I am an assistant professor in the Department of
Communication and research associate in
the Center for
Risk & Crisis Management at the University of
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
- 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]
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
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
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).
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
Reedy, J., Gastil, J., & Gabbay, M. (2013).
and small groups: An analytical framework for
group disruption. Small Group Research,
44, 599-626. [Full
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.
Distortion and Voting Choices: The Origins and
Effects of Factual Beliefs in Initiative
Elections. Political Psychology, 30,
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
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