach has led to research in the sub-disciplines of both health communication and political communication. Dr. Riles has been published in top-ranked peer-reviewed outlets such as the Journal of Communication, Health Communication, Communication Research, and the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Riles has received several awards for teaching, research, and service.  For example, he received the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, which was given to five graduate teaching assistants from among the thousands at the University of Illinois.  While in his graduate program, he was also a recipient of the Ruth S. & Charles H. Bowman Award for Most Outstanding Graduate Student, which recognizes the top graduate student in the department based on the student’s total record of scholarship, teaching, and service.

Selected Publications

Riles, J., Varava, K., Pilny, A., & Tewksbury, D. (forthcoming). Representations of interpersonal interactions and race/ethnicity: An examination of prime-time network television. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media.

Quintero-Johnson, J. M., & Riles, J. (forthcoming) ‘He acted like a crazy Person’: Exploring the relationships among retrospective exposure to stereotypic depictions of mentally ill media characters, attitudes, and beliefs about mental illness.  Psychology of Popular Media Culture. 

LaVoie, N., Quick, B., Riles, J., & White, N. (in press). Graphic cigarette warning labels: An examination of psychological reactance and source appraisal. Communication Research.

Riles, J. M., Sangalang, A., Hurley, R. J., & Tewksbury, D. (2015). Framing Cancer for Online News: Implications for Popular Perceptions of Cancer. Journal of Communication65(6), 1018-1040.

Tewksbury, D., & Riles, J. M. (2015). Polarization as a function of citizen predispositions and exposure to news on the Internet. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media59(3), 381-398.

Hurley, R. J., Riles, J. M., & Sangalang, A. (2014). Online cancer news: Trends regarding article types, specific cancers, and the cancer continuum. Health Communication, 29(1), 41-50.