R. Kelly Garrett is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at the Ohio State University. His research concerns online political communication, online news, and the ways in which citizens and activists use new technologies to shape their engagement with contentious political topics. His most recent work, which is supported by an NSF CAREER award, focuses on how people’s exposure to and perceptions of online political information are related to their political beliefs. His work has been published in a number of outlets, including the Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Political Behavior, the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Communications of the ACM, Daedalus, and Information, Communication & Society.
Before joining the faculty at OSU, Garrett was a Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO) at the University of California, Irvine. His work at CRITO, which was done in collaboration with Jim Danziger, focused on the role of information and communication technologies in the work environment and in local politics.
Garrett completed his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan School of Information in 2005. His dissertation, which examines whether individuals are using the control afforded by the Internet to limit their exposure to information supporting viewpoints other than their own, received the NCA’s Miller Outstanding Dissertation Award. His committee was chaired by Paul Resnick, and members included Paul N. Edwards, W. Russell Neuman (then at the University of Michigan Communication Studies department), and Bruce Bimber (UC Santa Barbara, Communication and Political Science).