This series contains dissertations from the Annenberg School for Communication. For more information about University of Pennsylvania dissertation requirements and guidelines, please consult the dissertation manual.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Communicating History: The Mnemonic Battles of the 2011 Arab Uprisings, Omar Al-Ghazzi

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Data Epistemologies / Surveillance and Uncertainty, Sun Ha Hong

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Sharing in the Context of Tobacco and E-Cigarette Communication: Determinants, Consequences, and Contingent Effects, Michelle Jeong

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When Similarity Strikes Back: The Positive and Negative Role of Character-Audience Similarity in Anti-Smoking Campaigns, Minji Kim

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​How Church Bells Fell Silent: The Decline of Tower Bell Practices in Post-Revolutionary America, Deborah Lubken

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Constructing the Exercising Self: Social Media Identity Work and Exercise Behavior, Shane Mannis

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The Boundaries of the Public: Mediating Sex in Postwar Lebanon, Sara Mourad

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The Evaluation of a Mass Media Campaign to Promote Exclusive Breastfeeding in Vietnam, Danielle Amani Naugle

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Human Rights Through The Lens: A Study of the Institutionalization and Professionalization of Video Activism, Sandra Ristovska

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Gay Data, Yoel Roth

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Mammography Exemplars in online News Commentary: Prevalence of Exemplars, Effects on Risk Perceptions and Mammography Intentions, and Mechanisms of Action, Holli Hitt Seitz

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Viewer-Generated Comments to Online Health Policy News: Content, Dynamics, and Influence, Rui Shi

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China in the Media: Effects on American Opinion, Laura Ruth Silver

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Networked Social Influence: Online Social Network Physical Activity Interventions for Young Adults, Jingwen Zhang

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Constructing Religion in the Digital Age: The Internet and Modern Mormon Identities, Rosemary Avance

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Collective Action and Digital information Communication Technologies: The Search for Explanatory Models of Social Movement Organizations' Propensity to Use Dicts in Developed Democracies, Felicity Duncan

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The Rise of Brand Journalism: Understanding the Discursive Dimensions of Collectivity in the Age of Convergence, Kyung Lee

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Smoking-Related Self-Concepts and Value Expressive Messages: Effects on the Determinants of Smoking Cessation, Dina Shapiro-Luft

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Harnessing Hollywood Hype: Film Marketing Meets the Challenges and Opportunities of the 21st Century, Katherine Felsburg Wong

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Pro-Christian Humor and the Online Carnival, Timothy William Fallis

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Micro-blogging Contesting Modernities: Producing and Remembering Public Events in Contemporary Chinese Social Media Platforms, Le Han

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Attractability and Virality: The Role of Message Features and Social Influence in Health News Diffusion, Hyun Suk Kim

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Sell (It) Yourself: Marketing Pleasure in Digital DIY, Tara Janine Liss-Marino

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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The Mobocratic City: Race, Space and Citizenship in Nineteenth Century Philadelphia, Andrew Crocco

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Communities of Journalists and Journalism Practice at Radio Free Europe during the Cold War (1950-1995), Susan D. Haas

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Development and Persuasion Processing: An Investigation of Children's Advertising Susceptibility and Understanding, Matthew Allen Lapierre

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Toxic? The Nature and Effects of Mothers' Exposure to Pediatric Environmental Health information in the Media, Susan L. Mello

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Customizing Message Content to Facilitate Decisions about Participating in Genomics Research: A Reasoned Action Approach, Ryan S. Paquin

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Political Appetites: Food as Rhetoric in American Politics, Alison Perelman

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Buying in: Socially Conscious Consumption and the Architecture of Choice, Elizabeth Roodhouse

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Cancer-Related Direct-To-Consumer Advertising - A Study of its Antecedents, Influence on Patient Information Seeking Behaviors, and Contingent Effects, Andy SL Tan

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Belief Echoes: The Persistent Effects of Corrected Misinformation, Emily Thorson

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Raising the Volume: Media and the Rise of the 21st Century Tea Party, Khadijah Lorraine White

Submissions from 2012

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Political sophistication, deliberation, and the structure of opinions about public issues, Anne-Katrin Arnold

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The Use of the Internet for Alternative Views on Health, Angel Bourgoin

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Off the line: Independent television and the pitch to reinvent Hollywood, Aymar Jean Christian

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Friends in all the right places: Social resources and geography in the age of social network sites, Lauren Sessions Goulet

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The Casualization of Intimacy: Consensual Non-Monogamy and the New Sexual Ethos, Brittany Griebling

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The casualization of intimacy: Consensual non-monogamy and the new sexual ethos, Brittany Griebling

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The politics of fashion in American consumer culture, Heidi Khaled

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Suffering through the news: How the American news media cover hunger in Africa and at home, Lauren Kogen

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Mothers' cognitions and structural life circumstances as predictors of infants' and toddlers' television and video exposure, Sarah E Vaala

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Mothers' Cognitions and Structural Life Circumstances as Predictors of Infants' and Toddlers' Television and Video, Sarah E. Vaala

Submissions from 2011

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The impact of deliberation on social and semantic networks: Citizens' mental models of bioethical issues in genetics using automated textual analysis, Young Min Baek

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Normative appeals: Understanding the effect of normative messages on the formation of intentions to get tested for HIV among Latinos in the United States, Peter Busse

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Magazines...without the magazine: Remaking boundaries in an era of media convergence, Brooke Duffy

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Social support online: Testing the effects of highly person-centered messages in breast cancer support groups, Alyssa C Hersh

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The right to represent: Negotiating the meaning of military service in Israel, Oren Livio

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Anticipated regret and the formation of behavioral intention: Implications for the design of persuasive health messages, Lourdes S Martinez

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Body screen/body politic: The uses of political t-shirts in the digital age, Joel Penney

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Paranoid androids: Facebook privacy, online reputation, and employment concerns of college seniors, Mario Rodriguez

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Narrative as structure, Ashley Sanders-Jackson

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Journalism's missing links: Kidnapping and captivity coverage around the world, Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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"We Are the Revolutionaries": Visibility, Protest, and Racial Formation in 1970s Prison Radicalism, Dan Berger

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Narrative "Flow": A model of narrative processing and its impact on information processing, knowledge acquisition and persuasion, Jean Brechman

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Narrative “Flow”: A Model of Narrative Processing and its Impact on Information Processing, Knowledge Acquisition and Persuasion, Jean M. Brechman

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Pathways to Eliciting Aid: The Effects of Visual Representations of Human Suffering on Empathy and Help for People in Need, Xiaoxia Cao

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Pathways to Eliciting Aid: The Effects of Visual Representations of Human Suffering on Empathy and Help for People in Need, Xiaoxia Cao

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Examining the mechanisms of tailoring: Extending the integrative model of behavioral prediction, Brenda L Curtis

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Effects of the 2008 Obama presidential campaign on White racial prejudice, Seth K Goldman

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A communication model of the impact of presidential candidate character traits on vote preference, Bruce W Hardy

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A Communication Model of the Impact of Presidential Candidate Character Traits on Vote Preference, Bruce W. Hardy

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Risky business: An examination of the relationship between message frame, risk perceptions and intentions to seek HIV-antibody testing, Shawnika J Hull

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Keeping Children Healthy - How the Effects of Normative Messages on Parent Intentions vary with Social Normative Beliefs and Personality, Nehama Lewis-Persky

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Keeping Children Healthy---How the Effects of Normative Messages on Parent Intentions vary with Social Normative Beliefs and Personality, Nehama Lewis-Persky

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Steady diet of confusion: Contradictory nutrition messages in the public information environment, Rebekah H Nagler

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Evaluating Preschoolers’ Comprehension of Educational Television: The Role of Viewer Characteristics, Stimuli Features, and Contextual Expectations, Jessica T. Piotrowski

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COMMUNICATING CANCER PREVENTION INFORMATION TO U.S. LATINOS: THE MODERATING ROLE OF ACCULTURATION, A Susana Ramirez

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Communicating cancer prevention information to U.S. Latinos: The moderating role of acculturation, A. Susana Ramirez

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Your Ad Here: The Cool Sell of Guerrilla Marketing, Michael Serazio

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Identity, Identification, and Media Representation in Video Game Play: An audience reception study, Adrienne Shaw

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Trapped in the [epistemological] closet: Black sexuality and the popular imagination, C. Riley Snorton

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The influence of television fiction on political attitudes, Russ Tisinger

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A journalism of hospitality, Lokman Tsui

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Television as parenting tool: The role of parental efficacy, attitude, and television use in parenting in children's television exposure, Deborah Karin Wainwright

Submissions from 2009

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One man band: The process and product of video journalism, Mary Angela Bock

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Racing the trans -Atlantic parlor: Picturing freedom in the early nineteenth century, Jasmine Nichole Cobb

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Suspect until proven guilty a problematization of state dossier systems via two case studies: The United States and China, Kenneth N Farrall

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Suspect Until Proven Guilty, a Problematization of State Dossier Systems via Two Case Studies: The United States and China, Kenneth N. Farrall

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Reconstructing age by redefining boundaries: Women's service magazines and the 50+ market, Nadine Gabbadon

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The battle over digital rights management: A multi-method study of the politics of copyright management technologies, Bill D Herman

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Effects of Messages About Genetics, Race, and Health on Public Opinion About Personalized Medicine and Health Policy, Jocelyn Landau

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Effects of messages about genetics, race, and health on public opinion about personalized medicine and health policy, Jocelyn Landau

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AIDS in black & white: The influence of news coverage of HIV/AIDS on HIV/AIDS testing among African Americans and White Americans, 1993--2007, Robin Stanback Stevens

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Geek cultures: Media and identity in the digital age, Jason Tocci

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Geek Cultures: Media and Identity in the Digital Age, Jason Tocci

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Online political participation in the 2008 U.S. presidential election: Mobilizing or reinforcing?, Kenneth M Winneg

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Online Political Participation in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election: Mobilizing or Reinforcing?, Kenneth M. Winneg

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When deliberation divides: How people with strong views respond to political disagreement, Magdalena Wojcieszak

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Children, parents and prosocial television for children: Accounting for viewing and looking for effects, Kimberly Duyck Woolf

Submissions from 2008

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The influence of individual and message characteristics on anti-drug ad evaluations, Carlin Henry Barmada

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Codes of professionalism; norms of conversation: How political interviews shape public attitudes toward journalists, Eran N Ben-Porath

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Virtually home: The commodification of community in cyberspace, John Edward Campbell

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Documentary for change, Paul Falzone

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To opine or not to opine: The consequences of opinionated news for political information processing, attitudes, and knowledge, Lauren Feldman

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Attributions and racial cues in news about obesity: Effects on the public's attributions about weight and opinions about health policies, Se-Hoon Jeong

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The good consumer: Credit reporting and the invention of financial identity in the United States, 1840--1940, Josh Lauer

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Crisis, race, and journalistic authority in postwar Philadelphia, Nicole J Maurantonio

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Keeping it dirty: Defining and redefining obscenity in American judicial discourse, 1873--2007, Mihaela Popescu

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Media, choice, & citizens' local political knowledge, attitudes, & behavior, Lee Shaker