Research and Creative Interests
- cultural indicators
- environmental communication
- media effects
- science communication
- social media
James Shanahan is a Professor in the Media School at Indiana University. From 2015-2021 he was the Founding Dean of the Media School. He is a mass media effects researcher. He is also a member of the Observatory on Social Media.
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 Media Effects (2021), Living with Television Now (co-edited with Michael Morgan and Nancy Signorielli, 2012), and Television and its Viewers (with Michael Morgan, 1999). He has published numerous articles and chapters on topics related to media effects.
- Shanahan, J. (2021). Media effects. Cambridge, UK: Polity.
- Hermann, E., Morgan, M. & Shanahan, J. (2021). Television, Continuity, and Change: A Meta-Analysis of Five Decades of Cultivation Research. Journal of Communication, 71(4): 515-544. doi: 10.1093/joc/jqab014
- Gui, M., Shanahan, J. & Tsay-Vogel, M. (2021) Theorizing inconsistent media selection in the digital environment. The Information Society, DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2021.1922565
- Yan, H., Yang, K., Menczer, F., Shanahan, J. (2020). Asymmetrical Perceptions of Partisan Political Bots. New Media and Society, 1-22. DOI: 10.1177/1461444820942744
- Signorielli, N., Morgan, M. & Shanahan, J. (2019). The Violence Profile: Five Decades of Cultural Indicators Research, Mass Communication and Society, 22:1, 1-28, 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