Dr. Erik Nisbet

Dr. Erik C. Nisbet, Director

Erik C. Nisbet (Ph.D., Cornell University) is the director of the GCP Lab and an associate professor in the OSU School of Communication with courtesy appointments in the Department of Political Science and the School of Environment & Natural Resources. Erik is also faculty associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and co-PI of the Comparative National Election Project at Mershon. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Erik’s research centers on the role of media and digital communication in non-democratic contexts, public diplomacy, foreign policy, public opinion, and global problems such as climate change. Erik has over 25 book chapters and articles in academic journals such as the Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Political Communication, Annals of the American Academy of Political & Social Science, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Nature Climate Change, and the International Journal of Communication. 

Erik has co-authored numerous reports such as “Data Driven Public Diplomacy: Progress Toward Measuring the Impact of Public Diplomacy and International Broadcasting Activities published by the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.  He also recently co-authored a series of reports on attitudes toward Internet freedom in Russia, Turkey, and Pakistan.   Beyond his teaching at OSU, Erik regularly teaches workshops on public diplomacy evaluation and research for the USC Center for Public Diplomacy.


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Golnoosh Behrouzian, Doctoral Candidate

Curriculum Vitae

Golnoosh is a doctoral candidate in the School of Communication at the Ohio State University. Prior to joining the department at OSU, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication from San Diego State University. Golnoosh’s research interests include media censorship, psychological reactance, affordances of communication technology, and foreign policy.

For her dissertation, Golnoosh will use quantitative survey methods to explore the relationship between perception of media censorship and political misperceptions through the application of a novel theoretical model that integrates communication and psychological mechanisms. The aim of this framework is to help explain how censorship perceptions may motivate information seeking and reduce political misperceptions by way of psychological reactance. The goal of her research is to cultivate a broader understanding of the effects of media censorship, which may lead to the implementation of more effective foreign policies in non-democratic media systems.

Golnoosh’s work has been published in the International Journal of Communication (forthcoming) as well as in reports on the Center for Global Communication Studies at Annenberg School for Communication. She has also contributed to the design and analysis of multi-wave survey data collection in Turkey and Iran.

Kathryn Cooper, Doctoral Candidate


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Aysenur Dal, Doctoral Candidate

Curriculum Vitae

Aysenur Dal is a doctoral candidate in the School of Communication at the Ohio State University. Before attending OSU, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University in Istanbul. Aysenur’s research centers on upon online social networks, social movements, and perceived risks of online political expression in non-democratic countries using survey methodology and social network analysis.

Aysenur’s dissertation is focused on the identifying the determinants and outcomes of individuals’ risk perceptions about online political activism in the presence of political, legal and social restraints. In her research, she stresses the importance of socio-psychological and relational factors in understanding online political activism, and investigate how individuals interact with contextual dynamics that influence their perceptions about and responses to activism-related risks. Her work thus far has appeared in Human Communication Research, Oxford Handbook of New Social Movements, International Journal of Communication (forthcoming) as well as reports featured at the Center for Global Communication Studies at Annenberg School for Communication.

Aysenur contributed to questionnaire design, translation, and analysis of online and face-to-face panel surveys GPC Lab conducted as part of GPC Labs 2014-2015 Turkish Elections and Media Freedom project. She was also responsible for creating a daily keyword filter for the Twitter dataset GPC Lab collected immediately before and after the 2015 November general elections in Turkey.

Emma Fete, Doctoral Candidate