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Dr. Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick is a professor at the School of Communication at The Ohio State University and a Fellow of the International Communication Association. She serves as co-editor of Communication Research, a flagship journal of communication science.

A bibliometric study ranked Dr. Knobloch-Westerwick as the #1 most productive scholar in central communication journals, and tied for #6 in a wider sample of journals, for the period 2012-2016.

Dr. Knobloch-Westerwick’s research examines the selection, processing, and effects of mediated communication. A key thread in her work pertains to antecedents and consequences of selective exposure to mediated messages. Her publications include four books and an edited book; the latest monograph came out in 2020. Further, she has about a hundred publications in peer-reviewed journals and 33 book chapters (in Jan. 2020).

Dr. Knobloch-Westerwick has served as managing editor of Media Psychology (2012-16) and as Graduate Studies Director (2014-15) in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University, as well as chair of the International Communication Association nomination committee (2013-2015). She is a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Communication Theory, Media Psychology, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Communication Monographs, Health Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, and Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.



Dr. Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, Professor


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