Hi, I'm Emily Van Duyn

 

I am an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  

 

My research explores why people talk (or do not talk) about politics and the role of digital media in facilitating a space for community and political discourse. I tackle these questions using diverse methodologies, including surveys, experiments, interviews, and ethnography. My forthcoming book with Oxford University Press explores the reasons why individuals do not express their political opinions in public and how they express those opinions and organize in secret. This work is concerned with the effects of social, geographic, and political polarization and how this threatens liberal democratic norms. 

My work has been published in a number of leading journals, including the Journal of Communication, Mass Communication and Society, Communication Methods and Measures, Journalismand Social Science Computer Review.

Emily Van Duyn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

         @emilyvanduyn
 
Email:

vanduyn.emily@gmail.com

Department of Communication

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3001 Lincoln Hall
702 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL, 61801

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EDUCATION

2015-2019

Ph.D.

Communication Studies

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

 

Dissertation (Defended July 2019):

Networked Silence: Political Dissent in a Digital Era

Advisor: Dr. Natalia (Talia) Jomini Stroud
Committee Members: Dr. Roderick Hart,
Dr. Sharon Jarvis, Dr. Wenhong Chen

2014-2015

M.Ed.

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY

Simmons School of Education and Human Development Specialization in literacy (distinction)

2009-2013

B.A., Government

B.S., Communication Studies

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

Government, College of Liberal Arts (High Honors)

 

Communication Studies, Moody College of Communication
(High Honors)

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2020-Present

Assistant Professor

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

Department of Communication

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

2019-2020

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

2015-2019

Graduate Research Associate

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

 

Center for Media Engagement

2017-2018

Teaching Assistant

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

 

Moody College of Communication

Department of Communication Studies

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • ARTICLE OF THE YEAR (2020)
    Mass Communication and Society, AEJMC, Mass Communication and Society Division

  • BEST STUDENT PAPER (2019)
    American Political Science Association, Information Technology, and Politics Division

  • BEST GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARD (2019)
    Communication Studies Graduate Council

  • TOP STUDENT PAPER (2018)
    International Communication Association, Political Communication Division

  • PATRICIA WITHERSPOON RESEARCH AWARD (2018)
    The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, Moody College of Communication

  • BEST STUDENT POSTER (2017)
    American Association for Public Opinion Research

  • OUTSTANDING FIRST-YEAR PH.D. STUDENT (2016)
    Department of Communication Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

  • WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN PRIZE (2013)
    Best Honors Thesis, The University of Texas at Austin

RESEARCH
 

BOOK

Van Duyn, E. (forthcoming). Democracy Lives in Darkness: How and Why People Keep Their Politics a Secret. Oxford University Press.

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Van Duyn, E., & Muddiman, A. (2020). Predicting perceptions of incivility across 20 news comment sections. Journalism.

Stroud, N. J., & Van Duyn, E. (2020). Assessing the external validity of using news websites as

experimental stimuli. Communication Methods and Measures.

Van Duyn, E., Peacock, C., & Stroud, N. J. (2019). The gender gap in online news comment

sections. Social Science Computer Review.

Van Duyn, E., & Collier, J. (2019). Priming and fake news: The effects of elite discourse on

evaluations of news media. Mass Communication and Society, 22(1), 29-48.

Van Duyn, E. (2018). Hidden democracy: Political dissent in rural America. Journal of

Communication, 68(5), 965-987.

IN-PROGRESS ARTICLES

Van Duyn, E. Mainstream marginalization: Secret political organizing and the role of social media.
 

Collier, J., & Van Duyn, E. A different kind of backfire: Effects of labeling false content on perceptions of news.

Van Duyn, E. Poorly-sorted partisans: Mainstream political secrecy at the national and state- level. 

Van Duyn, E., Jennings, J., & Stroud, N. J. (in progress). Selective exposure and journalist

identity: The effects of racial representation in the news.

Stroud, N. J. & Van Duyn, E. (in progress). Relative opinion climates, anonymity, and commenting on news.

Stroud, N. J. & Van Duyn, E. (in progress). Curbing the decline of local news by building audience relationships.

Van Duyn, E., & Collier, J. (in progress). The indifferent citizen: Appraisals of indifference in a deliberative context.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

Van Duyn, E. (2020). Mainstream marginalization: Secret political organizing in the digital space. Paper presented at the International Communication Association, Political Communication Division Virtual Conference.

Collier, J., & Van Duyn, E. (2020).  A different kind of backfire: Effects of labeling false content on perceptions of news. Paper presented at the International Communication Association, Political Communication Virtual Conference.

Van Duyn, E. (2019). Poorly-sorted partisans: Secret political expression and organizing in the U.S. and Texas. Paper presented at the American Political Science Association, Political Communication Division, Washington D.C.
 

Collier, J., & Van Duyn, E. (2019). A different kind of backfire: Effects of labeling false content on perceptions of news. Paper presented at the American Political Science Association, Political Communication Preconference, Washington D.C.
 

Van Duyn, E., Peacock, C., & Stroud, N. J. (2019). The gender gap in online news comment sections. Paper presented at the International Communication Association, Political Communication Division, Washington D.C.
 

Van Duyn, E., & Collier, J. (2019). Incivility and indifference: Online deliberation and norms of opinion formation. Paper presented at the Southern Political Science Association, Media and Politics Division, Austin, TX.
 

Van Duyn, E., & Muddiman, A. (2018). Features, community, and perceptions of incivility. Paper presented at the National Communication Association, Mass Communication Division, Salt Lake City, UT.
 

Van Duyn, E. (2018). Pantsuit Nation and secret online organizing. Paper presented at the American Political Science Association, Political Communication and Information, Technology and Politics Divisions, Boston, MA.
 

Van Duyn, E., & Collier, J. (2018). The indifferent citizen: Appraisals of indifference in a deliberative context. Paper presented at the American Political Science Association, Political Communication Preconference, Boston, MA.
 

Van Duyn, E. (2018). Hidden voices of citizenship: The politics of dissent in rural Texas. Paper presented at the International Communication Association, Political Communication Division, Prague, Czech Republic. *Top Student Paper*

Van Duyn, E., Jennings, J., & Stroud, N. J. (2018). The effects of geographic and racial representation in the news. Paper presented at the International Communication Association, Political Communication Division, Prague, Czech Republic.

Stroud, N. J., & Van Duyn, E. (2017, November). Relative opinion climates, anonymity, and commenting on news. Paper presented at the National Communication Association, Political Communication Division, Dallas, TX.

Van Duyn, E. (2017, August). Hidden politics: Social media and the spiral of silence. Paper presented at the American Political Science Association, Political Communication Preconference, San Francisco, CA.

Van Duyn, E., & Collier, J. (2017, August). Priming and fake news: The effect of elite discourse on evaluations of news media. Paper presented at the American Political Science Association, Political Communication Preconference, San Francisco, CA.

Van Duyn, E. (2017, May). Extending the spiral of silence: Feedback effects on opinion expression. Poster presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research, New Orleans, LA.
*Best Student Poster*

Stroud, N. J., Van Duyn, E., Peacock, C. (2016, August). Computer silence: Gender differences in online comment sections. Paper resented at the American Political Science Association, Political Communication Preconference, Philadelphia, PA.

 
TEACHING
TEACHING HISTORY

I began teaching when serving as a Teach for America corps member in East Dallas, where I taught reading and language arts. My classroom, self-titled "The Newsroom," emphasized how to evaluate information with a critical lens and the importance of media in shaping culture and our understanding of our world, our politics, and ourselves. During this time I also received my master's in education with an emphasis on literacy. I continued this focus on media and politics when returning to graduate school to study communication in 2015. I am dedicated to making the classroom a space where students can practice thinking critically, independently, and scientifically. 

COURSES

  • Communication & Public Opinion

  • Digital Media Ethics

  • Texas Media and Society Summer Fellows Course

 
CONTACT ME

Emily Van Duyn

ASSSITANT PROFESSOR

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, 

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

Email:

vanduyn.emily@gmail.com

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