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James Ponder

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Kent State University

M.A. Wichita State University

B.F.A. Emporia State University

J.D. Ponder, Ph.D.earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emporia State University and his Master of Arts from Wichita State University. He completed his Ph.D. from Kent State in December 2012. His research interests include the intersection of interpersonal and mass communication. In particular, he has conducted research on the effects of media use for political information and examined its effects on discussions with political in-group and out-group members as well as how media use impacts partisanship. He has also co-authored an encyclopedia chapter of the role of social networking in politics.

In addition to his political research, J.D. is working on a current line of research focused on how consumer communication manifests itself between college students and influential others. In these studies he is interested in understanding how interpersonal and mass communication influences materialistic attitudes, financial literacy, credit card misuse, financial well-being and debt.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Ponder, J. D.  & Haridakis, P. M. (In press). Selectively social politics: The relationship between background characteristics, media use, elaboration, and discussion with political in-group and out-group members. Mass Communication and Society Ponder, J. D., Haridakis, P. M., & Hanson, G. (2014). Social Networking in Politics. Encyclopedia of Social Networks and Mining.

Hanson, G. Haridakis, P., Wagstaff, A., Sharma, R., & Ponder, J. (2011) The 2008 Presidential Campaign: Political Cynicism in the Age of Facebook, MySpace and YouTube. Mass Communication & Society, 13, 584-507. doi: 10.1080/15205436.2010.513470
Research Areas
  • Media Use and Effects
  • Political Communication
  • Fandom
  • Financial Communication
James Ponder
School of Communication Studies
Kent Campus
113 Taylor Hall TR 1:00-3:00 pm
Phone: 330-672-0182
Fax: 330-672-3510
Spring 2015
  • COMM 20000 - 001 Foundations Of Communication
  • COMM 25902 - 002 Communication Theory
  • COMM 45902 - 001 Communication And Influence
Summer 2015
  • COMM 25902 - 020 Communication Theory
Fall 2015
  • COMM 20000 - 001 Foundations Of Communication
  • COMM 25902 - 003 Communication Theory
  • COMM 45902 - 001 Communication And Influence