Ph.D., The Ohio State University

M.A., Washington State University

B.A., University of Massachusetts- Amherst

Research Interests

Environmental Communication

Political Communication

Jay is a member of Murrow’s Political Communication and Science Communication research groups.


COMSOC 301: Persuasion

COMSTRAT 309: Research Methods

COMSOC 476: Environmental Communication

COMSTRAT 561: Persuasion for Professional Communicators

Biographical Information

Jay Hmielowski (Ph. D. 2011, The Ohio State University) is an Assistant Professor in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. His major areas of interest are environmental communication, science communication, and political communication. Specifically, he is interested in how different types of messages or the combination of conflicting messages affect the structure of people’s attitudes, and how the complexity of people’s attitudes influences a variety of outcome variables such as information seeking, information processing, and engaging in environmental or political behaviors.

His second area of interest is how media influences institutional trust (i.e., trust in scientist or government), and how people’s level of trust affects attitudinal and behavioral outcome variables. His research has been published in journals such as Mass Communication and Society, Communication Monographs, and Information, Communication, and Society. Dr. Hmielowski teaches courses in environmental communication and mass communication.

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Selected Awards

WSU Honors College Thesis Advisor Award- 2016

NCA Top Chinese Communication Studies paper (with J. Xiang) – 2014

Udall Fellow, University of Arizona – 2013-2014

AEJMC Top Faculty Political Communication paper (with M. Beam & M. Hutchens) – 2013

ICA Top Faculty Political Communication paper (with L. Feldman, T. Myers, & A.Leiserowitz) – 2013

ICA Top Faculty Environmental Communication paper (with E. Nisbet) – 2012

ICA Top Faculty Mass Communication paper (with L. Feldman, T. Myers, & A. Leiserowitz) – 2012

AEJMC Promising Professor Competition (Third Place Graduate Student Division) – 2011

Doris Gildea Morgan Scholarship (School of Communication, The Ohio State University) – 2010

AEJMC Top-three Faculty Communication Theory and Methodology paper (with M. McCluskey & R. Lichenfeld) – 2009

NCA Top-five Student Gender and Identity paper – 2006

Selected Publications

Hmielowski, J. D., & Nisbet, E. C. (in press). Maybe Yes, Maybe No?: Testing the Indirect relationship of News Use through Ambivalence and Strength of Policy Position on Public Engagement with Climate Change. Mass Communication and Society. doi:10.1080/15205436.2016.1183029

Xiang, J. & Hmielowski, J. D. (in press). Alternative Views and Eroding Support: The Conditional Indirect Effects of Foreign Media and Internet Use on Regime Support in China. International Journal of Public Opinion Research. doi: 10.1093/ijpor/edw006

Hutchens, M. J., Hmielowski, J. D., Pinkleton, B., & Beam, M. A. (in press). A Spiral of Skepticism?: The Relationship of Citizens’ Involvement in Public Affairs to their Skepticism and Political Knowledge. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.  doi:10.1177/1077699016654439

Hmielowski, J. D., Beam, M. A., & Hutchens, M. J. (2016). Structural Changes in Media and Increases in Attitude Polarization: Examining the Contributions of TV News on Polarization Before and After the Telecommunication Act of 1996. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 28(2), 153-172. doi:10.1093/ijpor/edv012

Beam, M. A., Hutchens, M. J., & Hmielowski. J. D. (2016). Clicking vs. Sharing: The impact of Online News Viewing and News Sharing on Political Knowledge. Computers in Human Behavior, 59, 215-220. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2016.02.013

Hmielowski, J. D., Kim, C, & Kim, S. (2015). Engaging the Congregation: Examining the Conditional Indirect Effects of Religious Leaders’ Cues on Environmental Behaviors.  Journal of Communication and Religion,38(3), 51-66.

Cicchirillo, V. J., Hmielowski, J. D., & Hutchens, M. J. (2015). The Mainstreaming of Verbally Aggressive Online Political Behaviors. Cyber Psychology, Behavior, & Social Networking. 18(5), 253-259.

Hutchens, M. J., Hmielowski, J. D., Beam, M. A. (2015). Rachel, Rush, and Rx.: Modeling Partisan Media’s Influence on Structural Knowledge of Healthcare Policy.  Mass Communication & Society, 18(2), 132-143. doi: 10.1080/15205436.2014.902968

Hutchens, M. J., Cicchirillio, V. J., & Hmielowski, J. D. (2015).  HOW COULD YOU THINK THAT?!?!: Understanding Intentions to Engage in Political Flaming. New Media & Society, 17(8), 1201-1219. doi:10.1177/1461444814522947

Feldman, L., Myers, T., Hmielowski, J. D., & Leiserowitz, A. (2104). The Mutual Reinforcement of Media Selectivity Effects: Testing the Reinforcing Spirals Framework in the Context of Global Warming.  Journal of Communication, 64(4), 590-611. doi: 10.1111/jcom.12108

Hmielowski, J. D., Hutchens, M. J., & Cicchirillo, V. J. (2014). Living in an Age of Online Incivility: Examining the Conditional Indirect Effects of Online Discussion on Political Flaming. Information, Communication & Society, 17(10), 1196-1211. doi: 10.1080/1369118x.2014.899609

Hmielowski, J. D., Feldman, L., Myers, T. A., Leiserowitz, A., & Maibach, E. (2014). An Attack on Science?: Media Use, Trust in Scientists, and Perceptions about Global Warming. Public Understanding of Science,23(7), 866-883.  doi:10.1177/0963662513480091

Holbert, R. L., Esralew, S. E., Lee, J., Walther, W. O., Hmielowski, J. D., & Landreville, K. D. (2013). Affinity for Political Humor: An Assessment of Internal Factor Structure, Reliability, and Validity. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, 26(4), 551-572.

Dalisay, F., Hmielowski, J. D., Kunish, M. J., & Yamamoto, M. (2012). Social Capital and the Spiral of Silence. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 24(3), 325-345.

Hmielowski, J. D. (2012) Intramedia Moderation, Electoral Ambivalence, and Electoral Decision Making. Mass Communication and Society, 15(3), 454-477.

Holbert, R. L., Hmielowski, J. D., & Weeks, B. E. (2012). Clarifying Relations Between Ideology and Ideologically-Oriented Cable TV News Use: A Case of Suppression. Communication Research, 39(2), 194-216.

McCluskey, M., & Hmielowski. J. D. (2011). Opinion Expression During Social Conflict: Comparing Online Reader Comments and Letters to Editors. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 13(3), 303-319.

Hmielowski, J. D., Holbert, R. L., & Lee, J. (2011). Predicting the Consumption of Political TV Satire: Affinity for Political Humor, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Communication Monographs, 78(1), 96-114.

Holbert, R. L., Hmielowski, J. D., Jain, P., Lather, J. & Morey, A. (2011). Adding nuance to Political Humor Effects: Experimental Research on Juvenalian Satire Versus Horatian Satire. American Behavioral Scientist, 55, 187-211.