Discovering, uncovering and understanding. Communication Research
With today’s rapidly evolving digital world comes a need for more knowledge of and insight into the ways media affect our lives. Researchers at BU’s College of Communication (COM) use the most advanced theories and methods to examine communication from every angle—from the way we think about and consume media to changes in the law. We contribute significantly to society’s understanding of media processes and effects.
COM researchers study cutting-edge developments that provide an extraordinarily fertile ground for innovation and science. Recent developments include why people take selfies, how we respond to morally complex characters on TV, which users are the most influential on Twitter, how people perceive the effects and uses of social media, and how using Facebook can be linked to troubled relationships. Our areas of research include:
- media effects
- media studies
- emerging media
- political communication
- public relations
- media and popular culture
- international communication
- communication law
- health communication
A pioneer and still a leader.
The Communication Research Center (CRC) was established in 1959. The CRC pioneered the use of television as a research tool, conducting systematic analyses on the effects of television on children and measuring political opinions and voting intentions. This early beginning led the CRC to develop a specialty in survey research methodology.
The CRC was reorganized in 1994. At today’s Center, 22 research fellows study traditional and emerging media using qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Their work addresses both theoretical and applied problems, as well as the intersection of the two. In addition, several COM research faculty serve as editors of competitive peer-reviewed journals.
The cutting edge of mobile.
COM is home to the Center for Mobile Communication Studies, the world’s first academic research, education and consulting center focusing solely on the social aspects of mobile communication. The Center examines the social consequences of the burgeoning revolution in mobile communication. Since 2004, it has served as a resource for thought leaders and students, interdisciplinary researchers, and both public and private international organizations.