Erik NisbetAssociate Professor
School of Communication 
105B Mershon Center
3062 Derby Hall 
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B.A., Government/International Relations, Cornell University (1998)
M.S., Communication, Cornell University (2006)
Ph.D., Communication, Cornell University (2008)

Erik C. Nisbet is director of the Global Communications and Politics Lab ( and an associate professor in the School of Communication with courtesy appointments in the Department of Political Science and the School of Environment & Natural Resources. Erik is also faculty associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and co-principal investigator on its Comparative National Elections Project. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Nisbet's research centers on the role of media and digital communication in non-democratic contexts, public diplomacy, foreign policy, public opinion, and global problems such as climate change. He has published more than 25 book chapters and articles in academic journals such as the Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Political Communication, Annals of the American Academy of Political & Social Science, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Nature Climate Change, and International Journal of Communication.

Nisbet has co-authored numerous reports such as "Data Driven Public Diplomacy: Progress Toward Measuring the Impact of Public Diplomacy and International Broadcasting Activities," published by the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. He also recently co-authored a series of reports on attitudes toward Internet freedom in Russia, Turkey, and Pakistan. Beyond his teaching at Ohio State, Erik regularly teaches workshops on public diplomacy evaluation and research for the USC Center for Public Diplomacy.

Faculty Links
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Department web page
High-resolution photo

Media Links
Research News: ​Why many Russians have gladly agreed to online censorship (2017)
Mershon Center: Mershon affiliates win NSF grant for comparative elections study (2017)
The Conversation: Is internet freedom a tool for democracy or authoritarianism? (2016)
Research News: Could growing internet use inspire more democratic uprisings? (2016)
The Conversation: How Russia is building a psychological firewall against the West (2015)
Research News: Both liberals, conservatives can have science bias (2015)
Research News: Changing Minds about Climate Policy Can Be Done - Sometimes (2013)
Arts and Sciences: Communication Professor Awarded Engagement Impact Grant (2013)
Changing Climate webinar: Framing Climate Change: Recent Research Trends on Communication Strategies and Public Opinion (2012)
Research News: Internet use promotes democracy best in countries that are already partially free (2012)
Ohio Sea Grant: New Research to Examine Connections Between Land Use, Public Policy, Lake Erie Water Quality and Climate Change (2012)
Research News: Survey: Killing of bin Laden worsened Americans' views of U.S.Muslims (2011)
Research News: Not all viewers of Arab TV networks develop anti-American feelings (2011)
Research News: Al Jazeera helps shape political identity of Arabs, study finds (2010)
Research News: Learning the truth not effective in battling rumors about NYC mosque, study finds (2010)
Research News: Study: Belief in rumors about proposed NYC mosque linked to opposition to all mosques (2010)
onCampus: Ask the Expert (2010)
Media Relations video: Proposed Islamic Center (2010)

Mershon Projects
Political Communication Patterns within the 2016 Russian Parliamentary Campaign and Consequences for Opinion Formation about Foreign Policy (2016-17)
Mershon Center Conference of the Comparative National Elections Project, with Richard Gunther, Paul Beck, and William "Chip" Eveland (2016-17)
Democratic Mobilization in an Islamic Democracy: Social Media and the 2015 Turkish Election, with Robert Bond (2014-15)
Consolidating and Institutionalizing the Comparative National Election Project (2014-15)
The Fourth Wave of Democratization and the Comparative National Elections Project, with Richard Gunther, Paul Beck, Chip Eveland, and William Liddle (2013-14)
Comparative National Elections Project, with Richard Gunther, Paul Beck, and Chip Eveland (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13)
Identity, Threat, and Mediated Intergroup Conflict, with Elizabeth Stoycheff and Michelle Ortiz (2010-11)