Ben Warner

Ben Warner
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
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. He 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. 

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

Select Publications

Gilliland, D., Warner, B. R., Villamil, A., & Jennings, F. J. (2023). Intergroup bias in political decision making. Communication Studies, 74(5), 428-446.

Warner, B. R., Bystrom, D. G., McKinney, M. S., & Banwart, M. C. (Eds.) (2022). Democracy disrupted: Communication in the volatile 2021 presidential election. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. 

Warner, B. R., McKinney, M. S., Bramlett, J., Jennings, F. J., & Funk, M. (2020). Reconsidering partisanship as a constraint on the persuasive effects of debates. Communication Monographs, 87, 137-157. doi:10.1080/03637751.2019.1641731

Warner, B. R., Galarza, R., Coker, C. R., Tschirhart, P., Hoeun, S., Jennings, F. J., & McKinney, M. S. (2019). Comic agonism in the 2016 campaign: A study of Iowa Caucus rallies. American Behavioral Scientist, 63, 836-855.

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., 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



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