Communication Studies

Dr. Jennifer Brundidge

Associate Professor
  • Ph.D. (2008) Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • MA (2002) Communication Studies, San Diego State University
  • BA (1997) Communication Studies, Loyola Marymount University

My research and teaching focus on how advances in communication technology impact the goals of diversity and equality associated with ‘‘deliberative’’ and “participative” models of democracy. My most significant studies use survey and content analysis, as well as theory based methods to understand the influence of the contemporary media environment on (1) selective exposure to diverse and cognitively complex political perspectives and (2) the equality of democratic processes.

Professional Affiliations:

  • International Communication Association (ICA)
  • National Communication Association (NCA)
  • World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR)

Courses Taught:

  • CMST 332 Research Methods
  • CMST 428 Politics and the Media
  • CMST 234 Gender Communication
  • CMST 424 Public Opinion and Propaganda

Select Publications:

Brundidge, J., Reid, S. A., Choi, S., & Muddiman, A. (2014). The “deliberative digital divide:” Opinion leadership and integrative complexity in the U.S. political blogosphere.  Political Psychology. doi: 10.1111/pops.12201 

Brundidge, J., Garrett, R. K., Rojas, H., & Gil de Zúñiga, H. (2014). Political participation and ideological news online: “Differential gains” and “differential losses” in a presidential election cycle. Mass Communication and Society, 17, 446-486.

Gil de Zúñiga, H., Bachman, I.,  Hsu, S.  & Brundidge, J. (2013). Expressive vs. consumptive blog use: Implications for interpersonal discussion and political participation. International Journal of Communication, 7, 1538-1539. 

Brundidge, J., Baek, K.,  Johnson. T. J., & Williams, L. (2013). Does the medium still matter? The influence of gender on contacting public officials, online and offline.  Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 69, 3-15.

Bimber, B., Brundidge, J, Conroy, M., & Lively, E.* (2013). Issue comparisons and ordinal priming. International Journal of Communication, 7, 1053-1063. +

Brundidge, J. (2010). Encountering “difference” in the contemporary public sphere: The contribution of the Internet to the heterogeneity of political discussion networks. Journal of Communication, 60, 680-700. 

Brundidge, J. (2010). Toward a theory of citizen interface with political discussion and news in the contemporary public sphere. International Journal of Communication, 4. 1056-   1078. +

Brundidge, J. (2010). Political discussion and news use in the contemporary public sphere: The  “accessibility” and “traversability” of the Internet. Javnost—The Public, 17, 62-83.

Brundidge, J., & Rice, R. E. (2009). Political engagement and exposure to heterogeneous political discussion: Do the (information) rich get richer and the similar get more similar? In A. Chadwick & P. N. Howard (Eds.), The handbook of internet politics (pp. 134-156). New York: Routledge.

Reid, S. A., Byrne, S, Brundidge, J. S., Shoham, M. D., & Marlow, M. L. (2007). Predicting first- and third-person perceptions for pornography: Further evidence for a self-categorization explanation. Human Communication Research, 33, 143-162.