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 2017

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The Network Structure Of Collective Innovation, Devon Brackbill

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The Neural Mechanisms Of Conformity Across Socioeconomic Status And Development, Christopher N. Cascio

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Persuasive Technologies In Hiv Prevention: A Structural Intervention For African American Young Adults, Deepti Chittamuru

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Assessing Civic Competence Against The Normative Benchmark Of Considered Opinions, Jin Woo Kim

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The Message As A Seed: Predicting The Diffusion Of Anti-Smoking Arguments From Message Construal, Stella Lee

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Effects Of Media Exposure On Descriptive Social Norm Perception Formation: Experimental And Observational Studies Of Why And How Repeated Exposure Matters, Jiaying Liu

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Integration: The Cultural Politics Of Migration And Nation In The New German Public, Kate Zambon

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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Politics As Sport: The Effects Of Partisan Media On Perceptions Of Electoral Integrity, Andrew Michael Daniller

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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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Situating The ‘maker Movement’: Tracing The Implementation Of An Educational Trend Within Public Libraries, Debora Lui

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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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Touching Paranoia: A Black Feminist Autoethnography On Race, Desire, And Erotic Massage, Jasmine Salters

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Towards A Radical Body Positive: Reading The Online Body Positive Movement, Alexandra Sastre

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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

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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

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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

Theses/Dissertations from 1997

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News As a Political Resource? A Case Study of the Media Strategies and Media Representation of the National Organization for Women, 1966-1980., Bernadette Barker-Plummer

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Communities Through the Lens: Grassroots Video in Philadelphia as Alternative Communicative Practice, Cindy Hing-Yuk Wong

Theses/Dissertations from 1996

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Political Orientations and the Influences of Cohort Membership and Time: Patterns of Change in Tolerance, Confidence, and the Strength of Party Affiliation, Chien Joanna Lei-Lee

Theses/Dissertations from 1995

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How Brand Names Brand Societies: A Comparative Study of Brand Names Registered in Selected English-Speaking Countries 1870-1980, Charles Augustus McClure

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Conversation About Aids and the Media Environment in Thailand: Mass Media Roles in Context Building and Content Providing for Interpersonal Discourse, Yoshimi Nishino

Theses/Dissertations from 1992

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Homeless and Hopeless: Resignation in News Media Constructions of Homelessness as a Social Problem, Bernadette R. McNulty

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The Corporate Closet Managing Gay Identity on the Job, James D. Woods

Theses/Dissertations from 1990

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Cinematic Competence and Directorial Persona in Film School: A Study of Socialization and Cultural Production, Lisa Helen Henderson

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Of Us and Other "Things": The Content and Functions of Talk by Adult Visitor Pairs in an Art and a History Museum, Lois Helayne Silverman

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"Covering the Body": The Kennedy Assassination and the Establishment of Journalistic Authority, Barbie Zelizer

Theses/Dissertations from 1987

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Power, Pain, and Pleasure in Pornography: A Content Analysis of Pornographic Feature Films, 1972-1985, Stephen Robert Prince

Theses/Dissertations from 1985

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The 700 Club as Religion and as Television: A Study of Reasons and Effects, Stewart Hoover

Theses/Dissertations from 1979

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Communication, Social Organization and the Redefinition of Death A Case Study in the Institutionalization of an Idea, Leslie Ann Rado

Theses/Dissertations from 1977

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Learning About Crime: Conceptions of Crime and Law Enforcement as They Relate to Use of Television and Other Information Sources, Susan Schwartz McDonald

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The Relationship Between Daytime Serials and Their Viewers, Sari T. Thomas

Theses/Dissertations from 1976

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Client Relationship and Mass Media Policy: A Comparative Case Study of Mass Market and Library Market Production And Distribution In Children's Book Publishing, Joseph Turow

Theses/Dissertations from 1974

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Children's Susceptibility to Television Advertising: A Behavioral Test of Cognition and Attitude, John R. Rossiter

Theses/Dissertations from 1973

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Social Implications of Adult Literacy: A Study Among Migrant Wohen in Peru, Heli Ennis de Sagasti

Theses/Dissertations from 1972

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Genetic and Sociocultural Influence on Language Development, Lynn Harding Waterhouse

Theses/Dissertations from 1969

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Emotional Arousal as a Factor in Communication-Mediated Aggressive Behavior, Dolf Zillmann