Jules Barbati (Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2023) is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Communication. Broadly, their research aligns at the intersection of persuasion and media effects with a specialization in attitudinal resistance, prejudice-reduction, and message design and processing. They seek to enact positive societal change with their research through various avenues, such as by empowering marginalized communities and raising awareness of social movements/topics, among others. During their Ph.D. program, Jules earned a Computational Social Science minor which involved learning advanced qualitative/computational techniques to collect and analyze human subject and digital trace data.
Their research has been published in various Communication, Psychology, and Public Health journals, such as Psychology of Popular Media, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Media Psychology, and Vaccine. Jules has taught a variety of courses including Introduction to Communication, Public Speaking, Persuasion, Introduction to Research Methods, Introduction to Communication Theory, Social Media and Communication, and Media and Politics in America. Additionally, Jules has experience working on campus and state-wide public health campaigns, where they created and framed health messages using social norm appeals, inoculation messaging, and other persuasion strategies.
- Intergroup communication
- Media theories and effects
- Persuasion and compliance-gaining
- Social influence
- Text/data mining
- Quantitative methods (introductory and advanced)