Research and Creative InterestsEthics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Reputation Management, Political Communication, Public Relations,
Professor Browning teaches and researches in the field of public relations. Before arriving at IU, he taught PR courses at the University of Louisville and the University of Georgia. He is an experienced instructor of introductory PR courses as well as skills-based courses in writing and campaigns. He has also taught mass communication theory, as well as courses that examine the role of mass media in producing societal change. As an assistant professor at IU, he teaches the following courses:
-- MSCH-R321: Principles of Public Relations
-- MSCH-R349: Public Relations Writing
-- MSCH-R429: Public Relations Campaigns
Browning's research focuses on exchanges and exercises of power in organization-public relationships, specifically in regards to corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethics, and political communication. He primarily studies reputation management and CSR practices as means of social legitimization and profit production for organizations -- as well as an avenue for stakeholders to obtain needed commitments from organizations that promote the general social welfare. He also does considerable theory-building work in the fields of PR and business ethics, which is an extension of his CSR studies.
Browning, N. (2018). Ethics and the Profession: The Evolution of PR Practice from Association to Accreditation, 1936-1964. American Journalism, 35(2), 140-170. doi: 10.1080/08821127.2018.1455400
Browning, N., Gogo, O., & Kimmel, M. (2018). Comprehending CSR Messages: Applying the Elaboration Likelihood Model. Corporate Communications: An International Journal, 23(1), 17-34. doi: 10.1108/CCIJ-07-2017-0068
Cacciatore, M.A., Browning, N., Scheufele, D.A., Brossard, D., Xenos, M.A., & Corley, E.A. (2018). Opposing Ends of the Spectrum: Exploring Trust in Scientific and Religious Authorities. Public Understanding of Science, 27(1), 11-28. doi: 10.1177/0963662516661090
Sweetser, K. D., & Browning, N. (2017). Credibility or Credulity? Examining Political Organization-Public Relationships in an Election of Interloping Candidates. Journal of Public Relations Research, 29(5), 200-218. doi: 10.1080/1062726X.2017.1388240
Browning, N. (2015). The Ethics of Two-Way Symmetry and the Dilemmas of Dialogic Kantianism. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 30(1), 3-18. doi: 10.1080/08900523.2014.985295
Browning, N., & Sweetser, K. D. (2014). The Let Down Effect: Satisfaction, Motivation, and Credibility Assessments of Political Infotainment. American Behavioral Scientist, 58(6), 810-826. doi: 10.1177/0002764213515227
Browning, N. (2011). Mad Money Madness: Jim Cramer's Image Restoration Effort. Public Relations Review, 37(2), 184-186. doi: 10.1016/j.pubrev.2011.01.009
Browning earned his Ph.D. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Grady College at the University of Georgia. As an undergraduate he studied communication, English, psychology, and philosophy at the University of Louisville.