James Shanahan


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  • Research and Creative Interests

    cultivation, cultural indicators, environmental communication, media effects, science communication,


    James Shanahan is the Dean of the Media School at Indiana University. He is a mass media effects researcher. 

    His research interests focus on cultural indicators, cultivation theory, media effects and public opinion. Special areas of focus are communication in relation to science and the environment.

    He has co-authored and co-edited several books, including Living with Television Now (co-edited with Michael Morgan and Nancy Signorielli, 2012), Television and its Viewers (with Michael Morgan, 1999), Nature Stories (with Katherine McComas, 1999) and Democracy Tango (with Michael Morgan, 1995). He has published numerous articles and chapters on topics related to media effects.

    Recent publications:

    Signorielli, N., Morgan, M. & Shanahan, J. (2018): The Violence Profile: Five Decades of Cultural Indicators Research, Mass Communication and Society, DOI: 10.1080/15205436.2018.1475011 

    Morgan, M. & Shanahan, J. (2017). Television and the cultivation of authoritarianism: A return visit from an unexpected friend. Journal of Communication. DOI: 10.1111/jcom.12297

    Tsay-Vogel, M., Shanahan, J. & Signorielli, N. (2016). Social media cultivating perceptions of privacy: A five-year analysis of privacy attitudes and self-disclosure behaviors among Facebook users. New Media & Society. doi: 10.1177/146144481666073

    Morgan, M, Shanahan, J. & Signorielli, N (2015). Yesterday’s New Cultivation, Tomorrow. Mass Communication and Society. doi:10.1080/15205436.2015.1072725 


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