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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.