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Benjamin Bates, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication Studies
School of Communication Studies
Scripps College of Communication

740-593-9163 (o)
740-707-8722 (c)

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 and sub-Saharan Africa.

Bates' Expertise at a Glance:

  • Candidate rhetoric and debate
  • Analysis of tactical debating, political communication and public policy
  • Election advertising and messaging
  • American and British foreign policy

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

Dr. Bates on negative campaign ads with WKYC, Cleveland

Areas of Expertise

Advertising, Debate, Elections, Messaging, Political Advertising, Political Communication, Politics

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