Ozen Bas

PhD Candidate

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  • Research and Creative Interests

    Political communication, political participation, collective action, media images, visual communication, social psychology, social media, social protest images,


    I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the Media School, Indiana University. In 2008 I received my BA from Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey) in two majors: Sociology & Political Science and International Relations. From there I head to the United Kingdom where I received an MA in Political Communication (with merit) from the University of Leeds (2009). My master's thesis research looked into the online news environment's potential for constituting a democratic public sphere. Specifically, I studied news user comments on and discussions of web news stories, looking for markers of political participation: interactivity, rationality, diversity and politeness.

    In general, my research interests lie at the intersection of media (both traditional and new) and democracy. I have investigated the broad concept of informed citizenship in experimental research to assess what might be driving information acquisition divides between more and less disadvantaged members of society.

    My dissertation project is about how visual social media content may lead to collective action participation.



    Grabe, M.E., Kleemans, M., Bas, O., Myrick, J. G., & Kim, M. (2017). Putting a human face on cold-hard-facts: Effects of emotional personalization on perceptions of issue importance. International Journal of Communication, 11, 23. Retrieved from http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/4824

    Bas, O., & Grabe, M. E. (2016). Personalized news and participatory intent: How emotional displays of everyday citizens promote political involvement. American Behavioral Scientist60(14), 1719-1736.

    Van Driel, I. I., Grabe, M. E., Bas, O., & Kleemans, M. (2016). Demographics and the Social Brain on Memory for News. Politics and Life Sciences, 35(1), 61-73.

    Bas, O., & Grabe, M. E. (2015). Emotion-provoking personalization of news: Informing citizens and closing the knowledge gap? Communication Research, 42(2), 159-185.

    Kharroub, T., & Bas, O. (2015). Social media and protests: An examination of Twitter images of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, New Media & Society. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1177/1461444815571914

    Grabe, M. E., Bas, O., & van Driel, I. I. (2015). Defecting from the Gutenberg legacy: Employing images to test knowledge gaps. Journal of Communication, 65(2), 300-319.

    Grabe, M. E., Bas, O., Pagano, L. A., & Samson, L. (2012). The architecture of female competition: Derogation of a sexualized female news anchor. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology10(3), 107-133.