Research

Since the 2006 midterm election, I have been fascinated by the connection between social media, politics, and civic life. You can stay up to date on my current research below and find a list of my recent and past publications and presentations.

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Dalisay, F., Kushin, M.J., Yamamoto, M., Liu, Y., Skalski, P. (2014). Motivations for Video Game Play and the Social Capital  Potential of Video Games. New Media and Society.

Yamamoto, M., Kushin, M.J., Dalisay, F. (2013). Social Media and Mobiles as Political Mobilization Forces for Young Adults: Examining the Moderating Role of Political Expression in Political Participation. New Media and Society.

Yamamoto, M., & Kushin, M.J. (2013). More harm than good? Online media use and political disaffection among college students in the 2008 election. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.

Dalisay, F., Hmielowski, J., Kushin, M.J., Yamamoto, M. (2012). Social Capital and the Spiral of Silence. International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

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Skalski, P., Dalisay, F., Kushin, M.J., Liu, Y. (2012). Need for presence and other motivations for video game play across genres. Proceedings of the Presence Live! Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Kushin, M. J., & Yamamoto, M. (2010). Did social media really matter? College students’ use of online media and political decision making in the 2008 election. Mass Communication & Society, 13(5), 608-630.

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Kushin, M. J. (2009). How young adults and social media are challenging traditional perspectives of civic life. Rocky Mountain Communication Review, 6(1), 26-31.

Kushin, M. J. & Kitchener, K. (2009). Getting political on social network sites: Exploring online political discourse on Facebook. First Monday, 14(11).

Book Chapters:

Kushin, M. J., Dalisay, F., & Yamamoto, M. (2014). Predictive analytics. Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. Sage. Volume 2, p. 1011-1014.

Dalisay, F., Kushin, M.J., & Yamamoto, M. (2014). Twitter Diplomacy. Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. Sage. Volume 3, p. 1288-1290.

Kushin, M. J., & Yamamoto, M. (2011). Did social media really matter? College students’ use of online media and political decision making in the 2008 election. In T. J. Johnson & D. P. Perlmutter (Eds.), New Media, Campaigning and the 2008 Facebook Election. Routledge.

White Papers

Kinsky, E.S., Freberg, K., Kim, C., Kushin, M.J., Ward, W. (2o14, July). Using Hootsuite in the Communication Classroom: Hootsuite University Research White Paper. Paper submitted to Hootsuite Media Inc.

Dissertation:

Kushin, M.J. (2010). Tweeting the issues in the age of social media? Intermedia agenda setting between the  New York Times and Twitter. Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University.

Peer Reviewed Presentations:

Dalisay, F., Kushin, M.J., Yamamoto, M. (forthcoming). The politically demoblizing and disaffecting potential of conflict avoidance: Online political participation, cynicism, apathy, and skepticism. Paper accented for presentation at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Montreal, Canada.

Dalisay, F., Kushin, M., Kim, J., Somera, L., & Forbes, A. (forthcoming). Immersion in video games, creative self-efficacy, and political Participation. Paper accented for presentation at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Montreal, Canada.

Dalisay, F., Kushin, M.J., Yamamoto, M. (May, 2014). The politically demobilizing role of conflict avoidance for participation, efficacy, and attention to information sources. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Seattle, WA.

Yamamoto, M., Kushin, M.J., Dalisay, F. (August, 2013). Social Media and Mobiles: Examining the Moderating Role of Online Political Expression in Political Participation. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, DC.

Skalski, P., Dalisay, F., Kushin, M.J., Liu, Y. (October, 2012). Need for presence and other motivations for video game play across genres. Paper presented at the International Society for Presence Research, Philadelphia, PA.

Dalisay, F., Hmielowski, J., Kushin, M.J., Yamamoto, M. (2012, May). Social Capital and the Spiral of Silence. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Phoenix, AZ.

Kushin, M. J. (2012, March). Agenda setting in the age of social media: The New York Times and Twitter. Paper presented at the annual conference for the Central States Communication Association, Cleveland, OH. (Media Studies Interest Group Top Paper Panel)

Yamamoto, M., & Kushin, M.J. (2011, August). Walled gardens? Social media and political disaffection among college students in the 2008 election. Paper presented at the annual conference for the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, St. Louis, MO.

Kushin, M.J. & Yamamoto, M. (2009, August). Did social media really matter? College students’ use of online media and political decision making in the 2008 election. Paper presented at the annual conference for the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Boston, MA.

Thomas, R. & Kushin, M.J. (2009, August). Moral panics & happy-slaps (or, how I learned to stop worrying and love technology). Paper presented at the annual conference for the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Boston, MA.

Kushin, M.J. (2009, April). Exploring YouTube, civic engagement and perceptions about the role of the Internet in civic engagement among college students. Paper accepted for presentation at the poster session of the YouTube and the 2008 Election Cycle in the United States Conference, Amherst, MA. [paper summary] [poster] [video]

Kushin, M. J. & Kitchener, K. (2009, February). Getting political on social network sites: Exploring online political discourse on Facebook. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Western States Communication Association, Phoenix, AZ.

Kushin, M. J. & Yamamoto, M. (2009, February). Searching For media complementarity: Use of social network sites and other online media for campaign information among young adults. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Western States Communication Association, Phoenix, AZ.

Kushin, M. (2008, November). A typology of YouTube: How people find their way to YouTube.com and how they participate when they are there. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, San Diego, CA

Kushin, M. (2008, November). Historical discourses: ABC’s The Path to 9/11 and the struggle over 9/11 responsibility. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, San Diego, CA

Kushin, M. (2008, November). The battle for the public sphere: Ethics of public space and the culture jammers movement. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, San Diego, CA

Haase-Reed, A., Kushin, M., & Koeppel, T. (2007, November). Framing the ELF: An exploration of media representation and self representation of a social movement organization. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL

Kushin, M. (2007, February). Rebellion through consumption: A critical analysis of Sprint’s The Man advertisement. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Western States Communication Association, Seattle, WA, February 18th, 2006

Presentations:

Haase-Reed, A., Kushin, M., & Koeppel, T. (2008, March). Shaping public perceptions of contested depictions surrounding the Earth Liberation Front. Poster presented at Washington State University Academic Showcase, March 28, 2008.

Kushin, M. (2007, April). Culture jammers and the ethics of the public sphere. Poster presented at the thirty-third annual Edward R. Murrow Symposium, April 10, 2007

Kushin, M. (2007, March). Culture jammers and the ethics of the public sphere. Poster presented at Washington State University Academic Showcase, March 23, 2007

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