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Benjamin Bates, Ph.D.

  • Barbara Geralds Schoonover Professor of Health Communication
  • School of Communication Studies
  • Scripps College of Communication
  • batesb@ohio.edu
  • 740-593-9163 (o)
  • 740-707-8722 (c)
  • Faculty Website

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

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The Faculty Newsmakers Gala is an annual event hosted by University Communications and Marketing 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.

Bates' Media Placements include:

  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • The Boston Herald
  • The Chicago Daily Herald
  • Akron Beacon Journal
  • Cox Newspapers, Washington D.C.
  • "The Sound of Ideas" talk show, WCPN Radio
  • WTVN Radio 610 (OH)
  • Google News
  • The Courier Post

Expert Video

Dr. Bates on negative campaign ads with WKYC, Cleveland

Media Contacts

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After hours on-call media specialist: 740.593.2200

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