Research

The modern research university has a dual mission: to educate its students, and to discover new knowledge through scholarship.

In addition to being excellent teachers and mentors, our faculty are on the frontier of research with the goal of expanding the overall knowledge and understanding of mass media and communications.

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Areas Of Focus

Members of the Newhouse faculty pursue research and creative activity in a wide variety of areas. Their work reflects a broad sweep of interests, but a significant amount of that activity is focused in the following areas:

Journalism, News Literacy and the Role of News in Democratic Societies

A significant amount of work within the Newhouse School focuses on numerous topics within the area of journalism studies. Faculty members are studying the disposition and training of journalists, the construction of news, analysis of content and its impact on public opinion and perceived media bias, political participation, and social media engagement, among other areas.


Information Integrity and Trust

Faculty are investigating the use of information to influence public opinion, including information campaigns aimed at social change, media generated by the state, disinformation and deep fakes, and the effects of these on trust.


Media and Marginalized Communities

Study here includes how media impact communities across identities, including communities of color, gender identity, nationality and other areas of difference. Images of people of color in news, how media influence perceptions of self and others, representation in media organizations and in media-generated images are also areas of interest.


Social Media Listening and Insights

Research focuses on how people and organizations use social media, how such activities impact personal freedom, and the ability of corporations and individuals to communicate with their publics on social platforms.


The Cutting Edge

Faculty are involved in work that uses and examines advanced technology. Work in virtual and augmented reality content and the measurement of its effects are significant areas of focus, as is the measurement of audience reaction to content using fNIRS brain-scanning technology. The creation of and experimentation in content on mobile platforms and its efficacy is examined as well.


Endowed Chairs and Professorships

Alexia Tsairis Chair for Documentary Photography

Mike Davis

Mike Davis

The Alexia Chair supports photographers whose work contributes to the improvement of the human condition. It was established by Peter and Aphrodite Tsairis, parents of Pan Am 103 victim Alexia Tsairis, who was a Newhouse photojournalism student. Mike Davis holds the position.

David J. Levidow Endowed Professor

Makana Chock

Makana Chock

The David J. Levidow Endowed Professor was created by Newhouse alumnus David Levidow ’48. T. Makana Chock holds the position. Chock has conducted internationally recognized research in the area of media psychology, and studies the ways in which people process and respond to persuasive messages in mass media, social media and extended reality contexts

Horvitz Endowed Chair in Journalism Innovation

Dan Pacheco

Dan Pacheco

Funded by Peter Horvitz ’76, chairman, president and CEO of Horvitz Newspapers LLC, the Endowed Chair in Journalism Innovation was established to develop new courses that allow students to explore the intersection of journalism and technology. Professor Dan Pacheco holds the position.

John Ben Snow Endowed Research Chair

Lars Willnat

Lars Willnat

The John Ben Snow Endowed Research Chair was established by the John Ben Snow Foundation, whose mission is to make grants to enhance the quality of life in Central and Northern New York state. Professor Lars Willnat holds the position.

Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism

Jodi Upton

Jodi Upton

The Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The position was established to encourage students to tell deeper stories and produce quality journalism using the tools of the 21st century. Jodi Upton, a data journalist with 20 years of experience, holds the position.

Newhouse Endowed Chair of Public Communications

Carol Liebler

Carol Liebler

Carol Liebler is the Newhouse Endowed Chair of Public Communications. The position is awarded to a distinguished faculty member whose accomplishments significantly advance the school’s reputation in research and creative activity.

Trustee Professor of Television & Popular Culture

Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson is one of the most quoted experts on popular culture in the world. At Newhouse, he serves as director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture, which is supported by a gift from longtime media executive and Newhouse alumnus Edward Bleier ’51.

Research Clusters

Syracuse University supports several interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary themes or “clusters” that serve to strengthen research activity, enhance faculty diversity and develop new opportunities for student research and learning.

Citizenship and Democratic Institutions

The Citizenship and Democratic Institutions cluster draws together researchers who address critical issues related to the multiple and contested meanings of local, national and global citizenship, and how diverse institutions, such as journalism and mass media, law, government, politics, the military and the market, influence civic engagement and social and economic well-being.


Social Differences / Social Justice

The interdisciplinary Social Differences, Social Justice cluster places Syracuse University scholars at the center of national and global discussions of social differences. By attending to racial, ethnic, indigenous, LGBT and gender identities; understandings of culture; ability; and disability, the cluster is centered around the pursuit of just futures. In recent years, racial, sexual and economic inequalities have dominated the headlines.


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