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DIEHL, TREVOR

Assistant Professor

FACULTY

Biography

Trevor Diehl is an Associate Professor at BCA specializing in news audiences and political behavior. His research interests include the role of social media in creating (un)informed citizens, technology and journalism practice, public opinion formation, and comparative media studies. Trevor teaches courses in multiplatform media production, media power and history, as well as graduate courses in communication theory and research methods.

Before coming to BCA, Trevor was a researcher at the Media Innovation Lab at the University of Vienna in Austria, where he completed his PhD. Before that, he studied civic participation in the state of Texas at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life. Before life in academia, Trevor worked as a copywriter and content creator. He is also a skilled automotive technician.   

Trevor received the 2022 Central Michigan University President’s and Provost’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity.

Recent Scholarships

Diehl, T., & Lee, S. (2022). Testing the cognitive involvement hypothesis on social media: 'News finds me' perceptions, partisanship, and fake news credibility. Computers in Human Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2021.107121

Lee, S., Diehl, T., & Valenzuela, S. (2022). Rethinking the virtuous circle hypothesis on social media: Subjective versus objective knowledge and political participation. Human Communication Research, 48(1), 57-87. https://doi.org/10.1093/hcr/hqab014

Diehl, T., Huber, B., Gil de Zuñiga, H, & Liu, J. (2021). Social Media and Beliefs about Climate Change: A Cross-National Analysis of News Use, Political Ideology, and Trust in Science. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 33(2), 197-213. https://doi.org/10.1093/ijpor/edz040

Diehl, T., Huber, B., Gil de Zuñiga, H, & Liu, J. (2019). Social Media and Beliefs about Climate Change: A Cross-National Analysis of News Use, Political Ideology, and Trust in Science. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, https://doi.org/10.1093/ijpor/edz040. 

Diehl, T., Vonbun-Feldbauer, R., & Barnidge, M. (2019). Tabloid News, Anti-immigration Attitudes and Support for Right-Wing Populist Parties. Communication and the Public,  https://doi.org/10.1177/2057047319884122 

Diehl, T., Ardèvol-Abreu, A., & Gil de Zúñiga, H. (2019). How Engagement with Journalists on Twitter Reduces Public Perceptions of Media Bias. Journalism Practice, 13(8), 971-975.  

Diehl, T., Barnidge, M., & Gil de Zuñiga, H. (2018). Multi-Platform News Use and Political Participation across Age Groups: Toward a Valid Metric of Platform Diversity and its Effects. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 96(2), 428-451.

Diehl, T., Weeks, B. E., & Gil de Zuniga, H. (2016). Political persuasion on social media: Tracing direct and indirect effects of news use and social interaction. New Media & Society18(9), 1875-1895.

PhD: 2018, University of Vienna              
MA: 2014, University of Texas at Austin              
BA: 2010, University of Nevada Reno   
• Political Communication
• Journalism Studies
• Emerging Media Practices

Courses Taught

• Multiplatform Media Production          
• Quantitative Research Methods