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Myiah J. Hutchens (Ph.D., 2010, The Ohio State University) is an assistant professor of political communication in the Murrow College at Washington State University. In general, her research focuses on exposure to counter-attitudinal views and their consequences for democratic outcomes. More specifically, the majority of her research focuses on how individuals are exposed to counter-attitudinal views through their interpersonal discussion networks. She examines both informal and formal discussion situations and considers both face-to-face and online discussions. Her research is consistently published in high quality journals such as Journal of Communication, Political Communication and Human Communication Research, among others. She actively participates in the field via reviewing for journals and national associations and served at the Head of the Communication Theory and Methodology division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Ph.D., The Ohio State University (Communication)
M.A., Washington State University (Communication)
B.A., Washington State University (Public Relations)
Com 101: Media and Society
ComStrat 309: Quantitative Research Methods
ComSoc 326: Organizing for Social Change
ComStrat 564: Research Methods for Professionals
Com 580: Data Analysis
e-Deliberation and e-Democracy
Information Seeking and Processing
Awards and Grants:
Top Paper, AEJMC, Political Communication Interest Group, 2013
Co-PI. “Developing a Social-Cognitive, Multilevel, Empirically-Based Model of Public Engagement for the Shaping of Science and Innovation Policy.” Funded by the SES division of the National Science Foundation, $474,616. Funding began July 2010, continues to July 2015. Added to project in November, 2011.
Promising Professors Competition, First Place Graduate Student Division, AEJMC, Mass Communication & Society Division, 2010
Chaffee-McLeod Award for Top Student Paper, AEJMC, Communication Theory and Methodology Division, 2009
Top Student Paper, AEJMC, Mass Communication and Society Division, 2009
Walter B. Emery Memorial Scholarship awarded for outstanding junior graduate student research, School of Communication, The Ohio State University, 2008, $1000
Top Two Student Paper, MAPOR, 2007
Top Four Paper, ICA, Mass Communication Division, 2007
University Fellowship awarded for outstanding applicant, The Ohio State University, 2006-2007, $14,640
Carol Carr Brown Award for top developmental or communication applicant, The Ohio State University, 2006-2007, $1500
Outstanding Graduate Student for Teaching, Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, Washington State University, 2006
(PI) "The Effects of Self-Efficacy Statements in Anti-Alcohol Abuse Ads," Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Washington State University, 2004, $4500
Publications:Hutchens, M. J., Hmielowski, J. D., Pinkleton, B. E., & Beam, M. A. (in press). A spiral of skepticism or cynicism? The relationship of citizens’ involvement with public affairs information to their skepticism, cynicism and political knowledge. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. doi: 10.1177/1077699016654439
Hutchens, M. J. (2016). How we talk and why it matters (pp. 84 – 102). In L.A. Kahlor & A. Dudo (Eds). New agendas in communication: Strategic communication, Routledge.
Hmielowski, J. D., Beam, M.A., & Hutchens, M. J. (2016). Structural changes in media and attitude polarization: Examining the contributions of TV news before and after the Telecommunication Act of 1996. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 28, 153-172. doi:10.1093/ijpor/edv012
Beam, M. A., Hutchens, M. J., & Hmielowski, J. D. (2016). Clicking vs. sharing: The relationship between online news behaviors and political knowledge. Computers in Human Behavior, 59, 215 – 220. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2016.02.013.
Hutchens, M. J., Cicchirillio, V. J., & Hmielowski, J. D. (2015). HOW COULD YOU THINK THAT?!?!: Understanding intentions to engage in political flaming. New Media and Society, 17(8), 1201 – 1219. doi: 10.1177/1461444814522947
Cicchirillo, V. J., Hmielowski, J. D., & Hutchens, M. J. (2015). The “mainstreaming” of verbally aggressive online political behaviors. Cyber Psychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 18(5): 253-259. doi:10.1089/cyber.2014.0355.
Hutchens, M. J., Hmielowski, J. D., & Beam, M. A. (2015). Rush, Rachel and Rx: Modeling partisan media’s influence on structural knowledge of healthcare policy. Mass Communication and Society,18(2),123-143. doi: 10.1080/15205436.2014.902968
Hmielowski, J. D., Hutchens, M. J., & Cicchirillo, V. J. (2014). Living in an age of online incivility: examining the conditional indirect effects of online discussion on political flaming. Information, Society and Communication, 17(10), 1196-1211. doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2014.899609
PytlikZillig, L. M., Hutchens, M. J., Muhlberger, P., Wang, S., Harris, R., Neiman, J. L., & Tomkins, A. J. (2013). The varieties of individual engagement (VIE) scales: Confirmatory factor analysis across two samples and contexts. Journal of Public Deliberation, 9(2), http://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/vol9/iss2/art8/.
Eveland, W. P. Jr., & Hutchens, M. J. (2013). The role of conversation in developing accurate political perceptions: A multilevel social network approach. Human Communication Research, 39(4), 422 – 444. doi: 10.1111/hcre.12011
Eveland, W. P. Jr., Hutchens, M. J., & Morey, A. C. (2013). Political network size: Micro and Macro implications. Political Communication, 30, 371–394. doi: 10.1080/10584609.2012.737433
Eveland, W. P. Jr., & Hutchens, M. J. (2013). Political knowledge. In W. Donsbach (Ed.) The international encyclopedia of communication (2nd ed.). Malden, MA: Blackwell.
Morey, A.C., Eveland, W. P., & Hutchens, M. J. (2012). The ‘who’ matters: Types of interpersonal relationships and avoidance of political disagreement. Political Communication, 29 (1), 86 - 103. doi: 10.1080/10584609.2011.641070
Eveland, W. P. Jr., Hutchens, M. J., & Morey, A. C. (2012). Social networks and political knowledge (pp. 241-252). In H. Smetko & M. Scammell (Eds.) The Sage handbook of political communication. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Eveland, W. P. Jr., Morey, A. C., & Hutchens, M. J. (2011). Beyond deliberation: New directions for the study of informal political conversation from a communication perspective. Journal of Communication, 61, 1082–1103.
Hutchens, M. J. & Eveland, W. P. Jr. (2009). The long-term impact of high school civics curricula on political knowledge, democratic attitudes and civic behaviors: A multi-level model of direct and mediated effects through communication. CIRCLE Working Paper #65, URL: http://www.civicyouth.org/PopUps/WorkingPapers/WP_65_Eveland.pdf.
Eveland, W. P. Jr., Hutchens, M. J., & Shen, F. (2009). Exposure, attention, or “use” of news? Assessing aspects of the reliability and validity of a central concept in political communication research. Communication Methods and Measures, 3, 223 - 244.
Eveland, W. P. Jr. & Hively, M. H. (2009). Political discussion frequency, network size, and “heterogeneity” of discussion as predictors of political knowledge and participation. Journal of Communication, 59, 205 – 224.
Hively, M. H. & Eveland, W. P. Jr. (2009). Contextual antecedents and political consequences of adolescent political discussion, discussion elaboration, and network diversity. Political Communication, 26, 30 – 47.