Stewart Matthew Coles

Stewart Matthew Coles
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign | UIUC · Department of Communication

Doctor of Philosophy

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Education
September 2015 - July 2020
University of Michigan
Field of study
  • Communication and Media
July 2011 - May 2012
San Diego State University
Field of study
  • Mass Communication and Media Studies
September 2001 - June 2005
Drexel University
Field of study
  • Digital Media

Publications

Publications (9)
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Although confronting racist speech online can reduce future discriminatory behavior, people may be reluctant to confront because they perceive that it will be ineffective in changing racist attitudes. We test one theoretically grounded strategy for increasing white social media users’ willingness to confront online racism: reframing the confrontati...
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Despite the centrality of race and ethnicity in social and political life, they are often absent from studies of the urgent questions in contemporary political communication research. In this essay introducing a special issue focused on Race and Ethnicity as Foundational Forces in Political Communication, we examine factors that may contribute to t...
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There is limited empirical research examining cultivation theory’s proposition that first-order estimates influence second-order attitudes. In two studies, we examine how Middle Easterners are portrayed on entertainment television and how these portrayals cultivate stereotypical beliefs and policy support. A content analysis in Study 1 finds that n...
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The ability of social media users to express themselves online should be influential for opinion formation, including potential polarization. Still, little is known about how expression interacts with users’ psychological predispositions, especially for controversial topics. The potential for expression to relate to support for social media-based r...
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Due to ongoing concerns about adolescent interpersonal aggression and debates surrounding violent media, this study assesses the potential impacts of parental mediation and parenting style on mature videogame play and fighting behaviors using a longitudinal, random-digit-dial survey of adolescents (N = 2,722). By simultaneously considering fighting...
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Intersectionality theory allows us to examine how systems of power and oppression (e.g., racism, sexism) co-construct each other to create complex and unique forms of systemic harm and injustice. More particularly, intersectional invisibility provides a framework to understanding how Black women, who live at the intersection of racism and sexism, m...
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Thanks to technological advances over the past two decades, media consumers now have an unprecedented number of content options. Along with an increase in news options has come an even greater expansion in the number of entertainment options available to media consumers. This is especially true when it comes to fictional entertainment television pr...
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Despite the historical importance of dominant group solidarity with movements for social justice, little empirical work has examined how the social identity of movement supporters influences the persuasiveness of their social movement messages. Across two experiments, we manipulated the group identity (White, Black, or anonymous) of a speaker in a...
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This study examined the effects of portrayals of diversity and minorities in leadership positions in military news reporting on minorities’ attraction to the military as an organization. Subjects (N=86) participated in a dual online experiment and survey that exposed them to mock military news stories. Exposure to news stories with minority leaders...

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