Benjamin Custer

About Benjamin Custer

Benjamin E. Custer is a third-year PhD student in communication at the University of Arizona. His research examines the effects of communication technologies on personal and relational outcomes. He enjoys using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, and his experience in the field of communication is equal parts practical and theoretical.

Areas of Study

Media Effects, Communication Technologies, Interpersonal Communication

Selected Publications

Floyd, K., Woo, N. T., & Custer, B. E. (in press). The biology of affectionate communication. In K. Floyd & R. Weber (Eds.), Handbook of communication science and biology. New York, NY: Routledge.

Master's Thesis, Stanford Graduate Program in Journalism: STEM from the Humanities: How visual arts, empathy and storytelling fuel innovation. Accompanying video presentation available at:

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Contact Information

Benjamin Custer
Graduate Teaching Associate
Telephone: (520) 626-0750
Fax: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 110


  • M.A. (2014) Communication, Stanford University
  • B.S. (2011) Mass Communications, Texas A&M University-Texarkana

Courses Taught

Intro. to Public Speaking, Survey of Mass Communication, Intro. to Interpersonal Communication, Intro. to Communication Theory

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences