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Dr Benjamin Lyons

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Amory 217

I joined the department in May 2017, and am currently working on an ERC Consolidator Grant project with Jason Reifler. This project is titled ‘The Problem of European Misperceptions in Politics, Health, and Science: Causes, Consequences, and the Search for Solutions,’ and will run through 2021. >

I received a PhD in Mass Communication from Southern Illinois University in 2016. Most recently, I held the Martin Fishbein Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center, where I worked in the Science of Science Communication division. I am also an associate of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra.

I'm married, with two sons and a new daughter. 


Recent Publications

Lyons, BA. (Forthcoming). “When Readers Believe Journalists: Effects of Adjudication in Varied Dispute Contexts.” Forthcoming in the International Journal of Public Opinion Research. 

Lyons, BA. (2017). “From Code to Discourse: Social Media and Linkage Mechanisms in Deliberative Systems,” Journal of Public Deliberation 13(1).\ 

Veenstra, AS, Lyons, BA, & Degim, A. (2017) “Intraparty Hostility: Social Identity, Sub-Identity, and the Hostile Media Effect in a Contested Primary,” Journal of Political Marketing. doi:10.1080/15377857.2017.1334255 

Lyons, BA & Veenstra, AS. (2016). “How (Not) to Talk on Twitter: Effects of Politicians’ Tweets on Perceptions of the Twitter Environment.” CyberPsychology, Behavior & Social Networking 19(1): 8-15. doi:10.1089/cyber.2015.0319 

Veenstra, AS, Lyons, BA, & Fowler-Dawson, A. (2016). “Conservatism vs. Conservationism: Counteractive Influences of Social Affiliation on Beliefs About Fracking,” Environmental Communication: 1-15. doi:10.1080/17524032.2015.1127851. 

Lyons, BA. (2015). “Is Online Citizen News Really Alternative? A Multiplatform Analysis of BP Oil Spill Coverage,” Web Journal of Mass Communication Research, 49. 

Veenstra, AS, Park, CS, Lyons, BA, Kang, CY, & Iyer, N. (2015). “Intramedium Interaction and the Third-Person Effect: How Partisans Respond to YouTube Ads and Comments,” CyberPsychology, Behavior & Social Networking, 18(7): 406-410. doi:10.1089/cyber. 2014.0588. 

Veenstra, AS, Hossain, MD, & Lyons, BA. (2014). “Partisan Media and Discussion as Enhancers of the Belief Gap,” Mass Communication and Society, 17(6): 874-897. doi:10.1080/15205436.2013.855791. 


Research interests

 Political communication, political psychology, media effects, public opinion

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