About me

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and research associate in the Center for Risk & Crisis Management at the University of Oklahoma.

I study political communication and deliberation, mass and digital media, and group and organizational communication. In particular, my research focuses on how groups of people make political and civic decisions in face-to-face and online settings, as well as how people and policy makers can come together to deliberate and make better decisions on public policy issues that involve significant societal and personal risk. Some of my recent projects include: 
  • Studying deliberative public forums, such as the Citizens’ Initiative Review, and using field research and survey/experimental research to better understand how these processes help participants and the wider public learn more about public issues and reach collective decisions. One new project in this area, supported by the National Academy of Sciences, is looking at how deliberation can help citizens in coastal communities have productive discussions about the effects of climate change and how to prevent and become resilient against those effects.
  • Examining political misperceptions and misinformation, and understanding how people develop incorrect factual beliefs about political issues, as well as ways that these factual beliefs could be corrected. This work has primarily focused on ballot measures and initiatives, a context in which citizens are directly deciding on policy issues but may struggle with understanding the details of proposed laws and regulations. 
  • Studying the process of political socialization for Latino immigrants in the U.S. as they develop their understanding of political engagement and discussion in their new society. This project has examined the role of close social and family contacts, and more distant social networks, in shaping the socialization process for immigrants. In addition, this work is aimed at improving our understanding of the social norms that affect political discussion practices, and how those norms may shift over time as societies become more diverse.
  • Conducting applied research on how deliberative democracy can be used to make public policy decisions on issues related to risk perception, scientific/technical topics, and the environment. A new multi-year project in this area, supported by a National Institutes of Health Center of Excellence grant, is applying deliberative decision-making models to the context of Native North American communities that are considering ways to participate in genetics and genomics research. Another new program in this area, supported by a National Science Foundation National Research Traineeship (NRT) grant, is aimed at building interdisciplinary graduate education and research projects that bring together engineering and the physical, life, and social sciences in addressing issues of environmental sustainability.
  • Applying theories of group communication to the context of terrorism, with the aim of building a stronger understanding of group dynamics and decision-making in terrorist cells and leadership groups. This project, which was supported by the Office of Naval Research and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, involved experiments of online group discussion and how processes like group polarization and risky shift can result in more extreme decisions. 

I earned a B.S. degree from Georgia Tech in 2000, and I completed a master’s degree (2008) and then a Ph.D. (2013) in communication, with a certificate in political communication, at the University of Washington. Prior to graduate school, I was a media professional, working as a reporter and columnist at daily newspapers in the Atlanta area, and then as a media relations specialist and science writer for the UW Medicine system of the University of Washington.

Recent and representative publications

Gonzalez O'Brien, B., Hurst, E., Reedy, J., & Collingwood, L. (2019). Framing Refuge: Partisanship, Crime, and Media Coverage of Sanctuary Cities. In press, Mass Communication & Society. [Full text]

Reedy, J. & Anderson, C. (2019) Small Groups for Good or Ill: Developing a Group Communication Approach to Security. In The Handbook of Communication and Security, Taylor, B., & Bean, H. (Eds.) London: Routledge. [Full text]

Anderson, C., & Reedy, J. (2019) Compensatory Control Theory and Public Opinion on Nuclear Policy: Developing an Experimental Measure in an Applied Environmental Context. Frontiers in Communication (Science and Environmental Communication). [Open-access journal]

Gabbay, M., Kelly, Z., Reedy, J., & Gastil, J. (2018). Risky shift induced by issue substitution in small group opinion dynamics. Social Psychology Quarterly, 81, 248-271.

Gastil, J., Knobloch, K., Reedy, J., Henkels, M., & Cramer, K. (2018). Assessing the electoral impact of the 2010 Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review. American Politics Research, 46, 534-563.

Gastil, J., Reedy, J., Wells, C. (2018). Knowledge distortion in direct democracy: A longitudinal study of biased empirical beliefs on statewide ballot measures. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 30, 540–560.

Reedy, J. (2015). Paths to the practices of citizenship: Political discussion and socialization among Mexican-heritage immigrants in the US. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 44, 201-223. [Full text]

Reedy, J., Gastil, J., & Moy, P. (2015). From the secret ballot to the public vote: Examining political discussion in vote-by-mail elections. Political Communication, 33, 39-58. [Full text]

Reedy, J., & Gastil, J. (2015). Deliberating while voting: The antecedents, dynamics, and consequences of talking while completing ballots in two vote-by-mail states. Journal of Public Deliberation, 11(1). [Open-access journal]

Reedy, J., Wells, C., & Gastil, J. (2014). How voters become misinformed: An investigation of the emergence and consequences of false factual beliefs. Social Science Quarterly, 95, 1399-1418. [Full text]

Reedy, J., Gastil, J., & Gabbay, M. (2013). Terrorism and small groups: An analytical framework for group disruption. Small Group Research, 44, 599-626. [Full text]

Knobloch, K., Gastil, J., Reedy, J., & Walsh, K.C. (2013). Did they deliberate? Applying an evaluative model of democratic deliberation to the Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 41, 105-125.

Wells, C., Reedy, J., Gastil, J., & Lee, C. (2009). Information Distortion and Voting Choices: The Origins and Effects of Factual Beliefs in Initiative Elections. Political Psychology, 30, 953-969. [Full text]

Gastil, J., Reedy, J., Braman, D., & Kahan, D. M. (2008). Deliberation across the cultural divide: Assessing the potential for reconciling conflicting cultural orientations to reproductive technology. George Washington Law Review, 76, 1772-1798. [Full text]





Justin Reedy

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CRCM Office: Five Partners Place, Suite 2300

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Center for Risk & Crisis Management
University of Oklahoma
201 Stephenson Parkway, Suite 2300
Norman, OK 73019

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