Ohio University

Benjamin Bates, Ph.D.

  • Barbara Geralds Schoonover Professor of Health Communication

Areas of Expertise

Advertising
American and British Foreign Policy
Campaign
Campaigns
Candidate Rhetoric and Debate
Debate
Election Advertising and Messaging
Elections
Health Interventions
Messaging
Political Advertising
Political Communication
Political Debates
Politics
Public Policy
Public Understanding of Science
Tactical Debating

Expert Bio

Dr. Bates can provide impartial but keen understanding of what the candidates are truly saying in campaign ads and political debates. An expert on debate tactics and political communication, Bates also focuses his research on the public understanding of complex policy formation. Specifically, he investigates communication campaigns in the context of public and environmental health and public understanding of health and healing. Bates can also provide expertise about election advertising and the meaning behind candidates' messages.

Additionally, he investigates public understanding of medical genetics and biotechnological sciences and American and British foreign policy.

Bates has served as Chair for the Rhetoric and Public Address Interest Group and the Health Communication Interest Group of the Eastern Communication Association. He has taught and researched in Southeast Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Bates’s research, teaching, and service were recognized by the Eastern Communication Association with the Past Presidents’ Award and named him an ECA Distinguished Research Fellow. He was most recently named an ECA Distinguished Teaching Fellow.

Expertise at a Glance

Bates is an expert in Political Communication, Campaigns, Advertising and Debates. He can provide expertise about election advertising and the meaning behind candidate’s messages and focuses his research on the public understanding of complex policy.

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